More than 20,000 German sausages, 12,000 pretzels and 4000 pork knuckles will be enjoyed by culture-seeking enthusiasts as Oktoberfest Brisbane returns to the Brisbane Showgrounds from Oktober 5 – 7 and 12 – 14.
Celebrating a milestone 11th instalment of the iconic celebration, event directors Kim and Boris Zoulek said Oktoberfest Brisbane was the largest German festival in Australia attracting more than 40,000 people each year.
“We aim to bring to life the rich cultural heritage at the heart of the famous Oktoberfest event in Munich and allow people from across Queensland and beyond the chance to experience it in our own backyard,” Boris says.
“Almost everyone who attends the event dons their Dirndl and Lederhosen, which shows just how eager people are to embrace their inner German and enjoy what the festival has to offer.”
The German-Australian husband and wife duo said they were proud that Oktoberfest Brisbane had become a highlight on the city’s major event calendar.
“We start planning for this event the day after it finishes the previous year and we are always looking at new ways to ensure it is an authentic celebration of German culture and tradition,” Kim says.
Recognising her commitment to Brisbane’s German community more broadly, Kim was this year announced the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Young Business Person of the Year.
“Queensland has a vibrant German community and almost all of them are involved in this festival in one way or another, from providing the delicious foods to providing the entertainment to pouring the beers,” she says.
The Oktoberfest Tent will once again breathe energy as the Bavarian Oompah Band ‘Münchner Buam’ ignites the stage with a mix of traditional folk songs and crowd-favourite sing-a-longs.
Outside in the Munich Biergarten culture-seekers and foodies alike can enjoy a raft of traditional German foods from hearty and wholesome to sweet and delicious – with a backdrop rivalling any major German folk festival.
The Kinderzone will again offer a line-up of fun entertainment and for the first time free carnival rides for minors on Sundays, while Autofest on the final weekend will showcase a unique collection of vintage, classic and late model German marques.
For tickets, visit oktoberfestbrisbane.com.au/tickets.