The Brisbane Showgrounds plays host to Oktoberfest over two weekends, 9-11th and 16-18th October. Running since 2008 last years event boasted 37,000 visitors.
A traditional style Oktoberfest event suitable for all ages with Sunday’s being more family orientated, in fact under 18’s receive free entry but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Entertainment consists of bands playing traditional Oktoberfest tunes, yodeling, dancing, rides and games.
To guarantee yourself a table, $700-$900 will reserve you a VIP table with a prime position in the main tent which seats up to 8 people and covers entry for all guests. Single adult entry will cost you $15-$25 depending on which day you attend and how early you purchase tickets. Family tickets are also available.
The 182nd Oktoberfest began a few hours ago with the tapping of the first keg by the mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter and cry of the traditional “O’zapft is” meaning “it’s tapped”. The Schottenhamel beer tent hosted the Oktoberfest opening ceremony after the morning parade as it does every year. When it began in 1867, Schottenhamel had only 50 seats but these days seats around 10,000 guests at any one time making it the biggest of the Oktoberfest beer tents.
Perth Oktoberfest fans would know about Oktoberfest In The Gardens which has taken place over in the west since 2011. As the events popularity has grown its organisers now take it on the road to include Melbourne for the first time in 2014 and Sydney also to be included this year.
The dates for this years events are;
Perth – Saturday 10th October
Melbourne – Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th October
Sydney – Saturday 31st October
Prices vary between $45-$65 however tickets are almost sold out already!
They have traditional Oktoberfest beers available including Hofbrau, Paulaner and Lowenbrau, along with a few others. Traditional foods are also available including bratwurst, sauerkraut, park knuckle, curry wurst and pretzels.
Entertainment starts off mostly traditional with brass bands, yodeling and accordions with the DJ’s coming on stage later in the evening with more of a music festival vibe setting in.
The 182nd Oktoberfest is about to begin in Munich, Germany in less than 24 hours. On Saturday the 19th of September at 6:45pm Australian Eastern Standard Time to be precise. For those of use who aren’t lucky enough to be in Germany for the real deal, there’s plenty of events and things to do to experience some of that Oktoberfest feeling.
Oktoberfest Downunder is a place to find information about all things Oktoberfest and German beer culture that you can see, do and taste, right here in Australia.
So let us look upon the hard workers putting in the final touches to the beer tents before over 6 million people descend upon Theresienwiese tomorrow for the 16 day festival.