Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Oktoberfest at South Wharf Promenade

Last Saturday was Oktoberfest at South Wharf Promenade. They were blessed with a sunny spring day although the frisky wind did play havoc with the signage and my hat!

Keg tapping with Byron and Brent
We kicked off the festival with some beer and pretzels at the Munich Brauhaus. I opted for 500ml of Furstenberg Pils ($10.50) whilst my thirsty festival companion chose 1 litre of the Lowenbrau Original ($19.50). The Munich Brauhaus is styled like a Bavarian hunting lodge with a twist and is the perfect place to celebrate Oktoberfest in Melbourne all year round.
Of course, no festival is complete without some music! Entertainment was provided all along the Promenade and included some German slap dancers, an accordionist, and The Frank Charles Big Band.
The Frank Charles Big Band

Slap Dancers

As well as pretzels, there were a lot of sausages and sauerkraut to try. At the Melbourne Public Bar, you could either choose an ‘Aussie Dog’ or a ‘German Dog’. We tried the ‘German Dog’ of bratwurst and sauerkraut with mustard which certainly had a kick to it.

German Dog

In the Bier Garden Marquee, we enjoyed some more beer... Gena Rose Bruce entertained festival goers as they relaxed in the Marquee. Later, Oktoberfest ambassador, Byron Finnerty from MasterChef, appeared for a Q&A and later helped with the Keg Tapping with fellow MasterChef winner Brent Owens.

German Beer Maid Stilt Walker
Another beer...

Gena Rose Bruce

Byron from MasterChef
 The festival did get a little hazy towards the end but my lovely festival companion helped me home...


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