Bratwurst und Bier
Melbourne's own version of the infamous German festival was a rather more restrained affair than I had imagined. Held last weekend in the Dandenong Showgrounds, a 5 minute walk from the infamous Dandenong station, I was imagining rivers of beer, mountains of bratwurst and cakes from the famous Cuckoo restaurant in Olinda, and dozens of Maedchens und Jungens in their Dirndls and Lederhosens.
It wasn't the massive celebration of German culture that I thought it would be. But it was still fun. Melbourne's Oktoberfest ran over 3 days, and we went on the last day, by which time I think the festivities were winding down.
Big Bavarian tent
A group of us rocked up in the early afternoon, braving incredibly strong winds and the hot sun. As far as German treats go, I had a sweet pretzel (apparently they don't have sweet pretzels in Germany, but they still tasted good!), the delicious bratwurst you see at the top of this post, and a good amount of Bitburger beer.
My mate George with a dark beer
Dutch poffertjes. What the?
I searched for the cake stand from the famous Cuckoo restaurant, but to no avail. We saw a good floorshow from the team at the Cuckoo (Victoria's other German restaurant), but the cakes were sadly missing. Oh well, nothing to do but to drown your sorrows in another tasty beer. Repeat: "Bitte, ein Bit!"