Weekend 1 of Oktoberfest Brisbane 2019

We kicked off Oktoberfest Brisbane this year with our annual Opening Ceremony, Anzapfen – celebrating 12 years of German festival fun. Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner did the honours of tapping the first keg which marked the official opening of 2019’s Festival and began the rounds of celebratory drinks beneath bursting clouds of confetti. Despite Friday’s wet weather, Brisbane was ready to dust off their Dirndls and Lederhosen to embrace their inner German, making the first weekend of the festival the enjoyable success that it was.

Thankfully, it wasn’t long before the sun made its debut and festivalgoers were welcomed to clear skies and cold steins, roaming around the showgrounds to see all the exciting new entertainment on offer this year. With each day of the festival offering new activities, there really was something for everyone. From face-painting to face-planting doughnuts, this weekend saw the showgrounds buzzing with smiles and high spirits – and with all the German treats on offer, there are so many delicious reasons to smile!

This year’s Miss Oktoberfest competition was one of many highlights of the weekend, with Brisbane’s best and brightest Fräuleins battling through 5 rounds of competition to be crowned Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane 2019! The fearless Fräuleins enthusiastically took on the challenge, giving it their best for each round of the competition. After various tense heats of everything from pretzel tossing to cow milking, one woman was left standing and crowned the winner of Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane 2019 – congratulations to Bree on her well-earned title!

Sounds like fun right? This barely scratches the surface on all that’s on offer at this year’s festival, and the good news is it’s all happening again this weekend, Oktober 18-20! So, if you’re experiencing serious #FOMO (fear of missing out), be quick to get your tickets for the FINAL weekend of this year’s Festival to see the magic for yourselves. We can’t wait to see you all there!

 

 

 

How to Top Up your Digital Wallet

Oktoberfest Brisbane embraces all things German and being a 100% cashless festival helps to embrace our German efficiencies.
Embrace your [efficient] inner German and familiarise yourself with how to Top Up before and during the Festival so you can hit the ground running!
ONLINETopping Up online is as easy as 1, 2, 3

– Create a Digital Wallet
– Link your Ticket (pre-festival) or Smart Wristband number (during festival)
– Choose your Top Up amount and off you go!

Once you make your first Top Up in your Digital Wallet, you can set up Auto Top Up so you don’t have to worry about it again- talk about efficient!

ON-SITE: Two easy ways to Top Up when you’re at the Festival

Self-Serve Top Up Stations: visit one of our numerous Self-Serve Top Up Stations where Topping Up is as easy as Tap, Pay, Tap!
– Top Up Stations: Not sure about this whole technology thing? Visit one of our friendly staff at the Top Up Stations where you can pay cash or card and choose how much you’d like to add to your Digital Wallet

 

Trains, Planes and Automobiles- Planning your journey

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:

Drive and Park:

  • Park at the Brisbane Showgrounds in the new multi-level car park via Gate 5 off O’Connell Tce. Rates and details can be found here.
  • Park with Secure Parking Valley Metro for $7.50 night and weekend using code OKT19. Pre-Book here.

Be Driven:

  • Catch a cab- be sure to be dropped off on Gregory Terrace
  • Choose a ride-be sure to be dropped off on Gregory Terrace

Public Transport:

  • Catch a train to Bowen Hills or Fortitude Valley train station.
  • Catch a bus to Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital or Wickham Street (Fortitude Valley) stations.
  • All public transport options can be found here.

Working towards a sustainable future with MEIKO Australia

At Oktoberfest Brisbane, we’re big on environmental sustainability. That’s why we’re excited to have MEIKO Australia on board with us for this year’s Festival!

With over 43,000 people descending on the Festival each year, it’s important to ensure our glassware is being washed and reused in an efficient and sustainable way. That’s where MEIKO comes in!

MEIKO is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of commercial warewashing equipment. Founded in Germany in 1927, they have long since grown into a global company on the cutting edge of technology in engineering and manufacturing. whether you’re looking for glasswashers or large system dishwashers, MEIKO offers a wide range of solutions to suit any need or occasion.

And the best part? Using MEIKO Glasswashers at the Festival eliminates the need for single-use plastics, meaning we can all enjoy ourselves at Oktoberfest Brisbane guilt-free knowing we aren’t producing any waste that can’t be either recycled or composted. How good!

How can you help, you say? Be sure to purchase a reusable beer stein at the Festival. Our beer steins are designed specifically to replicate Germany’s famous Bavarian beer steins.

Like our beers, you won’t find our steins anywhere else in Australia, so not only will you be helping the environment, you’ll also be scoring yourself a nifty souvenir! We’ve even designed special coolers to help the steins ‘adapt’ to Aussie weather.

We’re so glad to have MIEKO Australia on board as a sponsor of Oktoberfest Brisbane 2019 to help us work towards a more sustainable future.

Win a trip to Germany with Singapore Airlines!

