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Beer, fancy dress and lots of wieners - Oktoberfest is here!
October is the magical month at the end of the year when it’s appropriate to don dress-ups twice (thank you, Halloween), drink from steins bigger than your head, and eat as many pretzels and bratwursts as possible all in the name of Oktoberfest, and this year is going to be huge.
Dust off your dirndl and starch your long white socks because we’ve rounded up the best places to get German with it this October.
‘Go big or go home’ is the theme of Brisbane’s biggest Oktoberfest party, which transforms the RNA Showgrounds into a German village for two huge weekends. From the 11th-13th and 18-20th of October, grab your mates and don your dirndl or lederhosen for a day jam-packed with more pretzels, pork knuckles and brewskis then you can poke a bratwurst at. Get your tickets here and see for yourself why Oktoberfest Brisbane has been voted as one of the top 10 Oktoberfests outside of Germany (without the airfare).
The Star is bringing Germany to you this year as the Garden Kitchen & Bar transforms into mini-Munich under the stars every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the month of October. Get your yodel on with live music and performances, feast on giant salted pretzels, bratwurst on brioche, gruyère spätzle and Bavarian-style doughnuts and wash it all down with German craft beer steins. If you haven’t dipped your dirdl in the Oktoberfest world before because beer just isn’t your tipple, The Star will also be featuring a German-inspired cocktail range! We’ll say prost to that.
Six weeks of German festivities has officially kicked off at Brisbane’s most iconic German restaurant! Until Sunday, October 27, drop by one of The Bavarian’s two locations to party how the Germans do, with epic feasting, unforgettable parties and, of course, plenty of beer (with four special festival pours, too). In addition to the a la carte options, take advantage of the drool-worthy OktoberBoss three-course set menu for $79pp which also includes a 1-litre stein of beer, cheeky schnapps shot and a limited edition OktoberBoss showbag filled with gifts and freebies – score!
Stepping up the festivities a notch from their sister restaurant The Bavarian, Munich Brauhaus is also putting on six weeks of Oktoberfest fun, but with parties and events to keep you coming back week after week. In addition to the four festival beers and OktoberBoss set menu, get the gang together every Saturday night from 6pm for a different themed dress-up party with the likes of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Steins and Oktober-football-fest to name a few. Just make sure you save some party in you for the closing party on Saturday, October 26! Munich Brauhaus will also be offering an exclusive tasting set menu for $45pp where diners can sample shredded sausage salad, tafel spitz (corned beef brisket with potato, horseradish veloute, sauerkraut and minced apple) and kaiserschmarrn dessert, which is smashed pancake drizzled with butterscotch and almonds. The only thing you’ll have trouble with is finding an excuse not to visit every week.
If you’re looking for a pared-back Oktoberfest celebration, but still with great beer and a few sneaky brats, Hub Brewing has a free Sunday sesh for you. October 6 will see The Bratmobile and local musician Mick Melit descend on this Geebung hotspot with great brewskis guaranteed. The best part? Dirndls and lederhosen are optional!
Mark Friday, October 18 in the diary, as the Brisbane Night Market is turning German. Expect live music to set the scene for a night of great beer (duh), pretzels and a pork spit roast whilst you enjoy some of the amazing live entertainment they have planned. There’ll be plate spinning, Punch and Judy puppet show, a beer stein-carrying race and even a competitive eating competition which will prove whether you can handle the metre-long sausage. Kids 15 and under enter free with tickets only $2.50 for adults.
Time to snag your spots and get ready to say prost!