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This year we are excited to welcome back the German melodies of Münchner Buam. Collectively, the band has over 149 years of Oktoberfest and German Folk Festival experience and they’ll be bringing their keyboard, guitar, drums, and of course the Flügelhorn back with them to entertain festival goers each day. Some of their players have just finished playing in the Munich Oktoberfest tents. It was a good warm up for Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Münchner Buam will be playing the hits from the Munich Oktoberfest, songs that go around the world with them and most everyone can sing along to. They’ve said that playing the hits that include some sort of movement (such as ‘the Fliegerlied’ and ‘Rock mi’) allow the festival-goers to have “immense fun joining in with these songs”.

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Münchner Buam has played in Munich, Stuttgart, Hamburg – at the largest three folk festivals in Germany. Warsaw (Poland), Bordeaux (France), Milan (Italy), Saragossa (Spain), Irkutsk (Siberia, Russia), Minsk (Belarus), Helsinki (Finland), Angola, Taiwan, Thailand, and Lauderdale (USA) and we’re excited to bring them back to Brisbane for this year’s Oktoberfest! So get your dancing shoes ready and hit the floor with your best moves.

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Feeling hungry?

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Just the mention of Oktoberfest Brisbane gets your mouth watering and taste-buds fired up. All year we search for beautiful German fare, and the fact that we can count on Oktoberfest Brisbane to serve up all the best German food and beverages in one place, just makes our little hearts flutter!

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Here’s a sneak peak of the food and drink menu you can expect at Oktoberfest Brisbane. WARNING: You may want to plan your eating schedule now and maybe even start training. Pace yourself so you can enjoy as many of the different specialities as possible in one day.

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Check out the menu links below to start your feast planning.

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Drinks Menu

KIDS … it’s FUNtastic!

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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

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 …

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

 

How can you Embrace your inner German?

With Oktoberfest Brisbane only a month away, we decided we should give you the lowdown on how best to embrace your inner German!

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Germans love their food and drink!

It’s hard to think of Germany without thinking of pretzels, bratwursts and beer. At Oktoberfest Brisbane, there are more food options than you could possibly stomach in one sitting! Whether you like something savoury like the pork knuckles, bratwurst varieties, sauerkraut, schnitzels or pretzels, or have a craving for something sweet like strudel, pastries or Black Forest cake – you’ll find all of it and more at the largest and most authentic Oktoberfest in Australia!

As for the beer, brush up on the German way to order it! For a lager, your order would be for a Helles, a wheat beer is a Weissbier and for a handcrafted dark beer, you order a Dunkelbier. We also have options for non-beer drinkers. Alcoholic options include a wide variety of German wines and non-alcoholic options include non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee.

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Germans love to dress up!

It’s true, Germans like to make a good impression, and in style. While embracing the authenticity at Oktoberfest Brisbane, why not slip into the traditional German garb?

For the men, there is the Lederhosen in varying lengths, along with different designs and embellishments. For the ladies, there are plenty of Dirndl options – ranging from the basic ones, to unique, one-of-a-kind designs.

Fun fact: the side on which the Dirndl apron bow is tied indicates the whether a woman is “taken” or not!

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Germans love their football!

“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” – Gary Lineker

Germans love football. It is quite possible that the most passionate you will see a German person is when they are watching, playing, talking about, thinking about or dreaming of, football.

Fun fact: The German Football Association consists of more than 26,000 clubs and 178,000 teams. There are more football fan clubs in Germany than any other country.

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Germans love to dance!

Dancing is a German love dating back centuries and is still a great focus of the German culture today.

In the 19th century, Germans turned their traditional German dance “Der Deutsche” (The German) into the Waltz, simply by upping the tempo!

Fun Fact: In 18th century Bavaria, some forms of dance were forbidden for about 30 years as they were deemed immoral… they invoked “obscene behaviour”, leading good men and women into temptation outside of wedlock! Dirty Dancing had nothing on 18th Century Bavaria!

