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Forests Ontario Joins the Fun at Toronto Oktoberfest

(Toronto, ON) September 18-19, 2015 – This weekend, Ontario Place hosted its annual Toronto Oktoberfest, a celebration of Bavarian food, drink, and culture. The event transformed the main parking lot of Ontario Place into a mini Bavarian village featuring a marketplace, beer and food vendors, a corn maze, and a games area.

This year, Forests Ontario was part of the festivities for the first time alongside Ontario Wood at the games area, hosting barrel races, the pretzel toss, log sawing, and even Ontario Wood Jenga. Equipment for all games was handcrafted from Ontario wood and prizes were distributed by Forests Ontario. Everyone’s favourite forest resident Smokey Bear also made an appearance to take pictures. Finally, attendees both young and old brought out their creative side at our tree cookie decorating station. Toronto Oktoberfest welcomed thousands of visitors and Forests Ontario was proud to be on hand in support of Ontario’s forestry sector and wood artisans.

Throughout the year, Forests Ontario appears at dozens of trade shows, conferences, events, and fairs to promote the contribution of the province’s forestry sector in making our communities vibrant and prosperous. Through our partnership with Ontario Wood, we’ve worked to provide greater exposure to artisans, builders, woodworkers, and craftspeople across the province creating products that are beautiful, functional, unique, and produced from a sustainable and renewable resource.

Ontario’s forests are among the most diverse and well managed in the world. Legislation and oversight have ensured that forest management practices in Ontario balance healthy ecosystems with a robust forest industry that contributes more than $6 billion to the provincial economy and employs 180,000 professionals. When consumers choose products marked with the Ontario Wood leaf, they can be sure that they have made the greener choice and one that will support local economic growth.

About Forests Ontario

Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Our mission is to foster a greener and healthier future for Ontario through large-scale forest restoration and management projects across the province. In addition, Forests Ontario delivers a wide range of educational and awareness initiatives to increase the public’s appreciation and understanding of the social, economic, and ecological importance of forests. To learn more about our programs, visit www.forestsontario.ca.

About Ontario Wood

Similar to Foodland Ontario, Ontario Wood is a way to connect with a local wood producer. Whether your choice is made based on quality and price, whether it’s about supporting local producers and local communities, whether it’s about what’s best for the environment, or whether it’s simply because you love the natural beauty of wood products – Ontario Wood can meet your needs. Visit www.ontario.ca/wood.

About Toronto Oktoberfest

Toronto Oktoberfest is a two day celebration of Bavarian food, drink, and culture. Now in its fourth year, Toronto Oktoberfest will transform Toronto’s Ontario Place into a mini Bavarian village featuring beer and food tents, music, games, and vendors. Visit torontooktoberfest.ca for more information.