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Oktoberfest in Australia: How to celebrate the World’s best Beer Festival

Oktoberfest is fast approaching and that means Beer, laughs and a whole lot of Lederhosen, but what do we know about it past Beer & Lederhosen, and how do you celebrate it in Australia?

What is it?

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volkfest (Beer Festival) and is held annually in Munich, Bavaira, Germany since 1810, when the first event was held to celebrate the marriage of Kronprinz Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Since then, it has evolved beyond all recognition, with 6 million visiting the Munich event last year and many more in similar events both in Germany and around the World.

Apart from the obvious drinking, typical Oktoberfest festivities include amusement rides, games and other side stalls, as well as a huge variety of local foods such as Hendl (roast chicken), Brezen, (pretzels) Würstl (sausages) and a whole heap of other Meats and Snacks all German and Bavarian in origin.

Participants dress up in traditional German costumes, including Lederhosen, Drindl dresses and any other authentic German item you can find. Don’t forget youre trinker hat because it sure gets cold in October!

When is it?

Originally taking place in the 16 Day period leading up the first Sunday in October, Oktoberfest now takes place on the 16th September – 03 October in Munich with events taking place all over the World at varying times throughout the September/October Months.

Where in Australia?

Oktoberfest events take place all over Australia during September/October. However, the 2 main Oktoberfest events across the major cities are Oktoberfest on Tap and Oktoberfest in the Gardens.

Oktoberfest on tap

Beginning on the 16th September with Street parties in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne revellers can enjoy festivities lasting 11am till late, with a whole host of entertainment including Bier tents, Oom-pah-pah bands, Oktoberfest Costume Contest and Australia’s only Oktoberfest Parade.

Once the street parties are complete, if you’ve still not had enough. You can enjoy 6 whole weeks of Oktoberfest activities at Bavarian Bier Cafe, The Bavarian and Munich Brauhaus locations based around the country.

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Oktoberfest in the garden

Slightly different to Oktoberfest on Tap, with 4 events taking place over 3 separate weekends in Perth (7th October) , Adelaide (7th October) , Melbourne (14th October) and Sydney (28th October). Each event however, is still jam-packed with a wide range of entertainment including several stages, a wide range of traditional Oktoberfest food and drink and an opportunity to win a year’s supply of beer.

What to wear

Now no one will judge you dressing casually. But where’s the fun in that?! With so many attending the events dressing in a traditional Bavarian style you may as join the crowd, get yourself into character and grab a traditional Oktoberfest costume.

For Men, this includes a Trachten shirt, either plain or the traditional Blue or Red checked design. With leather Lederhosen, or the slightly longer Plattlerhosen design. Finish off your costume with some Suspenders and some knee-high light coloured socks to become a truly authentic Bavarian.

For Women, the traditional Oktoberfest outfit is much more conservative. Consisting of a white blouse, long Drindl dress over the top and completed with an Apron and white knee high stockings. If you’re feeling a little daring, reduce the length of your Skirt and Blouse. Just as long as you can handle the temperature!

Well there we have it. You’re one-stop guide to having an amazing Oktoberfest this year, letting you look the part, whilst also hitting the best Oktoberfest events Australia has to offer!

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James Banham is an Australian lifestyle, fashion and entertainment journalist. His writing can be found on these many topics and more in print and online publications around the country.
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