Oktoberfest – German Austrian Club

03 Oct
October 3, 2010

Saturday (2nd October) morning, Mac, Josh and I headed out to Fairfield Showgrounds to attend Oktoberfest.  I didn’t have breakfast as after reading all that was to be devoured I was going to stuff myself silly.  I have never actually been to an Oktoberfest before.  I am not a beer drinker, I was in this for the food.

Fairfield is a million miles away from where I live and I just don’t go out that way.  Which is a shame in one way as it is right next door to Cabramatta, and that is one place I do wish I got to more often.

We rock up to Fairfield Showground, the place for the Oktoberfest festivities (I was lead to believe via the German Austrian Club’s website) to find markets happening.  I sped through those markets at hyper speed in search of pork knuckles, bratwurst, potato pancakes, gingerbread, assuming that the Oktoberfest would be at the other end.  I was wrong.

It was not being held at the showgrounds this year, they had cancelled it.  Mac started talking to a nice couple selling strawberries and they told him that it was actually being held at the German Austrian Club at Cabramatta.

We bought some strawberries, had a wander through the markets, I pulled out my trusty iPhone and we were on our way to the German Austrian Club.O1
The Club is quite cute and reminds me of a ski chalet.  We arrived just after 1pm the opening time for Oktoberfest and already there was quite a few people there.

Entry is $12 per person unless you are a member.  There is continuous entertainment and a German band was playing when we were there.O6
First thing I made my way over to was a small area to the side of the large hall which was selling German groceries and gingerbread hearts.  It was quite funny reading the translations of the German writing on the hearts.  I chose a large heart for $12 which read something along the lines of “kiss me continuously”, it comes with some ribbon tied on it so you can wear it around your neck, hehehe.  I chose not to wear it.
)26O20Next stop for Josh and I, to get in to the spirit of the festivities, was to pick up  some fun hats.  Josh went for a Jack Sparrow hat, complete with dreadlocks and I went for a green hat with feather.  Mac chose not to participate in our antics, though I did get him to try on the beer goggles and glowing Viking hat.
O31With hats on heads we decided to sit out in the beer garden out front near where the food was.  Main reason was it was packed inside due to weather.
O30 )25 The boys had a beer stein (500ml) of beer for $16, you get to keep the stein and refills are $8.  As mentioned previously I don’t drink beer so it was Riesling in a plastic cup for me.
O26The line for food was massive, seriously long.  I jumped in line while Mac went and got me my wine.  20 minutes later, one Riesling down, we were about half way up the line.  All in all it took just over 40 minutes to get served.  We took turns in the line :) O24The line with about 30 minutes still to go in waiting


We weren’t bothered, everyone was in great spirits, chatting and all wanting to have a good time.  Was a very friendly happy vibe actually.
)27 The line with 15 minutes to go
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O15I decided to have wiener schnitzel and salads $20.
O14Mac went for the smoked pork knuckle, served with a dumpling and sauerkraut $20.O16Josh had chicken schnitzel served and salads $20.
O33I also ordered some spatzel and bratkantoffel, $4 each.

The schnitzels were really great.  Very tender and moist on the inside, crisp on the outside.  The potato salad served with it had a nice tang and the cabbage salad I can best describe as a cold crunchy sauerkraut.

The smoked pork knuckle was massive, dumpling not that impressive in texture or taste, sauerkraut was spot on.  You could have baked pork knuckle, which would have had that drool worthy crackling, but sadly when we eventually were able to place orders we would have had to wait another 3o minutes and decided not to.
O18The food was all kept in bain-maries and it was instant service when you eventually got to the head of the line.

The meals were very large and very filling.  We got a takeaway box and filled it with our left overs for Sally, a true doggy bag.
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O22Josh wanted dessert and went for the black forest cake.  I just had to have a mouthful (or two, maybe three).
The club members running the event were all very inviting and friendly.  I think they really just wanted to share Oktoberfest and for people to enjoy their club..    O3We had a fun time, had some drinks, had some laughs and left with extremely full bellies.
Oktoberfest at the German Austrian Club is happening all this long weekend.

Sara
xxx

German Austrian Club
3-75 Curtin Street
Cabramatta NSW 2166

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15 replies
  1. Celeste @ Berrytravels says:

    Oh I've always wondered how oktoberfest is really meant to be celebrated! How lovely it is to be able to have a taste of it without having to fly over to germany. Now to hunt and see if there's anything similar in Melbourne..

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  2. YaYa says:

    I remember going when it was at the showgrounds during its early years and was quiet an event, really crowded and oom pah pah bands going all over the place, nice to know it's still going in a smaller format!

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  3. Simon Food Favourites says:

    can't get more German than that. i've been there once when it was really quiet but visiting for Oktoberfest looks a lot better :-)

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  4. mademoiselle délicieuse says:

    Can't believe how long the queues were for food! Good to know it's not just about the beer =)

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  5. Sara @ Belly Rumbles says:

    Hi Celeste, I am sure there are things happening in Melbourne, start with your local German club. It was great fun.

    Hi Yaya, from what I found out, it just became too expensive to hire the s
    howgrounds. They are definitely keeping the spirit alive.

    Hi Simon, was a great vibe.

    Hi MD, the queues were amazing, but for once I wasn't doing the stomp dance and growling, I was chillaxed about the whole thing.

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  6. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) says:

    I never knew there are more Austrian / German clubs exist than the one in Bantry bay. You had fun!

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  7. Jeanne says:

    I could definitely go for a few slices of that black forest cake! I've never attended an Oktoberfest event but it does look like lots of fun and food!

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  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    Those clubs are really cute aren't they and I love celebrations like this! What is the dark thing on top of the pork knuckle?

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  9. Sara @ Belly Rumbles says:

    Hi Ellie, there is also a German club at Tempe.

    Hi Jeanne, it was really great fun.

    Hi Lorraine, the dark thing is actually skin, it was smoked not baked. So the whole thing actually tasted like ham.

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  10. Gummi Baby says:

    Love the look of that schnitzel, much crispier when it's all wrinkly how I remember it from years ago, many restaurants now serve it completely flat and lifeless. :D

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  11. Sara @ Belly Rumbles says:

    Hi Gummi Baby, I totally agree with you, these were fantastic schnitzel.

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  12. john@heneedsfood says:

    I would have loved to have gone to this. It's just a shame Fairfield is so far from me

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  13. Betty @ The Hungry Girl says:

    Looks like you had a ball! Loving the hats too hehe ;)

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  14. Sara @ Belly Rumbles says:

    Hi John, was a bit of a trek for us as well, sadly that is why I hardly visit Cabramatta, basically a day trip :(

    Hi Betty, we had a blast and yep the hats were fun, hehe

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  15. Forager @ The Gourmet Forager says:

    I love this place – a common oversight and everyone heads to the goodies in Cabramatta instead. Never been for Oktoberfest though – looks like a massive party feast!

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