Munich Brauhaus and The Bavarian are throwing their biggest and best Oktoberfest bash yet, with six weeks of unforgettable parties, traditional feasting and a line-up of fun-for-all activities from Saturday, 21 September to Sunday, 27 October.
The opening weekend kicks off at Munich Brauhaus The Rocks on Saturday, 21 September with a brightly-coloured street party at each location. There will be a ceremonial tapping of the first Oktoberfest beer keg at 1pm, followed by a lively parade featuring colourful performers and entertainers, and live music. Hungry lunch-time diners can choose between two, fantastic Oktoberfest set menus, which are available in addition to a-la-carte options, and on offer at all Bavarian restaurants throughout the celebrations.
The OktoberBoss menu ($79pp) features three delicious courses of signature Bavarian dishes, a 1-litre stein of beer and a schnapps shot, and includes a limited-edition OktoberBoss showbag valued at over $160. The canvas bag is filled to the brim with fun gifts and prizes, including a mini stein, restaurant vouchers, discounts and freebies, playing cards, an OktoberBoss t-shirt, a bottle opener and other surprises. This menu is available at Munich Brauhaus The Rocks and all 16 The Bavarian restaurants in Sydney.
Another set menu features dishes that have been created exclusively for Oktoberfest. The three-course menu ($45pp) features a shredded sausage salad, known as wursalat, with pickled cucumber, onions and Swiss cheese; tafel spitz, which is a dish of corned beef brisket with new potatoes, horseradish veloute, sauerkraut and minced apple; and kaiserschmarrn, a dessert of smashed pancake drizzled with butterscotch and almonds. This menu is only available at Munich Brauhaus The Rocks.
At 2pm on opening day guests can battle it out for the title of sausage eating champion and a $200 bar voucher by demolishing the most sausages in under one minute. The fun continues at 4pm with on-stage Oktoberfest challenges such as stein holding, nail hammering and yodelling. Diners are encouraged to dress in their finest lederhosen or dirndl, for the chance to win a $200 restaurant voucher in the Best Dressed of Oktoberfest competition. A second round of entertainment will take place on Sunday, 22 September.
An Oktoberfest beer tent will pop up at The Rocks in Sydney on opening day, featuring the restaurant's signature communal dining tables, so parade-goers can eat, drink and prost to an al-fresco Oktoberfest
Throughout the six weeks of Oktoberfest, Munich Brauhaus will host a line-up of themed dress-up parties, from 6pm each Saturday. There will be games, challenges each evening and live music.
Saturday, 28 September: Chicken dance party (come prepared knowing all the chicken dance moves).
Saturday, 5 October: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Steins party (capes, wands and other costumes).
Saturday, 12 October: Brother's Grimm party (goblins, ghouls and famous, fairy tale characters).
Saturday, 19 October: Oktober-football-fest party (favourite World Cup rugby jerseys).
All 16 The Bavarian restaurants will join Munich Brauhaus in pouring four, famous Oktoberfestbiers on offer throughout the festival: Hofbräu München, Löwenbräu, Spaten and Paulaner. Each of these have been imported from Bavaria and are available on tap until stocks last. Pirate Life Fiestbier and 4 Pines Kellar Door Schwartzbier have been brewed exclusively for Munich Brauhaus and The Bavarian's Oktoberfest celebrations.