It only took one hour for the 500 free hot dogs to go when The Bavarian opened in Woden in April go make your way to Belconnen quick smart when the doors open at the northside venue on Wednesday September 18.
The Woden restaurant has proved a great success and there are big plans for Belconnen as we head into Oktoberfest.
There will be an Oktoberfest launch weekend, on September 21-22, filled with games, challenges, set menus, competitions, prizes and official Oktoberfest beer.
Situated in the dining precinct at Westfield Belconnen, where Lone Star Rib House was, The Bavarian Belconnen will seat 250 guests.
Free hot dogs are on offer from 11am until sold out, but the German inspired menu is available all year round.
The menu spans classic Bavarian dishes, such as crispy pork knuckle, crackling pork belly, a range of classic German and gourmet sausages, shared platters, and an assortment of schnitzels. Lighter bites include chicken wings, spicy squid and build-your-own salads.
Also on the menu is a selection of fantastic sharing platters, including The Munich Brewer's Platter ($72) which features a range of pork dishes, house made sausages, chicken schnitzel, sauerkraut, red cabbage, bier jus, mash potatoes and apple compote.
The Bavarian Belconnen is Rockpool Dining Group's 30th Bavarian restaurant in Australia and the second in the ACT.
Chef LG Han from the Michelin starred Labyrinth Singapore is coming to Canberra for an exclusive dinner with the team at Chairman and Yip. Labyrinth's menu is 80 per cent locally-sourced and is a sensorial expression of Han's childhood food memories - especially those of his grandmothers - and twists traditional recipes and techniques with the passion of local farmers. He is the pioneer of a movement dubbed "The new expression of Singapore" and the Labyrinth philosophy is a perfect fit with Chairman's signature take on Cantonese cuisine. Two nights, October 15 and 16, from 6.30pm, $130pp (food only). Bookings on 61621220.
More northside action
As well as The Bavarian, a couple of other Canberra eateries are venturing north. The Yarralumla Turkish Halal Pide House has opened Belco Halal Kebabs and Pizzeria and the city's KorBQ will open a second store soon. The Belco Halal Kebabs and Pizzeria will serve up the same delicious Turkish fare as its southside flagship, with Turkish kebab rolls, snack packs, banquets, pides and fresh desserts. KorBQ will create tantalising flavours of Korea, with high-quality meats, dishes and drinks all inspired by a mix of modern and traditional culture.
Friday - it's the second-best "f"' word after food - so head to the first Precinct Markets at the Kambri Precinct at the ANU. On September 20, from 9am to 2pm, meet more than 60 artisanal makers and producers will offer everything from freshly baked bread, organic produce, handmade smallgoods, farm fresh cheeses, vintage clothing and accessories, handmade vegan skincare, flowers, hot food and more. There will also be live entertainment. Even better, if you're a student at ANU, The Precinct Markets are offering six free market stalls each week for the exclusive use of students, so if you're interested and eligible, register at email@example.com
Wine and cheese
Ever wondered how to properly match wine and cheese? Head to Amici in the city and sample a menu fit to celebrate the beginning of Spring, with wines paired to traditional and new-age cheeses that'll get you ready for the warmer weather.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Tuesday, September 10, from 6pm, $45pp, bookings required.