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

 

 

 

 

Karneval 2018

It’s Germany’s carnival season! It starts on the 11th day of November at exactly 11 minutes after 11 am and ends at the stroke of midnight on shroud Tuesday – also referred to as Fat Tuesday (the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent). Brisbane’s only German Karneval party is about to kick off this coming Saturday at the German Club! You will be treated to live entertainment, Delicatessen, the biggest range of German beers, best dressed awards and even more…

The celebrations of Carnival (Karneval or Fasching) date back to the Middle Ages. Karneval festivals were celebrated by the Romans and ancient Egyptians. The word stems from the “carne vale” (Latin) which means “without meat” and is comparable to the Mardi Gras tradition of eating, drinking and merriment before the fasting season.

Affectionately termed the ‘fifth season’ starts in November but the main events come along in February each year including a women’s carnival day where women of the city wear fancy dress on their way to work followed by masked balls and parties at night.

The big day for Karneval in Germany is Rose Monday (also known as Shrove Monday) with its massive parades. The big Mardi Gras is on Shrove Tuesday.

Switzerland’s biggest carnival is Basler Fasnacht. Austria more commonly calls it Fasching like south and east Germany. The term Fasching is seen in Berlin and northern Germany. North West Germany says Karneval with Cologne being the most famous celebrators in Germany. Without a doubt the Carnival in Rio is the world’s most famous party.

Top 8 Carnival celebrations in the world

  • Carnival in Rio | Brazil
  • Notting Hill | UK
  • Mardi Gras | USA
  • Santa Cruz Carnaval | Tenerife
  • Carnevale di Venezia | Italy
  • Carnival | Trinidad & Tobago
  • Quebec Winter Carnival | Canada
  • Cologne Karneval | Germany

Tickets for this weeks event HERE

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That’s a wrap on 2017!

A little rain at the final weekend of Oktoberfest Brisbane couldn’t dampen the spirits of thousands of festival-goers who this year packed into the iconic German cultural event which celebrated its mighty 10th installment.

Some blame our 9 burly Bavarian friends for bringing the rain with them, but we’ll let them get away with it for their efforts helping Brisbane launch Australia’s very first “Oktoberpole”, a tradition which proudly adorned King George Square in spectacular fashion on Oktober 1 to signal the start of our city’s German celebrations.

In fact it has been a year of firsts for Oktoberfest Brisbane, with the inaugural Bavarian Brewing Competition joining the fold in 2017, seeing eight local breweries test their crafts making two styles of German beer true to style – and their creations were on display at the Festival for all to taste.

We also crowned our first back-to-back champs in the Bavarian Strongmen competition, with Ze Fritzels silencing their opponents with a second consecutive title and there was plenty of hair to marvel at as a bunch of beautiful blokes battled it out for the Beardmeister title.

The Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane competition graced with unflattering style and the dulcet Deutsch sound of the infamous Oompah band is probably still beating through your veins.

That’s a wrap on 2017 and we hope you enjoyed it.

The Best of the Blogs

Did you don your Dirndl or Lederhosen and let loose on the dancefloor to the Fliegerlied last weekend? Or are you planning your epic Bavarian adventure for this upcoming weekend?
Whether you want to re-live the highlights, or you’re trying to plan for your special day this weekend, we’ve been scouring the Internet to see what bloggers have been saying about Oktoberfest Brisbane 2017 so far.

 

What Did They Think?

Thrifty Family Travels lists their favourite 20 fun family activities from Oktoberfest Brisbane 2017. From face painting and circus workshops to Human Foosball and Little Miss Oktoberfest – it looks like they had a ball when they came along last Sunday!

 

Four to Adore brought their family of six along for a healthy dose of German culture. They spent a lot of time in the KinderZone enjoying the stage and activities. They somehow managed to also cram in rides, the OktoberFEAST cooking demonstration, and the live music! I bet their tribe slept well after it.

 

Weekend Notes enjoyed all of the highlights including the Bavarian Brewing competition the shoe-slapping dancing and the Munich Biergarten.

 

Smart Steps to Australia has a list of top tips for bringing your kids to Oktoberfest Brisbane with lots of practical advice and information to help you prepare for your big day. Her kids adored the dancing (check out those groovy moves in the video!), the jumping castle and the petting zoo – in particular the fluffy chickens were a big hit!

