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by May Cross (subscribe)
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Get your German going
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Fun for Generations of Germans (May Cross)


The opening weekend of Oktoberfest Brisbane was wunderbar despite the unpredictable weather. I went on Sunday 7 October and it was my first Oktoberfest in Brisbane. Now I am wondering why I have never been before. In a word, it was gut, very gut.

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Hair Raising Rides (May Cross)


Opening hours:
Fridays 4.00 pm to midnight;
Saturdays 11.00 am to midnight;
Sundays 11.00 am to 8.00 pm.
So leap into your Lederhosen or don your Dirndl. Don't have one? No worries you can buy your German outfit when you get there. Of course, dressing in German costumes is not compulsory, but most of the crowd, from Grannies to toddlers, got into the swing of it and dressed up. You can also buy yourself a beer stein or cooler for $11.00 each just inside the gate.

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Free entertainment (May Cross)


Sundays are family days and the kids were loving it with free rides. Children are well catered for with their own Kinder Zone and Kinder Stage with child-friendly free entertainment. As well as rides, I spotted a giant slide, bouncy castle and even a petting zoo.

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Kids' Zone (May Cross)


Teenagers, adults and oldies are kept fully entertained as well as the little ones. There were troubadours, singers, bands and live entertainment on the stage in the Beer Tent. There are scary-looking rides (not for me thanks), human football (foosball) and dodgems. You couldn't miss the giants on stilts - very attractive and talented. There is a daily program on-site listing all the free entertainment once you are through the gates. You can also plan your day and/or night online before you go.

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Stunning Stilt Walkers (May Cross)


The huge Bier Hall was the most impressive of the marquees. Many of the festival-goers told me that traditionally Oktoberfest is all about the beer. But there is so much more going on. Don't drink beer (only kidding!)? No problem there are soft options as well as a Champagne Bar and {Schnaps} Shop. Indoors or out in the Beer Garden the choice is yours (although the weather may dictate where you spend your time). Anyway, there are plenty of choices for everyone.

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Ubiquitous German Sausages (May Cross)


The ubiquitous German sausages are available at the German Sausage Hut, naturally. Perhaps you would like to pick up a pretzel to eat as you mill around all the stalls or, snack on a schnitzel (my favourite), roll up for roast pork or be brave and try pork knuckles (I didn't). I have been buying yummy cakes from King of Cakes for some years now and I highly recommend them. Their cakes, pastries and bread are authentically German. Other sweet treats and desserts are available Germany is justifiably famous for its tortes and especially Black Forest Cake (OMG).

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Fun Food Hall (May Cross)


Entry prices:
Friday - $28
Saturday - $35
Sunday - $25 with free rides for kids.
Children are free when accompanied and supervised by an adult.
Please note that the festival is 100% cash free. You need to top up your wrist bans with credit at a booth on site or on your phone (a bit like your GO card).

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Family Fun at the Festival (May Cross)


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Enter here For a Whole Lot of Fun (May Cross)


Parking was cheap and easy at the RNA Brisbane Showgrounds on-site parking at 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, for only $13. But if you are drinking (think beer, {schnaps}, champagne...) please take public transport or a taxi. For further parking options, check out the Brisbane Showgrounds website.

For full details and program, click here

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The Big Bier Hall (May Cross)


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Why? to enjoy all things German
When: 12-14 October
Where: Showgrounds at Bowen Hills
Cost: $25-$35
Your Comment
fabulous photos May, love 'em!
by lockb (score: 1|94) 46 days ago
A little piece of Germany.
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