 

For more fun and inspiring German-isms, come visit us over the second and third weekends of Oktober at the Brisbane Showgrounds, and experience what it truly means to Embrace Your Inner German!

What is the ‘Bayrisches Eck’?

Picture yourself and your friends in a cosy alpine guesthouse, way up high in the Bavarian Alps of southern Germany. Locals, friends and other groups wander in and soon it’s buzzing: the smell of delicious food, the laughter, the music, and a fabulous view over the surrounding countryside.

This is a corner of Bavaria, and at Oktoberfest Brisbane we have gone to great lengths to capture this atmosphere, the flavours, the cosiness and what Germans call ‘Gemütlichkeit’ in our Bavarian Corner, or ‘Bayrisches Eck‘ as the Germans would say (pronounced: By-rish-es Eck).

We transport this piece of Germany directly into our Oktoberfest tent at the Brisbane Showgrounds once a year, over two weekends in October.

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Just like Munich’s Oktoberfest, we have a raised podium area specially dedicated to our Bavarian VIP Table guests. But we go one step further and offer an experience and extras in our Bayrisches Eck that even Munich’s Oktoberfest guests won’t find anywhere.

  • Look around: Enjoy the best view above other areas within the tent, and the beautiful alpine view hanging behind. The tableware is imported from Germany, so you can’t get more authentic than that!
  • Bavarian banquet: Our impressive food platter of hot and cold delicacies, the Bavarian Brettl, is something that even Munich doesn’t have. Handcrafted especially for our tables, it creates a festive feast experience that is truly unique within Brisbane and beyond.
  • Service with a smile & a dance: Our wait staff also look the part, dressed in traditional Dirndls and Lederhosen, they look after your dining wishes and, if you’re lucky, you may even get them to twirl a Chicken Dance or two with you.
  • Wait, there’s more: Your own VIP amenities, ‘Bayrisches Eck’ Lebkuchenherzen (gingerbread hearts), custom branded swag (steins and coolers), made just for our Bavarian VIP Table guests. As well as free rides!

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We’d love to welcome you, your friends, family or colleagues to our Bayrisches Eck. Find out more HERE.

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6 Delicious Reasons to Crave for Oktoberfest

Would you beg for a Bratwurst? Do you pine for a Pork Knuckle? Then you may have a ‘German food addiction’ of the very best kind.

Here are our top six picks that will have you craving more at this year’s for Oktoberfest Brisbane:

1. Pork Knuckle (Schweinshaxe)

What would an Oktoberfest be without the most iconic dish of all… the Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle)? Many may offer it, but few perfect it the way our Haxen Haus does. The whole year long their team are busily perfecting and testing just so our festival visitors can savour it over two weekends in October. Try it yourself and taste the love and dedication that goes into every crunch of the crackling and melt-in-your-mouth pork. Couple that with some creamy mash and Sauerkraut and you’ll have the ultimate ‘comfort food’.

Tip: Get fit with Pork Knuckle! Say “Schweinshaxe” 10 times fast (pronounced: Schvines-hacks-a) – it’s a great way to exercise those facial muscles.

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2. Wunder-bar (German Bier)

Imagine a German brewery creating a special beer just for you – that’s what century-old Tucher brewery does for us. You won’t find these two beers – a lager Oktoberfest beer and refreshing wheat beer – anywhere else in the world!

And once you’ve washed that down, try the specially brewed German-style dark beer from multi-award winning Burleigh Brewing and you have Germany’s favourite brews covered.

And of course they are all brewed to the German Purity Law.

We think that is truly Wunderbier… oops, we mean ‘Wunderbar’!

Tip: Want a beer but not the alcohol? Try our full-flavoured, alcohol-free wheat and lager beers from Tucher, our festival organisers’ favourite thirst-quenchers.

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3. XXL Pretzels

Pretzels bigger than your face, fresh out of the oven, and guaranteed to win you friends over and over again. This is pretzel-baking taken to a totally new level – by Bavarian master baker Wolfgang, at Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Pretzels are not only a staple food throughout Germany, they are a mum or dad’s favourite – there’s nothing like the soft doughy breadiness and crunchy crusty ends to keep the kids happy.

