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Munich Brauhaus, Bavarian Bier Café and The Bavarian unveil Australia’s first Oktoberfest street parades beginning this Friday…

Get ready for the biggest Oktoberfest party outside of Bavaria during six weeks of celebrations at Munich Brauhaus, Bavarian Bier Café and The Bavarian beginning on Saturday, 16 September.

The annual festivities begin at midday at Munich Brauhaus The Rocks in Sydney, Munich Brauhaus South Wharf in Melbourne, and Bavarian Bier Café Eagle Street Pier in Brisbane with ceremonial tappings of the first Oktoberfest bier kegs, which signal the commencement of inaugural Oktoberfest street parades in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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The parades will see colourful collections of costumed entertainers singing, dancing and bringing a slice of Oktoberfest tradition to the streets before taking the celebrations back to the three restaurants for an afternoon and evening of family- friendly fun and games.

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.

Throughout the day another three kegs will be tapped, releasing the remaining official Oktoberfest biers and signalling the start of key festive events.

At 3pm, pooches 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 are invited to participate. The best-dressed pooch will take home a trophy and an Oktoberfest bar voucher for their owner, and all participants will receive their very own ‘doggy bag’. 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.

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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. 

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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 Rockpool Dining Group’s Bavarian restaurants across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for group bookings of 20+ guests, or smaller groups can choose authentic Bavarian a la carte favourites, including crispy pork knuckle, golden crumbed schnitzels, roast pork belly and traditional sausages. Check the Feasting Menus here.

All Bavarian restaurants will serve the four Oktoberfest biers throughout the festival: Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier, Paulaner Oktoberfestbier and Spaten Oktoberfestbier.

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For further information visit the official Oktoberfest website

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Information & Images Courtesy of Rockpool Dining Group – Rachel Lebihan/Munich Brauhaus, Bavarian Bier Cafes, The Bavarian

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times GOURMET News

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Read on for more info on Oktoberfest Activities plus more pics…

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 at all Bavarian restaurants. Free face painting is also 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.

Throughout the festivities customers have the chance to become an official Oktober-Boss by proving their dedication to all things Oktoberfest and completing a number of challenges, including drinking a schnapps, a stein of each of the four Oktoberfest biers, eating a schnitzel, a pork knuckle and a pretzel. Those who achieve the ultimate Oktober-Boss status will receive prizes, including exclusive invitations to the Oktoberfest closing party.

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.

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).