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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.



Sharing our top five memories of Oktoberfest Brisbane

Oktoberfest Brisbane is made up of many moments. There’s that awe-inspiring moment when you step inside the massive Oktoberfest Tent and are hit by the energy of thousands of culture-loving festival goers having the time of their lives at the endless rows of tables. Then there’s the moment you lay back on the grass enjoying a traditional German afternoon tea in the sunshine watching the world go by. Or the one where you go head to head on the dodgems with your kids who can’t help but squeal with excitement every time they block your path.

No single moment defines Oktoberfest Brisbane; they all merge together to create an unmissable cultural celebration. But there are definitely defining moments that stand out for each of us from past Festivals.

As we gear ourselves up for a sensational Oktoberfest Brisbane 2017, we asked our Oktoberfest Brisbane family to share some of their favourites…


“My favourite moment is when I walk through the Oktoberfest Tent the day before we open. I look at the rows of empty tables and I walk around the Festival site that is waiting for its first visitors. I have shivers down my spine and get goosebumps all over. Every year our dedicated team pull together to create this special and unique Festival, and every year we create something bigger and better than the last. We are blessed to have such an amazing team who share our passion and vision.”

Kim Zoulek, Festival Director


“The opening ceremony when the Lord Mayor taps the first keg of beer is my favourite Oktoberfest Brisbane moment every year. It’s a moment that makes me literally hold my breath until I hear the words “O’zapft is” (“It is tapped”), then I can breathe again and look up to take in all of the smiling faces around me. On the stage in that instant, it feels like all of our hard work and effort over the last year has paid off. Seeing everyone having such a good time is the best reward.”

Boris Zoulek, Festival Director


“Each year, there are so many incredible moments that it’s hard to pick just one! If I had to narrow it down, I’d say my favourite is hosting the Krapfen Eating round of the Bavarian Strongmen competition. There’s something hilarious about watching grown men desperately trying to eat jam-filled doughnuts floating in custard. When they emerge, with their facial hair slathered in sugary goo and looking like Santa Claus, it never fails to make me laugh.”

David Pawsey, Oktoberfest Brisbane MC


“My favourite memory is from my first year working at Oktoberfest Brisbane when I finally put my inhibitions aside and succumbed to the lure of the Fliegerlied. After singing along to it for the entire Festival, I finally let myself go and danced along too. I only wished I’d given in and danced sooner!”

Summer Sutherland, Programming


“I love when the band plays the final song on the Sunday night and Oktoberfest Brisbane draws to a close for another year. It’s a moment when all of the staff, stallholders, and Festival team come together to sing and dance with the crowds. After months of hard work, we are all united in celebration and we know that we’re all one big Oktoberfest Brisbane family.”

Holli O’Brien, Group Marketing Manager

Narrowing down our favourite moments was really tough as there are just so many to choose from!

We would love for you to tell us about your favourite Oktoberfest Brisbane moment. Tell us your favourite memory or moment HERE for  your chance to win one of five double passes to this year’s Festival.





Oktoberfest Brisbane 2016 Anzapfen, the official opening ceremony

It is here! Our opening ceremony with the official ‘tapping of the keg’, the Anzapfen.

This year will be the fifth consecutive year Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk taps the first keg of beer at Oktoberfest Brisbane, following a long-running Bavarian tradition to mark the launch of the festival.

This tradition has been celebrated at Oktoberfest in Munich for a century, with the city’s Lord Mayor tapping the first keg of beer and offering the first stein of beer to the Head of State, announcing “O’zapft is” (“It is tapped”).

Join us for the ceremonious event and help us get the celebration underway as the taps start flowing with beer specially-brewed for Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Take a visual trip down memory lane with Oktoberfest Brisbane’s past ‘tappers’.

2008 Anzapfen

2008 Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen – Graham Quirk

2009 Anzapfen

2009 Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen – Lord Mayor Campbell Newman

2010 Anzapfen

2010 Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen – Councillor Andrew Wines

2011 Anzapfen

2011 Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen – Councillor Julian Simmonds

2012 Anzapfen

2012 Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen – Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

2013 Anzapfen

2013 Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen – Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

2014 Anzapfen

2014 Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen – Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

2015 Anzapfen

2015 Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen – Lord Mayor Graham Quirk




Shank Brothers get crafty for OktoberFEAST


Glorious hearty flavours will combine when Mike and Ralph from Brisbane-based BBQ collective, the Shank Brothers, share their passion for cooking with culture-seekers at Oktoberfest Brisbane this Saturday, October 8.

