You don't need to go to Europe to celebrate Oktoberfest - Brisbane has two weekends of never-ending fun - it's Oktoberfest time in Brisbane and it's all happening at the Brisbane Showgrounds. Oktoberfest Brisbane has now become Australia's largest German Festival, with more than 40 000 visitors last year, who all came to experience the celebration of German culture and tradition.
With less than a month to go, you'd better check your cupboards or find a local costume hire outlet, as you need to get all your pretzels in a row and the best news of all is that the Oktoberfest is totally family friendly. With a heap load of fun, you'll have the opportunity to sample the best in German food, taste hand-crafted beers created from two hundred year old recipes, revel in traditional German music and learn more about the culture and history. There'll be shows, competitions, activities, yodellers (remember Heidi?), German dancers and bell-ringers, rides for the children and much, much more.
This Festival is the creation of Brisbane-based German-Australian festival directors Kim and Boris Zoulek, whose personal version of Munich's famous Oktoberfest will turn the Brisbane Showgrounds into a mini Bavaria with all the sights and sounds of a true German cultural experience. Have fun, singing and dancing in the Oktoberfest Tent to the Bavarian Oktoberfest Band or chill-lax in the Biergarten (Beer Garden), taking in the ever-changing scenery of the Marktplatz (Market Square), while the children are entertained in the Kinder-Zone (Childrens' Play Area).
Experience the delicious German food specialities that will be on offer:- Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle), Bratwurst (one of my favourites); Sauerkraut and Schnitzel; Baked Potato Dishes and so much more - cuisine to make you salivate just thinking about it.
Why don't you enter the Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane competition? Ladies compete in various heats including pretzel eating, stein holding and even cow milking - all attributes required to win the coveted title. In order to get within reach of becoming Brisbane's favourite 'Fraulein', you will be required to:-
Wear a Dirndl;
Pretzel making and eating; Oktoberfest Skills; Oktoberfest Knowledge;
Dress a Bavarian; and
Milk a Cow
Tickets and programmes are already available here - get in quick, this is sure to be a memorable Event.
With an array of cultural food and entertainment spread over two weekends, get your friends and family together - don your lederhosen (leather breeches) and Dirndl (traditional dress), get your pretzels in a row, these are two weekends you won't want to miss out on!