Den­man Cel­lars cel­e­brates beer, cul­ture and food at Ok­to­ber­fest

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THE count­down is on to the big­gest cel­e­bra­tion of Ger­man beer, cul­ture and food the Whit­sun­days has ever seen.

Held at Den­man Cel­lars at the Port of Air­lie, Ok­to­ber­fest this year boasts an amaz­ing se­lec­tion of bou­tique Ger­man beer to get you in the mood to cel­e­brate and de­li­cious Ger­manin­spired eats to get your mouth wa­ter­ing.

On the beer list this year will be Wei­hen­stephaner Fest­bier, Erdinger Ok­to­ber­fest and Erdinger Ok­to­ber­fest.

The food menu will fea­ture the fa­mous Ger­man pork knuck­les and in­clude Jager Schnitzel (pork schnitzel with mush­room sauce and chips) and the clas­sic Den­man’s Ok­to­ber­fest burger packed with grilled Kassler, cheese, fried onions, pick­les, fried egg, home-made Bavar­ian sweet mus­tard, to­mato and let­tuce in a Kaiser roll served with chips and aioli.

Ben Hay­man, of Den­man Cel­lars, said up to 60 Ger­man beers would be served dur­ing the Ok­to­ber­fest week, which runs from Oc­to­ber 5 to 9.

“We have got spe­cial­ity beers on tap and we also have them all in pack­age so peo­ple can take them away,” he said.

All the beers to be served will also fea­ture at the orig­i­nal Ok­to­ber­fest in Mu­nich in the first week of Oc­to­ber.

“It’s go­ing to be a big week­end. Ev­ery­one gets on board and it gets pretty hec­tic down here.”

Mr Hay­man said it was all about “en­joy­ing the Ger­man way”.

“The food and drinks that are fully Ger­man.”

The Ger­mans are the sec­ond big­gest con­sumer of beer be­hind Cze­choslo­vakia and in 2013 at Ok­to­ber­fest in Mu­nich 7.7 mil­lion litres of beer was served.

Den­man Cel­lars is un­likely to beat that but they will of­fer a friendly laid back vibe set against the magic Port of Air­lie ma­rina with live mu­sic at the fes­ti­val on Oc­to­ber 8–9.

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