KIDS … it’s FUNtastic!

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KIDS … it’s FUNtastic!

Wait until you see what’s on this year – it’s the most FUNtastic entertainment program we’ve ever offered for kids!

There’s a terrific range of activities and hands-on workshops from toddler to teenies, and we’re sure that the adults will want to try their hand too.

With new rides and so much more, the hardest thing will be dragging the kids away!

What new rides are here in 2015?

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The 360 is the latest thrill ride to hit Australia: this exhilarating ride swings 180 then a full 360 while the outward facing passengers spin a slow 360 around. This ride is for the ultimate thrill seekers!

Avalanche

Avalanche is a real crowd-pleaser at all festivals. Which way will it spin? Left … right …right around? You never know.

Festival favourites are here again due to popular demand: Dodgem Cars, Bubble (Jumping Castle), Giant Slide, and a Kids’ Train.

… and don’t forget the cutest and cuddliest of all – the baby animal farm …

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Check out the festival map to make sure you get to them all!

 

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Kinder-Zone is the place to be for the younger Oktoberfest Brisbane revellers, and we have a heap of new things happening for them in 2015.

This year we’re introducing a new concept in child creativity at our festival – Kindermusik playdates – and it’s all FREE.

It’s presented by Flying Fox Studios, specialists in helping show children the creative side of life through development and play. They offer a wide range of activities and workshops, and we’re particular excited to have them involved in Oktoberfest Brisbane this year.

What are Kindermusik playdates?

Well, you’ll just have to come along and see and experience it … but don’t blame us if the kids don’t want to leave!

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OktoberFEAST 2015

There’s no mistaking that Oktoberfest Brisbane celebrations around the world embrace the hoppier side of things with a nice German beer (or two). Pairing those beers with the right pork knuckles, sausages, sauerkraut and schnitzels is a key element to any good German meal and a requirement of a successful day during Oktoberfest. However, there’s so much more to learn about beer, food, and how to make that match made in heaven, even more heavenly.

To help us learn more about what’s required for this perfect match Beer Matt, Matt Kirkegaard (Brisbane-based freelance beer writer and all-round beer expert), and Emily Loo (2014 Masterchef contestant) will be taking us through an educational journey to match the perfect beer with the perfect meal.

Be part of this exclusive event as Matt Kirkegaard disects the ingredients of different types of German beers to enlighten us on what makes a good beer, from the hops to the yeast. Learn from the master as Emily Loo walks us through mouth-watering recipes for a meal fit for a König (king).

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Photo credit: Matt Kirkegaard: BeerMatt

OktoberFEAST Info:

When: Sunday 11th and Sunday 18th Oktober, 3:15 – 3:45pm

Where: German Connections Stage

What: Matt and Emily present ‘OktoberFEAST: The Gourmet Exbeerience’ – The journey towards creating the perfect union between beer and food.

Light it up! Bridge Selfie Competition


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The Story Bridge lights up in Bavarian colours!

Oktoberfest Brisbane is lighting up the Story Bridge WHITE and BLUE from Thursday 1st until Sunday 4th of Oktober!

To celebrate a week out from the opening of the festival we are running a Bridge Selfie COMPETITION.

To go into the draw to WIN a great merchandise pack and tickets to Oktoberfest Brisbane festival all you have to do is the following:

  1. Take a selfie with the Story Bridge lit up in the background, any time from the 1st – 4th Oktober
  2. Post on Instagram or Facebook
  3. Use BOTH of the following hashtags #OktoberfestBrisbane #BridgeSelfie with your post

Winner to be announced on social media by 7th Oktober

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Get the lie of the land

We are excited to introduce our new festival map.

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You will see that we have some changes for this years festival. We have different rides, a new look Wein (Wine) Bar area and our German Connections tent is now a complete stand alone area, just to name a few.

Below is our abbreviated Festival Program. A full program will be uploaded onto our website closer to the festival date. In the mean time, this gives you a great idea of what we have on each day and will help you plan what days to come.

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Brisbane’s German Story

Brisbane’s German story comes alive in 2015 with special free guided tours from October 5 – November 15. Visitors can experience and learn about Queensland’s first free settlement, ‘German Station’, and Nundah’s fascinating past & eclectic present. Organised by our supporters, Brisbane Greeters, these tours are specially created for a short time only – timed to coincide with Oktoberfest Brisbane – for people to embrace Brisbane’s earliest German culture.

… and there’s even a stop at our favourite German bakery, King of Cakes, in Nundah, for a delicious strudel or Black Forest cake along the way.

The tours will be limited, so be quick to book one. Details and booking are available here.

Here’s a taste of the Brisbane’s German Story Greeter tour:

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Spectacular station and street art around Nundah commemorating the Lutheran Missionaries and their relationship with the local Aborigines;

 

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The First Free Settlers Monument and heritage trail that drops crumbs about curious characters and little known facts;

 

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A visit to the German Bakery where you may choose to indulge in a delicious German Pretzel or Strudel;

 

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Take a stroll through the village of Nundah with various points of interest explained, including a WWII bomb shelter and the War Memorial featuring a World War I German Krupp field gun;

 

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St Paul’s Lutheran Church – learn about why there are two differing styles of pews;

 

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A reflective and fascinating experience at the Nundah Cemetery that reveals so much about some of Brisbane and Queensland’s earliest settlers.


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All images supplied by Brisbane Greeters.

 

The free Brisbane’s German Story tours commence on Monday 5th October (bookings open now) and begin from the Nundah Train Station at 10:30am. The Brisbane’s German Story Greeters tours – Oktoberfest Nundah Greets – will run seven days a week for six weeks (Monday 5th October until Sunday 15th November 2015 inclusive).

Book a Brisbane’s German Story tour, ‘Oktoberfest Nundah Greets’, via the Brisbane Greeters website here. Bookings are essential!

Alternatively, visitors can phone Brisbane Marketing during business hours to book: (07) 3156 6364 (2 days advance booking notice is required).

 

 

 

Tying the knot, German style!

The ideal pretzel, as served in Germany, has a dark brown, crispy, salty crust, and inside a soft dough. It has a plump “body”, and thin, crispy (not dry) crossed “arms.”

Are you getting hungry yet?

At Oktoberfest Brisbane, it’s hard to walk past the King of Cakes stall and not grab a pretzel. 13,500 of these delicious knots of dough were consumed last year. Have you ever wondered how they are made though? Wolfgang Kelke let us behind the scenes at the King of Cakes head office to show us what goes in to making one of the trademark foods of Australia’s largest German Festival.

How are pretzels made?

  1. Firstly, the ingredients for the dough are weighed out and put into the mixer.
  2. Then, a large sphere of dough is flattened in a dough press, and cut into identical squares.
  3. After this, the squares are dropped into a machine that processes them into rolls of dough, to make it easier for further rolling out. To activate the yeast in the dough, the first rolled dough is refrigerated.
  4. After about 10 minutes of resting the dough, the rolls are brought out of the fridge and rolled out. First into the dough rolling machine, and then by hand into long lengths, after which they are twisted into pretzel shapes.
  5. These are then placed out onto baking trays, and baked in large batches.

The pretzels are tested for “doneness” before they get to the festival, and are sprinkled with salt before their tasty goodness reaches your hands!

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Apart from pretzels, King of Cakes also has a delicious range of cakes and gorgeous gingerbread hearts this year, which Wolfgang gladly modelled for us!

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Make yourself at home!

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Want to come to Oktoberfest Brisbane but don’t want to travel all the way home after celebrating? Want to experience Brisbane while experiencing a true slice of Germany? Our hotel partner, Watermark Hotel Brisbane wants you to stay here longer and embrace your inner German too!
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As our long-term hotel partner, Watermark Hotel Brisbane are offering great packages for Oktoberfest Brisbane visitors. With 10% off food and beverages at their 551 Restaurant & Bar and free parking included, this is a great package that you shouldn’t miss out on!

