So we’ve had Brisbane Festival for the month of September, now it’s that time of year to show off your yodelling talents, don your best dirndl or lederhosen, grab a full stein of Bavarian’s finest and get ready for Australia’s largest Oktoberfest celebration, right here in sunny Queensland.
This epic celebration of all things German will be held over the second and third weekends of October at the RNA Showgrounds in Bowen Hills, Brisbane. It’s sure to have your taste buds tingling, your feet itching to dance, and you can be sure you’ll have embraced your inner German once it’s all over.
Traditionally celebrated in German capital, Munich, with over a million guests in attendance, Brisbane’s version of the festival played host to over 36,000 guests in 2014. The brainchild of two German-Australian families, this annual celebration is more than a celebration of Oktoberfest; it’s an all around German festival that everybody can enjoy.
Served up on the menu will be everything from bratwurst to black forest cake and schnitzels to strudels, to pork knuckles and those infamous hot Bavarian pretzels. Your choice of beverage range from a smorgasbord of German and local wines, sparking ‘sekt’ champagne, schnapps, and of course a variety of hand-crafted German beers, made especially for this occasion.
Traditional German entertainment such as German dancing, a traditional-style puppet show, a German fashion show boasting the hottest lederhosen and dirndl attire, and of course, performances by a traditional Bavarian band will all add to the atmosphere, plus so much more.
Matt Kirkegaard, one of Australia’s leading beer experts, and Winner of the inaugural Australian Beer Writers’ Award, is passionate about beer and passionate about educating people in the craftsmanship behind the finest flavours and styles of the world’s best brews . He will be appearing on the OktoberFEAST shows at thes festival.
Enjoy Matt’s tasting notes to Oktoberfest Brisbane’s beers – all brewed according to the German Purity Law of 1516:
A lager with a distinct aroma of Noble hops and grainy malt. Full-bodied and malty without being cloyingly sweet, but balanced with delicate bitterness that lingers pleasantly
Showing the classic wheat beer esters, a perfume that might remind you of banana and clove. A dense, tightlypacked head and well-carbonated giving a refreshing prickle and adding to the mouth-feel of a refreshing classic.
Light coffee on the nose, hints of treacle, burnt sugar and toffee. Rich, but still refreshing and balanced with gentle bitterness carrying across the malt.
The festival will run from the 9-11th and the 16th-18th October. Gates will be open between 4pm – midnight (Fridays), 11am-midnight (Saturdays), and 11am – 8pm (Sundays).
Tickets are on sale now, with online early bird specials available until the 30th September. Further savings can be made when booking online as a group of 10 or more, so why not make a day of it and become Bavarian for the day with your friends and family?