The best ways to get to Oktoberfest Brisbane 2018!

Don’t miss out on these tips and tricks to getting to Oktoberfest Brisbane!

Our Festival is at the Brisbane Showgrounds in Bowen Hills, Brisbane. You can access the Festival only via Gregory Terrace. Your options of getting there include:

1. Park at the Brisbane Showgrounds for $13 per day, but only if you’re quick! Access is via Gregory Terrace.

2. Park with Secure Parking and use Promotion Code ‘OKT18’ for discounted parking.

3. Catch a cab with 13cabs and use Promotion Code ‘OKTOBERFEST’ for a discount on fixed fares: http://www.ycforms.com/oktoberfest-brisbane-2018.html

4. Choose a ride-sharing service.

5. Catch a train to Bowen Hills or Fortitude Valley train station.

6. Catch a bus to Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital or Wickham Street (Fortitude Valley) stations.

Please note: Queensland Rail will have track closures between Ferny Grove, Albion and through to Roma Street on Saturday and Sunday the 7th & 8th Oktober, buses will be replacing trains on those days.

Saturday and Sunday 14th & 15th track closure is between Roma Street and Corinda. Buses will replace trains all weekend.

Gains from the Bavarian Strongmen Competition

The Bavarian Strongmen Competition is THE ultimate team tournament, where teams of three compete in crazy Olympic-style events with a German twist.

This is a long-standing Bavarian tradition, where hundreds have fought and fallen for the title of Bavarian Strongmen Winners.

Are you and two friends worthy for the glorious title of Bavarian Strongmen Winners? Teams must rely on their inner Bavarian talents to compete in these physically-demanding events:

  • The Jockey Race
  • The Krapfen {also known as Jam Donut Eating}
  • The Barrel Race
  • Nailing
  • Tug of War
  • Stein Holding

We welcome Goodlife Health Clubs who has jumped on board this year for the Bavarian Strongmen Competition, alongside returning partners, King of Cakes German Bakery and the German Sausage Hut.

What could Bavarian Strongmen Winners gain from this special tournament? Well, to start with, a fleet of goodies from the German Sausage Hut and King of Cakes German Bakery. Goodlife Health Clubs will also be giving away a free membership for each member of the winning team at the Bavarian Strongmen Competition.

AND… there are whispers of something extra for every team who enters, thanks to Goodlife Health Clubs.

The Bavarian Strongmen Competition is happening on Saturday 13th Oktober at Oktoberfest Brisbane. Teams must register at the Information Tent from Midday-12.45pm. Get in quick, as only 8 teams will be accepted for the whole competition. The first event will kick off at 1.30pm in the Main Tent on the Brisbane Showgrounds.

What are you waiting for? Start training!

For more details, see our facebook event here

From Australia to the Heart of Europe

Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Group (encompassing Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, and Swiss International Air Lines) are proud to offer a Joint Venture which provides Australians the most seamless and luxurious travel to Europe. With over 50 weekly flights between Singapore’s Changi Airport and the gateway cities of Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, and Dusseldorf, our alliance opens the door to more than 60 destinations allowing you to travel from Australia to the heart of Europe.

The Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Group Joint Venture is founded on the strength of an expansive joint network wherein customers benefit from some of the world’s most awarded inflight service, industry-leading seat products and innovative aircraft.  

When travelling with Singapore Airlines or any of the Lufthansa Group airlines, you will be able to enjoy a journey that is personal and enriching from the very first moment. From booking to landing, whether travelling for business or leisure, staff on the ground and in the air work to ensure your comfort and enjoyment. Customers can taste delicious local flavours with every meal on board served with care and precision, you can relax throughout the journey, or dive into an extensive range of entertainment options. On the ground, customers have the support of staff working as one to assist with seamless connections and transfers.

Frequent travellers can also benefit from the ability to accrue miles and status interchangeably with the KrisFlyer or Miles & More programs. With the constant strengthening of the Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Group Joint Venture, customers can enjoy unbeatable value and second-to-none service to and from Europe, or wherever they may travel.

When is your next visit to Europe? Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Group look forward to taking you there. Click here now to book your European Getaway.

