Ok­to­ber­fest goes off with a bang in the Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WOMEN dressed in tra­di­tional Ger­man dirndl and men in brown knee-length Leder­ho­sen trousers with feath­ered caps were among the many high­lights of the sec­ond an­nual Ok­to­ber­fest celebration at Den­man Cel­lars on the weekend.

Den­man’s man­ager Sarah Hay­man said this year’s two-day event was very pop­u­lar.

“This year we re­ally stepped it up with a new Ger­man menu and we hosted the whole event out­side with rugs on the grass, drink­ing sta­tions, tra­di­tional games like sausage throw­ing and it all just came to­gether re­ally well,” she said.

“I think Ok­to­ber­fest is some­thing dif­fer­ent for ev­ery­one to do and it was great to see so many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity dress­ing up this year.”

The ta­pas menu fea­tured ranges of tra­di­tional Ger­man dishes in­clud­ing Blutwurst (a blood sausage with ap­ple mousse), Bauch­speck (beer braised pork belly with red cab­bage coleslaw), Sch­weine­hachse (ham hock ter­rine with beer jelly) and Kon­ings­berger Klopse (veal meat­balls in a creamy ca­per sauce).

Den­man Cel­lars also served up mouth-wa­ter­ing Ger­man sausages in­clud­ing Bratwurst, Frank­furter Wurstchen, Cur­ry­wurst and Kasekrainer to de­light the hun­gry crowd. In ad­di­tion to Den­man’s 650 va­ri­eties of beer, five lim­ited edi- tion Ok­to­ber­fest beers were also avail­able over the weekend un­til they sold out. Lo­cal band Top Hea- vy en­ter­tained guests on Satur­day with lo­cal mu­si­cian Pop Stan­don round­ing out the cel­e­bra­tions on Sun­day. Ok­to­ber­fest is one of the largest fes­ti­vals in the world and is held in Mu­nich, Bavaria, Ger­many.

GER­MAN DE­LIGHTS: Svenja Win­ter, Serra Caliskan, De­man Cel­lars owner Ben Hay­men, Alanna By­grave, Am­ber Stewart, Linda Fletcher and Sally Mor­row helped to bring Den­man Cel­lars Beer Cafe 2013 Ok­to­ber­fest cel­e­bra­tions to life with their Ger­man out­fits over the weekend.

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