Oktoberfest Brisbane 2019

What comes to mind when you hear pork knuckles, pretzels and pints? Oktoberfest Brisbane, of course!

Held over two weekends at the RNA Showgrounds, Oktoberfest Brisbane will draw crowds of over 40,000 people keen to immerse themselves in all things German.

First up, you can’t talk about Oktoberfest and not mention the beer. It’s a big part of German culture, so much so that German monks used to call it liquid bread.

And did you know there are so many German beers that if you were to drink a different one every day, you’d have enough for 15 years?

Burleigh Brewing Co on the Gold Coast plays a major role in the festival, showcasing their German-style Dunkelbier, or dark beer. And it’s all brewed according to the German purity law of 1516.

The purity law dictates for German brewers to use four key ingredients in their beers and nothing else: hops, yeast, malt and water.

Onto the food! Oktoberfest Brisbane will see around 20,000 German sausages, 6,000 pretzels and 4,000 pork knuckles demolished during the festival weekends.

Götzinger Smallgoods in Ormeau is Queensland’s largest Australian-owned Smallgoods manufacturer and come October, preparations are in full swing for the festival.

With their Götzinger Garten activation near the main Oktoberfest Tent — offering the perfect place for foodies to grab a snack and enjoy a Sausage Cone or Tasting Platter — they’re also an important supplier of sausages and pork knuckles for other vendors at the festival.

You’ll have every chance to sample the goods, and even start your day with a Bavarian Breakfast, which is held on Saturday mornings. Enjoy white veal sausage, freshly baked pretzel and wheat beer… Beer for breakfast? Only at Oktoberfest!

It’s not all about the savoury stuff, though. Those with a sweet tooth won’t be left wanting with treats like Black Forest Cake and Appel Strudel also on the menu!

Let’s not forget the entertainment! There’s the traditional Anzapfen ceremony, when Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner will tap the first keg of beer to officially launch the festivities.

Let’s not forget the Bavarian Oompah band, flown out from Germany every year for the festival (some of them direct from Munich where they play at Oktoberfest).

With that and so much more, head to the Oktoberfest Brisbane website for a full list of what’s on offer.

And visit The Great Day Out Facebook page to enter to win one of 25 double passes to this year’s event!

Oktoberfest Brisbane

11 to 13 and 18 to 20 October 2019

Brisbane Showgrounds

Tickets from $23 online or $27 at the gate