One of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in Australia is back in full swing this weekend, with the Workers Hubertus German Club hosting their wildly-popular annual event this long weekend, from October 1 to 2, at 205 Adams Road in Luddenham.
It promises to be a huge but family-friendly event with plenty more than drinking to do. There will be an array rides, as well as face painting and a petting zoo for youngsters. There will also be live music, German dancing exhibitions, prize giveaways and a huge assortment of food and drink from the foothills of Bavaria and beyond.
What is Oktoberfest?
The very first Oktoberfest was held in Munich in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of King Louis I to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The annual event was retained, becoming a state agricultural fair and introducing food and drinks by 1818. It's now internationally renowned as the biggest Beer festival in the world, with millions attending the festival site in Munich every year and many more participating in similar Oktoberfest events around the globe.
Eventually the local festival became home to large tents and beer halls made of plywood, each constructed by the numerous local breweries.
Though rarely adhered to when held in other countries, a traditional Oktoberfest celebration is at least 16 long, starting in mid-September. Despite the name, the festival starts in mid-September and finishes on either the first Sunday of October, or by October 3 - whichever comes first.
This weekends event in Luddenham is the perfect opportunity to embrace the Oktoberfest spirit and learn more about the history and culture of this renowned event. Entry is just $5, so grab your lederhosen and head down!