This year, the event is held on the evening of the second Friday of the Festival (17th October) – so you can check out the competition from rival beards and moustaches right from the official opening the weekend before. Beardmeister was a hotly-contested addition to the line-up of Oktoberfest Brisbane entertainment when it debuted in 2013 – as you can see from these fotos!
Presented in association with the Beard Alliance and Gold Coast Facial Hair Club, this real crowd-pleaser honours a long tradition of beard and moustache appreciation, from Germany and Alpine Europe to South East Queensland. There are beard and moustache championships held around the world, with judging across no less than 17 internationally-defined categories.*
Here, we focus on three, and beard and moustache experts from the Gold Coast Facial Hair Club will judge each competitor in these categories. The Oktoberfest Brisbane audience will have its say in voting for the ‘festival favourite’ and an overall Grand Champion will then be judged.
Watch beards and moustaches battle it out – hair on hair – for a chance to coil their curls around the illustrious plaques presented to the Beardmeisters of:
- Natural Moustache
A category for purists. This emphasises moustaches au naturel. Styled, yes, but no fancy gels or the like in sight!
- Natural Full Beard
Just like the Natural Moustache, but with the beard integrated, grown and tenderly nurtured to perfection. A must-see for lovers of facial hair!
Letting creative and fashion flair run free, competitors can go wild use whatever it takes to style and gel their beards/moustaches into amazing works of facial art.
All entrants must be over 18 on competition day (fast-growing 17-year-olds will have a full year’s head-start on the next Oktoberfest Brisbane Beardmeister comp – but you may have to talk to your parents and school first!). Read the competition details here.
A ‘beard’ it seems, is more than ‘just a beard’ – this contest is seriously hairy stuff! Finalists will receive acclaim beyond their wildest dreams, prizes sponsored from Gold Coast Facial Hair Club and a perpetual Trophy for the Grand Champion.
*The 2014 World Championships are due to be held in Portland, Oregon in the USA a week after the close of Oktoberfest Brisbane, so we quite understand if our Beardmeister winners have a plane to catch! Find out more here.