Guest Blog by Annabel Candy
Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo for the Oktoberfest in Brisbane
Who needs a long boring flight to Munich when you can experience the sights and sounds of the Oktoberfest in Brisbane? Not to mention those all-important tastes of the Oktoberfest including beer, schnitzels and pretzels.
Spring is in the air, the temperatures are already soaring and the Oktoberfest is a fun way to relax with friends or family while you sample fine German food, taste hand-crafted beers and enjoy traditional music and entertainment.
Bavaria comes to Brisbane over two weekends on 11-13 and 18-20 October 2013 with the Oktoberfest in swing at the RNA showgrounds. Brisbane’s Oktoberfest was named one of the Top 10 Oktoberfests outside of Germany and is proudly organised by two Australian-German families with the focus on fun and authenticity. Every year thousands of Australians visit the original Oktoberfest in Munich but as many happy memories are created at the Brisbane Oktoberfest where over 35,000 guests enjoy the traditional Bavarian village atmosphere.
A German Maypole in Bavarian colours is the centre point for the Oktoberfest Brisbane and a great meeting point while the traditional wooden flooring, ceiling wreaths and bunting will make you think you’re actually in Munich.
In the Oktoberfest Brisbane marketplace festival goers can sit around bistro tables made from wine barrels, browse the market stalls for tasty treats and be entertained by traditional dancers, bell-ringers and yodellers. The ever popular yodelling Heidi will be there with plenty of opportunities for guests to practice their dancing and yodelling too.
The main Biergarten also maintains the traditional German atmosphere with wooden tables and benches set out on the grass under the trees and a Bavarian Oktoberfest Band all the way from Munich
If you fancy a laugh don’t miss the Miss Oktoberfest Competition where entrants have to milk real ‘training’ udders or the Bavarian Strongman Competition where men can practice their ‘keg rolling’ skills.
But of course the main draw card is always the sumptuous array of traditional German foods and Oktoberfest Brisbane’s specially brewed beers which come from one of Bavaria’s oldest and finest breweries. When you think about German food you probably think of sausages and of course you’ll find grilled German sausages in a tempting array of flavours. Take your pick from the bratwurst, frankfurter or kransky, but make sure you also try the Schweinshaxe which are baked pork knuckles with traditional Bavarian crackling and sauerkraut or a spit-roasted chicken with marinated Kipfler potato salad. Gluten free and vegetarian delights are available too and you’ll want to save room for German pastries, strudels or cheesecakes.
Discerning beer drinkers will appreciate the flagship beers of Oktoberfest Brisbane including Lagerbier and Weissbier (Wheat Beer) which are hand-crafted especially for the festival at the 340-year-old Tucher Brewery in Bavaria. Then there is German wine and schnapps along with non-alcoholic Weissbier, coffee and soft drinks.
Oktoberfest Brisbane isn’t just a playground for adults. Sundays are family fun days so bring the kids along to join in the celebrations with rides, a petting farm and games to keep the little ones entertained for the day.
Oktoberfest Brisbane Dates and Booking Details
Dates: 11- 13 and 18- 20 October 2013.
Time: Fridays 4pm – midnight (entry closes 11pm)
Saturdays 11am – midnight (entry closes 11pm)
Sundays 11am – 8pm (entry closes 7pm)
Venue: RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, Brisbane with entry only through the Gregory Terrace gates.
Cost: Ticket prices are from $15. Tickets are available online at http://www.oktoberfestbrisbane.com.au/tickets/ or at the venue.
Looking for some great Brisbane accommodation for Oktoberfest?
The Quality Hotel The Inchcolm in a unique heritage listed building. The hotel combines elegance and intimacy with the personal service and facilities of a boutique hotel and is conveniently located near the railway station, close to Brisbane’s CBD and within walking distance of many of Brisbane’s attractions.
Quality Hotel The Inchcolm is a six minute taxi ride from the RNA Showground for Oktoberfest Brisbane or a pleasant 30 minute stroll if you need to walk off those pretzels.
Just remember to book your hotel room well in advance because Brisbane Oktoberfest is a popular event. And of course remember to bring your appetite for food, beer and fun. Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo!
About Annabel Candy
Annabel Candy has lived in eight countries and can now be found in Queensland, Australia. She’s a Digital Strategist, Freelance Writer and Serial Blogger at Get In the Hot Spot and Successful Blogging.