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Oktoberfest Adelaide and Hills 2019

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by Annette Vandersluis (subscribe)
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Published October 5th 2019
209 Years of Oktoberfest
Celebrated since 1810, Oktoberfest was originally the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in Bavaria. At that time, the festivities included horse races; a custom which lasted until 1938.

In 1811, an agricultural fair was added and in 1818, beer pubs with performers were included, making the celebration a great tourist attraction and way for visitors to learn about Bavaria and its people. In 1887 lederhosen and dirndls became the traditional dress for attendees.

Today in Europe, the celebration is held in September to take better advantage of the milder weather and lasts 16 days beginning on a Saturday in September and ending on the first Sunday in October. Along with the large quantities of Oktoberfest beer consumed, those celebrating enjoy amusement rides, side stalls and games as well as traditional foods.

Oktoberfest in Australia is very similar to that celebrated in Europe but events are held throughout October depending on where you are. With the following Oktoberfest events held in Adelaide in 2019, you are sure to find an (or more) event to celebrate.

5 October 2019 Schnithouse Rundle Street 6 pm to 9 pm

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Photo: Schnithouse


Find your way to the Schnithouse, 260 Rundle Street, Adalaide and enjoy your favourite Schnithouse meal and Hofbrau beer while enjoying traditional German dancers and their band performing. Bookings are essential, call 8232 9222 to book.

11 and 12 October 2019 Treasury 1860 4 pm to 11 pm

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Photo: Treasury 1860


Featuring traditional beers including Bamberg Marzen, Gretchen Hefeweizen, Valentine Berliner Weisse and Dusseldorf Altbier and authentic German food, Treasury 1860's beautiful inner city Biergarten located at 144 King William Street, Adelaide is the place to be! Leiderhosen is optional.

12 October 2019 Oktoberfest in the Gardens 1 pm to 9 pm

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Photo: Oktoberfest in the Gardens


Head to Pinky Flat, War Memorial Drive between the River Torrens and Adelaide Oval for two authentic riverside beer halls, authentic German food stalls, roving performers, sideshow alley, silent disco and an eclectic mix of entertainment and competitions.

Let your senses take you across Europe as you enjoy a large selection of imported German beer, cider, wine and range of other beverages.

Tickets are $39.90

18 - 20 October 2019 The German Arms Hotel

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Photo: German Arms Hotel


Celebrate Oktoberfest at the German Arms Hotel, 69 Main Street, Hahndorf with live music, competitions, Bavarian dancers, delicious authentic German food and beers.

Contact 8388 7013 for further information.

27 October 2019 Adelaide Hills Oktoberfest (Newenham Estate)

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Photo: Prancing Pony Brewery and Newenham Estate


The inaugural Adelaide Hills Oktoberfest will be held at Newenham Estate, 164 Flaxley Road, Mount Barker. This is a family friendly event featuring music, traditional dancing, beer and plenty of German style food. Two German style beers will be brewed by Prancing Pony Brewery, which will be served in 1 litre steins.

There will be a range of games for lots of fun including bretzel (soft pretzel rolls) eating, hammer throwing and potato sack racing. Everyone is encouraged to adopt traditional German attire; wear your best hat, lederhosen and dirndls. However, make sure you wear comfortable shoes as you will be learning The Schuhplattler (German slap dance). For those willing, there will be a Best Moustache Competition (fill out the application form here) for the herren (gentlemen) and Best Stein Holding Competition for the Damen (ladies).

Meet new and old friends while sharing long tables in true Oktoberfest style.

Travel to the event with LinkSA with return tickets from the CBD $20 per person or return shuttle from Mount Barker $10 per person. For those with a designated driver there will be onsite parking. Visit the website to book transport and entry.

Every day until 31 October 2019 Haus Restaurant

Photo: Haus Restaurant


Haus Restaurant, 38A Main Street, Hahndorf is celebrating their love of the traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest, great beer and food all during the month of October.

Featuring Weihenstephan Festbier, Haus Restaurant is offering 2.5L Beer Pillars for $47.90, 1L Beer Steins for $20 and fresh pretzels for $4.50.

Traditional German food such as Flammkuchen Pizza, Max Noske & Son Smoked Kassler Pork Chop, Trio of Wursts, Braised Pork Hock, Schweinshaxe, German Mixed Grill and Bavaria Platters will be available throughout the day.

To book a table, go to the website.

Celebrate Oktoberfest this year at one or many of these great events.
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Why? Get into Oktoberfest
When: Oktober
Where: Across Adelaide and Hills
Cost: Free to $40
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This may be a tradition started in Bavaria but Aussies are not likely to pass up a chance for a drink and a celebration.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7178) 7 days ago
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