 

 

 

From Pretzels to Pork Knuckles, all you can eat at Oktoberfest Brisbane

The food at Oktoberfest Brisbane is one of the best ways to experience true authentic German culture, as well as other Eastern European cultures! Thousands of mouths get to explore the flavours of our baked pretzels, tasty German sausages, scrumptious desserts and many other treats. So, to remind your mouths and hungry bellies of the delicious food they will get to enjoy, here’s a snapshot of some of the wonderful food stalls you will see at this year’s Festival.

The Haxen

The Haxen will be serving hungry Germans (and Brisbanites) their annual fix of roast pork knuckles, roast pork loin and chicken dishes using the traditional German method. One of many perfect ways to experience true German delicacies!

Crunchy’s Waffles

Crunchy’s serves house-made Belgium & Dutch foods on public & private events across South East Queensland in their iconic Double Decker Bus. They’ll be stopping by to show your hungry eyes their delicious Belgian treats.

King of Cakes

Experience European baking at its finest. King of Cakes brings delicious treats, much-needed coffee, and those delicious Brezn {Pretzels} to Oktoberfest Brisbane. You can also visit the ‘King of Cakes Gingerbread Heart Stand’ for delicious desserts, such as their edible gingerbread heart decorations.

German Sausage Hut

The German Sausage Hut offers ‘genuine’ German Sausages straight from the grill. Served hot in a wood-fired grill, on a fresh roll with German Mustard and Sauerkraut. The German Sausage Hut is a well known meeting point for sausage lovers.

The Potato Barn

It will be a hard decision choosing between our delicious Tornado Potato, Baked Potato or our mouth watering Tater Tots topped with cheese & more cheese!

Jodelweirt

Experience all your German favourites from mouth watering Burgers to delicious Schnitzels! They even cater for gluten free, vegan and ‘Fish’ options.

 

Hierba Santa Organic Ice Tea

Enjoy Organic Herbal infusions from our Aztecs ancestors & Native Cultures from around the world to heal and refresh your body and your soul.

German Street Kitchen

Bring your friends and family to the German Street Kitchen, where hungry bellies can be fed with a Spit Roast Whole Pork on Charcoal Rotisserie, or a Spit Roast Traditional Schweinebraten, a Bavarian Classic Pork Roast.

Snow Cones

Enjoy a snow cone with a variety of colourful flavours!

Charlee’s Nuts

Bringing a hallmark of European food culture Down Under. You will hardly find a food market in Austria or Germany without this mouthwatering sweet treats. Enjoy Australian-grown, caramelised nuts in a delicate sugar coating freshly prepared for Oktoberfest Brisbane!

Götzinger Garten

For over 120 years, Götzinger Smallgoods has been producing the finest European Sausages. The craft of Götzinger has been handed down through generations, consistently producing the highest quality smallgoods. At Oktoberfest Brisbane, check out their ‘Götzinger Garten’, where you can enjoy their ‘Gotzinger Tasting Platter’, consisting of delicious Gotzinger kabana, liverwurst, salami, olives, cheese and crackers and more.

Go for Gotzinger Garten

Götzinger Smallgoods is bringing to life the Götzinger Garten this year at Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Just a skip and a jump past the bier garten on your way to the Oktoberfest tent,  the Götzinger Garten is an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the main tent, the perfect place to grab a snack, have a seat and catch up with friends.

Get your hands on a Götzinger Sausage Cone from the Götzinger food van or a Götzinger Tasting Platter from the Götzinger cottage to taste 5 Götzinger delicacies! Pull up a spot on a biergarten bench and sit with friends under the shade of the trees during the day or the fairy lights at night and take in the atmosphere of Oktoberfest Brisbane!

The ‘Gotzinger Tasting Platter’

When making their sausages Götzinger takes their inspiration not only from their Austrian origins but from all over the world. From the New Yorker Hotdogs to the German Bratwursts, Götzinger uses the best meats and spices, and the highest quality woodchips in their smokehouses – the proof is in the flavour and tastebuds don’t lie!

The Woodsmoked Kabana

The original owners of Götzinger Smallgoods migrated to Australia in early 1908 and opened a smallgoods factory in Burleigh on the Gold Coast. The business enjoyed growth in the foodservice sector supplying hotels, restaurants and local delis. The business was sold in 2000 to Antony van der Drift. Antony had been involved in the Smallgoods industry his entire adult life, with his father owning one of Australia’s largest Smallgoods companies, Hans Smallgoods – sausage royalty!

