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It goes without saying that a trip to Munich for Oktoberfest was out of the question this year (and last year for that matter).
But if you’ve got a craving for all things German, and feel well overdue for a bit of a celebration, the good news is Oktoberfest is coming to you.
The Bavarian Woden is celebrating Oktoberfest every day until November 28, so there’s plenty of time left to don the lederhosen.
The restaurant first opened at Westfield Woden back in early 2019, as part of the transformation of Bradley Street from a car park to a pedestrian and dining precinct. They’re known for offering a German-inspired, Aussie-embraced dining experience, with the German beers to match. As for the menu, think deliciously warm, fresh-baked pretzels, roast pork belly, huge pork knuckles and schnitzels.
And come Oktoberfest time, they turn things up a notch.
“The Bavarian Woden is a one-of-a-kind destination in Canberra. The restaurant is inspired by everything Bavarian, including traditional dishes such as our Oktoberfest classic pork knuckle and pork belly, both thick with golden crackling, schnitzels and traditional sausages served with Bavarian sides such as sauerkraut, red cabbage, creamy mash and cabbage slaw,” says Pacific Concepts Director of Venue Performance and Experience, John Sullivan.
“We have imported German beers on tap, including three limited-edition Oktoberfest beers that are brewed in Bavaria especially for the festival. Our guests are thoroughly enjoying them.”
Until November 28, The Bavarian Woden is offering special Oktoberfest food and beverage deals. And while the costumes are optional, bringing along your appetite is not.
“Bring a group of friends, sit at one of our communal tables, and order our Bavarian Fest menu, which is exceptional value for money at $69 per person. It includes pretzels fresh from the oven, crunchy noodle salad, golden chicken schnitzel with mushroom sauce and fries, and classic house-made apple strudel,” says John.
“Also included is two hours of tap beers, cocktails and wine, so it’s a great celebratory style of feast and perfect for Oktoberfest group get-together. Make sure you try one of the Oktoberfest beers, as they only come around once a year.”
The feast is available every day for lunch and dinner, until November 28, for a minimum of two diners.
And while you may know The Bavarian for its monster meals, international beers and good times, it’s actually also a great spot for the whole family, and true to its Bavarian heritage, they offer affordable, family-friendly dining.
“The Bavarian Woden has solid family-friendly credentials. A special children’s menu includes frankfurter, chicken schnitzel, cheeseburger, mac and cheese balls and house-made gelato. We also have a Feed the Family menu available that is designed for two adults and two children under the age of 12,” says John.
“For just $49 a family of four can enjoy fresh-baked pretzels, chicken schnitzels with mushroom sauce, fries, salad, apple strudel for the parents and ice cream for the kids. We have a lovely outdoor seating area which is perfect for families.”
What: The Bavarian Woden
Where: Woden Dining, Bradley Street, Westfield Woden
When: Open Wednesday to Sunday from midday to late