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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
Today I had the pleasure of lunching with a good friend of mine. Marty Keetels is the founder of Beer InCider Experience, a craft beer and cider festival and one of Brisbane’s most exciting events of 2014.
Brisbane is fast becoming known or its expanding list of notable events including Broadway musicals like the Lion King, The Bledisloe Cup, Brisbane International Tennis Tournament, Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival and the upcoming G20 Leaders Summit.
We can now add the Beer InCider Experience. On the 20th and 21st of September 2014, the event will bring together more than 35 independent craft breweries, 130 beers and ciders, gourmet food, live music and burlesque to Albion Park Raceway.
Over a delicious slow roasted shoulder of lamb at Two Wheels & A Handle Bar in Milton, Marty told me “Beer InCider Experience is a new breed of festival featuring great booze, gourmet food and live music. There will also be burlesque performances and roving circus acts.” He and his team “basically created the type of event we’d love to go to”.
“All of the breweries, music acts and food trucks and caterers have been hand picked. We’re all about supporting local. All of the brewers are independent which means they’re owned by small, local businesses. ’Drink Local, Drink Better’ is our unofficial slogan. We wanted to showcase local ingenuity and fresh produce. It’s about supporting the community in which we live.”
Inspiration struck Marty over a tasting paddle of beers on a Summer’s day at Meantime Brewery in Greenwich, London. He has since decided to follow his passions – craft beer, cider and events. The former lawyer wanted to embark upon a new venture “something more tangible and organic that added value back into the community”.
Find out more and buy tickets to the Beer InCider Experience by visiting www.beerincider.com.
Images Via Beer InCider and Stone & Wood Brewing.
My name is Carmel and I love to have a drink, whether it be Friday night with the ladies, a slow summer sunday on a shady veranda or just an evening tipple with good company I want to be there.
Since coming home from London I’m constantly impressed by all the new pretty places in Brisbane, you’ve really grown into your looks Brisbane. My list of new favourite places is going to be VERY one sided on two counts, 1) it’s mostly city and southside locations and 2) there’s a lot of whisky.
I live on the south side and I love whisky, don’t worry though, I am committed to visiting everywhere in Brisbane, and I really like other beverages too – so if you’ve got some recommendations for my North Side adventures or varied suburban gems throw them at me here or on our Reader Challenge!
A cute little spot by the river that kinda looks like someone threw up a roof and windows added some furniture and called it a bar, Mr & Mrs G is both adorable and fun! Great for cocktails with the girls, it’s a bit on the money talks side with a delicious cocktail setting you back about $20. The service was impeccable though and they have style and presentation down to an art. My drink of the night – Triple Malt Fashioned, channel Mad Men and misbehave with this little glass of joy.
Dark, hidden and with prettiest display of whisky’s I’ve seen for awhile this place was heaven! Super cute bartenders too *winkwink! Great for a sexy date or just a nightcap, these guys will send you home happy. My companions raved about the great wine and cocktail selection but for me, well I couldn’t go past the 18 year old Macallan. The bartenders are also very skilled at picking your new favourite based on past tastes if you’d like to try something new.
I love the Woolloongabba precinct, when I was little this place was all boarded up and miserable and now look at it! Beautiful. Canvas is super cute with wonderful staff, great interior and the drinks menu makes me want to do a happy dance. I loved my visit, although my company was pretty spectacular too. The Liam Neeson had me Taken with it’s very specific skill set, skills it clearly acquired from a very long career, but it was no nightmare, it was a dream!
Wonderful hipster West End, a constant joy to my life, Archive’s been around for some time and is becoming an old favourite for me and mine. Trivia nights, pool tables and comic book wallpaper has me set up for a special experience. It’s all about the beer here, wrap your lips around one of the many specialties (I’m a lager girl), or get some whisky/beer love with a boilermaker! My favourite is Sunshine on the Glen.
Another West End joint, this place only opened in August and I think we found it by chance. Teeny tiny at 69 Vulture street this place was lots of fun, very kitsch with its range of board games and bench style tables. Check out their awesome cocktail list, they come in big glasses and make you want to dance. They’re specialty is Gin cocktails and they know how to put a drink together wind your way over and love it like I do.