The months of September and October are synonymous with celebrating that amber favourite of many in Oktoberfests around the globe, however, don't let that put you off this festival if you're not a beer drinker. This international beer and barbecue bazaar will also have cider and Schnapps to wet those dry throats, along with other liquid nourishment.
Generally all things German, this Oztoberfest brings in liquor and cuisine from multiple countries to enjoy what originally started in 1810 as a commemoration of the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese.
Lots of mouth-watering food will be available in stalls selling traditional German sausages, pretzels, waffles and Lebkuchen (a German baked Christmas treat somewhat resembling gingerbread). Add to that our own Aussie fare, as well as cuisine from other nationalities and stalls selling beer steins, Oztoberfest pins and souvenirs and you have the recipe for a great day out.
This soft German-style waffle with a dollop of Nutella - Delicious!
The day and night will be filled with cheer and the clinking of glasses whilst enjoying traditional German music and dancing. Various bands and entertainment acts will get you in the spirit of this festival, if you aren't already, and roaming entertainers will further interact with visitors.
Surprise amusements (one can only imagine) will also be part of this event that begins at 12 noon and finishes at 10pm in the Event Centre within Rosehill Gardens. Booking online, tickets are $15 per person and this includes a free 500ml beer stein. Children under 16 years are free. Gate price is $20 per person with the free stein subject to availability.
Getting there by train is the best option as the station is right at Rosehill Gardens, although, note there is no lift at this station and the mobility impaired will be impacted due to a large number of stairs that get you from one side of the station to the other. Driving is not a bad option here with quite a bit of parking available in multiple car parks.
Be sure to don your best German outfit as there is a dress up competition and prizes to be won, but most of all, have fun!