Brissy’s best Brettl

Serving up only the best of German Festival food has been a long-standing tradition at Oktoberfest Brisbane, but did you know we also have a real foodie’s highlight that you won’t find anywhere else in Brisbane? The famous ‘Bavarian Brettl’, found only at the Bavarian Corner, ‘Bayrisches Eck’, at Oktoberfest Brisbane.

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Brezeln (pretzels) and Bratwurst, Schnitzels and Salad
Guests at their reserved Bavarian VIP Tables can savour hot and cold specialities on this impressive ‘Brettl’ (Bavarian for ‘small board’ or ‘platter’) which is anything BUT small.

The dining experience doesn’t stop here!

Exclusive to Bavarian VIP Tables are our friendly Dirndl and Lederhosen-clad staff, who will look after your orders, bring you a round of welcome drinks followed by our best specially-crafted German brews… and yes, they are included in the special Bavarian VIP package.

This special day at your Bavarian VIP Table is crowned with the perfect souvenir – ein Lebkuchenherz, made specially in Munich for our Bavarian Corner, Bayrisches Eck. It’s a decoration, a fashion accessory and a delicious biscuit all rolled into one – what a classic example of German ingenuity!

Friends, colleagues, corporate partners, social clubs and families can sit back, eat, drink and ‘Embrace their inner German’ in the ultimate Oktoberfest way!

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Find out what’s included in a Bavarian VIP Table package here.

Book your Bavarian VIP Table here.

Guten Appetit!

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Oktoberfest Brisbane has something for everyone …

Test your yodelling skills, kick a goal, clap to the thrills and spills (literally!) of Bavarian Strongmen & Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane competitions, laugh at the puppet show (Kasperltheater), swoon over the latest Dirndl/Lederhosen fashions, try your hands at leg-slapping, catch the culinary tips hot off the food show… or just sing, dance and schunkel along to the ‘Münchner Buam’ Oktoberfest band direct from Munich. Sounds interesting? In four months this could be YOU – the countdown has begun!

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Dodgems or giant slide, Rock n’ Roll or Octopus? Bavarian VIP Table guests don’t have to decide – in fact they can ride whatever, whenever and as often as they want. FREE rides, all day long, are included in the special Bavarian VIP package. So, work off those calories on the dodgems, or get that adrenalin pumping as you spin upside down and round and round. And, if you want to test your best dance moves, here’s our tip: If you ask nicely, you may even get to dance a Chicken Dance or Fliegerlied with our friendly Bavarian Corner,’Bayrisches Eck’ team!

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There’s never a dull moment at this iconic German Festival, with activities and entertainment on offer throughout the day for everyone, from the youngest to the ‘young at heart’ – come and be a part of it!

Find out more about Oktoberfest Brisbane here.

Check out our Bavarian VIP Table packages here.

Bis bald!

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Farewell Brisbane

What a year. Travelling around the world has been amazing and opened our eyes to so many wonderful cultures.

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace, London.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.

IFC Mall, Hong Kong Island

IFC Mall, Hong Kong Island.

But our favourite part of the trip was coming to Brisbane. We’ve met some great characters along the way and experienced the best the city has to offer.

Story Bridge from Eagle Street Pier

Story Bridge from Eagle Street Pier.

Our trip to the City Botanic Gardens.

A stroll through the City Botanic Gardens.

View of South Bank from Victoria Bridge

Walking along Victoria Bridge to South Bank.

Unfortunately, it is time for us to return home. Herr Bear’s father’s bakery gets really busy leading up to Christmas and they need all paws on deck. As his father always says, “The Black Forest cake isn’t going to bake itself! … and neither is the Christstollen!!”

I do miss home, but we’ve grown so fond of Brisbane.

We’ll never forget your beach in the city. If only we had something like it in Munich.

Streets Beach, South Bank

Streets Beach, South Bank.

Reimer and Louise Moeller made us feel at home in Brisbane and have become our second family here.

Reimer and Louise Moeller - our second family here in Brisbane.

Reimer and Louise Moeller – our second family here in Brisbane.

It was also great to see so many young students getting into the German culture at Oktoberfest for Teens.

Front row seats

Front row seats.

Young fans.

Photos with a young fan.

Thank you to our friends from around the world, who came and visited us at Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Franz, our friend from Brazil.

Franz, our friend from Brazil.

Sharing a pork knuckle with our friend Po the Panda.

Sharing a pork knuckle with our friend Po the Panda.

I'm watching you Bruce.

Germans VS Aussies! Staring contest between Herr Bear and Bruce the Koala.

And a big thank you to you! We’ve come to love the land down under and you Aussies have been a great host.