Has Oktoberfest season got you day-dreaming about strolling through the streets of Germany? Yep – we thought so! Thanks to our exclusive airline partner, Singapore Airlines, you and a friend have the chance to WIN return flights from Brisbane to Munich, with $1000 AUD spending money in your pockets!

Whether it be sipping on steins or snacking on schnitzels, you’ll have the opportunity to experience all that Germany has to offer – and Germany has a LOT to offer the lucky winners of this prize. Wander down the scenic streets of Munich, marvel at the architecture and taste your way around the country! From the history to the culture, Germany not only has something for everyone but is also a neighbour to other bucket-list destinations. This could be the start of that European adventure you’ve been dreaming of – and we’re already jealous!

To top it all off, you’ll get to fly with the world’s most awarded airline, Singapore Airlines. Sit back and enjoy the start of an exciting journey with award-winning service at your fingertips – enjoy the delicious, locally inspired meals onboard and industry-leading seat products, making your flight experience one to remember.

Sounds almost too good to be true, right? But you’ve got to be in it to win it, so be sure to enter the competition for your chance to WIN this unbelievable getaway for you and a friend!

HOW TO ENTER:

For your chance to win, simply click here to complete our German quiz and get ready to embrace your inner German!

Good luck!

 

For full competition Terms and Conditions, go here

Götzinger Garten

The Götzinger Garten is back at Oktoberfest Brisbane 2019!

We are so excited to have our friends from Götzinger Smallgoods back at the Festival this year to spoil us all with an incredible range of authentic German deli treats.

There’s an incredible history behind the Götzinger name! The original owners migrated to Australia in 1908 and set up a smallgoods factory in Burleigh on the Gold Coast. The business enjoyed growth within the industry over the years, and Götzinger Smallgoods is now Queensland’s largest Australian owned smallgoods manufacturer. To this day, they are still producing high-quality, award-winning smallgoods the traditional way, using original recipes and techniques.

For anyone who experienced it last year, you’ll know that the Götzinger Garten is the ultimate place to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Be sure to come along and grab yourself a delicious Götzinger Garten meat platter, which features a range of their signature products including Strassburg, Polish Salami and much more!

We can’t wait to see you all there!

 

What’s New at Oktoberfest Brisbane 2019

Oktoberfest Brisbane is just around the corner and we can’t wait for you all to see the fantastic new additions to this year’s Festival!

COMPETITIONS

The competitions at Oktoberfest Brisbane are always a crowd favourite! Whether the men are battling it out for the Bavarian Strongmen title or the ladies are showcasing their German skills for the Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane crown, the atmosphere in the Oktoberfest Tent always comes alive!

That’s why we’re so excited to be hosting our first-ever trivia night, The Big German Quiz! This competition will test your German general knowledge with interactive questions hosted by Quiz Meisters. There are some awesome prizes up for grabs so you definitely won’t want to miss out! For more information, click HERE.

We’re also happy to be introducing our brand new sausage eating competition in collaboration with our friends Gotzinger Smallgoods. This will be taking place on both Saturdays of the Festival so if you’re a foodie with a talent for eating, be sure to come along and participate!

FOOD

Oktoberfest Brisbane really is a foodie’s dream! With a variety of authentic Bavarian cuisines to choose from, you really won’t know where to start. And to make it even harder, we’ve got three brand new food vendors joining us at the Festival this year!

Need to satisfy your sweet tooth? Diving Doughnuts will be treating you to handcrafted doughnuts made fresh on-site with the finest gourmet ingredients. If you want to indulge, this is the place to be!

Prefer something from the sea? Südsee will be bringing a variety of gourmet fresh seafood, all served with “the best chips in the universe”. Is your mouth watering yet?

Maybe you’re looking for something to share? Flammkuchen Pizza will be firing up the ovens to serve you incredible authentic wood-fired pizza. You can never go wrong with pizza!

DRINKS

Bier is a large part of German culture, but we understand it’s not for everyone. This year, we’ve even got TWO brand new drinks for our non-bier lovers to enjoy!

The Katlenburger Mango Sparkling Wine is the perfect sweet treat all wine lovers need in their lives! A crowd favourite among the Oktoberfest Brisbane tasting crew, this one is definitely worth a try.

In the mood for something a little fancier? The Zentini Hugo Primitivo is a traditional German cocktail made from prosecco, elderberry syrup, mint leaves, and ice. It’s the most refreshing summertime treat!

ENTERTAINMENT

There’s so much new entertainment this year we don’t even know where to start!

With three new additions to our Roving Entertainment line-up, the fun really will come to you. Kids will find hours of entertainment with Balloon Twisting and The Tinkerers Puppet Show. They will also be happy to hear Hans and Ava (our incredible Acro Duo) will be back again this year with their new friend, Helga! We can’t wait to see what this Acro Trio gets up to.

