Oktoberfest: Bringing a Taste of Germany to Geelong
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Oktoberfest: Bringing a Taste of Germany to Geelong

Prepare your lederhosen and dirndl’s, Oktoberfest is just around the corner.

This year the beer-celebrations are taking a punt with a venue change, hosted across two levels, three open air rooms and five bars at the Eureka Hotel on Little Malop Street. It may not be Germany, but with the traditional music, beer, cider, food and outfits at this years event, it is pretty damn close to an authentic Oktoberfest experience.

Steins will be flowing with Germany’s own Hofbrau, Löwenbräu and Spaten beers and this year, the great Ampelmann Apple Cider. There will even be German Lindenhof Schnapps, German Jägermeister and for the wine lovers, Scotchmans Hill will have you covered.

“We were adamant that we would not hold the event if we could not obtain the authentic bier and cider which adhere to the ‘The Reinheitsgebot’ also known as the German Purity Laws,” a spokesperson for the event says.

“These laws are what were used back in 1810 when the citizens of Munich were first invited to enjoy the festivities which is what made and shaped Oktoberfest what it is today.”

“Believe it or not, there’s much more to Oktoberfest than Beer,” a spokesperson from the event says, hinting at the other entertainment lined up for the event.

With a stein in one hand and a pretzel in the other, the local artists will provide the entertainment with live music. The stages will see the likes of Piano Bar’s Joss Russell, K-Rock’s DJ Brian, and MC Andy MAGEE, along with Ben Costanzo, Andy Forster, Andy Pobjoy, Joe Parks, The Flamingos and Luke Biscan.

Beer aside, Geelong Oktoberfest will serve up a mouth-watering range of traditional German food. Bretzel Biz will make your day with toasted cheese and bacon bretzels (big soft pretzels), peanut butter and choc drenched ones, or even the ‘Ferrero Rocher’ like hazelnut bretzel, while Von Crumb Schnitzel Haus has you covered with delicious twice cooked schnitzel burgers.

Keeping up with traditions, there will also be a quest to find Miss Oktoberfest – the Bavarian woman with true German style, knowledge, strength as the organisers say, “We are looking for the ‘Bavarian’ woman who best personifies Miss Oktoberfest’s finest qualities”.

A for lads your bratwurst eating skills will be up for a challenge (“about how quickly you can eat a bratwurst without spilling one drop of your precious bier in the other hand”) and the beardmeister competition will seek out the finest moustaches and beards. Get your lederhosen ready – prost!

When & Where: Geelong Oktoberfest, Hashtag (Eureka Hotel) – October 8

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