Orange Sky

Oktoberfest Brisbane is proud to announce that we are partnering up with Orange Sky. Orange Sky Provides clean clothes and conversation for people experiencing homelessness.  Through the provision of a free mobile and laundry service Orange Sky provides a platform for every day Australians to connect in a safe, positive and supportive environment for people who are too often ignored or who feel disconnected from the community.

What started as an idea from two Brisbane locals in their garage, has now expanded to 26 services across the country and provides over 7200kg of clean laundry a week!

However the services Orange Sky offer do not end there. They also partner up with food vans and drop in services, to ensure the need of each individual is met and walk away with a smile on their face. Additional support services are provided to remote Aboriginal and Torres Stair Islander communities, as well as any disaster relief services for temporary homelessness.

We are excited to partner with Orange Sky and can’t wait to show you all we have in store    for the Orange Sky activation at the Festival!

In the meantime, get to know Orange Sky HERE and familiarize yourself with a wonderful work they do.


Let’s make it! Krapfen

Krapfen or Berliner {Jam filled Donuts}

These soft and fluffy Krapfen {Jam filled donuts} are eaten year-round in Germany but are particularly popular during Fashing season {carnival} and on Faschingsdienstag {Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras}. Faschingsdienstag in Germany is the peak of the Fashing, reflecting the practice of the last day of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting starts on Aschermittwoch {Ash Wednesday}. Even though, most people don’t fast any more, they do enjoy the rituals of Fasching.

On Faschingsdienstag, people dress up to celebrate Fasching … and they eat a lot of Krapfen on this day. Kids dress up for school, depending on the workplace people get dressed up for work and the fluffy treat is devoured everywhere. I decided this Fasching to make some Krapfen myself for our Team to celebrate Faschingsdienstag and to celebrate Fashing in general as I am a big fan of dressing up!

The characteristics of Krapfen are the white ring that circles the center, the raspberry jam filling (or any other jam filling you like) and the generously dusted top with powdered sugar, however I prefer cinnamon sugar. My father-in-law who is a pastry chef by trade used to make Krapfen in the 1000 for his pastry & bakeries in Munich. And during Fasching he used to fill 1 in every 100 Krapfen with mustard – now I think this is the silly season J

I tried to do a step by step recipe with pictures to make it easier for you to follow the recipe.

Let’s get started!

 STEP BY STEP RECIPE Krapfen {Jam filled donuts}

We start with the Dampfl {polish}. Here a step by step of how to best do it.

Add the flour in a bowl, create a crater in the middle. Crumble in the yeast (I like to use fresh yeast), add in 2/3rds of the luke warm milk, add one teaspoon of sugar and gently stir to dissolve the yeast without adding too much flour. Let is sit for 10 – 15 mins.

In the meantime, use a fresh bowl and mix two eggs, 50g of melted butter, 50g sugar, 1 teaspoon salt and the rest of the milk – mix well and poor it over the Dampfl after it has doubled in size (usually after 10 – 15mins).

Mix all ingredients to a soft and slightly sticky dough. You can do that by hand or with a mixer with dough hooks attached. Let is rise for 30mins or until the dough has doubled in size.

Roll dough to 1cm to 1.5cm thickness.

Prepare a baking pan lined with floured wax paper. Using a glass or coffee cup, cut rounds. You can roll the very last dough scraps into firm balls and pat it flat so they look similar to the rest of the rounds.

Cover the dough with a tea towel and let it rise in a warm place for about 20-25 mins or until they have puffed up noticeably. This is important – if you don’t let them rise long enough, they will not be high and fluffy in the end.

Once the dough is risen, heat a medium saucepan or pot of oil over medium heat until it reaches 160-165 °C degrees. You can use a cooking or deep-frying thermometer, but I make Krapfen without, it just takes a little adjusting though… Dip a wooden skewer/chopstick or handle of a wooden cooking spoon into the hot oil for testing the temperature.  If the oil starts steadily bubbling, then the oil is hot enough for frying. (bubbling vigorously = too hot, very few bubbles = not hot enough). As always: Be careful handling hot oil!

Carefully slip 3 rounds into the oil. Watch the Krapfen as they get golden brown then gently with a flat spatula turn them over. You will notice that the Krapfen will get a nice white ring.

Carefully transfer the Krapfen to a paper-towel-lined rack with a slotted spatula.

Let the Krapfen cool.

Dust the Doughnuts with cinnamon sugar.

Place the jam in a piping bag with a round tip. Stick a skewer or chopstick in the side of the Krapfen to create a tunnel. Pipe in some of the jam. You will know when you put in too much as the jam will come back out.

Enjoy! They taste best eaten on the same day.




Makes about 20

550g Flour

200 ml luke warm milk

40 g fresh yeast

50 g butter

65 g sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

200 g jam

powder sugar





Tips for using your Digital Wallet

Oktoberfest Brisbane is back this Friday for it’s second weekend! To make the most out of these fun-filled days, let’s go through the top seven tips for the Cashless system and setting up your Digital Wallet.

  1. You can set up your Digital Wallet prior to entering the festival. All you have to do is head to and enter your ticket barcode and details. That way the fun can begin as soon as you step in!
  2. If you’re entering with a group, make sure you come in with the same ticket you have set up your Digital Wallet with. You don’t want your Digital Wallet linked with someone else’s wristband!
  3. Setting up Auto Top-Up will save you from entering your card details in more than once. All you have to do is select Auto Top-Up when you submit a new Top-Up! Less time entering in your card details and more time for schnitzels and steins!
  4. Setting up on site is easy too! Just remember, your wristband number and 5-digit security code can be found on the back of your wristband chip. After registering your wristband and creating your Digital Wallet, your security code is now your account password!
  5. If you have money leftover in your Digital Wallet, you will be automatically refunded at the end of the Festival if you Top Up exclusively in your Digital Wallet vs the Top Up Stations on-site (Monday 16th).
  6. If you decide to Top Up your wristband on-site, don’t forget to keep your wristband or keep a record of your wristband number (we suggest taking a photo). You’ll need to fill out a manual refund form, you can find this on our website.
  7. If you’re returning back from last weekend, make sure you link in your new ticket or wristband into your existing Digital Wallet so you can use any unspent credit from last weekend.

Follow these steps and you should have a hassle-free experience with our cashless system. However, if you do run into any problems setting up or Topping Up, head to our Information Tent and one of our friendly staff will be able to help you out.