KIDS: here’s how to keep your parents entertained at Brisbane’s German Festival!

Oktoberfest-Dancing-D2C2_4789-e1First, and most important: keep one of them with you at all times.  Vie so?   Because not only will you be able to enter Oktoberfest Brisbane for FREE if you’re under 18, you can also show them how much fun there is for kids of all ages – especially the ‘big kids’ among us.

Second, just because they’re dressed up in colourful German outfits and being all ‘adult’ about the experience, doesn’t mean they can’t have their faces painted too.  (If they’ve gone the ‘full Trachten’ and embarrassed you that much just on the way to the Brisbane Showgrounds, the least you could do is return the favour after you arrive. They don’t have to know there’s no such thing as a Bavarian Mountain Lion!)  And who could resist sitting with some adorable baby animals – like the petting zoo (aaawww!) we’ve had at Oktoberfest Brisbane before – with a ‘cute factor’ off the scale at 101%.

Parents entertained at Brisbane’s German FestivalThird – well, we could go on, but it’s going to be much more fun for you to experience for yourself. You can join in everything from food-tasting and fashion parades to singing songs and learning some fun German dances. (Just watch the oldies try to get those steps worked out!) Everyone in the family, from little brothers to big sisters – yes, even old Onkel Fritz too – will find their arms pumping, sides splitting, knees lifting and feet tapping. And then they’ll probably step out onto the dance floor…!

Puppet Show

If you’re clever, you can always duck out and go visit the puppet shows in the classic German ‘Kasperl-theater’ but be warned: your folks are sure to notice if you start practising yodelling accompanied by cow-bells while they’re still trying to master the Chicken Dance. (Actually, probably everyone will notice but, hey, chances are they’ll be stomping around and having a ball too – don’t worry: that’s Oktoberfest Brisbane for you.)

Alpenrosen_D2C1_8974-edit1Remember we said you need to keep at least one adult with you? Well, there’s more good reasons why: when they get thirsty after all that exercise, you need to make sure they re-hydrate properly. (Work with us here, alright? There’s more fun to come, and you  need to make sure the folks sample one of our water bubblers: this is all about the kids having fun, so you have to keep an eye on them and make sure they’re keeping up with you.)

Because, when everyone’s thirst has been quenched it’s time to think about stomachs – and, ach, Bruder!, what a feast of options awaits! From savoury to sweet, hot, cold or sauerkraut, from soft, smooth and succulent to crunchy, tangy and zesty, there’s a whole German world of wonderful tastes and mouth-watering smells to savour. (TIPP! Don’t let your parents go overboard at just one of our stalls: make sure they leave enough room to enjoy ein bisschen something from each one of our delicious culinary outlets. They will thank you for it – just make sure you try the tasty foods they might have missed so you can tell them all about it!)


Raising Money for Youngcare

Make the Pork Knuckle YOUR Destiny!

The Pork Knuckle of DestinyYou, your friends or your organisation have the chance to win fame, food and festival fun while helping our chosen charity partner, Youngcare! Do your bit for the community and help us raise money by bidding on the very first Pork Knuckle of this year’s German Festival!

Youngcare believes all young people deserve to live full, young lives, whatever their care needs. As well as helping to provide more choices, Youngcare also does amazing work finding housing options for younger Australians with 24/7 care needs. Since Oktoberfest Brisbane began in 2008, we are proud to have raised $125,738 for this very worthy charity.

This year we are once again auctioning the very first, succulent Pork Knuckle of the festival – the ‘Pork Knuckle of Destiny’ – to the highest bidder. This is a unique and delicious prize, with all monies raised going directly to Youngcare. Michael van der Drift, from Götzinger Smallgoods, very kindly donates the esteemed ‘Pork Knuckle of Destiny’ each year.

Presenting the Cheque to YoungcareThe auction starts now and the illustrious Pork Knuckle will be presented on the first Friday of Oktoberfest Brisbane at the ‘Anzapfen’ official opening ceremony. The winning bidder and their team, will then enjoy dining on their victory at their own Bavarian VIP Table.

So get your bids in here!

How to win the Pork Knuckle of Destiny

  • Place your bid – the bidding process is live now!
  • Follow progress on our website and social media, and ensure your bid is the highest when bidding closes
  • Carefully select five others to share in your moment of glory and all the delicious riches you will receive at the Anzapfen on the first Friday of the festival!

