Wilkommen Oktoberfest Brisbane 2014!

Our Partners, your Favourites!

When the National Geographic Traveler ranked Oktoberfest Brisbane as one of the Top 10 Oktoberfests celebrated around the world, we were excited! It meant that we were successfully bringing the Bavarian experience across the seas to Australia, right here in Brisbane. Our wonderful partners have been helping us present an ample spread of authentic food, drink, entertainment and culture, year after year. Who will you see this year, you ask? Here’s a glimpse!

Food

As you enter the gates of Oktoberfest Brisbane, the air is filled with delectable aromas of typical, authentic, German folk festival foods. Our food partners are universally of German or Austrian ancestry or with German cultural connections, each with a culinary speciality that distinguishes them. We have something to satisfy a wide variety of cravings. Savour a proper meal such as K&K Schnitzel/Burger-Haus’ schnitzel burger, pork knuckle from Haxen Haus, a Bratwurst from German Sausage Hut or a Wood-fired Flammkuchen. In the mood for something sweet? Sample nougat and Belgian chocolates from Organic Cotton Candy Company, or pretzel and delicious sweets from King of Cakes.

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Drink

The 343-year-old Tucher Brewery in Nürnberg make a lager and wheat beer each year just for our patrons at Oktoberfest Brisbane – these are not available anywhere else in the world, not even in Germany! Prefer something else? We also have a selection of wines, sparkling, Sekt (German sparkling) at the Wine / Champagner bar. Of course, there are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages on offer too, so everyone is catered for at our family-friendly festival. Prost!

Entertainment & Culture

As you are on your way to the festival, you might be greeted across Bowen Hills by the melodious tones of our yodellers, known as Heidi and Adeline. The main tent at Oktoberfest Brisbane will be filled by the sounds of traditional German music, by the six-member Munich-based Münchner Buam (Munich Boys). Bring the little ones with you, or maybe you’re just secretly a big kid at heart that never lost that inner child. Don’t miss out on catching a performance by Julia at the Kiddywinks Puppet Theatre.

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There is an eclectic collection of merchandise, souvenirs, books and clothing to be found across Oktoberfest Brisbane. Make sure to take in performances by the Alpenrosen Dance Group’s performance and roaming accordionist Vic, who aim to present years of German culture to you in Brisbane.

There are also fabulous Schnucki outfits to slip into, should you and your friends decide to fully embrace your inner German and slip into a Dirndl or a Lederhosen. How about a genuine Cuckoo clock and a delightful range of cutest German souvenirs from Montville’s Cuckoo Clock shop? A beautiful coffee table book on the 170 years of German Connections in Queensland published by the German Australian Community Centre Qld? Or simply plan your next trip to Germany and Europe with our friendly travel expert Janka from German Australian Travel!

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What is the ‘Bayrisches Eck’?

Picture yourself and your friends in a cosy alpine guesthouse, way up high in the Bavarian Alps of southern Germany. Locals, friends and other groups wander in and soon it’s buzzing: the smell of delicious food, the laughter, the music, and a fabulous view over the surrounding countryside.

This is a corner of Bavaria, and at Oktoberfest Brisbane we have gone to great lengths to capture this atmosphere, the flavours, the cosiness and what Germans call ‘Gemütlichkeit’ in our Bavarian Corner, or ‘Bayrisches Eck‘ as the Germans would say (pronounced: By-rish-es Eck).

We transport this piece of Germany directly into our Oktoberfest tent at the Brisbane Showgrounds once a year, over two weekends in October.

Celebrate festively with friends

Just like Munich’s Oktoberfest, we have a raised podium area specially dedicated to our Bavarian VIP Table guests. But we go one step further and offer an experience and extras in our Bayrisches Eck that even Munich’s Oktoberfest guests won’t find anywhere.

  • Look around: Enjoy the best view above other areas within the tent, and the beautiful alpine view hanging behind. The tableware is imported from Germany, so you can’t get more authentic than that!
  • Bavarian banquet: Our impressive food platter of hot and cold delicacies, the Bavarian Brettl, is something that even Munich doesn’t have. Handcrafted especially for our tables, it creates a festive feast experience that is truly unique within Brisbane and beyond.
  • Service with a smile & a dance: Our wait staff also look the part, dressed in traditional Dirndls and Lederhosen, they look after your dining wishes and, if you’re lucky, you may even get them to twirl a Chicken Dance or two with you.
  • Wait, there’s more: Your own VIP amenities, ‘Bayrisches Eck’ Lebkuchenherzen (gingerbread hearts), custom branded swag (steins and coolers), made just for our Bavarian VIP Table guests. As well as free rides!

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We’d love to welcome you, your friends, family or colleagues to our Bayrisches Eck. Find out more HERE.

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6 Delicious Reasons to Crave for Oktoberfest

Would you beg for a Bratwurst? Do you pine for a Pork Knuckle? Then you may have a ‘German food addiction’ of the very best kind.

Here are our top six picks that will have you craving more at this year’s for Oktoberfest Brisbane:

1. Pork Knuckle (Schweinshaxe)

What would an Oktoberfest be without the most iconic dish of all… the Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle)? Many may offer it, but few perfect it the way our Haxen Haus does. The whole year long their team are busily perfecting and testing just so our festival visitors can savour it over two weekends in October. Try it yourself and taste the love and dedication that goes into every crunch of the crackling and melt-in-your-mouth pork. Couple that with some creamy mash and Sauerkraut and you’ll have the ultimate ‘comfort food’.

