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They have a fine appreciation of beer, have mastered the art of cooking a good snag and acknowledge the power of a luscious beard; it’s no wonder Australians feel a strong bond with Germans.
We share many similarities with our German companions, and each year many Australians choose to don their best (or closest to) German attire they own, raise a stein and embrace German culture at the annual celebration, known as Oktoberfest.
Want to join the dirndl-wearing, pretzel-loving ladies and stein-hoisting, lederhosen-loving lads? Here’s a quick cheat sheet on how to embrace your inner German this year, without ever leaving the country at Oktoberfest Brisbane.
Party like one…
There’s no better party to do it, than at Oktoberfest. Go big or go home, right? Well, actually, you can go big and stay home if you really wanted to, as Oktoberfest Brisbane is recognised as Australia’s largest German festival. Join the Oktoberfest Brisbane celebrations by witnessing the tapping of the first barrel of beer, listening to traditional tunes performed by the hugely popular ‘Münchner Buam’ Bavarian Oktoberfest Band from Munich, dancing with authentic German dancers and leg-slappers, and competitions to prove you’ve truly embraced your inner German, including the Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane pageant, Bavarian Strongmen contest and Beardmeister competition.
Drink like one…
When you think of Germany, you’re likely to think beer… So showcase your educated approach to German beers, by how you order what’s in your stein. If you prefer a lager or wheat beer, order a Weissbier, if you prefer a handcrafted dark beer, order a Dunkelbier, and if you’re a beginner to beer, order a Radler (also known as a Shandy), which is a half beer, half soda concoction.
Eat like one…
This is far from a hard task. How could we possibly say no to the plethora of authentic German delights, such as savoury selections of pork knuckles, sausages, sauerkraut and schnitzels and pretzels, as well as delicious desserts, such as gingerbread, strudel and Black Forest cake – yummmm!
Dress like one…
Okay, so the Germans aren’t in some parallel fashion realm, but actually dress quite similar to us Aussies. However, when Oktoberfest Brisbane rolls around you’ll want to don traditional Bavarian outfits to embrace your inner German. While the term ‘traditional’ has become a little loose in Australia, there are still some online stores where you can get closer to the traditional dress, than the Halloween replicas you’ll likely see around the festivities. For example Schnucki.com.au is based in Australia and offers dirndls, lederhosen and blouses for women and lederhosen, vests, jackets and hats for men, amongst many more German accessories.
Look like one…
Much like the explanation above, Germans don’t have a special look to differentiate them from the rest of the human race, but if you’re going for a stereotypical Oktoberfest sort of look, here are the go-to requirements for your hair as Frauen and Maenner.
Frauen: Ribbons, braids, plaits and buns – have fun with a playful and innocent hairstyle.
Maenner: Grow a beard, the manlier the better. Stat.
9 to 11 & 16 to 18 October, 2015
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