6 Delicious Reasons to Crave for Oktoberfest

Would you beg for a Bratwurst? Do you pine for a Pork Knuckle? Then you may have a ‘German food addiction’ of the very best kind.

Here are our top six picks that will have you craving more at this year’s for Oktoberfest Brisbane:

1. Pork Knuckle (Schweinshaxe)

What would an Oktoberfest be without the most iconic dish of all… the Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle)? Many may offer it, but few perfect it the way our Haxen Haus does. The whole year long their team are busily perfecting and testing just so our festival visitors can savour it over two weekends in October. Try it yourself and taste the love and dedication that goes into every crunch of the crackling and melt-in-your-mouth pork. Couple that with some creamy mash and Sauerkraut and you’ll have the ultimate ‘comfort food’.

Tip: Get fit with Pork Knuckle! Say “Schweinshaxe” 10 times fast (pronounced: Schvines-hacks-a) – it’s a great way to exercise those facial muscles.

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2. Wunder-bar (German Bier)

Imagine a German brewery creating a special beer just for you – that’s what century-old Tucher brewery does for us. You won’t find these two beers – a lager Oktoberfest beer and refreshing wheat beer – anywhere else in the world!

And once you’ve washed that down, try the specially brewed German-style dark beer from multi-award winning Burleigh Brewing and you have Germany’s favourite brews covered.

And of course they are all brewed to the German Purity Law.

We think that is truly Wunderbier… oops, we mean ‘Wunderbar’!

Tip: Want a beer but not the alcohol? Try our full-flavoured, alcohol-free wheat and lager beers from Tucher, our festival organisers’ favourite thirst-quenchers.

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3. XXL Pretzels

Pretzels bigger than your face, fresh out of the oven, and guaranteed to win you friends over and over again. This is pretzel-baking taken to a totally new level – by Bavarian master baker Wolfgang, at Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Pretzels are not only a staple food throughout Germany, they are a mum or dad’s favourite – there’s nothing like the soft doughy breadiness and crunchy crusty ends to keep the kids happy.

Try our giant XXL sized pretzels and win friends instantly… that is, if you dare to share it.

Tip: Traditional German accompaniment to fine brews, and a great money-saver – share with a friend or 4.

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4. Bratwurst

There’s nothing like the smell, sizzle, and flavour explosion when you bite into a mouth-watering German Bratwurst – served straight from Richy’s huge custom-made wood-fired grill, onto a fresh crusty roll with lashings of homemade sauerkraut and German mustard. Close your eyes, smell those delicious aromas, and listen to the strains of Oktoberfest music and be transported to Germany.

It’s an experience to be savoured and talked about for generations. Guten Appetit!

Tip: Eat it as the Germans do – with mustard and sauerkraut. (Tomato sauce only shows the world you’re a tourist and not a ‘local’).

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5. Wine

We’ll let you into one of Germany’s best kept secrets… their wine! These seriously good wines will redefine wine-lovers’ palates. We are proud to offer our wine fans a popular selection from Brogsitter winery, a wine-making family with a heritage stretching back more than four centuries. Sourced from the Rhine, Moselle and Saar regions, they are carefully crafted into wines with style, character and finesse.

Germans love their good wines but tend to drink most of it to themselves. That’s why you won’t find many of their wines outside Germany. Savour Brogsitter’s Riesling (rich fruity bouquet, crisp finish), Dornfelder (highly-popular German red grape), and Sekt (German sparkling wine) and you’ll be converted.

Tip: Use the right words and show you’re a connoisseur – Wein (pronounced: vine) for wine, and Sekt (pronounced as it’s written) for sparkling. Never call it champagne – that’s ONLY reserved for that special sparkling liquid derived from the Champagne region of France.

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6. Lebkuchenherzen

What do a deliciously spicy biscuit, a colourful fashion accessory and an interior wall-hanging or ornament have in common? They are one and the same thing, a Lebkuchenherz – invented by the Germans. Commonly known as ‘gingerbread hearts’ in English-speaking countries, they do, in fact, contain many spices but usually not ginger.

Ideal for shy suitors, the message on the heart may convey more than 1,000 words spoken, such as ‘Ich liebe dich’ (I love you) or ‘Schatzi’ (treasure).

