Oktoberfest at the Marriott

Continuing the theme of cultural journeys, the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort visited the cuisine of Germany from October 2 – 11. There’s a lot more to Oktoberfest than beer and cabbage, as we found out!

With beer steins and cartons of German beer ordered in especially for the event, banners and music in place, staff were dressed in national costume as Citrique was transformed with Oktoberfest theming.

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The German component of Citrique’s menu was additional to the more popular sections of the buffet. For example, the famous seafood buffet remained unchanged, ramped up with specialty dishes such as traditional German salads, sauerkraut and pickles, cold cuts of meat and cured salmon and, of course, pretzels (the real ones). The central chef stations featured German hot fare such as Spätzle, Pork knuckle, Schnitzel, Bratkartoffeln (German fries), sausages, and Bayrischer Gulasch.

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Head Chef Andrew Fraser told us a little about the Marriott’s kitchen and the idea behind the culinary tour concept that promotes food from around the world created from our own local ingredients.

“We have the Marriott’s largest food and beverage department in Australia. Staff of twenty-four different nationalities work in our kitchen, so we thought it would be a great idea to use their expertise to cook their country’s classic dishes. We’ve had culinary tours of Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines, and France. It’s a great way to extend our reach to diners, by giving them a taste of cultural food in a festive atmosphere.”

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With no German chefs on staff, the most excited was Sous Chef Erik Henck, who grew up in Alsace, France, just a five-minute walk across the border to Germany. He relayed his enthusiasm at showcasing German cuisine in a week long celebration.

“Spätzle is one of my favourite dishes – a soft egg-based noodle that is a beautiful accompaniment for saucy meat dishes. My preference is to have the spätzle with chicken fricassee, which everyone will be able to indulge in during Oktoberfest. It is typical of my hometown region.”

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Festive it is! Nate, who’d ordered his lederhosen online especially for the Oktoberfest celebration, is on the sausage station. He’s happy to oblige me with some Berliner currywurst and other German sausages to take back to the table.

Diego is carving meat at the carvery station, while Thomas does the rounds from table to table with a tray of sausage and horseradish. (Well, that was a nasal cleanout!) Fortunately, he returns with Riesling and strawberry wine to soften the blow!

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The sweets buffet gives us the chance to sample small pieces of several German cakes: Linzer torte, Bee sting cake, Apple strudel and Black forest chocolate cups as well as many other desserts.

Need we tell you what we were drinking? You guessed it: German beer and Riesling, some labels we’d not seen before. All classic fun, especially for a group booking. Now, about that Melbourne Cup lunch…

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Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise Ph: 07 5592 9772

Disclaimer: Good Food Gold Coast dined as guests of Surfers Paradise Marriott. Cost of the buffet is around $85 per person. (Check the hotel website for exact prices.)

Breakfast Mon – Sun 6.30am – 10.30am; Lunch Mon – Fri 12noon – 2.30pm: Dinner 6pm – 9.30/10pm

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Breakfast Mon – Sun 6.30am – 10.30am; Lunch Mon – Fri 12noon – 2.30pm: Dinner 6pm – 9.30/10pm
      
158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise QLD, Australia