I wish we could stay for Christmas, but us Travelling Teddies will definitely be back soon.

Thank you Brisbane!

Thank you Brisbane!

I hope we’ve helped you embrace your inner German. Auf Wiedersehen Brisbane 🙂

Oktoberfest down under

Everyone on the dance floor

Oktoberfest Brisbane put on an amazing event!

The entire place was oozing with Germany, so Herr Bear and I felt right at home.

Brisbane Student Ambassadors

We made so many new friends, and boy were there some characters out there.

Interesting looking girls

Everyone was amazed at how we travelled around the world and came all the way from Munich to be here.

We love sharing our German culture with you and we found the best way to do that – is by eating it!

Eating giant pretzels

Herr Bear and I had our fair share of sausages, schnitzels, pretzels, gingerbread, schnapps, and bier.

Weisswurst bavarian white sausage with pretzel and sweet mustard

We’ve definitely put on a few, but that’s okay, we’re still on holiday!

This week, I have heaps of photos for you because so much happened last weekend…

I can’t believe Oktoberfest Brisbane has only two days left.

The Moeller and Zoulek families have done such an amazing job, we have our friends flying in from around the world to experience the event for themselves.

If you haven’t come down already, or you’re joining us again, Herr Bear, our international friends and I will be there tonight and we’d love to see you.

Time to embrace your inner German at Oktoberfest Brisbane. Auf Wiedersehen ♥

A Taste of Bavaria

An invitation came in the mail for us to attend Anzapfen, Oktoberfest Brisbane’s Official Opening Ceremony. We’re so excited to be here in Brisbane for Oktoberfest. Last year we were in Munich and Lord Mayor Christian Ude tapped the first keg.

Invitation to Anzapfen

“Do you think Brisbane’s Lord Mayor will tap the keg and serve the first beer to their head of State Government?” Fräulein Bear asked.

That is the way to traditionally open the festival, and Fräulein Bear feels very strongly about upholding traditions. She’ll be impressed if they do it right.

Moving onto more important matters, I was in desperate need for some food from home…

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Thank God for King of Cakes. I couldn’t wait till Friday, I was craving pretzels.

Pretzel craving

Lucky the Farmer’s Market was on. I just wish my pretzel came with a side of bier…

Trying to get a bite of Fräulein Bear's strauben (deep fried choux pastry with fondant topping)

I tried to have a bite of Fräulien Bear’s strauben (deep fried choux pastry with fondant topping), but she was reluctant to share. She can be funny about sweets sometimes.

Brisbane City Hall in King George Square

Later, we wondered down Adelaide Street and came across King George Square. So much beautiful open space, but it just needed some grass to sit on.

Enjoying some tea in King George Square

Fräulein Bear had some tea to wash down the strauben. I can’t believe she still had room for a scone, but I kept that thought to myself.

Museum of Brisbane

Afterwards, we went to the Museum of Brisbane to take a ride up in the Clock Tower.

Our tour guide, Helen, was lovely

Helen was our tour guide, she knew everything about the Clock Tower. Apparently, there was a time when women weren’t allowed in the elevator.

In the Clock Tower elevator

“Looks like females run the show now, right Helen?” said Fräulein Bear. Helen smiled and nodded.

View of Brisbane from Clock Tower

It had a great view of Brisbane. I wonder if anyone’s been proposed to up here?

Taking a sight-seeing  break

As much as I enjoy exploring the city, I also like sitting down for a drink with my Fräulein.

Last stop for the day, Brisbane International Airport … at 2am in the morning.

Arrivals, Brisbane International Airport

No, we’re not going home yet. We’re just here to meet and greet our good friends from Munich, the Münchner Buam Band, who will be playing at Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Picking up the Münchner Buam Band

I was surprised they had more luggage than we did. I know there are 6 of them, but usually it’s hard to beat when travelling with Fräulein Bear. I mean, how many of the same Dirndl do you need?

Ready for bed

But even though she always takes up 90 per cent of our luggage space, I still love her.

Looking forward to Friday and being surrounded by the sights, smells and sounds of Bavaria again… Guten Nacht und bis bald ♥

Getting ready for Oktoberfest Brisbane!

Queen Street Mall

Our family was at Queen Street Mall today helping Oktoberfest Brisbane share with the locals a taste of the festivities to come. Herr Bear was planning to climb the Story Bridge, but I couldn’t pass up free Lebkuchen (gingerbread). The climb would have to wait.

Oktoberfest Brisbane Gingerbread heart

Today really reminded me of home.

Oktoberfest Brisbane Gingerbread heart

I hadn’t had gingerbread in a while and our heart was so delicious, I almost ate the whole thing! Herr Bear was not impressed.

