Achtung! Brisbane is set for a German invasion over the weekends of 10-12 and 17-19 Oktober, as Australia's biggest Oktoberfest and German festival takes place on the Brisbane Showgrounds. Inspired by the iconic Munich event of the same name, Brisbane Oktoberfest promises a raft of Teutonic culture. Handcrafted Bavarian beers, brewed especially for the festival, will take pride of place during this celebration of all things German, but Oktoberfest isn't just about tasting the ales. You'll feel as though you are in old München herself as you sample succulent bratwurst to traditional folk bands, or even test your strength in a keg-rolling competition. Don your lederhosen, hop in your Brisbane rental car and say hallo!
The original German Oktoberfest is famed for for its beers, and its Brisbane counterpart is no different. Served in faithful replicas of the classic Bavarian stein, all suds are brewed according to the ancient German Purity Law, which dictates that ales can use only barley, hops and water as their ingredients. If you fancy something alternate to good old German bier, award-winning winery Brogsitter will be on hand with their delectable range of fine red and whites – you won't go thirsty at Brisbane Oktoberfest.
Be sure to line your stomach with the mouthwatering array of traditional German fare on display at Oktoberfest. As well as old favourites, such as sauerkraut and schnitzels, you'll find baked potatoes, apple strudel and the timeless Black Forest gateau, which is sure to sink into your tastebuds with unerring German efficiency. An guadn!
Away from this food and drink nirvana, Brisbane Oktoberfest also includes a wide range of traditional German pastimes, with everyone encouraged to take part. Put your might to the test in the Bavarian Strongman contest, or if you're a facial hair connoisseur, feature your fuzz in the Beardmeister extravaganza. The Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane adds a touch of German glamour to proceedings, and the winning Fräulein will surely make even the victorious Strongman weak at the knees.