Oktoberfest: Australia’s 2nd Favourite Holiday?

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The popularity of Oktoberfest in Australia has grown in recent years with many events taking place across the country in September and October. Dressing up in the traditional Bavarian costume is a big part of getting into the spirit of the cultural fun fair festival. Leading costume company Costume Box reveals its top sellers.

Attendees at last year's Brisbane Oktoberfest enjoying some German pork knuckles

Attendees at last year's Brisbane Oktoberfest enjoying German pork knuckle

It’s all about dressing up for Oktoberfest, Australians love the traditional costume. It’s something unique and cultural that’s only appropriate for Oktoberfest celebrations.

Australians love a reason to celebrate, so it’s no surprise that Oktoberfest has become increasingly popular in recent years. An important part of getting into the spirit of the festival is dressing up and Australia’s leading costume company, CostumeBox, has noticed demand is high from the official start on September 20th, right through October. "It's not quite as big as Halloween, but it's a real favourite with Aussies," says Fiona Featherstone, Senior Buyer at CostumeBox.com.au.

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest funfair festival held in Germany which is also celebrated worldwide. Brisbane’s Oktoberfest boasts one of the top 10 Oktoberfest’s in the world, organized by the Australian-German Community it’s the next best thing if you can’t fly over to Munich. The event is held over two weeks in October and there is plenty to see including traditional dance, live music, and puppet shows, authentic food and handcrafted German Beer.

If you’re not in Brisbane there are plenty of celebrations being held across the country, even at your local pub. Bavarian Bier Cafes have popped up all over Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and are starting celebrations early with the official Keg Tapping taking place at the same time as Germany on the 19th of September.

An event for the younger crowd is Oktoberfest In The Gardens which is held in Perth and Melbourne. It is an 18+ event showcasing DJs, German cover bands and authentic German entertainment. It’s a great outdoor event that goes on well into the night.

Part of the fun of going to these events is dressing up in the authentic Bavarian style costumes. Senior Buyer at CostumeBox.com.au Fiona Featherstone, shares her views on the popularity of Oktoberfest costumes, “It’s all about dressing up for Oktoberfest, Australians love the traditional costume. It’s something unique and cultural that’s only appropriate for Oktoberfest celebrations.”

Popular costume choices for the festivities include various styles of Bavarian Costumes, the Lederhosen and Dirndl. CostumeBox reveals their top seller for women which is the Bavarian Beer Garden Girl Costume, a Dirndl with a gorgeous ruffled dress which comes with an authentic matching hat. Their top seller for men is the Bavarian Guy Lederhosen Costume which is the traditional costume for the festival; it’s a complete outfit which includes a brown set of Lederhosen with braces, a matching hat, knee socks and a pullover shirt.

Featherstone’s tips on buying the right costume, “It’s important to purchase a good quality Oktoberfest costume because you can wear it every year; it never goes out of fashion.”

Oktoberfest is an annual cultural celebration not to be missed. Dress up and enjoy traditional Bavarian dance, music and food.

For more costume ideas visit: http://www.costumebox.com.au

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