It’s that time of the year again when, on any given Friday or Saturday night in October, anywhere around the world, you could stumble upon a lederhosen clad lad and a dirndl dressed lass. Luckily, my birthday is also in October so last year, we were able to combine the two in my hometown on the Central Coast of Australia having a big Oktoberfest celebration.
On the last weekend of October last year, a few of my friends and I braved the bad weather and headed to the biggest Oktoberfest celebration I’ve seen in my hometown area of the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. I captured the day with my Holga and Lomography Black and White 120 film but I didn’t get the roll developed for around 6 months, so there were some light leaks. It happened to be my birthday the day we went so the beers were flowing!
Just like the real Oktoberfest in Munich, there was an official opening ceremony, a family-friendly atmosphere with rides for the kids and for the adults. They had authentic German live music and entertainment in a massive entertainment marquee, we really enjoyed getting up and having a dance! There was a variety of food stalls offering a variety of German delicacies, an outdoor beer garden (which we didn’t get to take advantage of because of the rain), souvenirs such as steins and Lebkuchenherz (the gingerbread hearts with something written on the middle with frosting then worn around the neck like a necklace) and last but not least, cold German beers on tap.
I have some great memories from this day but like any special event, I can imagine it would have been made even better if the weather had been nice.