Tip: Get fit with Pork Knuckle! Say “Schweinshaxe” 10 times fast (pronounced: Schvines-hacks-a) – it’s a great way to exercise those facial muscles.

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2. Wunder-bar (German Bier)

Imagine a German brewery creating a special beer just for you – that’s what century-old Tucher brewery does for us. You won’t find these two beers – a lager Oktoberfest beer and refreshing wheat beer – anywhere else in the world!

And once you’ve washed that down, try the specially brewed German-style dark beer from multi-award winning Burleigh Brewing and you have Germany’s favourite brews covered.

And of course they are all brewed to the German Purity Law.

We think that is truly Wunderbier… oops, we mean ‘Wunderbar’!

Tip: Want a beer but not the alcohol? Try our full-flavoured, alcohol-free wheat and lager beers from Tucher, our festival organisers’ favourite thirst-quenchers.

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3. XXL Pretzels

Pretzels bigger than your face, fresh out of the oven, and guaranteed to win you friends over and over again. This is pretzel-baking taken to a totally new level – by Bavarian master baker Wolfgang, at Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Pretzels are not only a staple food throughout Germany, they are a mum or dad’s favourite – there’s nothing like the soft doughy breadiness and crunchy crusty ends to keep the kids happy.

Try our giant XXL sized pretzels and win friends instantly… that is, if you dare to share it.

Tip: Traditional German accompaniment to fine brews, and a great money-saver – share with a friend or 4.

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4. Bratwurst

There’s nothing like the smell, sizzle, and flavour explosion when you bite into a mouth-watering German Bratwurst – served straight from Richy’s huge custom-made wood-fired grill, onto a fresh crusty roll with lashings of homemade sauerkraut and German mustard. Close your eyes, smell those delicious aromas, and listen to the strains of Oktoberfest music and be transported to Germany.

It’s an experience to be savoured and talked about for generations. Guten Appetit!

Tip: Eat it as the Germans do – with mustard and sauerkraut. (Tomato sauce only shows the world you’re a tourist and not a ‘local’).

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5. Wine

We’ll let you into one of Germany’s best kept secrets… their wine! These seriously good wines will redefine wine-lovers’ palates. We are proud to offer our wine fans a popular selection from Brogsitter winery, a wine-making family with a heritage stretching back more than four centuries. Sourced from the Rhine, Moselle and Saar regions, they are carefully crafted into wines with style, character and finesse.

Germans love their good wines but tend to drink most of it to themselves. That’s why you won’t find many of their wines outside Germany. Savour Brogsitter’s Riesling (rich fruity bouquet, crisp finish), Dornfelder (highly-popular German red grape), and Sekt (German sparkling wine) and you’ll be converted.

Tip: Use the right words and show you’re a connoisseur – Wein (pronounced: vine) for wine, and Sekt (pronounced as it’s written) for sparkling. Never call it champagne – that’s ONLY reserved for that special sparkling liquid derived from the Champagne region of France.

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6. Lebkuchenherzen

What do a deliciously spicy biscuit, a colourful fashion accessory and an interior wall-hanging or ornament have in common? They are one and the same thing, a Lebkuchenherz – invented by the Germans. Commonly known as ‘gingerbread hearts’ in English-speaking countries, they do, in fact, contain many spices but usually not ginger.

Ideal for shy suitors, the message on the heart may convey more than 1,000 words spoken, such as ‘Ich liebe dich’ (I love you) or ‘Schatzi’ (treasure).

It is one of the most practical festival souvenirs of all – to wear, decorate or simply eat! Lebkuchen lasts for months, even years; keep it dust-free and you can dunk it in your tea or coffee months down the track… that’s if the kids or housemates haven’t got to it first!

Tip: Check the German message on the heart before you buy – ask any roaming German speaker or our food stall holders. Giving your best mate one with ‘Ich liebe dich’ on it may give the wrong impression!

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Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane Search

Ladies, are you in training already for the title of Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane 2015? It’s time for you to embrace your inner German and let everyone know about your ability to carry heavy objects, dress traditionally and milk a cow, among other things.

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Dust off your Dirndl and get your German on! If you don’t have an authentic Dirndl, one of Oktoberfest Brisbane’s partners, Schnucki has a beautiful range of authentic Dirndls (and Lederhosen for the men).

Your smarts and your ability to have fun will be key in aiding you on your quest to become Brisbane’s new favourite “Fräulein” on the 10th of October – the first Saturday of our dual-weekend festival!

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Your efforts will focus on four key qualities – style, agility, learning ability and knowledge – designed to display your abilities to the fullest. This fast-paced and fun competition will see you milking a cow, and showing off your strength, fashion sense and knowledge about all things German, while an entire audience cheers you to victory!

The winner will wear the glamorous sash and be crowned the title of ‘Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane 2015’. All participants will receive a ‘thank you’ gift in appreciation of their efforts, and finalists will each receive a basket of German gourmet goodies.

On Saturday 10th October 2015, registrations will be held in the German Connections area.

Join our Facebook event HERE to keep up to date with all the latest on the event.

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Do you have what it takes to win this year’s coveted title along with the prestige, glamour and prize it brings?