OKTOBERFEST Returns to Hophaus Southgate Sat 16th Sept – Annual Dachshund Race Saturday 23rd September



16th September to 22nd October

Teckelrennen Annual Dachshund Race Saturday 23 September

Time to don your dirndl and lederhosen, as Oktoberfest returns to Melbourne at Hophaus Southgate from Saturday 16 September to Sunday 22 October

With over six million people predicted to attend the 207th anniversary of Oktoberfest in Germany, Hophaus Bavarian Bier Bar Grill will transport Melbourne to Munich with a five-week program of festivities and events from 16 September to 22 October 2017.

 Hophaus’ Oktoberfest 2017 will see the return of a cult favourite calendar event: the Teckelrennen Annual Dachshund Race on 23 September. Short dog legs will race with fury and fanfare for the third annual event that draws swarms of fest and dog lovers alike. Dog costumes are expected to increase in creativity as competition for Best Dressed Dachshund becomes ever more fierce.

 The official Opening Day on Saturday 16 September will see former Melbourne Football Club Captain, David Neitz, trade his football jersey for Lederhosen and take over official duties as Hoptoberfest’s Mayor for this year’s festivities. With his German heritage proudly on show, Neitz, also the founder of Brewmanity Beer Company, will welcome guests to the fest launch at Hophaus with the traditional Tapping of the Keg at midday and free bier frothing until the keg runs dry.

 The most paw-pular event on the spring racing calendar, Hophaus’ Annual Dachshund Race is co-presented by Southgate Melbourne and My Dachshund Online, and will raise money for Dachshund Rescue Australia.

‘The dog race that stops the nation’ is held in the Southgate Podium Courtyard with heats starting at 11am followed by finals. Witness the four-legged frenzy as the dachshunds make a mad dash down the 15-metre racetrack in the bid for the top prize. 

Hophaus is proud to have raised over $6200 for Dachshund Rescue Australia over the last two years, with over 150 sausage dogs having taken part.

The dogged Costume Parade will be held at midday.  Watch pampered pooches strut their stuff down the ‘dogwalk’ for the coveted prize and then continue the festivities at Hophaus with a refreshing German lager, German food and plenty of entertainment with one of Melbourne’s best German bands the Black Forest Trio playing into the night.

For more information and to view the full Hophaus Oktoberfest 2017 program of events visit hophaus.com.au.

 What:          Oktoberfest 2017 at Hophaus Southgate

 When:         Saturday 16 September – Sunday 22 October 2017

 Hoptoberfest Opening Day Saturday 16 September

Location: Hophaus Bier Bar Grill, Mid Level, Southgate Melbourne, 3 Southgate Avenue Southbank

Where:        Hophaus Bier Bar Grill, south end of the mid level overlooking the Yarra River, Southgate Melbourne. Southgate is located opposite Flinders St Station, on the Yarra River adjacent to the Arts Centre.

 **The Dachshund Race will be held in the Southgate Podium Courtyard, outside St Johns Church.







 Bookings:    Bookings are advised for Lunch or Dinner throughout Oktoberfest. Get in early and Book your table online, call 03 9682 5900 or email prost@hophaus.com.au.

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Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times GOURMET News – Editor – Food/Wine/Events

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 12:00pm Tapping of the Keg by our Honorary Mayor David Neitz (Brewmanity) on Opening Day Party with FREE BIER whilst the keg lasts!

12.30pm – late German Games

3.00pm Sausage Eating Competition

4.00pm Strong Man Competition

5:00pm late Live music from Black Forest Trio

Special Imported German Festbiers

Exclusive ‘Guten Tag’ Berliner Weisse Brewed by Brewmanity


Teckelrennen Annual Dachshund Race on Saturday 23 September

Location: Southgate Podium Courtyard

 11:00am-1:00pm – 12 dachshund race heats

12:00pm – Best Dressed Dachshund Costume Parade

 6pm-10pm – live music from Black Forest Trio at Hophaus

 Other events at Hophaus throughout the five-week festival:

Bier Trivia Night – Wednesday 27 September

Brewmanity Degustation Dinner – Wednesday 18 October

Family Day (Kids Eat Free) – Sunday 22 October

Every Friday – Live music

Every Saturday – Live German music and entertainment

Every Sundays – Live acoustic tunes with Liam Bowditch


Where:        Hophaus Bier Bar Grill, south end of the mid level overlooking the Yarra River, Southgate Melbourne. Southgate is located opposite Flinders St Station, on the Yarra River adjacent to the Arts Centre.




PAULANER FESTBIER Munich, Bavaria  5.8% 

Brewed to celebrate the original Oktoberfest 200 years ago, this full bodied amber lager is a break away from the pack style.  It is heavier with more caramel malt flavours and dark toffee.


SPATEN FESTBIER  Munich, Bavaria  5.9%

Deep amber brown in colour, classic Marzen style of dark bread, spicy hop and caramel.  A beer that creeps up on you as the % alcohol is so well integrated and masked by the rich flavours. When in Rome …Errm … Munich.  Ein Stein Danke !!


WEIHENSTEPHAN FESTBIER   Friesing, Bavaria  5.8%

Oktoberfest in a stein.  This unique style of Festbier drinks like a pale lager but has an amazing complexity to it.  

Imported just in time for the Festivities.



Erdinger’s Oktoberfest Weizen is quite unique.  Brewed once a year especially for the festival,  It has a sour bite that compliments it’s full bodied wheat-like taste.



Available 16 September – 22 October 


Giant Bretzel 15

Haus pickles, whipped caraway butter

Reuben Bretzel 18

Pastrami, Emmental cheese, Löwensenf mustard, dill pickle, sauerkraut

1KG Wurst Windrad 55

For 2 or more to share, fennel, radish salat

Mustard Brined Pork Cutlet 29

Roasted Brussel sprouts, lardons

Spit Roasted Lamb Rump 32

German style creamed spinach, smoked kipfler potatoes

Slow Smoked Beef Short Rib 34

Bavarian red cabbage, knödel


1KG Chicken Schnitzel 45

Haus Slaw & German Potato Salat

**Giant Schnitzel Challenge!

Finish a 1KG Chicken Schnitzel within 15 minutes and win a Stein of Bier with a free take-home glass! 

The full menu at Hophaus will continue to be available throughout Oktoberfest