Vielen Dank, Brisbane!

Walking through the crowds and seeing mates embrace to the traditional sounds of the Bavarian Oompah band ‘Münchner Buam, some for the first time and others who’ve come back for more, is what the Oktoberfest Brisbane experience is all about.

It’s the fun and laughter and the chance to experience something you simply don’t get to enjoy every day that keeps us motivated to put on a bigger and better show each year.


We met at this festival almost ten years ago and, whether it’s donning a Dirndl for the first time, tucking into a pork knuckle or singing along to ‘Fliegerlied’, we hope that this year’s festival has created memories for you that will last forever.

A huge thank-you to Brisbane’s rich and vibrant German community, including all the food vendors, dance groups and hundreds of other passionate people who help to put on this incredible production which has grown to become Australia’s biggest German Festival.

Next year will be the tenth year for Oktoberfest Brisbane and we hope you’ll all make it back to make it the biggest celebration yet!

From our family to yours, thank you!

Kim & Boris Zoulek


Oktoberfest Brisbane 2016 Anzapfen, the official opening ceremony

It is here! Our opening ceremony with the official ‘tapping of the keg’, the Anzapfen.

This year will be the fifth consecutive year Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk taps the first keg of beer at Oktoberfest Brisbane, following a long-running Bavarian tradition to mark the launch of the festival.

This tradition has been celebrated at Oktoberfest in Munich for a century, with the city’s Lord Mayor tapping the first keg of beer and offering the first stein of beer to the Head of State, announcing “O’zapft is” (“It is tapped”).

Join us for the ceremonious event and help us get the celebration underway as the taps start flowing with beer specially-brewed for Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Take a visual trip down memory lane with Oktoberfest Brisbane’s past ‘tappers’.

2008 Anzapfen

2008 Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen – Graham Quirk

2009 Anzapfen

2009 Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen – Lord Mayor Campbell Newman

2010 Anzapfen

2010 Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen – Councillor Andrew Wines

2011 Anzapfen

2011 Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen – Councillor Julian Simmonds

2012 Anzapfen

2012 Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen – Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

2013 Anzapfen

2013 Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen – Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

2014 Anzapfen

2014 Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen – Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

2015 Anzapfen

2015 Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen – Lord Mayor Graham Quirk




Shank Brothers get crafty for OktoberFEAST


Glorious hearty flavours will combine when Mike and Ralph from Brisbane-based BBQ collective, the Shank Brothers, share their passion for cooking with culture-seekers at Oktoberfest Brisbane this Saturday, October 8.

Using local ingredients including emu from Tri It Emu Farm at Marburg and Pork from Meat at Billys in Ashgrove, they’ll be teaching you how to make mouth-watering sausages infused with the specially-crafted Dunkel Bier brewed by our friends at Burleigh Brewing Co.

They’ll top it all off with traditionally artisan fermented “Get out Kraut” from Picklehead Pickles and a schmear of homemade horseradish cream on bespoke Crust & Co light rye sourdough. Yum!
Don’t miss the action at the OktoberFEAST demonstration, where you’ll walk away with a few tricks of the trade.

Get behind the scenes to see the process of making these divine sausages.

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They hand crafted the sausages with the help of Alpine Meat Imports and Meat at Billy’s. Come to OktoberFEAST this Saturday at the German Connections stage. Check out the program HERE
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