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Oct 06, 2017

Celebrate Oktoberfest on Friday at Prost

As the Mid-Autumn festival draws to a close, the city prepares to welcome a much less traditional festival – Oktoberfest – a celebration of fun, food, German culture, life, and of course – beer!

Oktoberfest is about having a grand time with friends and drinking lots of beer, scoffing sausages, nibbling pork knuckles and celebrating all things German. Parties and special menus are endless, here in Hong Kong, so get ready to celebrate.

 

Oktoberfest – The Origins

A mainstay of Bavarian culture since the year 1810, Oktoberfest is the world’s largest ‘volkfest’, a beer festival, and is a travelling funfair that is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

Oktoberfest began this year on September 16 and will conclude on October 4. More than six million people from around the world attend the event every year. The festival includes German Reunification Day, which falls annually on October 3.

Oktoberfest Beer is consumed in large quantities during the sixteen- to eighteen-day festival, with as much as 7.7 million litres served in the 2013 fest! Amusement rides, stalls, games and traditional foods mark the occasion, to give visitors a holistic and extremely enjoyable experience.

A parade and a horse race were first held on October 12, 1810 on grounds in front of the entrance to the city of Munich at the time, to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig to Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The grounds were later named Theresienwiese after the new princess. The celebrations later expanded to include an agricultural show and carnival booths and has been held almost every year since.

As with so many other things, Oktoberfest too has evolved over time. Horse races are no longer held, for instance, and the mainstay of the fest today is Oktoberfest beer.

There are “official” Oktoberfest beers which have a higher-than-normal sugar and alcohol content. These official beers are required to have been brewed in Munich.

Oktoberfest celebrations are held around the world throughout October, but none are as large as the original one. Today, many other cities and countries around the world model the original.

 

Oktoberfest in Asia

In 2013, Oktoberfest came to Asia in a large scale in the form of Oktoberfest Asia, the first of its kind in Singapore. The traditional festival brings its guests real Bavarian beers, an authentic Munchen band, gourmet Bavarian food, and atmosphere and decorations just like in Munich.

However, Oktoberfest had been in Asia even two decades prior, coming to Qingdao in 1991. Qingdao’s Oktoberfest celebrations are the largest festival in China.

In 1992, Hong Kong came to the Oktoberfest table as well. From the Ritz-Carlton to restaurants and bars around Hong Kong, our global city has a range of options for you to properly celebrate this party festival.

 

Oktoberfest Events in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has celebrated the three-week Oktoberfest since 1992, first organized by the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel. Over the last quarter century, other hotels, restaurants and clubs have begun to celebrate an Oktoberfest evening or weekend.

While it’s not exactly the most traditional celebration here in Hong Kong (!) Oktoberfest stays lively all month long thanks to the massive, and enthusiastic, expat population of this city.

In true Hong Kong style, the global city adds its own unique twist to the two-century-old German festival. Some festivities add Halloween costumes, organize German pronunciation contests, or offer shrimp cocktail with beer jelly!

Some of the major events organized in Oktoberfest Hong Kong 2017 are listed below.

 

Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel

Hong Kong’s first Oktoberfest was organized in and by Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, which is, once again, hosting their annual Bierfest from October 16 to November 7. Marco Polo celebrates Hotelier’s Night and Halloween as well.

 

Happy Valley Hong Kong Jockey Club

Go back to the roots of the original Munchen festival with an evening at the races at Happy Valley, with the Happy Wednesday offers during the month of October. Happy Valley holds speed-drinking contests as well!

 

Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel

Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel brings an authentic German dinner buffet. On October 24, the outdoor waterfront terrace will be transformed into a biergarten, complete with live band and sausage-eating contests.

 

Other hotels!

Hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs have jumped on to the Oktoberfest train over the past few beers, with everything from German beers in the bar, special German menus, and competitions.

 

Make Your Own Oktoberfest!

Even if you don’t want to go out to a party or dinner, plan an evening at home with some of Oktoberfest’s most innovative recipes. Recipes online can transport you into the world of Oktoberfest with bratwurst, soft pretzels, braised red cabbage, beer pizza, and more!

 

Specifics

Mozaic Club is organising an Oktoberfest evening at the PROST restaurant by King Ludwig, Level 3, Mira Place One, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon outside on the patio.  The event will be held on Friday, 13 October 2017 from 19:30 to 22:00.

If you’re interested in joining us, check us out on our Facebook events page or visit our Calendar page.

Hope to see you there!

 

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