Get the most out of your beverage, and create memorable moments as you entertain family & friends. We bring you experts’ insider tips, recipes, food and drink recommendations and more.
Find out the story behind our drinks, our people and our ‘family’ of businesses. Meet the cafes, delis, restaurants/bars and market stalls who love our beverages too, offering a great opportunity to enjoy their food and our drinks together in harmony.
After years living in Munich and running Oktoberfest Brisbane here in Australia, we’ve put together a few quick tips to make your own DIY Oktoberfest the talk of the town … or street !
Dirndl and Lederhosen are the “standard dress code” at any Oktoberfest event. For truly authentic clothing in Australia plus all the accessories you can’t go past Schnucki Dirndl + Lederhosen .
Oktoberfest is so much more than Pork Knuckle and Bratwurst.
Did you know that Roast Chicken is a staple and crowd favourite at Munich’s Oktoberfest … and it always goes down a treat with Aussies too!
There are many different types of German sausages, so why not try something new? The wide range from Gotzinger is available throughout Australia and covers all styles and flavours.
Don’t forget the mustard and sauerkraut! These are “must haves” for any authentic German sausage experience. Look for Thomy or Kuhne mustards, and remember a mustard is not just a mustard! For instance, Bavarian white sausages taste best with a sweet Bavarian mustard – other mustards are too strong for the delicate flavour of this sausage style.
Pretzels and/or crusty long rolls are also a go-to for any Oktoberfest feast.
We’ve got you covered with our German classic and specialty craft beer range, brewed by our family-owned brewery partner for five generations – Leikeim. Find your favourites here.
Why not check out our curated Beer Infosheets full of fun facts, tasting notes and even food pairing suggestions:
• Pilsner-style “Premium Pils”
• Wheat beer “Weizen”
• Lager-style “Kellerbier”
• Black beer “Schwarze”
• Stone beer “Steinbier”
Our Oktoberfest food-beer pairing tips
- Pork Knuckle: Schwarze, or Premium Pils
- Bratwurst: ALL our Oktoberfest pack beers!! … depends on your personal beer preference
- Weisswurst (Bavarian white sausage): Weizen
- Roast chicken: Kellerbier or Weizen
White and blue – the Bavarian colours – are the essential colours, and add some rustic elements to give it some genuine atmosphere.
There are lots of shops offering Oktoberfest-style decorations, or simply grab some plain white and blue plates, napkins, table clothes etc. and alternate them to get the look.
Plastic steins are not only ideal as drinking glasses (no glass breakages) but also for putting cutlery in.
Don’t forget some wicker baskets or bowls as practical ways to give your display more character and are great for serving bread rolls and even drinks.
It’s hard to know where to start … and finish. Everyone has their own Oktoberfest favourites and Spotify has a huge range of playlist, but here is a solid Top 10 Oktoberfest Songs selection .
My favourites MUST include: Prosit, Fliegerlied, Rock Mi, Cowboy und Indianer, Hey Baby (DJ Ötzi), In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus … and soooo many more!
- Chicken Dance: Everyone knows this song, but did you know the Chicken Dance originated in the German-speaking part of Switzerland? Now THERE’S a question for your next Trivia Night!
- Fleigerlied : This has become the big hit since a decade years for all ages. Here are the original dance moves, so get practising.
- Cowboy und Indianer: You’ll find many versions on youtube – from fitness groups to kindergarten kids or dance parties
So many new juices introduced to our Winter 2021 range! You will be spoiled for choice in nutritious and tasty drinks to help support your winter wellbeing! Savour the fruits (and berries!) of more than 200 years of German expertise in Rabenhorst’s careful selection and sensitive processing of only the very best organic and vegan produce! (more…)
Hot on the heels of our German Beer best-selling online magazine*, comes the sequel – a beautifully illustrated GERMAN WINE e-Magazine. It’s proof that the sequel is sometimes even better than the original!
Join us on this journey of discovery, stories, tradition & history, and damn good German wines! Find your personal favourite – whether a classic Riesling, rare and new grape varieties, or wines from prestigious ancient growing regions kept a secret by German wine-lovers for way too long. (more…)
Each beer has its own story waiting to be told, and each beer is unique and different in its own way. Hot off the press, here is our first-ever brand-new best-seller*, an illustrated (flipping) book that tells all ! (more…)
I love Chinese & Lunar New Year. I love the festive celebrations, the banquets of exquisite dishes bringing together of family and friends for evenings on end … and I love German wines, beers and juices too.
Today, I’ve brought these together – discover my personal food+drink tips for Chinese & Lunar New Year. (more…)
Skin and healthy living influencer, Claire Mason, has a big and increasing social media fan base: Not only for sharing her tips, expertise and discovering wonderful new skin products & treatments – for inside and out – but also her passion for creating delicious recipes. She lives and breathes good skin health and lifestyle – and is her own best walking, talking example that “beautiful and healthy skin starts on the inside!!” (more…)
Flavour-packed + non-alcoholic
We’ve been busy creating a delicious Winter Warmer. Our Rabenhorst juice inspired non-alcoholic Glühwein (Mulled Wine) is SO GOOD – rich in natural organic goodness, antioxidants, vitamins and flavour… with the aroma and spices of German Christmas Markets! Our ‘taste-tester’ came back for more, and so did all the guests of the German Australia Business Association’s Brisbane winter networking event!
Today I’m sharing my special recipe with you … enjoy and viel Spass!! (more…)
The Nott’s house is made for entertaining and there’s rarely a weekend day EVER when it’s not full of friends, family, colleagues or “we thought we’d drop in” visitors. CEO (Chief Entertainment Officer) Karen – aka Kaz – is the master of new and delicious creations, and since she discovered her passion for triathlons just one year ago, Champagne & Cocktails have given way to Mocktails & Podium placings. She loves a post-triathlon Rabenhorst Organic Ginger-Mix to refresh and recharge, but has now brought it to a new level with her latest Ginger-Mix inspired mocktail creation: Kaz’s Crazy Mocktail.
It’s become her ‘signature’ drink and today she shares it with us. (more…)