Three ways with weiners: Oktoberfest on the Gold Coast

All things Bavaria, beer and bratwurst will be celebrated over coming weeks as the Gold Coast marks Oktoberfest.

Just as people from all over the world flock to Germany for what is basically a big beer party, nations across the globe have adopted the celebration and put their own spin on it.

Apparently, Oktoberfest stems from a royal invitation – way back in 1810, for the citizens of music to mark the marriage   of Crown Prince Ludwig (who later became king) to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburhausen on the fields in front of the city gates. There were horse races which were repeated in subsequent years, giving rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest.

I’m still at a loss for where all the beer came in. I guess that’s just Bavaria…

Anyway, right here on the Gold Coast there’s a few options for making Oktoberfest too. We’ve found our favourite three…


Currumbin Creek puts out the wilkommen mat

2011 census data shows that German is one of the top five languages spoken by those that live within a 15 km radius of Currumbin RSL. So Oktoberfest is a bit of a big deal down there. The menu will include German beer and sausages as well as sweets and schnapps. There will also be live entertainment and a festival atmosphere. All along the banks of Currumbin Creek. And only on Saturday 19 September.

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German Club (Gold Coast)

The German Club here on the Gold Coast was founded in 1975 and is completely poker machine free. There’s no need for a special Oktoberfest menu here, because standard German fare is the order of the day, any day at this community-run club. However, there is a heap of special entertainment throughout September and October to mark Oktoberfest and you can check that out here
The German Club is located at 3 Jondique Avenue, Carrara. Prost!

Oktoberfest at Citrique

A German inspired menu will take centre stage at Marriott’s Citrique Restaurant from 2 – 11 October. It’s part of a culinary tour that has included France and India to date.

The German menu includes Bratkartoffeln, Pork knuckle, Schnitzel, German Spätzle, Berliner currywurst, German sausages, Bayrischer Gulasch (German Gulasch stew), Sauerkraut, Gluhwein, a mix of traditional German salads, pretzels, and a dessert line up featuring Linzer torte, Bee sting cake, Apple strudel, Black forest chocolate cups and more! Given the restaurant’s previous efforts, we’re thinking you’d not be out of place donning your best lederhosen, either.

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Oktoberfest Spätzle at Citrique Restaurant

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