Oktoberfest Brisbane 2015 | Gourmand and Gourmet

Oktoberfest Brisbane 2015

Guten Tag! Or it will be once you’re in the biggest food coma of your life after a very, very good day at this year’s Oktoberfest Brisbane. The German festival we look forward to every year to kick off our silly season, Oktoberfest Brisbane 2015 is hitting the Brisbane Showgrounds for two weekends from October 9-11 and 16-18. There will be dancing, of course there will be beer, but most importantly, there will be food. So. Much. Food. The bratwurst-filled extravaganza is run by two Australian-German families, who started the festival to share their love of German culture (and sauerkraut). 8 years later, it’s the biggest Oktoberfest in Australia and one of the world’s top 10 outside of Germany! So you can rest assured there’ll be plenty of crispy roasted pork knuckles waiting for you. Their festival’s commitment to celebrating everything Deutsche (cough, schnitzel, cough) is the reason we drag the Bavarian ‘work clothes’ – Lederhosen und Dirndl – from the backs of our wardrobes every October, band as many costume-adorned friends together as we can, and buy our entry tickets online to save those few precious dollars to spend on delicious hot pretzels. Because what could be better than a weekend (or two) of beery sausage-scented frivolity? Nothing, that’s what. oktoberfest brisbane 2015Spend a day feasting on hot baked potatoes stuffed with sour cream and coleslaw, traditional Tyrolean speck dumplings drowning in beer gravy and that addictive Bavarian camembert spread we always eat by the bucket load. And then hit the dessert stands for apple strudel plus a gingerbread cookie to take home for a post-festival snack. Speaking of festival favourites, there will be more than enough crafty delights for the beer lovers, with three brews crafted just for the occasion. For those who prefer something less, well, beery, German wines and sparkling will get you into the spirit. All to be enjoyed under the twinkling fairy lights in the Munich Biergarten. If all the food, brews and chicken-dancing isn’t reason enough for you to join in the festivities, you can compete for the coveted titles of Beardmeister, Miss Oktoberfest or Bavarian Strongman (which may or may not involve eating jam donuts), check out yodelers, leg-slappers and cow-bell ringers or join the kids in a myriad of family-friendly activities. Sold? We thought so. Tickets range from $13.50-$24pp and can be booked here. Words by Taylare Maddern