It is one of the most practical festival souvenirs of all – to wear, decorate or simply eat! Lebkuchen lasts for months, even years; keep it dust-free and you can dunk it in your tea or coffee months down the track… that’s if the kids or housemates haven’t got to it first!

Tip: Check the German message on the heart before you buy – ask any roaming German speaker or our food stall holders. Giving your best mate one with ‘Ich liebe dich’ on it may give the wrong impression!

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Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane Search

Ladies, are you in training already for the title of Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane 2015? It’s time for you to embrace your inner German and let everyone know about your ability to carry heavy objects, dress traditionally and milk a cow, among other things.

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Dust off your Dirndl and get your German on! If you don’t have an authentic Dirndl, one of Oktoberfest Brisbane’s partners, Schnucki has a beautiful range of authentic Dirndls (and Lederhosen for the men).

Your smarts and your ability to have fun will be key in aiding you on your quest to become Brisbane’s new favourite “Fräulein” on the 10th of October – the first Saturday of our dual-weekend festival!

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Your efforts will focus on four key qualities – style, agility, learning ability and knowledge – designed to display your abilities to the fullest. This fast-paced and fun competition will see you milking a cow, and showing off your strength, fashion sense and knowledge about all things German, while an entire audience cheers you to victory!

The winner will wear the glamorous sash and be crowned the title of ‘Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane 2015’. All participants will receive a ‘thank you’ gift in appreciation of their efforts, and finalists will each receive a basket of German gourmet goodies.

On Saturday 10th October 2015, registrations will be held in the German Connections area.

Join our Facebook event HERE to keep up to date with all the latest on the event.

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Do you have what it takes to win this year’s coveted title along with the prestige, glamour and prize it brings?

Brissy’s best Brettl

Serving up only the best of German Festival food has been a long-standing tradition at Oktoberfest Brisbane, but did you know we also have a real foodie’s highlight that you won’t find anywhere else in Brisbane? The famous ‘Bavarian Brettl’, found only at the Bavarian Corner, ‘Bayrisches Eck’, at Oktoberfest Brisbane.

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Guests at their reserved Bavarian VIP Tables can savour hot and cold specialities on this impressive ‘Brettl’ (Bavarian for ‘small board’ or ‘platter’) which is anything BUT small.

The dining experience doesn’t stop here!

Exclusive to Bavarian VIP Tables are our friendly Dirndl and Lederhosen-clad staff, who will look after your orders, bring you a round of welcome drinks followed by our best specially-crafted German brews… and yes, they are included in the special Bavarian VIP package.

This special day at your Bavarian VIP Table is crowned with the perfect souvenir – ein Lebkuchenherz, made specially in Munich for our Bavarian Corner, Bayrisches Eck. It’s a decoration, a fashion accessory and a delicious biscuit all rolled into one – what a classic example of German ingenuity!

Friends, colleagues, corporate partners, social clubs and families can sit back, eat, drink and ‘Embrace their inner German’ in the ultimate Oktoberfest way!

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Find out what’s included in a Bavarian VIP Table package here.

Book your Bavarian VIP Table here.

Guten Appetit!

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Oktoberfest Brisbane has something for everyone …

Test your yodelling skills, kick a goal, clap to the thrills and spills (literally!) of Bavarian Strongmen & Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane competitions, laugh at the puppet show (Kasperltheater), swoon over the latest Dirndl/Lederhosen fashions, try your hands at leg-slapping, catch the culinary tips hot off the food show… or just sing, dance and schunkel along to the ‘Münchner Buam’ Oktoberfest band direct from Munich. Sounds interesting? In four months this could be YOU – the countdown has begun!

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Dodgems or giant slide, Rock n’ Roll or Octopus? Bavarian VIP Table guests don’t have to decide – in fact they can ride whatever, whenever and as often as they want. FREE rides, all day long, are included in the special Bavarian VIP package. So, work off those calories on the dodgems, or get that adrenalin pumping as you spin upside down and round and round. And, if you want to test your best dance moves, here’s our tip: If you ask nicely, you may even get to dance a Chicken Dance or Fliegerlied with our friendly Bavarian Corner,’Bayrisches Eck’ team!

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There’s never a dull moment at this iconic German Festival, with activities and entertainment on offer throughout the day for everyone, from the youngest to the ‘young at heart’ – come and be a part of it!

Find out more about Oktoberfest Brisbane here.

Check out our Bavarian VIP Table packages here.

Bis bald!

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