If cow bell-ringing, yodelling, beer drinking, Schunkel, or devouring baked pork knuckles are on the top of your list of must-do activities then Oktoberfest Brisbane 2013 is the event for you. All those hallmarks of a great Bavarian beerferst will once again be taking over the RNA Showgrounds for 2 long weekends of lederhosen and lager from October 11th to 13th and 18th to 20th 2013!
Don't know what Schunkel is? Don't worry. You'll be linking arms and swaying to the music with your new best friends in no time at this year's celebration, organised entirely by two Australian-German families and their families and friends. Oktoberfest is one of the oldest and most loved festival traditions in the world and Oktoberfest Brisbane is recognised as one of the Top Ten Oktoberfests outside Germany.
The RNA showgrounds (600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills) is once again the venue for all this Bavarian hospitality. Authentic decorative touches like the rustic Biergarten, sturdy wooden floors, wine barrel tables a German maypole, bunting and wreaths will transport you to a small, German village.
Traditional food ranges from sauerkraut to sausages, pork knuckle to pretzels, sourdough bread to schnitzel, and spätzle to strudel. If that has you salivating you can see the menus here.
Of course it wouldn't be an authentic Oktoberfest without the beer. You're guaranteed plenty of jugs and steins of hand-crafted frothy stuff served by pretty, plaited wenches. There'll also be plenty of opportunities for wine or schnapps, or kaffee und Kuchen (afternoon tea)
Sunday Family Fun Days
Oktoberfest isn't just about drinking. Sundays are earmarked as Family Fun Days with plenty for the kids. Think carnival rides, face painting, a baby animal farm, roving entertainment and bell ringing.
A bit of fun for the adults will include a Miss Oktoberfest competition, where maidens will have to milk a cow, amongst other "tests of a Bavarian woman's finest qualities". If you're aged between 18 and 35, appropriately dirndl clad, and feeling up to the challenge you can take part in the competition on Saturday 12 October from 12 midday.
The Bavarian Strongman Competition will see 3 person teams of burly blokes doing battle for the trophy through a series of events including beer keg rolling and doughnut eating. That should tempt plenty of would-be strongmen. The competition runs from 12 midday on Saturday 19 October.
Fridays 11th and 18th October 2013 from 4pm to midnight
Saturdays 12th and 19th October 2013 from 11am to midnight
Sundays 13th and 20th October 2013 from 11am to 8 pm
Prices have not increased since last year and you can save by purchasing your tickets online here. There are no booking fees.
General admission tickets for adults are $15 online or $16 at the gate for Fridays and Sundays or $20 online and $22 at the gate for Saturdays. Minors (under 18s) are admitted Free but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
VIP tables are also available for 8 people from $669, including food and drink. You can book here, but hurry, some days are already sold out.
For further information and inspiration visit their dedicated website and be sure to add the Oktoberfest Brisbane 2013 to the top of your things to do in Brisbane list for October 2013. And don't forget The Manor Apartment Hotel Brisbane offers the perfect accommodation option to compliment your weekend. Located in the heart of the Brisbane CBD, with a mix of Studio, One and Two Bedroom Apartments be sure to book a room or two today!