Once you’ve had a taste of Götzinger Smallgoods, join the sausage royalty family and take a seat on the Gotzinger Throne, throw on a crown and snap a pic with your Kings and Queens. Upload your best shot to Instagram and tag #sausageroyalty for your chance to win some great prizes!

Götzinger Smallgoods is Queensland’s largest Australian owned Smallgoods manufacturer. The company employs over 100 people around the country and operates out of a purpose-built factory in Yatala. Although the company has grown significantly over the past decade, Götzinger continues to produce high quality, award winning Smallgoods the traditional way using original recipes and techniques.

Götzinger Smallgoods is proud to be a partner of Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Win A Trip To Germany

Win a Trip to Germany, like Tarni did!

Want the chance to win a trip to Germany?

Oktoberfest Brisbane, Singapore Airlines and Germany National Tourism Office wants to see you experience Bavarian culture first-hand from where it all began. Enter for your chance to win over with our friends at Must Do Brisbane!

Is this too good to be true? Are you seriously going to give me a trip to Germany? The answer, Yes! And just to show we’re serious, our winner last year was Tarni. Here is what she had to say about her trip to Germany with her partner Jack:

“Thanks to Oktoberfest Brisbane, Weekend Edition and a stroke of luck I was fortunate enough to go on a trip of a lifetime to Germany. A trip that took me through one thousand year old cathedrals and strolling along timeworn cobblestone streets. To discovering beer gardens the size of football fields and tantalising our taste buds with culinary treats that I never would have imagined. It was a look into the history of Europe. I went to Germany and I loved it. Here’s how it all began.  

We departed from Brisbane Airport with Singapore Airlines around midday and arrived in Munich 23 hours later. When I stepped outside of the Airport, I was in awe by the grandeur of the architectural structure resembling a giant aircraft hanger. We took the train into Central Station. Outside we saw long green pastures, traditional German farmhouses and windmills stretched across the landscape. I was, however, very jetlagged. Exploring would have to wait as sleeping was the first thing on the agenda. We arrived at our Hotel, The Royal Bavarian, which was conveniently right next to the metro station. The hotel left us feeling like we had fallen down into the world of Alice in Wonderland. The interior was all kinds of quirky wackiness, and I loved every bit of it. As we left the hotel and walked about 300 meters following posted signs to the Old Town, we found ourselves standing next to a 900-year-old church named St. Peter’s.  

(St. Peter’s)

Everywhere we looked there was another building surprising us with its Grand architecture. You soon get a feel for the Bavarian style of things. Giant pretzels, sausages and delis filled with freshly baked goods. Streets cornered by performers dressed in traditional German attire reciting Bavarian Hymns. It was great and easy to get into the swing of things. There were many outstanding sites to visit in Munich, as we did our best to see what interested us the most.  The highlight being Nymphenburg Palace. This grand palace was built for the Prince of Bavaria.  As we paid the small fee and walked inside we were amazed by the religious fresco adorning the walls from ceiling to floor. We visited around 20 of the 100 rooms. Each room had an artefact worth admiring. Outside was a beautiful garden that seemed to never end. The Bavarian prince spared no expense. This was our introduction to German Aristocracy at its finest and I was blown away.  

(Nymphenburg Palace)

On a side note. I would like to add that I suffer from Celiac Disease; this means that I cannot ingest Gluten. Now you might think coming to the land of beer, pretzels, breads and other wheat based delights that this would be a difficult hindrance. It wasn’t. Germany is very in touch with the growing dietary preferences, or in my case, requirements and catered to my every need. That night we enjoyed a lovely Bavarian meal as we watched the sunset at 9:00pm over a beer garden. Our next stop was the holiday town made famous by the winter Olympics, Garmisch Partenkirchen. I was very excited to visit this town as the pictures looked amazing. But it was so much more than I expected.  