Listening to Vic the Roaming Accordionist

It was so nice listening to Vic (the Roaming Accordionist). When I closed my eyes, it felt like I was back home.

Milking the cow

We didn’t milk the cow, but it was fun watching the locals giving it a go.

Nova Sandman making us kiss

That Nova Boy was a cheeky fellow. He caught us off guard and made us kiss in front of everyone. I was blushing the whole time after that. But of course, Herr Bear didn’t seem to mind.

Afterwards, we were so exhausted, we went back home to the Watermark Hotel to get some rest before going to the Story Bridge.

Eagle Street

We woke up hours later and I wasn’t sure whether we would still be able to see the Story Bridge. Thankfully our lovely hotel receptionist told us how it lights up at night and encouraged us to go.

Story Bridge

But no one told us about the purple lights! It was more beautiful than I imagined.

City Cat Terminal, Eagle Street Pier

We walked to Riverside, but seeing as though we just missed the City Cat, we thought to check out a local bar. Herr Bear was keen to try some  Aussie beer.

Experiencing local drinks

We ended up at a place called Riverbar and Kitchen where Herr Bear had his first Fat Yak, and I tried the bartender’s favourite cocktail, an Elderflower and Passion fruit Caipiroska.

Riverbar and Kitchen, Eagle Street Pier

The night was perfect, with yummy drinks, candle lit tables, right by the river, and the Story Bridge in the background.

Story Bridge from Eagle Street Pier

Sometimes Herr Bear gives me this look, and I know he’s thinking about the future. He likes the laid-back lifestyle here and I find more things to love about Brisbane everyday. I think we could get used to this… Guten Nacht und bis bald ♥

Soaking up the city sights

South Bank 

I don’t know who’s idea it was to put a beach in the middle of the city, but whoever that was, was a genius! 

South Bank - Streets Beach

There were so many people at Streets Beach that day, we were lucky to find a patch of sand to have our picnic by the water.

So many kids were screaming and running around, poor Fräulein Bear’s Dirndl got splashed on so many times.

“I knew I should have worn my bathing suit…” She said.

Should have – I thought. But then again, after the way we’ve been eating on our trip around the world, there’s no way this bear was taking his Lederhosen off.

After getting our paws wet, we head out to see what else we could find along the Brisbane River…

Clem Jones Promenade

Clem Jones Promenade - stealing a kiss

Clem Jones Promenade, South Bank – You might see us here for Riverfire this Saturday (28 September)

City Botanic Gardens

City Botanic Gardens

City Botanic Gardens

Goodwill Bridge

Goodwill Bridge

Goodwill Bridge

Brisbane Festival - Pink bunny

Pink bunny, South Bank –  they’re everywhere!

Brisbane Festival Graffiti

Brisbane Festival Graffiti, South Bank

South Bank - Wheel of Brisbane

Wheel of Brisbane, South Bank

View of South Bank - Victoria Bridge

Such a beautiful view of South Bank at night time.

Brisbane has definitely exceeded our expectations! I wonder what other adventures we will get into…  Guten Nacht und bis bald ♥

Guten Tag Brisbane!

We can’t believe it – we’re finally here! The weather is Wunderbar and sunny, no wonder why our family here is in love with Brisbane.

They were going to take us sight seeing, but they were really busy organising things for your Oktoberfest here. We’ve never been to an Oktoberfest outside of Munich, so I’m excited to see how you Aussies celebrate!

Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get some sleep on the flight from LA, so we needed a quick ‘teddy-nap’ before starting to explore.

After a wonderful rest we were ready for action! (Thank goodness for our ooo-so-cosy beds – Neil, the manager and our new BFF, even had to CARRY us up to our rooms as we were so tired .. but more about him and his hotel later)

First stop, Art Gallery. You might have picked up on this already, but I love going to libraries, art galleries and museums. Herr Bear isn’t really into it, he’s more the adventure type and trying the local food and of course, bier.

Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Here are some of our photos from the first day…

State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland – reading a classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

State Library of Queensland, Queensland Terrace

State Library of Queensland, Queensland Terrace - Tea & Me display

State Library of Queensland, Queensland Terrace – Tea & Me display

Cultural Centre

Somewhere between the Art Gallery and Cultural Centre bus station – hopefully we can come back to this place to watch the fireworks for Riverfire that everyone keeps telling us about.

Here’s our new ‘home away from home’ – Watermark Hotel Brisbane – our beautiful room with a view

Watermark Hotel

Watermark Hotel - Our room

Time for us teddies to go to bed. We can’t wait to see what else Brisbane has to offer… Guten Nacht und bis bald ♥