Ok­to­ber­fest taps the vibe

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

DO up your dirndls and strap up your leder­ho­sen, Ok­to­ber­fest is mak­ing its way to Hem­ing­way’s this Satur­day (Oc­to­ber 14). It’s go­ing to be even big­ger and bet­ter than last year.

Hem­ing­way’s events man­ager Chris Bar­ber said the event will be record break­ing.

“It’s the big­gest Ok­to­ber­fest/craft beer event that’s hap­pen­ing north of Brisbane,” he said.

“There’s no where north of Brisbane that has ever had 40 taps at an event so it’s huge in re­spect to that.”

A wide range of brew­eries from across Aus­tralia will be send­ing sup­plies north.

“We’ve got Wil­lie Smiths com­ing up from Tas­ma­nia, Pi­rate Life from Ade­laide, Modus Operandi com­ing from Syd­ney and Bridge Road com­ing up from Mel­bourne,” Mr Bar­ber said. “There will be eight Ger­man beers on tap like Hofen­brauhaus, Stiegl, Spaten and Wei­hen­stephaner.

What can a punter ex­pect from a Hem­ing­way’s Ok­to­ber­fest?

“Ex­pect a lot of eat­ing and a lot of drink­ing,” he said.

“We’re mak­ing it more of a Ok­to­ber­fest, we’ll have ev­ery­one’s favourite Ger­man street food such as your pret­zels and bratwurst”.

And some highly en­ter­tain­ing live mu­sic.

“We’ve taken it up a notch this year – we’ve got a huge 13 piece brass band to play some Oompah Pah mu­sic, the Taste from Cairns and Rob Ed­wards from Ade­laide will also be play­ing with a DJ to fin­ish off the night,” Mr Bar­ber said.

“The Oompah Pah band will re­ally give it the Ok­to­ber­fest feel and the place will look amaz­ing.

“It’s not only an Ok­to­ber­fest it’s a cel­e­bra­tion of craft beer, so we en­cour­age peo­ple to come and try what­ever they want but it may be hard to try all 40.

“We en­cour­age peo­ple to come dressed up.”

En­try to the event is $10, which in­cludes a stein which Chris de­scribes as a pun­ters’ “ves­sel” for the day.

“Ev­ery beer that’s on tap is $10 for half a litre

Men can show off their mus­cles at the keg hold­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Par­tic­i­pants must hold an empty keg, which is about at least 20 kg, in front of them with straight arms and who­ever holds it the long­est wins.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

An­nelies Wes­tra and Dan Tif­fin, from Hem­ing­way’s, in gear for the big day

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