Beard lovers, foodies, fashionistas and sport fans – gather ’round and embrace your inner German at this year’s Oktoberfest Brisbane at Brisbane Showgrounds!

Held over two weekends this month (9 -11 and 16-18 October), Oktoberfest Brisbane is the nation’s biggest German Festival featuring authentic German food, entertainment and heaps of fun!

Here’s our list of the top ten things to do at this year’s event.

Opening Ceremony

This year’s Oktoberfest will kick off in true Munich style with the Lord Mayor of the City ceremoniously tapping the first keg at the traditional Anzapfen opening ceremony. How many taps of the keg does he need this year?

The ceremony also includes the pouring of the first beer of the festival, so you really can’t miss it!

Kaffee und Kuchen (Coffee and Cake)

Coffee and Cake is Germany’s equivalent to afternoon tea, but it’s much tastier! If you’re up for a bit of a treat during the festival make your way to King of Cakes – German Bakery, serving up fresh pretzels, decadent apple strudel, black forest cake, beesting slice, Viennese chocolate cake and heaps more! Don’t forget to team it with a steaming brewed tea or coffee! Who doesn’t love coffee and cake?

The event will also see a range of other sweet food stalls including Organic Cotton Candy Company, serving up German nougat, organic fairy floss, German gingerbread creations and sugar roasted German almonds.

Beardmeister Competition

Lovers of facial hair – this is the competition you’ve dreamed of!

Each year the Beardmeister competition sees some very hairy men battle it out for the illustrious Beardmeister title in three different categories; Natural Moustache, Natural Full Beard and Freestyle. You can enter your facial hair into the comp or just watch and learn from the pros.

Jimmy Rod’s Barbershop will be on-site with a pop-up barbershop, should your glorious follicles require a grooming before you step up on the stage!


Don’t worry sports fans there is something for you too! For the first time at Oktoberfest, German born Brisbane Roar players Thomas Broich and Jerome Polenz will be signing autographs and helping out with the Torwandschiessen (Go for Goal) challenge.

Meet the stars and get their pointers before you go for goal in the classic German kicking game. The game only costs $1 with all proceeds going to YoungCare.

There will also be players from the Women’s league there too, including Maili Forbes and Ruth Ivy.

Thuringian Bratwurst

If you are going to go to this year’s festival you can’t go past trying Germany’s oldest and most delicious sausage, the famous Thuringian Bratwurst from the German Sausage Hut.

The Thuringian literally consists of 600 years of history on a plate, with the recipe being passed down through generations of Thuringian butchers. This would explain why they are absolutely delicious!

But if that doesn’t do it for you, there are a range of other delicious German dishes on offer like, marinated pork neck steak in a roll, German baked potatoes, smoky pork knuckle or the classic schnitzels. Drool!

Pork Knuckle of Destiny

The Pork Knuckle of Destiny is an auction that takes place in the lead up to Oktoberfest, with all proceeds going to Youngcare.

This year’s bidding is closed but you can still see the award presentation on opening night of the festival, where the winning team will be given the very first Pork Knuckle of the event. This year the highest bidder was Katie’s Trust with a huge $10,000 going towards Youngcare.

OktoberFeast – a Gourmet Exbeerience

Have you ever asked yourself what makes German beer taste so different? Or, what beers go with what food?

You’ll find out at this year’s OktoberFeast – a Gourmet Exbeerience, featuring highly acclaimed beer expert Matt Kirkegaard and 2014 Masterchef contestant Emily Loo.

Each Sunday of the Festival, the pair will take audiences on a delicious beer and food journey, with Matt enlightening us on what makes good beer from the hops to the yeast and Emily taking us through some mouth-watering recipes for a meal fit for a king. Don’t miss it!

Bavarian Strongmen comp

This year, Oktoberfest is also continuing a very noble and worthy tradition – the Bavarian Strongmen competition. Each year, the comp sees aspiring strongmen compete in various Olympic-style events, including keg rolling, jam donut eating and most importantly pretzel twisting. Maybe you’d like to give it a go, or maybe you’d just like to watch – either way you can’t miss it!

Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane

Who will become Brisbane’s favourite Fräulein and win this year’s coveted Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane title? She who is stylish, talented and has incredible knowledge about all things Oktoberfest, that’s who!

Watch as this year’s beautiful Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane contestants battle it out for the crown, in a series of performances and tests. Maybe you think you have what it takes?

Fashionistas will also be pleased to hear that this year Oktoberfest will hold a German Fashion show, showcasing his and hers and kids Dirndl and Lederhosen trends.

Kids activities

This year, kids will be more entertainment than ever at Oktoberfest with a range activities and hands-on workshops.

There will be science demonstrations, building and gardening workshops, a baby animal farm, Kiddywinks Puppet Theatre and face painting!

Plus, there will be a range of fun new carnival rides including 360 Dance Party and Avalanche. As well as Dodgem Cars, Bubble (Jumping castle) giant slide and a kids train.

Oktoberfest will run from 9 -11 and 16-18 October at Brisbane Showgrounds.

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