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Frohe Ostern!

It’s Easter time and in the Oktoberfest Brisbane families’ households this means chocolate, chocolate and more CHOCOLATE!!

Easter time in Germany generally marks the true beginning of spring and families often have the first chance of the year to spend time in their gardens or go for long walks and enjoy the fresh air without having to put on 5 layers of clothing! German families all have their Easter traditions – Easter-egg-hunting in the house and the garden, Easter nests (nests filled with chocolate and other Easter-themed gifts), Easter themed arts and crafts and a breakfast tradition of “Ostereier-ticken” where two hard-boiled eggs are hit against each other and the person’s egg which doesn’t break wins!

Our favourite traditions of Easter are definitely the Easter-egg hunt and the arts and craft! In Germany parents like to be particularly tricky when hiding their Easter eggs, sometimes hiding them so well that you’ll end up finding an Easter egg at Christmas time in the vintage coffee grinder (nice one mum!).

When it comes to Easter themed arts and crafts there really is no limit. One of the all-time favourite activities for all ages is decorating eggs – it can be a little bit tricky, but is definitely a lot of fun! You start by pricking two holes opposite each other in a raw egg, then using a toothpick you make the bottom hole 2-3mm in diameter and prick a hole into the egg yolk. Next, you blow on the top as hard as you can and all of the egg white and yolk should come out and let the empty egg shells dry out in the sun. Once they’ve dried out, the egg shells can be decorated in any way you like. To hang the eggs up, you attach a small piece of wood (such as part of a toothpick) onto the end of a piece of thread, push the wood into the larger hole in the egg shell and then lightly pull on the thread. A handy hint is to keep the egg containers – they’re great to put the egg shells in when drying and even better for storing your beautifully decorated eggs in until next year!easter_egg_decorating_ideas2

We hope you all have a lovely Easter break with your loved ones and most importantly, lots of chocolate!

Bis bald!

German Film Festival is Finally Here!

Tonight is the official opening of the Audi German Film Festival in Brisbane – it’s one of our favourite times of the year!

The children’s movies are running from today until Monday the 31st of March, so make sure you check them out! Will you be watching Hanni & Nanni 3 – Germany’s favourite twins – get up to all kinds of mischief at boarding school? Or will you follow the Little Ghost’s adventures exploring the world by day for the first time? Or will you be watching the Famous Five solve another gripping mystery?

We’ll definitely be catching as many of these movies as we can!

You’ll find a full list of movies that are playing at the following link:

http://www.goethe.de/ins/au/lp/prj/fia/ffg/ffb/enindex.htm

We hope to see you around the Palace Centro cinema in Fortitude Valley over the next week!

Tschüss!

 

Save the Date!

The Karneval season, which started on the 11.11 (at 11:11am!), officially finished last Tuesday on what is called Fasnacht (the night before the beginning of lent). How did you all spend the 5th season?

We had a blast at the Brisbane German Club’s Karneval – hours filled with dancing, singing, laughing and making new friends! We dusted off our costumes and dressed up as a hippie, a medieval lady of the manor and Pocahontas and could be found on the dance floor singing and dancing along to Karneval hits, such as Viva Colonia! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw5HmEjSyM4

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But onto even more exciting news…

The date for the 2014 Oktoberfest for Teens has been set! It will be held on Thursday the 16th of Oktober and, as per usual, will take place at the Brisbane (RNA) Showgrounds. So grab your diaries and mark the spot with a giant X! To register your interest for the event email us at paula@oktoberfestbrisbane.com.au.

Can’t wait to see you all there! Bis bald! 🙂

Viel Spass im neuen Jahr!

Wilkommen to 2014!

We hope you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve, fantastic holidays and an even better first day of school!

We’ve started the countdown – only 9 more months until the next Oktoberfest for Teens! 🙂

In the meantime we hope you’re excited to continue learning German this year, here are the Goethe Institute’s top 10 reasons why you should be learning German:

http://www.goethe.de/lrn/prj/zgd/en867247.htm

No matter where life will take you, your German knowledge will be very valuable!
All the best for the school year and we hope to see you later on in the year! 🙂

Wir wünschen euch ganz tolle Ferien!!

Can you believe it’s already been one and a half months since the Oktoberfest for Teens 2013?

