Oktoberfest on the St Kilda Foreshore is one of the biggest parties on Melbourne's social calendar - and what's not to love about a hearty German-themed festival when it comes complete with Bratwurst and pretzels and over-sized steins being swayed aloft? Oktoberfest 2017 is coming to the St Kilda Foreshore on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October and you'd better buy your tickets quick cause the longer you leave it, the more expensive they get.
This ticketing system is definitely a case of the quick and the broke. Early-early bird tickets start at $25, but soon jump in increments of $10 until the final release, which is $55 for standard entry and $85 for the VIP. The VIP tickets include express entry, a private bar, private toilets, special seating beside the main stage and discounted entry to the after parties. Tickets can be purchased through the Eventbrite website by following the link here.
Before you sort anything else - after you've bought your tickets, of course. Go now and buy your tickets! - You'll need to figure out what you're going to wear. Costumes are firmly encouraged. How can you smack your lederhosen if you're not wearing lederhosen? Knee-high socks and felt hats, white t-shirts under knicker-bocker length shorts are just the ticket if you want to fit right in. Alternatively you should source a wide-flowing skirt, wrap an apron over the top and put wire support in your hair or wig so your plaits curl upwards. A competition is being held for best dressed, so this is no time to slouch on the wardrobe department. Best dressed will be awarded well, best dressed. There's probably a prize. Organisers haven't specified the prize pool, but dressing up is guaranteed to increase your overall enjoyment.
Apparently best dressed is only the start of the competitions. Competitions are also being held to find the strongest arm in the Hold the Stein comp, German Limbo and more to be announced closer to the day.
As any good Oktoberfester knows, there are three compulsory elements if you're going to celebrate Oktoberfest right. Those three elements are beer, food and music. Every attendee at Oktoberfest 2017 will receive a limited edition, 560ml Oktoberfest stein on entry to keep. That should be the first clue this event will focus primarily on beer. Once granted your stein, scoot across to the beer halls and check out the liquid splendour.
The food element will be rich with the delicacies we know and love from the German culture. Assorted pork dishes, Bratwurst, pretzels, knoedel and sauerkraut should comprise of a few. The food trucks onsite are guaranteed to make the selection extremely difficult as you'll want to try it all. I'm sure it's fair to say, nobody will go hungry.
The entertainment section is by no means playing third fiddle in this fine event. We're talking about a main stage, live acoustic covers section, party and a little R'n'B, deep house and even a silent disco for when your ears get tired. Maybe you could just lower your plaits. Anyway, the line-up will be as huge as the beers to keep you bouncing all Oktoberfest long. Some of the main stage performances will include appearances by Running Touch and Sneaky Sound System.
I warn you in advance there will be amusement rides, but caution you to take heed before getting jigged about on a Cha Cha if you've had a few steins and a Bratwurst.
If you don't want the party to end, kick on after at one of the after parties. Extra tickets are required and maybe discounted for patrons of the Oktoberfest event.
Oktoberfest is strictly restricted to patrons aged 18 years and over and no BYO alcohol is allowed.
Oktoberfest 2017 St Kilda Foreshore kicks off at 12noon on Saturday 14th October and concluded on Sunday 15th October at 9pm. It is being held on the St Kilda Foreshore, 15 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda. Accommodation deals are being offered as part of this event, so please check out the Oktoberfest website here for all the details.