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Oktoberfest Brisbane 2013

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If cow bell-ringing, yodelling, beer drinking, Schunkel, or devouring baked pork knuckles are on the top of your list of must-do activities then Oktoberfest is the event for you. All those hallmarks of a great Bavarian beerferst will once again be taking over the RNA Showgrounds for 2 long weekends of lederhosen and lager (October 11 to 13 and 18 to 20) for Oktoberfest Brisbane 2013.

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Don't know what Schunkel is? Don't worry. You'll be linking arms and swaying to the music with your new best friends in no time at this year's celebration, organised entirely by two Australian-German families and their families and friends. Oktoberfest is one of the oldest and most loved festival traditions in the world and Oktoberfest Brisbane is recognised as one of the Top Ten Oktoberfests outside Germany.

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The RNA showgrounds (600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills) is once again the venue for all this Bavarian hospitality. Authentic decorative touches like the rustic Biergarten, sturdy wooden floors, wine barrel tables a German maypole, bunting and wreaths will transport you to a small, German village.

Traditional food ranges from sauerkraut to sausages, pork knuckle to pretzels, sourdough bread to schnitzel, and spätzle to strudel. If that has you salivating you can see the menus here.

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Of course it wouldn't be an authentic Oktoberfest without the beer. You're guaranteed plenty of jugs and steins of hand-crafted frothy stuff served by pretty, plaited wenches. There'll also be plenty of opportunities for wine or schnapps, or kaffee und Kuchen (afternoon tea)

Sunday Family Fun Days
Oktoberfest isn't just about drinking. Sundays are earmarked as Family Fun Days with plenty for the kids. Think carnival rides, face painting, a baby animal farm, roving entertainment and bell ringing.

A bit of fun for the adults will include a Miss Oktoberfest competition, where maidens will have to milk a cow, amongst other "tests of a Bavarian woman's finest qualities". If you're aged between 18 and 35, appropriately dirndl clad, and feeling up to the challenge you can take part in the competition on Saturday 12 October from 12 midday.

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The Bavarian Strongman Competition will see 3 person teams of burly blokes doing battle for the trophy through a series of events including beer keg rolling and doughnut eating. That should tempt plenty of would-be strongmen. The competition runs from 12 midday on Saturday 19 October.

Opening Hours
Fridays 11 and 18 October from 4pm to midnight
Saturdays 12 and 19 October from 11am to midnight
Sundays 13 and 20 October from 11am to 8 pm

Prices have not increased since last year and you can save by purchasing your tickets online here. There are no booking fees.

General admission tickets for adults are $15 online or $16 at the gate for Fridays and Sundays or $20 online and $22 at the gate for Saturdays. Minors (under 18s) are admitted Free but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

VIP tables are also available for 8 people from $669, including food and drink. You can book here, but hurry, some days are already sold out.

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Image from Oktoberfest Brisbane website
Keep up to date with the Oktoberfest Facebook page here.

Top Tip
A word of advice for all of you planning to attend. Apparently the festival's specialist yodeller, Heidi, isn't just a world renowned yodeller, she's also a killer at dragging reluctant audience members into the act. So start brushing up on your yodelling skills - you know you've always wanted to do it.

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Why? For Bavarian hospitality in Brisbane's backyard
When: From 11 to 13 October and 18 to 20 October 2013
Where: RNA Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
Cost: General Admission Tickets range from $15 to $22. See article for full details.
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