We wanted to thank you all from the bottom of our Lebkuchen hearts for making this year’s event such a successful and fun day! Here are just some of our favourite memories…

There was dancing…

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… singing…

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… rides…

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… food…

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… Torwandschiessen…

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… bell ringing…

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… competitions…

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… and, of course, lots and lots of enthusiastic students, staff and parents!

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With the holidays almost here we want to wish you a great finish to the school year and a wonderful Advent!

All the best,

Your Oktoberfest for Teens Team! 🙂

10 days to go…

… and we couldn’t be more excited!

Make sure you don’t miss our final Quiz, now up under the ‘Quizzes’ tab!
We hope you’re all enjoying your long weekend and using this opportunity to polish up those song lyrics and put the finishing touches on your posters! We have some incredibly delicious prizes to give away for the winners, thanks to Bianca at The Organic Cotton Candy Company – we’re finding it hard not to eat them ourselves! 🙂

Also don’t miss the final adventures of Herr Bear and Fräulein Bear before they head to the Oktoberfest Brisbane, starting this Friday!

http://oktoberfestbrisbaneteddies.wordpress.com/

 

2 Weeks to go!!

With only 2 weeks and 1 day left until the big day, don’t forget to register your school ASAP if you haven’t done so already!

Quiz #5 has been uploaded under the ‘Quizzes’ tab for you to answer!

Finally, looking to impress your teacher (or your students) with some extra German vocab?

http://www.germanpod101.com/german-phrases/ has a great widget to embed or you can just sign up with your email address and have a new German word sent to you daily!

Alternatively, http://www.bitesizedlanguages.com/wod/r/german has a German word of the day on their website – there are heaps to choose from!!

Don’t forget to see what our teddies are up to on http://oktoberfestbrisbaneteddies.wordpress.com/

Bis bald!! 🙂

Busy at work … plus some very special visitors

What an exciting day it has been! This morning we went to K&K Coffee Restaurant for a meeting with the Oktoberfest team a taste test, thanks to Wolfgang. Be sure to watch ‘The Great South East’ on Sunday at 5:30pm on Channel 7.
But that’s not all… guess who joined us for lunch? Herr Bear and Frӓulein Bear!!
the Oktoberfest Team hard at work with Wolfgang from K & K .. and some special friends

the Oktoberfest Team hard at work with Wolfgang from K & K .. and some special friends

The happy couple arrived in Brisbane about a week ago and have been enjoying the sunshine, as they’ve been out and about exploring Brisbane.
However they just couldn’t decide WHAT to try first for lunch – the Leberkäse & Spätzle? or Jägerschnitzel? or Wolfgang’s special club sandwich? So we sampled them while they were busy deciding …

Herr Bear and Fräulein Bear enjoy lunch

Follow their adventures as they prepare for their big day at the Brisbane Oktoberfest on their own blogsite
http://oktoberfestbrisbaneteddies.wordpress.com/
We hope you’re enjoying your break and bis bald!

O’zapft is!

This past Saturday saw the official opening of the Munich Oktoberfest 2013.
At 6 seconds to 12pm, the major, Christian Ude, performed the official tapping of the keg and shouted the words “O’zapft is!”
You can watch a video of this at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3Qj82ROWPs

Don’t miss a second of the 2013 Munich Oktoberfest, by watching the live webcam, which sweeps across the Theresienwiese from the top of the Hofbräu tent.
http://www.muenchen.tv/programm/wiesn/wiesn-webcam/#.Uj-V09crlBk

We’ve also uploaded the next quiz for you to get started on, so be sure to check that out under the ‘Quizzes’ tab!

Have a fabulous Ferienwoche! 🙂

Endlich Ferien!

It’s been a long term, but the holidays have finally arrived and what better time to be working on your song lyrics and poster competition entries than now?

Don’t forget to check out http://www.leichhardtland.net.au/ for information and inspiration for your posters. Also remember to ensure that your submissions follow the competition rules!!

If you are struggling with the song lyrics, our Oktoberfest Brisbane website is sure to give you some great ideas! https://oktoberfestbrisbane.com.au/

There are some divine sweet prizes to win, thanks to Bianca at The Organic Cotton Candy Company, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Wir wünschen euch allen tolle Ferien und bis bald!

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