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Oktoberfest Dinner

Dust off the lederhosen and dirndl for a taste of Bavaria on the Casuarina cliff tops.

By Tamara Howie

Kamala Thriemer and Ben Ley from Hänsel und Gretel are offering more than a boozy affair to celebrate Oktoberfest.

The food van will host a four-course meal of traditional Bavarian grub, including pork knuckle, white sausage and homemade pretzels.

“A lot of people see Oktoberfest as an occasion to drink themselves silly, and obviously it is about the beer, but we’re trying to make a nice festive dinner where you can enjoy the food” she says.

“We’ll have a lot of traditional food, including kaiserschmarrn for dessert.

“It’s a little bit like a pancake, but it’s done in a huge pan and then cut into smaller pieces. It’s usually served with hot plums with cinnamon and cloves, but we’ll make a more tropical version and use mangoes because they’re in season.”

Thriemer and Ley both have memories of Oktoberfest from their youth, and Thriemer says she wanted to share her favourite memories with Top Enders.

“My husband is German and it obviously has the biggest festival, but the place where I grew up had a smaller festival,” she says.

“I always liked the smaller festivals that were more intimate and less touristy and with more emphasis on the food.”

Everyone is encouraged to dress up to complete the atmosphere.

Fri 19 Oct | 5.30pm | Casuarina Cliffs | Bookings Essential| See the event listing

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