 

It looks like another family who now need to get a fluffy chicken for a pet after visiting the petting zoo is Champagne Days. They enjoyed sharing the cultural experience with their son, especially as their German Festival experience dates back an incredible three decades!

Coffee Mumma switched her usual cappuccino for a stein and brought her family along to Oktoberfest Brisbane where they enjoyed the face painting, the delicious food and the KinderZone shows. She hits the nail on the head when she describes the ‘joyful’ atmosphere while also noting how easy it is to navigate with young kids.

Entertain My Tribe has posted a practical review worth checking out. We definitely agree that the pork knuckle and cakes are a highlight that everyone should try! And it just goes to show that nobody is too young to enjoy Oktoberfest Brisbane as their writer’s 19-month-old had a brilliant time!

Coasting Australia’s roving reporters explored all that Oktoberfest Brisbane had to offer, describing it as: “a great family day out!” Just check out the yummy food they got to enjoy!

Live All the Days are here to set the record straight: Oktoberfest Brisbane is an amazing day out for families. Having attended Oktoberfest in Munich before, they also declare that Oktoberfest Brisbane is just as much fun!

A Cold Cup of Chloe enjoyed everything from the KinderZone to the live music (everyone loves the chicken dance!) They found plenty to entertain their little one and created a lovely day of family memories.

 

 

 

Tips for using your Digital Wallet

Oktoberfest Brisbane is back this Friday for it’s second weekend! To make the most out of these fun-filled days, let’s go through the top seven tips for the Cashless system and setting up your Digital Wallet.

  1. You can set up your Digital Wallet prior to entering the festival. All you have to do is head to https://oktoberfestbrisbane.com.au/digital-wallet/ and enter your ticket barcode and details. That way the fun can begin as soon as you step in!
  2. If you’re entering with a group, make sure you come in with the same ticket you have set up your Digital Wallet with. You don’t want your Digital Wallet linked with someone else’s wristband!
  3. Setting up Auto Top-Up will save you from entering your card details in more than once. All you have to do is select Auto Top-Up when you submit a new Top-Up! Less time entering in your card details and more time for schnitzels and steins!
  4. Setting up on site is easy too! Just remember, your wristband number and 5-digit security code can be found on the back of your wristband chip. After registering your wristband and creating your Digital Wallet, your security code is now your account password!
  5. If you have money leftover in your Digital Wallet, you will be automatically refunded at the end of the Festival if you Top Up exclusively in your Digital Wallet vs the Top Up Stations on-site (Monday 16th).
  6. If you decide to Top Up your wristband on-site, don’t forget to keep your wristband or keep a record of your wristband number (we suggest taking a photo). You’ll need to fill out a manual refund form, you can find this on our website.
  7. If you’re returning back from last weekend, make sure you link in your new ticket or wristband into your existing Digital Wallet so you can use any unspent credit from last weekend.

Follow these steps and you should have a hassle-free experience with our cashless system. However, if you do run into any problems setting up or Topping Up, head to our Information Tent and one of our friendly staff will be able to help you out.

Win The Trip of A Lifetime!

 

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Australia’s largest and most authentic German Festival, we are giving you and a lucky friend the the chance to win the trip of a lifetime, thanks to our partners Singapore Airlines, German National Tourist Office, Brisbane German Language School, and Tucher! The ultimate German experience is up for grabs over at The Weekend Edition, as a thank you from us for a decade of loyal celebration at our Festival.

The trip includes:

  • Round trip airfares for two to Germany
  • Seven nights accommodation with breakfast at each stop.
  • One term of German Language School so you can embrace your inner German!
  • Five-day rail pass

Your adventure will be jam packed with activities and the chance bask in the beauty of the German countryside. You’ll start with two nights in Munich – the home of Oktoberfest! – with a visit to Nymphenburg Palace or Munich Residence and a Gray Line bus tour to see the local sights. You’ll then have two nights in Garmisch where you’ll spend time exploring and putting to practise the skills you picked up from your term with the German Language School. We’ll then send you to the historic city of Nuremberg, with two nights at Hotel Drei Raben, and a beer sampling session and tour through Tucher, one of Germany’s finest breweries followed by dinner with their renowned brewing team! To finish the trip off in style, your final destination will be to the Rhine Valley Wine region with one night in Rüdesheim am Rhein staying at Rüdesheimer Schloss wine hotel with dinner and breakfast included.

Congratulations Tarni Eastwood on winning the trip of a lifetime!

 

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