For two weekends in October, a small section of the RNA showgrounds is transformed into a mini German village for an Oktoberfest celebration that has been voted as one of the world's top ten and is about the nearest thing to Bavaria that you'll find without jumping on a plane. Here, every year happy crowds aged from 0 to 100, many of them in feather caps, lederhosen and dirndl, descend on the gates at opening time only to leave twelve hours of chicken dances, bratwurst, yodelling and cow bell ringing later.
Perhaps this is because, once ensconced under the Festhaus roof, traditonal Bavarian band rolling out the barrel and dirndl clad Frauleins wandering everywhere it’s easy to forget what time it is or that you’re in Brisbane at all.
Venture outside the Festhaus marquee and there are market food stalls peddling delicious schnitzel and sauerkraut, pretzels giant and small, strudel, sausages galore, plates of mushroom in sour cream and cake all centred around a traditional Bavarian maypole. And there’s a sea of tables outdoors (some under fig trees) for a break from the indoor festivities.
Each year a new Miss Oktoberfest is crowned and
Being a family friendly event (run by 2 German families), children are well catered for with a special family Fun Day on Sundays featuring sideshow rides, a petting zoo, puppets, face painting, treats like cotton candy and plenty of dance floor opportunities to release their inner German.
For those Expo 88 goers who lived through six months of nightly chicken dances at the Munich Festhaus, here is a chance to relive those nights while for others it’s a chance to escape Brisbane and have some good kitschy old fashioned fun for all the family or group of friends.
Need to know: Entry is only at the Gregory Tce gate. *Tickets purchased at the gate are $1-2 more than when purchased on line.