South West Rocks’ local Seabreeze Beach Hotel hosts the seventh annual German Fest, kicking off on Thursday 22 August. Across 11 days immerse yourself in all things Bavarian with food, drinks and entertainment.

For two nights only, the venue transforms in a traditional Bavarian dining hall. The $30 tickets include a schnapps on arrival and a $20 bistro voucher. Feast on hearty winter dishes including the slow roasted pork knuckle with mash potato, sauerkraut and beer gravy; German roulade served with pickles, bacon, mash potato, sour cream and gravy; and for dessert indulge in a Berliner, a German doughnut filled with strawberry jam. Polka Boys, a three-piece band take to the stage to play traditional folk music from the motherland with some classic covers thrown in. Don your best dirndls and lederhosen to ‘tanzen’ the night away.

Local brewers, Bucket Brewery return with the special ‘Märzen Bier’ and of course Four Pines’ Kolsch are available until the kegs run dry. Fancy a pint? All tap beers are available in pint size when you purchase a German Fest branded glass.

German Fest is held in conjunction with Sculptures in the Gaol at Trial Bay Gaol, a public exhibition throughout the month of August. The installation commemorates the German and Austrian internees who were housed at the Trial Bay Gaol in World War I. 

Why not make a weekend of it with two nights’ accommodation in a balcony or ocean view room with beer hall tickets for the Friday or Saturday for $260. South West Rocks is an hour from Port Macquarie and five hours from Sydney and Brisbane. Enjoy the best of Bavarian fare, morning swims and the historical exhibit at the Gaol. Just a stone’s throw from the beach, relax in the picturesque town of South West Rocks.