Try our giant XXL sized pretzels and win friends instantly… that is, if you dare to share it.

Tip: Traditional German accompaniment to fine brews, and a great money-saver – share with a friend or 4.

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4. Bratwurst

There’s nothing like the smell, sizzle, and flavour explosion when you bite into a mouth-watering German Bratwurst – served straight from Richy’s huge custom-made wood-fired grill, onto a fresh crusty roll with lashings of homemade sauerkraut and German mustard. Close your eyes, smell those delicious aromas, and listen to the strains of Oktoberfest music and be transported to Germany.

It’s an experience to be savoured and talked about for generations. Guten Appetit!

Tip: Eat it as the Germans do – with mustard and sauerkraut. (Tomato sauce only shows the world you’re a tourist and not a ‘local’).

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5. Wine

We’ll let you into one of Germany’s best kept secrets… their wine! These seriously good wines will redefine wine-lovers’ palates. We are proud to offer our wine fans a popular selection from Brogsitter winery, a wine-making family with a heritage stretching back more than four centuries. Sourced from the Rhine, Moselle and Saar regions, they are carefully crafted into wines with style, character and finesse.

Germans love their good wines but tend to drink most of it to themselves. That’s why you won’t find many of their wines outside Germany. Savour Brogsitter’s Riesling (rich fruity bouquet, crisp finish), Dornfelder (highly-popular German red grape), and Sekt (German sparkling wine) and you’ll be converted.

Tip: Use the right words and show you’re a connoisseur – Wein (pronounced: vine) for wine, and Sekt (pronounced as it’s written) for sparkling. Never call it champagne – that’s ONLY reserved for that special sparkling liquid derived from the Champagne region of France.

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6. Lebkuchenherzen

What do a deliciously spicy biscuit, a colourful fashion accessory and an interior wall-hanging or ornament have in common? They are one and the same thing, a Lebkuchenherz – invented by the Germans. Commonly known as ‘gingerbread hearts’ in English-speaking countries, they do, in fact, contain many spices but usually not ginger.

Ideal for shy suitors, the message on the heart may convey more than 1,000 words spoken, such as ‘Ich liebe dich’ (I love you) or ‘Schatzi’ (treasure).

It is one of the most practical festival souvenirs of all – to wear, decorate or simply eat! Lebkuchen lasts for months, even years; keep it dust-free and you can dunk it in your tea or coffee months down the track… that’s if the kids or housemates haven’t got to it first!

Tip: Check the German message on the heart before you buy – ask any roaming German speaker or our food stall holders. Giving your best mate one with ‘Ich liebe dich’ on it may give the wrong impression!

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Oktoberfest Brisbane has something for everyone …

Test your yodelling skills, kick a goal, clap to the thrills and spills (literally!) of Bavarian Strongmen & Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane competitions, laugh at the puppet show (Kasperltheater), swoon over the latest Dirndl/Lederhosen fashions, try your hands at leg-slapping, catch the culinary tips hot off the food show… or just sing, dance and schunkel along to the ‘Münchner Buam’ Oktoberfest band direct from Munich. Sounds interesting? In four months this could be YOU – the countdown has begun!

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Dodgems or giant slide, Rock n’ Roll or Octopus? Bavarian VIP Table guests don’t have to decide – in fact they can ride whatever, whenever and as often as they want. FREE rides, all day long, are included in the special Bavarian VIP package. So, work off those calories on the dodgems, or get that adrenalin pumping as you spin upside down and round and round. And, if you want to test your best dance moves, here’s our tip: If you ask nicely, you may even get to dance a Chicken Dance or Fliegerlied with our friendly Bavarian Corner,’Bayrisches Eck’ team!

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There’s never a dull moment at this iconic German Festival, with activities and entertainment on offer throughout the day for everyone, from the youngest to the ‘young at heart’ – come and be a part of it!

Find out more about Oktoberfest Brisbane here.

Check out our Bavarian VIP Table packages here.

Bis bald!

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