Get ready to embrace your inner German and drink some tasty brews at Australia’s biggest German Festival.
Now in its seventh year, upon walking into Oktoberfest Brisbane you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Germany, with attention to detail and authenticity that simply astounds. With more than 50 per cent of people attending the festival getting into the German spirit by donning traditional German dress, the atmosphere is infectious and everyone gets to experience an authentic Oktoberfest right here in Brisbane.
To set the scene, the Oktoberfest Tent is the heart of the festival and boasts traditional wooden flooring, ceiling wreaths, bunting and trimmings just as you’d find at an Oktoberfest in Germany. In fact, most of the decorations are sourced direct from Germany and flown in just for Oktoberfest Brisbane.
A gastronomic journey through Oktoberfest Brisbane
When it comes to delectable and authentic European cuisine you can’t go past traditional German fare, and that’s exactly what you get at Oktoberfest Brisbane, which is being held from 10 October to 12 October and 17 October to 19 October at the Brisbane Showgrounds.
From mouth-watering debreciner, Bratwurst, cheese kransky and frankfurters, all served with sauerkraut in a roll, and brought to you by the German Sausage Hut – you will not find a finer sausage anywhere. Owner of the German Sausage Hut – Richy Windt – takes his sausages seriously, and after one bite, you will see why.
A popular new addition in 2013 was the Potato Barn, also run by Richy Windt, which takes the humble spud to new heights with delicious potato dishes in regional flavours – German, Austrian, Hungarian and Australian.
You cannot attend Oktoberfest Brisbane and not make a stop at K&K Schnitzel/Burger-Haus. You will be treated to the most divine traditional Austrian and German cuisine from tasty schnitzels, Weisswurst with pretzels, to a huge selection of burgers, Leberkäse, goulash soup, crumbed fish and a selection of dips and salads.
A real Austrian treat you must try is the Tyrolean Speck Dumplings with gravy – one of Wolfgang’s specialties and arguably the best you will find anywhere in Brisbane, and possibly even Australia.
But that’s not all. If you’re feeling particularly hungry the Oktoberfest Burger is for you – 200g prime ground beef, bacon, Edam cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, homemade pesto mayo, smoky BBQ sauce and sausage crown. Or why not enjoy a scrumptious pork belly braised in sauerkraut with paprika, sour cream and sourdough bread.
Then there’s Haxen Haus run by Michael Van Der Drift, for those who have a particular craving for traditional German rotisseried chicken. This is the best rotisseried chicken you will find anywhere in Brisbane. Succulent and crispy-skinned to perfection, the secret is in the roaster, which is imported from Germany and the same type of roaster used at markets and food stalls all over Germany. Share a platter for two, or why not try the succulent whole spit-roast chicken with a side of coleslaw and hot chips?
And the Haxen Haus pièce de résistance – the famous pork knuckles served with mashed potato and sauerkraut. Last year a whopping 3,300 pork knuckles were partaken of, and are one of the most popular menu items at the German Festival.
Don’t forget King of Cakes with freshly baked pretzels, both small and large and particularly delicious when warm, which are also a firm Oktoberfest favourite. Renowned for his authentic artisan baking techniques, Wolfgang Kelke from King of Cakes offers German desserts that will take your taste buds to another level: Black Forest cake, Sacher Torte, beesting, cheesecakes and apple strudels – the only problem will be choosing just one. Savoury options are also available as is tea and coffee.
Later the little kids (and perhaps the big kids as well) may like to indulge in the delightful desserts, including gingerbread families, European Nougat, Turkish Delight and strawberries dipped in luscious Belgian Chocolate from the Organic Cotton Candy Company, but don’t leave without sampling the organic cotton candy – it simply melts in your mouth. Vegetarians can enjoy delicious vegetarian burgers filled with a vegetable pattie, lettuce, tomato, red onion and homemade pesto mayonnaise.
There is also a selection of salads, and of course, gourmet baked potato dishes from the Potato Barn. Choose from the Australian baked potato with lashings of butter, sour cream, cheese and coleslaw, or perhaps the classic South German vegetarian dish Spätzle with garlic mushroom sauce.
Enter the Beardmeister Competition
Last year, Oktoberfest Brisbane in conjunction with the Beard Alliance and Gold Coast Facial Hair Club, introduced the inaugural Beardmeister Competition, which was a crowd favourite. Beard aficionados travelled from far and wide to show off their flourishing facial hair and compete for the ultimate title of having Brisbane’s best beard.
And while last year the competition was added late in the program, this year, bearded men have time to cultivate, nurture and grow their beards and moustaches and show those baby-faced boys how it’s done.
Each category is to be judged by the finest beard and moustache connoisseurs — three members of the Gold Coast Facial Hair Club. Of course the audience are encouraged to have their say in voting for their ‘festival favourite’ and an overall Grand Champion will then be judged and trophies will be awarded.
Natural Moustache: A category for purists. This focuses on moustaches au naturel. Styled, yes, but with no aid – so no sneaking in gel or wax.
Freestyle: Competitors can let their creativity and fashion flair run wild, and may use aids to style their beards/moustaches into amazing works of facial art.
Natural Full Beard: Similar to moustaches, however this is the ultimate competition for lovers of facial hair – beards integrated with moustaches, grown and tenderly nurtured to perfection. And while length isn’t everything it is important.
For more information on Oktoberfest Brisbane, check out our event guide.
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