Dust off your lederhosen, folks. It’s time to head to the Hills for the region’s inaugural Oktoberfest. Mount Barker brewery Prancing Pony Brewery have joined forces with Newenham residential village to create the Hills’ very own Oktoberfest – steins, beer hall and all.
“Up here in the Adelaide Hills we’ve never had an Oktoberfest of this nature,” Corinna Steeb says, co-founder and CEO of Prancing Pony. Hailing from Stuttgart originally, Corinna is excited to bring South Australia the Oktoberfest experience she remembers.“It’s very exciting…the response so far has been amazing.”
Prancing Pony at Newenham, image courtesy of Dylan Minchenberg
The festival is set to be held on Newenham’s lush green grounds, making the most of their historic barns in their main community hub. Running throughout the day and night, festivities include a food hall, beer hall, entertainment, live music and all the delightfully cliché traditions you’d expect from this beloved beer bash.
“There will be German Schuhplattler (German Slap dancing), whip cracking, bell ringing and even a stein holding competition,” Corinna says. “It’s not just about drinking…it’s about making new friends, getting up and dancing, singing and understanding a different culture. We wanted to keep everything as authentic as possible because those are really important elements for us.”
Known as the home of South Australia’s German heritage, the Adelaide Hills is the perfect spot to celebrate the best of German culture, sample a frothie (or a few) and munch on some pretzels and sausages. With a stack of food vendors to be announced soon, keep your eyes (and tummies) peeled. Expect more pretzels, sausages and rotisserie chicken than you can lay your hot little hands on.
To wash down all your German goodies, fill your steins with Prancing Pony’s specially brewed ales. They’re crafting two iconic Oktoberfest brews – Helles (‘bright one’) and Dunkel (‘dark one’), as well as a traditional German-style cloudy cider. Not so much a fan of the ales? There will be a Trollinger rose and Gruner Vetliner on offer from local winery Hahndorf Hill, who specialise in German drops.
Bring your pals, your neighbours or your family – the day is set to be very family friendly. While beer drinking is encouraged, Corinna says the traditional Oktoberfest is about more than that…
“In the town where I come from, the festival is about food, music and coming out with your friends in your finest dress and drinking beer in good company. The word we use to describe the festival or the feeling is ‘gemutlichkeit’ which is all about enjoying each other’s company in a festive, fun sense.’”
We’ll raise our steins to that. Prost!
The 2018 Adelaide Hills Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday 27 October at Newenham, Mount Barker. Tickets are now on sale, choose from either a $15 ticket or upgrade to a $35 ticket to get your very own 1 litre stein to keep and refill all day long. LinkSA will also be doing the rounds of transport with a range of bus loops from the Adelaide CBD, Hahndorf and Mount Barker areas.