It's always boggled our minds that something called Oktoberfest could start in September. However, who are we to disagree with starting any kind of food, drink, and music celebrations a few weeks early? Especially ones that involve dirndls. And beer.
So whether you hail from Deutschland or not, let's eat, drink, and be merry like ze Germans! Happy Oktoberfest 2014!
Here are our picks for where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Sydney this year.
Bavarian Bier Café | Multiple Locations
The 16-day festival kicks off with keg tapping, where they'll open the first official Oktoberfest keg, which basically means free beer until it's empty. Beyond the beer, the special Oktoberfest menu is full of things the Germans do best—pork, sausage, and pretzels. Wunderbar!
Check out their website for more information.
Ivy | CBD
You don't have to be German to celebrate Oktoberfest at ivy, but you should probably be a uni student. Sydney's main universities and colleges have combined to make one HUGE Oktoberfest party. And, in typical uni style, there will be drink specials, dancing, and a lot of hangovers the next day. With music from Minx, Social Hooligans, and Jonski, it's bound to be one helluva party.
Head to ivy's website for more information.
Concordia Club | Tempe
From Saturday 27th September, celebrate Oktoberfest in Sydney in a truly authentic way. The 3-weekend-long festival at the Concordia Club will have German bands, dancers, beer, and food (with tonnes of pork knuckle), and will be a fun day for the whole family. One word of advice, avoid the free jumping castle if you've just consumed a stein of bier. It won't be pretty.
Visit their website for more details.
Essen | Ultimo
How does weisswurst, schlachteplatte, and kaiserschmarrn sound to you? Confusing? Delicious? A bit of both? Head down to Essen this Oktoberfest for food specials that are way easier to eat than pronounce. With drink specials too, you might find you need to loosen your lederhosen.
For all the details, go to Essen's website.
German-Austrian Club | Cabramatta
On Saturday 4th October, get down to the German-Austrian Club in Cabramatta for more beer and schnitzel than you can poke a wurst at. With German bands, face painting, and free entry for kids under 12, this is one event to take the whole family along to.
Find out more on their website.
Löwenbräu Keller | The Rocks
Head to Löwenbräu Keller from 21st September where the German bier will be flowing and the food will be plentiful. Check out their Oktoberfest Launch Menu where for $75, you will receive 3 courses of classic German dishes (think pork knuckle, pork belly, schnitzel, and apple strudel) and includes a litre of bier. Prost!
For more information, visit their website.
Austrian Club | Frenchs Forest
While not officially German, the Austrian Club is holding an Oktoberfest Dance on Saturday 11th October from 8pm. Enjoy Austrian and German dishes like the delicious sounding wurstplatte (basically a huge sausage platter) and roast pork with sauerkraut and potatoes in their huge food hall all while dancing to German music. Fun!
For more details, head to their website.
Got a suggestion for where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Sydney this year? Let us know in the comments!
Image credit: Löwenbräu Keller, Essen