On October 7th Adelaide Showgrounds hosted Oktoberfest in the Gardens, a day and night festival with German themed beer, costumes, food and entertainment. The weather was perfect, allowing patrons to drink outside and show off their fantastic costumes. By late afternoon everyone was having a fantastic time, and this only built as the night progressed with the main stage providing a great range of entertainment to get people up and dancing.
Inside the Jubilee Pavilion the event hosted a side show alley, Silent Disco, a smaller stage and the beer hall. Traditional German bands played and roaming entertainers, including stilt walkers kept people laughing. The beer hall was a popular place to escape the sun and although it allowed space for the largest beer hall at the Oktoberfest events the usual outdoor long tables and tent were missed. The three bars appeared to be able to keep up with demand, although a lack of EFTPOS and a lack of any German branded Cider was noticed. The silent disco was crazy popular with a line forming for each session. People danced silently in the dark with glowing headphones and flashing lasers, and the Jubilee Pavilion provided the right atmosphere for the event.
Overall this was a fun outdoor festival with plenty for people to eat, drink and enjoy some great entertainment at. Those in attendance created a great atmosphere with some amazing costumes and it was obvious how much people enjoyed the day and night festivities.
Words by Tania McKay