A 16-day celebration of beer, Oktoberfest is the largest fair in the world and attracts more than six million visitors when it takes place at the end of October in Munich. It’s ingrained in Bavarian culture and similar events take place in other cities in homage.


GermanyIt’s pretty easy to hold your very own Oktoberfest though and try out some tasty German beers and foods. There are many German-style beers available in Australia. A past winner at the Australian International Beer Awards (the world’s second-largest brewing contest) was Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier – a clear, filtered wheat beer with a slightly fruity flavour and hints of clove and vanilla. Another wheat beer is Weihenstephaner Dunkel, which is not too bitter, and Schneider Weisse, Erdinger or Schöfferhofer are also easy to find. For the true German taste try rauchbier, a smoked lager with a rich copper colour, such as Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen, Redoak Rauch or Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen.

If you can’t track down the genuine German drops, just get in a selection of different beers to try. For the true Oktoberfest experience though you need to lay on some traditional German food. Sausages are a must of course. Try the weisswurst (white sausage), a pale and delicately flavoured German sausage, made from veal, or beef and pork, that goes well with Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Schöfferhofer, Schneider Weisse or Erdinger.

Ham, such as speck, is another Oktoberfest favourite, and teams well with the robust rauchbiers, while pork knuckle goes well with bocks and doppelbocks. Barbeque chicken is ideal with the pilseners and gives a good mix of Aussie and German for an Oktoberfest celebration with a local twist.

However you choose to celebrate Oktoberfest please remember to drink responsibly.

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