What you win


  • Your logo proudly displayed on our website, along with the bid amount that you will personally present to Youngcare
  • Regular announcements of the highest bidder on the Oktoberfest Brisbane social media pages
  • A short description promoting your company/team on social media and in the Oktoberfest Brisbane eNewsletter, giving your company great exposure
  • Photo of you with your prize at the ceremony and a Facebook post on our Oktoberfest Brisbane page from the Opening Ceremony
  • Fanfare to usher you and your winning team members to your Bavarian VIP table.
  • A framed, commemorative Pork Knuckle of Destiny certificate (to remember the prize long after it’s been eaten!)

Food and drinks

  • Tuck into your winning Pork Knuckle of Destiny, accompanied with Sauerkraut and mashed potato
  • Freshly-baked pretzels
  • A stein filled with one of our specially brewed Oktoberfest Brisbane beers for you and each of your guests on arrival at your table
  • Dedicated Bavarian VIP table service by traditionally-dressed wait staff
  • Enjoy a ‘digestif’ round of schnapps for the table.


Festival fun

  • Entry to the festival for you and your five dining companions
  • Your own Bavarian VIP Table for the whole evening, to come and go as you please
  • Free rides all night long, from 4pm
  • Commemorative ‘Oktoberfest Brisbane’ cooler and stein each
  • Commemorative ‘Oktoberfest Brisbane’ souvenir for each person.


Click here to find out more.

Oktoberfest For Teens Dancing

Queensland’s Largest Schools Language Event – Oktoberfest For Teens

Oktoberfest For TeensUnique in Australia – and possibly to any Oktoberfest in the world – our Oktoberfest for Teens is the largest German language schools event in Australia. Almost 2,000 primary and secondary school students, and teachers – from Maryborough to Coolangatta, Toowoomba to the Bayside – descend on Brisbane Showgrounds (RNA) for their own special German day out!  Students and teachers immerse themselves in German language, culture, traditions, games, food and fun at Oktoberfest For Teen’s authentic best.

Organised by Louise Moeller from Oktoberfest Brisbane and Paula Hay, head of the German Teachers’ Branch, the event makes German language and culture come alive. The dedicated team has also developed a six-week interactive learning program with additional resources for all participating schools as part of the integrated learning journey for the weeks leading up to this schools’ German Festival. They also actively participate in various educational and German language initiatives throughout the year.

Oktoberfest For TeensThis important event within the Oktoberfest Brisbane festival is an unforgettable educational day of great German fun, food, competitions, entertainment and, most importantly, language. Learn and use your German skills with almost 2,000 other students and teachers, and immerse yourself in the most authentic German festival experience in Australia!

Click here to find out more and to register your school!


Fliegerlied “So ein schöner Tag”

The Fliegerlied or ‘So ein Schöner Tag’ (Today is Such a Beautiful Day) is an Oktoberfest classic around the world and is largely responsible for getting the Lederhosen and Dirndl-clad crowds up onto the dance floor.

Bavarian band Donikkl released the song in 2008 and a cover by singer Tim Toupet hit the German top 10 the year after. Our hugely popular ‘Münchner Buam’ Bavarian Oktoberfest Band does the Fliegerlied proud and will have you fly, fly, flying and jump, jump, jumping along!

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Below you’ll find a copy of the German lyrics for the song and the English translation but beware… you can’t just learn the words to the Fliegerlied, you’ve got to learn the dance moves too! Swim, flex your biceps, jump along with the tune, and get ready to hit the dance floor this year at Oktoberfest Brisbane. You might feel a bit silly at first, but when you know the words and the moves, it’s the best fun!!

German Fliegerlied Lyrics

So ein schöner Tag (Fliegerlied)

Ich lieg gern im Gras und schau zum Himmel rauf.Schaun die ganzen Wolken nicht lustig aus?


Und fliegt ein Flieger vorbei,

dann wink ich zu ihm rauf.

(Kinder: “Hallo Flieger”)


Und bist du auch noch dabei,

dann bin ich super drauf.


Und ich flieg, flieg, flieg, wie ein Flieger

bin so stark, stark, stark,

wie ein Tiger

und so groß, groß, groß, wie ‘ne Giraffe

so hoch uoh-oh-oh

und ich spring, spring, spring immer wieder

und ich schwimm, schwimm, schwimm

zu dir rüber und ich nehm, nehm, nehm dich bei der Hand weil ich dich mag

und ich sag:

Heut ist so ein schöner Tag – la, la, la, la, la



English Fliegerlied Lyrics

Today is Such a Beautiful Day (Flier song)

I like to lay in the grass and look up at the sky.Don’t all the clouds look funny?


