Thousands of people are preparing to don their finest dirndl or lederhosen for the inaugural Oktoberfest Sunshine Coast.
The largest beer tent the region has ever seen will pop up this week before the October 20 event at the Kawana Sports Precinct. Covering a football field, the tent is the centrepiece of the festival, which event director Todd Forrest says will be as close to an authentic German experience as possible.
“We are not selling pizzas or calamari, only traditional German foods and desserts and our wines and beer are all German, even the entertainers and what they are performing is all German,” he says.
Mr Forrest is encouraging punters to dress up for the occasion, which will add further to the atmosphere. He says he wants to create the air of social connection you find in traditional beer gardens. “This is a place for people to catch up with friends and sit at one of the 300 trestle tables. While seven million attended Oktoberfest in Germany this year, we are hoping for close to 6000.”
Mr Forrest has ordered more than 200 kegs for the occasion, with more than 10,000 litres of beer ready for the sampling. There will be an interactive play area for the kids as well as plenty of competitions including the team Strongman event and the crowning of Mr and Mrs Oktoberfest with a total prize pool of more than $5000.
Oktoberfest Sunshine Coast will run from 11am to 9pm at the Kawana Sports Precinct. Tickets are $39.90 and are available through oktoberfestsc.com.au. You can also buy tickets at the door for $49.90 on the day.