German festive fun on the brew

Preparations are under way for Oktoberfest Hobart. BACK: Anton Major, Jack Pears and Jacob Harris. FRONT: Kafka Dornom-Tassell, Ella Chivers, Celeste Harris and Catherine Webster. Picture: GEORGIE BURGESS

Preparations are under way for Oktoberfest Hobart. BACK: Anton Major, Jack Pears and Jacob Harris. FRONT: Kafka Dornom-Tassell, Ella Chivers, Celeste Harris and Catherine Webster. Picture: GEORGIE BURGESS

IT is time to get yourself a lederhosen or dirndl, because Oktoberfest is coming to Tasmania.

Oktoberfest is the biggest beer festival in the world, attracting more than six million people each year to Munich, Germany, in 16 days.

While Hobart's version will only run for one weekend in October, organisers are hoping to make it as close to the real deal as possible.

Random Acts of Culture Tasmania yesterday launched its new event, which will take place on Princes Wharf 1 on October 11 and 12.

Organiser Stuart Harris said 14 beers would be imported from Munich, including Hofbrau, Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier and Lowenbrau. The event will also include traditional German food like bratwurst sausages and pretzels, as well as roast chickens and spit roasts.

Other highlights of the festival will include an oompah band, bratwurst eating competitions and a Miss Oktoberfest competition that will include cow milking, barrel races and strong woman battles.

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