And a plane flies past,

and I wave up at it.

(Kids: “Hello flier”)


And if you’re there too,

then I feel fantastic.


And I fly, fly, fly, like a plane

am so strong, strong, strong

like a tiger

and so tall, tall, tall like a


so tall all-oh-oh

and I jump, jump, jump

and keep on jumping

and I swim, swim, swim

over to you and I take, take, take

you by the hand because I like you

and I say

Today is such a beautiful day – la, la, la, la, la



Friendly Staff at Oktoberfest Brisbane

Very Special Brewing Exclusive to Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Beer at Oktoberfest BrisbaneWhen you think of an Oktoberfest celebration, many people think of beer and pretzels. Our German Festival however, is a cultural festival delighting your senses and providing a wide selection of authentic German food and drinks. We do however serve a few glasses of our own very special ‘amber brew’!

At Oktoberfest Brisbane we’ve travelled far and wide to source our three flagship beers for the Festival. These beers are all brewed according to the German Purity Law, packed with flavour and made with the finest ingredients. And what’s even better is that our beers are EXCLUSIVE to Oktoberfest Brisbane  – you won’t find them anywhere else in the world….  now that’s true micro-brewing exclusivity in anyone’s book!

Founded in 1672, the Tucher Brewery, or Tucher Bräu, is one of the oldest breweries in Bavaria and the Oktoberfest Brisbane’s Lagerbier and Weissbier (Wheat Beer) is produced each year especially for us by this historic, premium brewery.

The international award-winning Burleigh Brewing Co. handcrafts our German-style dark beer (Dunkelbier), which is also brewed according to the German Purity Law, and again only made for our Festival.

One of  the festival directors, Boris Zoulek, describes why they chose the three beers on offer at Oktoberfest Brisbane, “they are made according to the German Purity Law with no exceptions and all the beers are given the maximum time to naturally ferment. Not a single additive (chemical or otherwise) is used in the brewing of the three beers, as these sort of additives are used to accelerate the brewing process in lower quality brews.”

Importantly, Oktoberfest Brisbane also features the non-alcoholic Wheat Beer, made by Tucher Brewery. It has the same delicious richness in flavour and is the perfect brew for beer-lovers who prefer non-alcoholic and for designated drivers.

Watch out for our next blog on the classic German wines going to be available at the festival this year.

To add to the festival’s authenticity, we designed our beer steins to be exact scaled replicas of original Bavarian beer steins found at Germany’s Oktoberfest. Ours are made from durable plastic (not glass) and are 500ml in size to adhere to stringent QLD Liquor Licensing regulations. Like our beers, you won’t find them anywhere else and to help the steins ‘adapt’ to Aussie weather we also designed special coolers for them, with a new design each year!  

Oktoberfest Brisbane encourages responsible and sensible drinking behaviour at all times.

 Beer from Tucher Brewery

Zebra Cake

How German Mums Would Bake a Zebra Cake for Afternoon Tea ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’

From our favourite German baker “King of Cakes” comes this recipe for the Zebra cake:


  • 5 eggs
  • 250g sugar
  • 10g vanilla sugar
  • 250ml oil (Sunflower Oil or Canola Oil)
  • 125ml tepid water
  • 375g plain flour
  • 17g baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder


  1. Preheat the oven to180°C (fan forced 160°C, gas 3). Separate the eggs. Beat egg yolks, sugar and vanilla sugar until fluffy and light in color. Add tepid water and oil. Mix flour and baking powder and add gently to the mixture. Finally whisk the egg whites until stiff then gradually fold into the mixture.
  2. In order to get the “Zebra” look, you separate the dough into two parts. Then add the cocoa powder to one half. If the dough is too dry, simply add two more tablespoons of water. Grease your cake pan ( with a diameter of 24cm) with some margarine or butter. You start with placing 3 tablespoons of dark dough into the middle of your cake pan. On top of this you spoon 3 tablespoons of light dough. You continue alternating the dark and light dough until none is left. So this is how you get your unique Zebra pattern.
  3. Bake the Zebra cake for 50-60 minutes. You know it’s ready when you put a toothpick into the middle of the cake, pull it out and it comes out clean with no dough sticking to it. Let the cake cool down first before removing from the cake pan. Decorate with chocolate ganache and fresh strawberries. Serve and enjoy! Guten Appetit!

Zebra Cake