As we took the train from Munich to Garmisch, the landscape began to change. It didn’t take long before the rolling snowcapped Alps appeared through the clouds and we would arrive in the town of Garmisch. Everywhere we looked we saw these gigantic mountains towering over us. The town itself was complete with wooden cottages and a flowing crystal clear river through the centre. There were no buildings exceeding two stories. Tourists and locals alike would rush past on mountain bikes visiting the various attractions speckled across the landscape. It truly was a fairy-tale town. On our first day we rented bikes and explored the town. It would take roughly an hour and a half to bike around quickly. But to take in the shops, beer halls and old buildings – trying not to be distracted by the beautiful surroundings – it would take us half a day to see everything.  On our second day in Garmisch we ventured out to visit the Partnach Gorge, a natural monument in Garmisch.

(Partnach Gorge)

Once upon a time, visitors trying to walk through the gorge risked their lives, but nowadays we can take a safe path and admire wild waterfalls, water rapids and tranquil water basins. We started our journey at the Olympic Skiing Stadium where we were taken on a romantic horse-drawn carriage to the start of our hike. Upon reaching the other side of the natural pathway the water had carved we were treated by a spectacular view of the Bavarian Alps in their entire splendour. Our time in Garmisch was up and we were ready to move on to our next stop.  

(Garmisch)

Nuremberg. Nuremberg is a medieval city situated in Bavaria and at one stage it was referred to as the ‘unofficial capital’ of the Holy Roman Empire. It has a rich history that spans over 1000 years. The Old Town, which is the main attraction, is roughly a ten-minute walk from the train station. Once inside its walls you will be treated to street performers and café fronts filled with tourists soaking up whatever sunlight available. We stayed at a lovely hotel called Hotel Drei Raben, which means ‘three ravens’ translated. In terms of positive reviews it was placed in the top 3 hotels in Germany and we could see why. Each room in this hotel tells a different story from the world of Nuremberg legend. From the Entrance to the old town the city gradually inclines up hill, with a group of medieval buildings on top dominating over the historical centre. This was the Nuremberg Castle. As you walk towards the Castle you can encounter various other attractions. When you reach the highest viewpoint of the Castle and look out you are treated with a delightful sight of the medieval town below us. We felt like we were glancing into the past. Nuremberg was the perfect addition to the trip. I’d recommend visiting this Imperial City as it plays an important role in the history of Germany. 

(Nuremburg)

Next on our itinerary was Rudesheim am Rhine. A small town situated on the banks of the Rhine River, surrounded by hillsides covered in grapes. It is a winemaking town and has been for at least 900 years. Our hotel was one lane over from the famous Drosselgasse. All day long tourists stroll up and down this narrow street sampling German beers and trying the delicious funnel cakes on offer. We rented bikes from our hotel and rode around the town.

(Rudesheim am Rhine)

The mighty Rhine River is hard to ignore and treated us with a lovely sunset as paddleboats passed by and fisherman docked their vessels. We were spoilt with a three-course meal from our hotel. The atmosphere of the hotel restaurant was electric, as a band filled the room with traditional Bavarian music. It was the nicest dining experiences my partner and I had ever had together, the ingredients tasted like they were of the highest quality. Lovely locally made wine made the night one we would never forget.  

We are forever thankful for receiving our trip and made the most of every place we visited. Our 9 Days in Germany came quickly to an end. We continued our travels to Austria and Czech Republic for another 3 weeks. Encountering many wonderful people and things along the way. I am forever thankful for the opportunity to visit Germany and we will never forget our adventure to Europe.”

Tarni & Jack

Don’t forget, you can now enter for your chance to win your very own trip to Germany over with our friends at Must Do Brisbane

 

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.

 

Happy International Pretzel Day!

Happy International Pretzel Day!

Whether you prefer the traditional pretzel or the crunchy salty snack there is plenty to celebrate.

There are a few different stories as to how the pretzel came to be, but most agree they have a Catholic background from the Middle Ages in Europe. It is said that Catholic Monks used left over pieces of dough to make treats for well-behaved students. The shape of a knot represents a range of meanings from a traditional prayer posture to ‘tying the knot’ in marriage, whilst serving a practical purpose to hang on sticks to be served. In the 16th century in Austria pretzels even became a symbol of holiday season good luck and were hung on Christmas trees.

Today, pretzels are consumed worldwide and come in a variety of flavours with seeds, nuts, glazes and more. Why not celebrate International Pretzel day by hanging out with friends making your own pretzels! We hung out with our dear friend, Mama Schnucki, to bake her favourite recipe. Check out the video below and the details on their blog HERE.

 

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.

 

 

Ingredients

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