Prost! (Pronounced prawst)
There’s only one word you need to know when celebrating Oktoberfest in true German style, and that’s Prost – the German equivalent to Cheers!
It’s also the only word you’ll need this weekend when you head to Brisbane’s Oktoberfest. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday Brisbane Showgrounds (previously RNA Showgrounds) will again be transformed into an authentic German town for the last weekend of Oktoberfest celebrations.
The Bavarian inspired festival down under is complete with yodellers, traditional dancing, cowbell ringing, leg-slapping, a Punch-and-Judy style puppet show and the constant hum of the Bavarian Oktoberfest Band, who are flown in from Munich for the occasion.
There’s also a huge selection of German fare to delight the city’s foodies. Schnitzels, sausages, baked pork knuckle, sauerkraut, spit-roasted chicken, Kipfler potato salad, pretzels and more – you name it, it’s all ready to be devoured. And for those with more of a sweet tooth seek out the black forest cake, strudels, German pastries and European chocolates.
And to wash it all down there’s specially handcrafted German beers made according to the German Purity Law exclusively for Brisbane’s festival. Tucher Brewery in Bavaria makes a special Lager and Wheat Beer (Weissbier) and Burleigh Brewing Co., who’ve won a number of awards on the local craft-brewing scene, have handcrafted a German-style dark beer (Dunkelbier) for the occasion.
German wine, champagne and many non-alcoholic refreshments are also available at the festival.
Leave your everyday clothes at home and don your best Dirndl or Lederhosen and dancing shoes combo and take out Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane, Bavarian strongmen or the Beardmeister competitions, or just dance the night away in true German style.
Kick back and celebrate the weekend in the Munich Biergarten, browse the bustling ‘Marktplatz’ Market Square and be transported to a German beer hall in the Oktoberfest Tent.
There’s also workshops and displays to learn everything there is to know about German life (cooking, speaking, culture, dancing), and for the kids (big and small) there’s rides, a baby animal farm and Kinder-Zone. It’s a fun-filled day out for the whole family.
Brisbane’s annual Oktoberfest is Australia’s largest German festival, and there’s no wonder why – the festival is the closest thing to an afternoon in Munich’s Hofbräuhaus with a fresh pretzel in hand and a giant stein balancing awkwardly in the other.
Friday 17th, Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th of October
Friday – presale $16, Gate $19; Saturday – presale $21, Gate $24; Sunday – presage $15, Gate $17
Family and Group tickets are also available.
For more information visit www.oktoberfestbrisbane.com.au