German and beer-related. We reckon that’s probably the extent of knowledge that the general public will have regarding Oktoberfest. Knowing that, we did some Googling so you don’t have to, and here’s what we found.
1. At the heart of it, Oktoberfest was really just a big wedding party.
Peeps living in Munich were invited to partake in a series of festivities to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in October 1810, and it eventually became tradition when people decided to commemorate the marriage on an annual basis.
2. There is a lot more to Oktoberfest than beer
Today, Oktoberfest is a ~ 16 day folk festival held in Munich from mid/ late September – early October, complete with carnival rides, game stalls, German food and beer. Oktoberfest celebrations are also held across other German cities, and internationally, which is where Hong Kong comes in.
While stuff like this…
are rather unlikely to pop up around town, what Hong Kong CAN offer is German food, booze and carnival games (in non-carnival settings). And we’re here to tell you where exactly to get involved with both.
1. Macro Polo German Bierfest
Address: Harbour Deck 6, Level 6, Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, 3 Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Time: October 16 – November 7 (Sunday – Thursday 6 – 11pm, Friday & Saturday 6 – 11:30pm)
Entry: Sunday – Thursday HK$150 (includes one glass of Erdinger beer), Friday & Saturday HK$260 (includes one glass of Erdinger beer and Bierfest beer mug). