That’s a wrap! From our family to yours, thank you!

What a festival!

Two weekends packed to the brim with fun, laughter, activities, things to see and do and of course delectable food & beverages!

We hope that you had as much fun as we did at our 8th annual Oktoberfest Brisbane festival, over the past two weekends.

We continue to grow, and this year many Brisbane locals and friends from intrastate and interstate travelled to the Brisbane Showgrounds to experience authentic German culture.

With familiar and new faces, Oktoberfest Brisbane celebrated its largest festival to date.

Prost to a wonderful celebration of Germany! Thank you for all your support in making 2015 our best yet! We look forward to welcoming you back to 2016!



Congratulations to the winners of our competitions!

Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane: Siobhan Collie

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Beardmeister: Shane Beu

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Bavarian Strongmen:  The Vikings

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Get Groomed at Oktoberfest Brisbane with Jimmy Rod’s and Triple M

Triple M Brisbane and Jimmy Rod’s Barbershop have teamed up to bring a Pop Up Barbershop to this year’s Oktoberfest.

Jimmy Rod’s Barbershop is known for bringing an authentic masculinity, camaraderie and style to the men’s grooming experience. Back in 2003, Jimmy Rod started the first shop in his chain of barbershops where men could come in to get a slick haircut and sharp sides. But he also wanted to create a place where men could relax, socialise, exchange jokes and chill out. Jimmy Rod’s and Triple M have brought this same experience and environment to Oktoberfest Brisbane.

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Over the first weekend of the festival, the barbers were non-stop busy doing cuts on all the festival goers. Even one of our operations staff, Levi got his long luscious lock cut off in support of Youngcare (Levi hadn’t had his hair cut for 3 years!)

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Not only can you stop by, get groomed, and hang out- Triple M will be broadcasting live from Oktoberfest on Saturday, so this may be your chance to get your 10 seconds of fame- or at least say hi to the Triple M crew.

With all that going on, you don’t want to miss out! Make sure you stop by the Pop Up Barbershop located outside the main Oktoberfest Brisbane tent while you’re at the festival.

 

What did you miss out on over the first weekend of Oktoberfest Brisbane 2015?

Friday, Saturday or Sunday at Oktoberfest Brisbane, there is something for everyone!

From the first ‘tapping of the keg’ by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane – Graham Quirk, to our competitions, entertainment, rides, various beverages and of course the delicious food, we thought we would whet your appetite with a few pics from our first weekend for 2015. Hop onto our facebook page to see more, tag and share.

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Are you the ultimate Beardmeister?

Are you the type of guy who’s been perfecting their facial accessory, whether it be a beard, moustache or combination of such for a long time now just waiting for the moment to debut it in the perfect setting for ultimate glory? Well, if you’ve said yes to any of that- or if you simply just have some really great facial hair- then the Oktoberfest Brisbane Beardmeister competition is for you!

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Teaming up with Jimmy Rod’s Barbershop to find the ultimate Beardmeister, entrants will have the chance to compete in three categories:

1. Natural Moustache
2. Freestyle
3. Natural Beard

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There will be limited registration at the event, taking only 15 entrants per category (45 in total), so if you plan on entering at the event be sure to get in early!

Judging will be done by 3 experts in the bearded game: James O’Brien (from Jimmy Rod’s Barbershop), Luke Swenson (founder and owner of the Bearded Chap), Daen Brown (founder and owner of King Brown Pomade). Watch beards and moustaches battle it out on the second weekend of Oktoberfest Brisbane. See which one beard will rule them all and clinch the illustrious title of Beardmeister.

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When?
Friday, Oktober 16th, 2015 kicking off at 6:15pm.

Where?
Main Stage in the Oktoberfest Brisbane Tent at the Brisbane Showgrounds, entry via Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills.

 

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Got that Competitive urge?

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Feeling competitive and want to walk away as an Oktoberfest Brisbane champion? Well there are a few different ways you can let your inner competitor out this year and walk away with a high distinction in a broad range of categories. It just depends on what you’re willing to put into it (and how much time you have left to grow some solid facial hair).

Here’s an overview of all the competitions at this year’s festival.


Miss Oktoberfest

Ladies, get your Dirndl ready for Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane 2015! Do you have what it takes to win this year’s coveted title along with the prestige, glamour and prize it brings?
Embrace your inner German and demonstrate skills you probably didn’t know you had at this fast-paced and fun competition!

You’ll need to be able to show off your strength, fashion sense and knowledge about all things German, while milking a cow, if you want to become Brisbane’s favourite “Fräulein”!

When?
Saturday, Oktober 10th, 2015.

Where?
Brisbane Showgrounds, entry via Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills.

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Beardmeister

Lovers of facial hair – this is the competition you’ve dreamed of! After all, with great beard comes great responsibility. Watch beards and moustaches battle it out on the second weekend of Oktoberfest Brisbane. See which one beard will rule them all and clinch the illustrious title of Beardmeister. Categories for this year’s Beardmeister are:

1. Natural Moustache
2. Freestyle
3. Natural Beard

To get the beards of Brisbane ready, we are conducting a pre-registration for the event. Simply upload the best pic of your luscious facial locks to this event 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?

When?
Friday, Oktober 16th, 2015.

Where?
Brisbane Showgrounds, entry via Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills.

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Bavarian Strongmen

Continuing a very noble and worthy tradition, our action-packed ‘Bavarian Strongmen’ competition is the ultimate team event. Proudly sponsored by two of Oktoberfest Brisbane’s longstanding partners – King of Cakes German Bakery and German Sausage Hut.

Grab two mates and start practising your keg rolling, “Krapfen” (jam donut) eating, and other important German life-skills today.

When?
Saturday, Oktober 17th, 2015.

Where?
Brisbane Showgrounds, entry via Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills.

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So there you have it, all your chances to be a champion! Whether you’re growing your beard, perfecting your eating, or mastering your cow milking skills – only a few days remain to prepare and then it’s game time!


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This year to celebrate Oktoberfest Brisbane, we lit up the Story Bridge white and blue! We gave everyone the opportunity to take a #OktoberfestBrisbane #BridgeSelfie to go into the draw to win a merchandise pack and tickets to Oktoberfest Brisbane.

You may have missed the chance to enter this one (this year), as it ran from Oktober 1st – 3rd, but you can check out the winner and details on the event page and make sure you get involved next year!


 

Meet the band

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This year we are excited to welcome back the German melodies of Münchner Buam. Collectively, the band has over 149 years of Oktoberfest and German Folk Festival experience and they’ll be bringing their keyboard, guitar, drums, and of course the Flügelhorn back with them to entertain festival goers each day. Some of their players have just finished playing in the Munich Oktoberfest tents. It was a good warm up for Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Münchner Buam will be playing the hits from the Munich Oktoberfest, songs that go around the world with them and most everyone can sing along to. They’ve said that playing the hits that include some sort of movement (such as ‘the Fliegerlied’ and ‘Rock mi’) allow the festival-goers to have “immense fun joining in with these songs”.

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Münchner Buam has played in Munich, Stuttgart, Hamburg – at the largest three folk festivals in Germany. Warsaw (Poland), Bordeaux (France), Milan (Italy), Saragossa (Spain), Irkutsk (Siberia, Russia), Minsk (Belarus), Helsinki (Finland), Angola, Taiwan, Thailand, and Lauderdale (USA) and we’re excited to bring them back to Brisbane for this year’s Oktoberfest! So get your dancing shoes ready and hit the floor with your best moves.

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Plan Your Day(s)

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The expression “so much to do, and so little time” could not be more true when it comes to Oktoberfest Brisbane. But you’re in luck, we’re going to give you all the information you need to plan your day/days at Oktoberfest Brisbane before you step through those magical gates.

There’s something for everyone so be sure to come one and come all and know what speaks to you before you go.

Let’s start with our families.

For those of you with little ones that want to join in on the fun – the Kinder Zone has fun filled activities all day. There’s Street Science for kids, the Kasperltheater Puppet Show, Go for Goal and signing sessions with German stars of Brisbane Roar’s Hyundai A-League team and players from their Westfield W-League, as well as FUNtastic rides and a petting zoo just to name a few of the heaps of activities throughout the festival.

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For those of you who want to dive into the traditional German experience there’s loads to keep you entertained and educated. You’ll walk in as a guy or gal from Brisbane and leave as a Kerl or Mädel (still from Brisbane). Over on the German Connections stage you’ll find yodelling experts Heidi & Adeline, the Alpenrosen Dance Group bell-ringing and leg-slapping, and also OktoberFEAST with Matt Kirkegaard and Emily Loo. In the Oktoberfest tent you can see the Münchner Buam band play all our favourite German tunes as well as catch the Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane Competition and/or the Bavarian Strongmen Competition (better yet – enter one of them!)

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And don’t forget on the final day of the festival, head over to the Munich Biergarten for the Autofest, Oktoberfest Brisbane’s German Classic Car Show.

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Feeling motivated? Check out the Festival Program for all the times and locations of ALL there’s to do this Oktoberfest.

Feeling hungry?

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Just the mention of Oktoberfest Brisbane gets your mouth watering and taste-buds fired up. All year we search for beautiful German fare, and the fact that we can count on Oktoberfest Brisbane to serve up all the best German food and beverages in one place, just makes our little hearts flutter!

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Here’s a sneak peak of the food and drink menu you can expect at Oktoberfest Brisbane. WARNING: You may want to plan your eating schedule now and maybe even start training. Pace yourself so you can enjoy as many of the different specialities as possible in one day.

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Check out the menu links below to start your feast planning.

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Brisbane Roar at Oktoberfest Brisbane

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For the first time, meet local German Brisbane Roar Football Club players at Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Get an autograph and photo with Brisbane Roar players Thomas Broich and Jerome Polenz. Ask them football questions and maybe gets some technical tips to put in to practice when you have a shot at our Youngcare ‘Torwandschiessen’ (Go for Goal) challenge. It’s only a gold coin donation to have a kick and all proceeds go to Youngcare, Oktoberfest Brisbane’s charity partner since 2008.

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Thomas has been with the Brisbane Roar since 2010. After a successful youth career in Germany he moved Down Under and is rated as one of the Hyundai A-League’s best players. This was confirmed when he won the player of the year (Johnny Warren Medal) twice plus player of the match in the Brisbane Roar Grand Final win.

Jerome joined the Brisbane Roar squad in January 2015. He began his Australian football journey at the Western Sydney Wanderers after playing professionally in Germany throughout his youth.

Both players are at Oktoberfest Brisbane on Saturday 10th October so don’t miss this fabulous opportunity to meet them in person.

But wait, there’s more of the Roar!

Sunday 11th October it’s the women’s turn, as Brisbane Roar’s Westfield W-league stars Maili Forbes and Ruth Ivy visit Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Bring your Roar supporters gear and get the girls to sign them, and bring your sisters or daughters so they can learn first-hand that football is definitely not just a boy’s game. They may even beat the boys at Torwandschiessen – give it a try!

Check out the signing session times below, and be sure to get there early to not miss out on the action!


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