Any gourmand or lover of all things German looks forward to Oktoberfest, one of Germany's most famous festivals that sees millions of people from across the globe taking part every year in a hearty feast of traditional fare and of course - beer!
Once confined to Munich, the German beer event that was first held in 1810, has since gone global and in Hong Kong there is only one place to celebrate, the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel.
The Marco Polo German Bierfest is now in its 18th year and is the largest, liveliest, and longest party in Asia, running nightly for three weeks. This year's event is set to be bigger and better, with authentic German bites, a head-spinning selection of beers, and all-night dancing and laughter against a panoramic backdrop of Victoria Harbour. It is a must-attend event.
Entertainment and Games
One of the many highlights of this year's German Bierfest will be The Notenhoblers, a seven-member band flown in from Munich, who will entertain with traditional music and their madcap antics. They have been known to try their hand at Cantopop tunes, too! Partygoers will also be invited to participate in various activities that the band has now become famous for, having played at the party since the first Marco Polo German Bierfest in 1991.
To add to the atmosphere, a number of games have been added for guests to enjoy, including the ‘Strong Man'; ‘Milking the Cow,' ‘Pump-the-Balloon,' and ‘Chicken Dance'. Of course no festival dedicated to beer is complete without drinking games and a variety will be held each evening, on top of a lineup of many other exciting activities and special prizes.
Let the Feast Begin
Another highlight of the party is the culinary feast that will be on offer featuring authentic German dishes. Popular and signature choices include Roasted Pork Knuckle served with Braised Red Cabbage and Gratinated Potatoes; Munich White, Kasekrainer and Chicken, mushroom sausage served with potato salad; and Braised Beef Steak on Red Wine-Vinegar Sauce with Braised Red Cabbage and Flour Dumpling.
Still hungry for more? Then try the Roasted Herb-marinated Half Chicken with Carrots and Potato Salad; Pan-fried Salmon Cutlet with Lemon Sauce, Creamy Spinach and Boiled New Potatoes; and Roasted Lamb Leg Pricked with Garlic on Onion-mustard Sauce, Braised Red Cabbage and Gratinated Potatoes.
We haven't forgotten those with a love of all things sweet. Capping the hearty feast is a medley of extravagant desserts including Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce; German Cheesecake with Forest Berry Compote; Black Forest Cake and Grandmothers Pear Crumble Tart with Almonds and Vanilla Sauce.
German beer is brewed under strict purity laws and can only contain four ingredients: barley, hops, malt, yeast, using water from clean sources. With no additives or preservatives, it is said that German beer will not leave you feeling worse for wear the next day.
At our festival two German beers will be served: Löwenbräu and Beck's. Also available will be a selection of Schnapps, including the ever-popular Apfelkorn Schnapps. There will be plenty of wine and soft drinks, too.
For a true Oktoberfest celebration, party with us at the Marco Polo German Bierfest 2009!
When: 25 October to 14 November
Where: Level 6, Viewing Platform, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Time: 6-11pm (Sunday to Thursday); 6-11:30pm (Friday, Saturday and Public Holiday Eve). Happy Hour 6-7pm.
Cost: Adult $100, Child $60 (Sunday to Thursday) Adult: Inclusive of one beer and a Souvenir Beer Mug, Child: Inclusive of one soft drink; Adult $180, Child $100 (Friday, Saturday and Public Holiday Eve) Adult: Inclusive of one beer and a Souvenir Beer Mug, Child: Inclusive of two soft drinks.
More Info: 2113-3217 or www.gbfhk.com