What an unglaublich (incredible) experience the 2014 German Festival was!
It was amazing to see so many of our guests and friends ‘embracing their inner German’ by dressing-up their outer German as well. We may even have tipped the balance this year, with Dirndln und Lederhosen in the majority across both weekends of the festival – well done, everyone!
Your enthusiastic, “boots’n’all” participation was heartily reciprocated by the boys in our very own Münchner Buam band, who pumped out more than 50 hours of floor-stomping, clap-slapping, singalong tunes in their sets over the two weekends!
This year’s official opening drew the biggest crowd of any Oktoberfest Brisbane Anzapfen and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk did everyone proud by tapping the first festival keg with one less hammer tap than his Munich counterpart (3:4 – advantage Brisbane!) – well, that’s what our photos show, so what we’re sticking with.
If the 2014 German Festival had a theme, it must surely have been mehr, mehr, mehr – more carnival rides enjoyed by more guests (with more shrieks and more laughter) than before; more pork knuckles, more pretzels and more Oktoberfest burgers consumed (by the thousands!) than ever before; and more VIP tables in the Bayrisches Eck booked by more groups of friends and work colleagues than in any of our previous years!
This year, it was also wonderful to experience the amazing response to two Oktoberfest Brisbane ‘firsts’ – the Schnucki fashion show on the main stage in the main tent, and the innovative “OktoberfEAST” food fusion demonstrations with Masterchef’s (and GOMA’s) Emily Loo on each Sunday of the festival.
And if you thought you knew all there was to do with German sausages or Austrian schnitzel-burgers – think again. Emily’s ‘east-meets-west’ classes with Richy and Wolfgang were smash hits, and the clamour for recipes has been deafening!
And now, here’s a brief wrap of all the sports news.
The sash of ‘Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane 2014’ fittingly went to Youngcare volunteer Emily McLaughlan, who edged-out her competition by a short stein with a dazzling display of cow-milking.
On a more furry note, the Beardmeister category winners were: Gavin Zimmerman (Moustache), Todd Simms (Freestyle), and Nathan Coles (Full Beard), with Nathan taking out the title of overall Beardmeister Champion 2014.
Well, that’s about all we’ve got time for this year so, from everyone in the Oktoberfest Brisbane families to everyone in our wider Oktoberfest Brisbane family (yes – you!), we say Danke und Auf Wiedersehen!