Don your dirndl and lederhosen for Queensland’s largest German cultural festival.
Brisbane’s RNA showgrounds will once again be decked out in Bavarian blue and white for the 12th annual Brisbane Oktoberfest.
German-Australian Event Director Boris Zoulek said Brisbane Oktoberfest brought to life the rich cultural heritage at the heart of Munich’s famous Oktoberfest and other folk festivals across Germany.
“From the four kilometres of blue and white ceiling fabric, wooden flooring and lighting fixtures in the main Oktoberfest tent, through to the live band we fly out from Bavaria every year and the selection of food vendors, we place enormous emphasis on getting the festival feeling right,” Mr Zoulek said.
“There are so many beautiful, delicious and fun things in German culture – and the beer is part of that – and, when you put people in an environment that has been carefully created with all of them, the atmosphere is electric and people really embrace their inner German.”
Traditionelle schmankerl (traditional treats)
More than 10,000 German sausages and 6000 pretzels are expected to be served each weekend of the festival along with schweinshaxe (pork knuckle), pork belly, schnitzel, and traditional carnival favourites.
Sweet tooths can enjoy a variety of sweet treats including Black Forest cake, Bee Sting, Sacher Torter and Apple Strudel.
No visit to Okotoberfest would be complete without a stein of hand-crafted German bier, made in accordance with the 500-year-old German beer purity law, or a shot of schnapps.
Zünftig Bayrische unterhaltung (authentic Bavarian entertainment)
Direct from Germany, Bavarian Oompah band ‘Münchner Buam’ will pump the festival with a mix of traditional folk songs and crowd-favourite sing-a-longs.
Take part in the Miss Oktoberfest, Beardmeister and Bavarian Strongman competitions or watch the dirndl and lederhosen fashion parade.
The final Sunday will also feature a car show with a display of vintage, classic and late model German marques.
Gaudi für Kinder (fun for kids)
The Kinder Zone will keep the kids entertained with carnival rides, an animal farm, puppet theatre, face painting and roving entertainment. Visitors on Sundays will enjoy free rides all day.
Oktoberfest around the state
- The German Club, Brisbane
- Oktoberfest on the coast, Carrara and Kawana
- Oktoberfest at Heisenberg Haus, Ipswich
- The Brewery Oktoberfest, Townsville
- Sandi's Oktoberfest, Magnetic Island
- Emu Park Lions’ Oktoberfest, Rockhampton