To top it all off, we even have Pony Rides at this year’s Festival! These will be happening each Sunday of the Festival so be sure to bring the little ones along for a day they won’t be forgetting anytime soon!

We can’t wait to see you all there!

See, Shoot, Win!

To celebrate our billboards with Goa going live, we are giving away FREE tickets to Oktoberfest Brisbane!

Goa is Queensland’s largest billboard and signage company. It was established in 1983 and is still family-owned. Their billboards can be found all over Brisbane, meaning chances of you finding an Oktoberfest Brisbane billboard are high!

To be in the running to win, here’s what you’ve got to do:

Keep your eyes peeled while out and about in Brisbane for our billboards promoting the Festival. They will look something like this.

Once you find one, take a snap and post it to our Facebook page. You’ll get bonus points if you’re in the picture too!

Each week in the lead up to the Festival we will be giving away 5 double passes. Be sure to like our Facebook page to keep updated!

 

Good luck and we can’t wait to see your pictures!

 

Where to stay for Oktoberfest Brisbane 2019

Looking to stay close to the Brisbane Showgrounds for Oktoberfest Brisbane this year? Well, our accommodation partners have you sorted!

Brisbane Riverview Hotel

Our Principal Hotel Partner, Brisbane Riverview Hotel, is the perfect place to sit back and relax after a long day enjoying all the festivities at Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Overlooking the Brisbane River and set in a stunning resort-style environment, this hotel provides spacious and well-appointed guest rooms that offer a warm and inviting ambience. The team at Riverview strives to exceed their guest’s every need and offer complimentary car parking and wi-fi for all guests and visitors.

Click HERE to book your accommodation and receive 2 complimentary tickets to Oktoberfest Brisbane as well as 2 full buffet breakfasts. What more could you need?

Rydges Fortitude Valley

Located opposite the Brisbane Showgrounds in Bowen Hills, Rydges Fortitude Valley provides a contemporary getaway only a few minutes walk from the entry gates to Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Their chic, sophisticated rooms have free wi-fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as desks, minibars, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Family rooms can be booked to include extra beds for the little ones and room service is available 24/7, what could be better! Other amenities include a heated outdoor pool, a 24-hour gym, and a trendy farm-to-table restaurant and bar.

Click HERE to book with Rydges and get 20% off their best available rate for your Oktoberfest Brisbane stay.

Belise

Located on the corner of St Pauls Terrace and Brookes Street in Bowen Hills, Belise is just a stone’s throw away from all the Oktoberfest Brisbane fun. With a range of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with generous living spaces, fully equipped kitchens, and spacious balconies, Belise can comfortably fit groups of all sizes!

Belise is offering 2 & 3-night packages including breakfast for 2 people and one ticket to Oktoberfest Brisbane per person per day.

Click HERE to book your room now and don’t forget to use the promo code ‘OKTOBF19’.

From hotels to apartments, we’ve got you covered with the best deals for your Oktoberfest Brisbane weekend. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, click HERE to get them today! We can’t wait to see you all at the Festival!

Oktoberfest Brisbane – More than just Bier!

Bier is a large part of German culture, but we also know that bier is not for everyone. There are plenty more beverages on offer at Oktoberfest Brisbane, so rest assured knowing there’s something for everyone! We’ve even added two BRAND NEW drinks to the menu this year, but more on that later!

Is wine your drink of choice?

Then Oktoberfest Brisbane’s Wine and Champagne Bar is the place for you! Here you’ll find a wide range of red, white, and sparkling wines, as well as our brand new Hugo cocktail. Here’s the full list:

  • Dr.Zensen Riesling Trocken (white)
  • Wine in a Glass (white)
  • Wine in a Glass (red)
  • Brogsitter “Terra Noir” Dornfelder Trocken (red)
  • Kupferberg Gold Trocken (sparkling)
  • Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial (champagne)
  • NEW! Katlenburger Mango Sparkling Wine – This delicious beverage is the perfect sweet treat all wine lovers need in their lives!
  • NEW! The Zentini Hugo Primitivo – This traditional German cocktail is made from prosecco, elderberry syrup, mint leaves, soda water, and ice. It is the most refreshing summertime treat!

Perhaps liqueurs are more your style?

Well, Oktoberfest Brisbane’s Schnapp’s Bar will be right up your alley! Choose from a range of delicious drinks including:

  • Apple Schnapps with Lemonade
  • Blackcurrant Schnapps with Lemonade
  • Peach Schnapps with Lemonade
  • Wild Cherry Schnapps with Lemonade
  • Jagdtraum and Red Bull

Looking to enjoy your weekend without any alcohol? Great! There are ample non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy throughout the festival including:

  • Water
  • Soft drinks
  • Energy drinks
  • Coffee
  • Tea

There are so many wonderful beverage choices at Oktoberfest Brisbane you won’t know where to start! Just remember, when you immerse yourself in German culture, be sure to do it responsibly!