Oktoberfest at Hallertau
The world's oldest folk festival is coming to Riverhead and Clevedon.
Auckland brewery Hallertau has great enthusiasm for Germany; its name comes from an enormous hop plantation in Bavaria, each venue hosts long wooden bierkeller tables, and the output of head brewer Steve Plowman has always tipped its hat to the nation's thirst-quenching suds. This October, the brewery's two biergartens will bring another slice of central-western Europe to Auckland by celebrating the world's oldest folk festival.
Octoberfest arrives at Hallertau Riverhead and Hallertau Clevedon on Saturday, 26 September and Saturday, 3 October, respectively. Bavarian traditions will be front and centre at each event. The kitchen will be dishing up the best hearty Bavarian cuisine, including oversized pretzels, pork hock, sauerkraut, goulash and sausages. Plowman has also laid down a special 'German Festival Pils' to coincide with the beery celebrations.
Drinking music will be provided by Nick Atkinson and Finn Scholes of 'Love Square do Deutschland'. Raise your glass to Kraftwerk-style covers and sousaphone-driven retro pop.
The $60 ticket price includes your own Hallertau half-litre stein filled with pils and traditional German feasting from the smoker. Lederhosen is highly encouraged, but not compulsory.