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1 October, 2021

Beer, bretzel and bratwurst – Oktoberfest hits Cairns

RENOWNED throughout the world as one of the great festivals, Oktoberfest attracts revellers from every country. Originally started in 1810 to celebrate Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage, Oktoberfest is synonymous with partying, drinking and an experience unlike any other.

By Peter McCullagh

Hemingway's Brewery staff Paula Melo and Charlotte James get in the spirit

In Far North Queensland, we hardly need a reason to kick up our heels and blow the froth off a coldie, but Hemmingway’s Brewery are creating an Oktoberfest atmosphere this Sunday and welcoming families in to enjoy a miniscule morsel of Munich here on the waterfront.

Hemmingway’s has partnered with Sauce Brewing, Macalister Brewing Company, Barrier Reef Brewing Co, and Coral Sea Brewing to showcase five hand-crafted, German ales – the perfect match to a festive menu featuring Pig on a Spit, smoked meats, currywurst, bratwurst, schnitzel and more.

Hemmingway’s venue manager and German expat, Roman Haslinger has set out to create a traditional experience with the food, communal seating, and the beers on tap.

Each of the breweries involved have created their spin on a ‘German-styled’ beer with five hand-crafted German style ales available on the day.

Along with the beer, there will be a festive menu featuring Pig on a Spit, smoked meats, currywurst, bratwurst, and we cannot forget the schnitzel.

Hemmingway’s Oktoberfest is free to enter, and will also feature live music from local artist, Tony George, dancing and a host of fun competitions and prizes for the best dressed and keg lifting. 

Hemingway’s Brewery Cairns Wharf recommends bookings for Oktoberfest revellers.  The event will begin at midday and runs until late. 

To book visit the website

Paula Melo, Natalia Chocholilo (purple shorts) and Charlotte James with their arms full of Festbier.

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