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You can spend a day exploring the many wonderful things Brisbane has to offer, before getting your German on and heading to Australia’s largest German Festival!

The central location (with great proximity to the Brisbane Showgrounds) as well as the friendly staff makes the Watermark Hotel Brisbane an ideal place to stay.

Take advantage of this exclusive accommodation package!

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How can you Embrace your inner German?

With Oktoberfest Brisbane only a month away, we decided we should give you the lowdown on how best to embrace your inner German!

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Germans love their food and drink!

It’s hard to think of Germany without thinking of pretzels, bratwursts and beer. At Oktoberfest Brisbane, there are more food options than you could possibly stomach in one sitting! Whether you like something savoury like the pork knuckles, bratwurst varieties, sauerkraut, schnitzels or pretzels, or have a craving for something sweet like strudel, pastries or Black Forest cake – you’ll find all of it and more at the largest and most authentic Oktoberfest in Australia!

As for the beer, brush up on the German way to order it! For a lager, your order would be for a Helles, a wheat beer is a Weissbier and for a handcrafted dark beer, you order a Dunkelbier. We also have options for non-beer drinkers. Alcoholic options include a wide variety of German wines and non-alcoholic options include non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee.

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Germans love to dress up!

It’s true, Germans like to make a good impression, and in style. While embracing the authenticity at Oktoberfest Brisbane, why not slip into the traditional German garb?

For the men, there is the Lederhosen in varying lengths, along with different designs and embellishments. For the ladies, there are plenty of Dirndl options – ranging from the basic ones, to unique, one-of-a-kind designs.

Fun fact: the side on which the Dirndl apron bow is tied indicates the whether a woman is “taken” or not!

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Germans love their football!

“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” – Gary Lineker

Germans love football. It is quite possible that the most passionate you will see a German person is when they are watching, playing, talking about, thinking about or dreaming of, football.

Fun fact: The German Football Association consists of more than 26,000 clubs and 178,000 teams. There are more football fan clubs in Germany than any other country.

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Germans love to dance!

Dancing is a German love dating back centuries and is still a great focus of the German culture today.

In the 19th century, Germans turned their traditional German dance “Der Deutsche” (The German) into the Waltz, simply by upping the tempo!

Fun Fact: In 18th century Bavaria, some forms of dance were forbidden for about 30 years as they were deemed immoral… they invoked “obscene behaviour”, leading good men and women into temptation outside of wedlock! Dirty Dancing had nothing on 18th Century Bavaria!

 

For more fun and inspiring German-isms, come visit us over the second and third weekends of Oktober at the Brisbane Showgrounds, and experience what it truly means to Embrace Your Inner German!

Do you have Brisbane’s Best Beard?

Lovers of facial hair, rejoice! Entries are now open for Beardmeister 2015, hosted this year by Jimmy Rod’s Barbershop

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With a great beard comes great responsibility! Watch a variety of beards and moustaches battle it out for the title of Brisbane’s Best Beard, on the second Friday of Oktoberfest Brisbane. Not only that, Jimmy Rod’s Barbershop will be on-site with a pop-up barbershop, should your glorious follicles require a grooming before you step up on the stage!

 

Categories for this years’ Beardmeister are:

  1. Natural Moustache
  2. Freestyle
  3. Natural Beard

Each category will have a winner proceeding to the Grand Final, where the Beardmeister of Oktoberfest Brisbane 2015 will be announced, showered in prizes and bask in the glory of his new title.

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To get the Beards of Brisbane ready, we are conducting a pre-registration for the event via our Beardmeister Facebook Event Page. Simply upload the best pic of your luscious facial locks to the event page and state which category you want to enter… 5 finalists for each category will be chosen by Jimmy Rod’s and Oktoberfest Brisbane, ensuring guaranteed entry to the event as well as free entry to the festival on Friday 16th Oktober!

Pre-registration closes Wednesday 14th Oktober and limited registrations will be taken on the day of the event… so, how’s your beard looking?

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