Australia’s largest German festival, Oktoberfest Brisbane, was a huge success this year! Smiles lit up the showgrounds as Brisbane celebrated German culture through food, fashion, competitive fun and everything in between! Whether you were there for the steins or the pony rides, there were endless opportunities to embrace your inner German, making the authentic cultural experience a true family affair.
Oktoberfest Brisbane, 2019 kicked off with Anzapfen, the official opening ceremony, where Brisbane’s Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner, tapped the first keg to kick-off the Festival fun with a celebratory prost! Beneath colourful confetti clouds and with steins in hands, the crowd was buzzing with excited anticipation for all the Oktoberfestivites to come.
Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane 2019 was a highlight of the first Festival weekend, with Brisbane’s bravest ladies competing for the title. Drawing from their inner Germans, the ladies were challenged with everything from stein holding to pretzel tossing, bringing their best for the cheering crowds. After a suspenseful final round of competitive cow milking, Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane 2019 was crowned – a big congratulations to Bree!
Then it was the boys’ turn to do Brisbane proud, with teams of three battling through 6 rounds of competitive fun to take out the title of Bavarian Strongmen 2019! These rounds quickly became a crowd favourite with supportive spectators cheering from the sidelines, encouraging the men as they face-planted doughnuts and pulled their weight in tug of war. The winning team dug deep to be crowned the winners for the fourth year in a row! Congratulations to Ze Fritzels on maintaining their title!
The festival fun continued with Oktoberfest Brisbane’s first trivia competition, The Big German Quiz – drawing crowds of competitors to the Oktoberfest tent, eager to win the prizes on offer! After a night of Bavarian brainstorming, the lucky winners walked away with $500 in their pockets and smiles from ear to ear – and we don’t blame them!
Topping it all off was Autoshow, with cars lined up across the showgrounds to showcase the sleek, the stylish and the vintage, giving festivalgoers a taste of German history as they strolled through the displays on the last day of Oktoberfest Brisbane, 2019.
The showgrounds really did come alive with all the food and entertainment on offer this year. From steins and rides to petting zoo cute-ness, the range of German deliciousness and fun gave everyone a chance to embrace their inner German. As Brisbane hangs up their Dirndls and Lederhosen for another year, we thank you all for making Oktoberfest Brisbane 2019 one to remember – and here’s to bringing our German best for next year. We can’t wait to see you there – prost!