Munich Brauhaus, Bavarian Bier Café and The Bavarian unveil Australia’s first Oktoberfest street parades Monday, 4 September 2017: Get ready for the biggest Oktoberfest party outside of Bavaria during six weeks of celebrations at Munich Brauhaus, Bavarian Bier Café and The Bavarian, which kick off with Australia’s first official Oktoberfest street parades in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on Saturday, 16 September. From the official tapping of the first Oktoberfest bier keg, to the closing party on Sunday, 29 October there will be six weeks of traditional Bavarian feasting, entertaining family-friendly games and events, availability of all four limited-edition Oktoberfest biers on tap, live oompah-pah bands, and traditional festivities.
Celebrations begin at midday on Saturday, 16 September with a ceremonial tapping of the first Oktoberfest bier kegs at Munich Brauhaus South Wharf in Melbourne, Munich Brauhaus The Rocks in Sydney, and Bavarian Bier Café Eagle Street Pier in Brisbane, which signal the commencement of Australia’s first official Oktoberfest street parades.
The parades will see colourful collections of costumed entertainers singing, dancing and bringing a slice of Oktoberfest tradition to the streets before returning to the restaurants for parties, including pop-up bier tents and oompah-pah bands performing into the evening. Children can join in the day-time celebrations with entertainers and face painters from 12pm-3pm, and a games area and Kids Petting Zoo at Munich Brauhaus in Melbourne. At 3pm, pooches of all shapes and sizes are invited to don their best Oktoberfest-inspired attire for the inaugural Dogs of Oktoberfest contest.
From Dalmations to Dachshunds, Bulldogs to Labradors, all dogs have a chance to win a trophy, doggy treats and an Oktoberfest bar voucher for their owner. Entry is $5 per pooch, which will be donated to Furry Friends Forever Rescue, along with $1 from every pretzel sold on the day. Register Dogs of Oktoberfest here. At 7pm, fight for the title of Pork Knuckle Eating Champion by devouring the famous crispy Bavarian pork knuckle in the fastest time.
The champion wins a $500 voucher and bragging rights. Register here. At 8pm, the festivities continue with on-stage yodelling, alphorn, slap dance and stein hoist and hold challenges. Throughout the six-week celebrations Feasting Menus are available at all of Rockpool Dining Group’s Bavarian restaurants, including Bavarian Bier Café (Bondi, Chatswood, Entertainment Quarter, Miranda, Parramatta and York Street in Sydney and Broadbeach in Queensland) and The Bavarian (Manly, Penrith and World Square in Sydney and Westfield Chermside in Brisbane), for group bookings of 20+ guests. Smaller groups can choose authentic Bavarian a la carte favourites, including crispy pork knuckle, golden crumbed schnitzels, sausages, apple strudel and salty pretzels. Check the Feasting Menus here.
All Bavarian restaurants will boast the availability of Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier, Paulaner Oktoberfestbier and Spaten Oktoberfestbier, which have been imported direct from Bavaria to their bars for the festival.
Every Sunday throughout Oktoberfest is for the kids, with activity packs and a free meal for children under 12 available with every full-paying adult meal. Free face painting is available at Munich Brauhaus Melbourne and Sydney, Bavarian Bier Cafés at Broadbeach, Entertainment Quarter, Miranda and Parramatta, and The Bavarians at Penrith and Westfield Chermside. Oktoberfest BBQ & Brews sessions will be held at the Chatswood, Entertainment Quarter, Manly, Miranda, Parramatta and Penrith restaurants from midday on Sunday, 1 October with prizes for the best Oktoberfest costumes.
Throughout the six-weeks of festivities customers at all restaurants can register to become an Oktober-Boss, proving their dedication to the legendary annual festival by completing a series of challenges: drinking a stein of each of the four Oktoberfest biers, eating a schnitzel, a pork knuckle and a pretzel, and drinking a schnapps.
Those who achieve the ultimate Oktober-Boss status will receive prizes, including exclusive invitations to the Oktoberfest closing party.
German passport holders are eligible for a free bier upgrade (from a 300ml to a 500ml bier) during the six-week Oktoberfest celebrations (German photo identification is required).
For further information visit the official Oktoberfest website.
What – Australian Oktoberfest
When – 16th September – 29th October
Where – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
Ticket Cost – Free
Website – www.munichbrauhaus.com