Using local ingredients including emu from Tri It Emu Farm at Marburg and Pork from Meat at Billys in Ashgrove, they’ll be teaching you how to make mouth-watering sausages infused with the specially-crafted Dunkel Bier brewed by our friends at Burleigh Brewing Co.

They’ll top it all off with traditionally artisan fermented “Get out Kraut” from Picklehead Pickles and a schmear of homemade horseradish cream on bespoke Crust & Co light rye sourdough. Yum!
Don’t miss the action at the OktoberFEAST demonstration, where you’ll walk away with a few tricks of the trade.

Get behind the scenes to see the process of making these divine sausages.

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They hand crafted the sausages with the help of Alpine Meat Imports and Meat at Billy’s. Come to OktoberFEAST this Saturday at the German Connections stage. Check out the program HERE
#ShankBrothersBBQ #TheShankBros #AussieSmoker #OktoberFEAST #Shankenwurst

What’s On

History of Oktoberfest Munich

Brisbane Roar at Oktoberfest Brisbane


For the first time, meet local German Brisbane Roar Football Club players at Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Get an autograph and photo with Brisbane Roar players Thomas Broich and Jerome Polenz. Ask them football questions and maybe gets some technical tips to put in to practice when you have a shot at our Youngcare ‘Torwandschiessen’ (Go for Goal) challenge. It’s only a gold coin donation to have a kick and all proceeds go to Youngcare, Oktoberfest Brisbane’s charity partner since 2008.

Thomas & Jerome LIVE!

Thomas has been with the Brisbane Roar since 2010. After a successful youth career in Germany he moved Down Under and is rated as one of the Hyundai A-League’s best players. This was confirmed when he won the player of the year (Johnny Warren Medal) twice plus player of the match in the Brisbane Roar Grand Final win.

Jerome joined the Brisbane Roar squad in January 2015. He began his Australian football journey at the Western Sydney Wanderers after playing professionally in Germany throughout his youth.

Both players are at Oktoberfest Brisbane on Saturday 10th October so don’t miss this fabulous opportunity to meet them in person.

But wait, there’s more of the Roar!

Sunday 11th October it’s the women’s turn, as Brisbane Roar’s Westfield W-league stars Maili Forbes and Ruth Ivy visit Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Bring your Roar supporters gear and get the girls to sign them, and bring your sisters or daughters so they can learn first-hand that football is definitely not just a boy’s game. They may even beat the boys at Torwandschiessen – give it a try!

Check out the signing session times below, and be sure to get there early to not miss out on the action!


Brisbane Roar
Hyundai A-League

Thomas Broich and Jerome Polenz
Saturday 10th Oktober
Signing session with players

W-League Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar FC Womens side
Westfield W-League

Maili Forbes and Ruth Ivy
Sunday 11th Oktober
Signing session with players

KIDS … it’s FUNtastic!


KIDS … it’s FUNtastic!

Wait until you see what’s on this year – it’s the most FUNtastic entertainment program we’ve ever offered for kids!

There’s a terrific range of activities and hands-on workshops from toddler to teenies, and we’re sure that the adults will want to try their hand too.

With new rides and so much more, the hardest thing will be dragging the kids away!

What new rides are here in 2015?

360 Dance Party

The 360 is the latest thrill ride to hit Australia: this exhilarating ride swings 180 then a full 360 while the outward facing passengers spin a slow 360 around. This ride is for the ultimate thrill seekers!


Avalanche is a real crowd-pleaser at all festivals. Which way will it spin? Left … right …right around? You never know.

Festival favourites are here again due to popular demand: Dodgem Cars, Bubble (Jumping Castle), Giant Slide, and a Kids’ Train.

… and don’t forget the cutest and cuddliest of all – the baby animal farm …


Check out the festival map to make sure you get to them all!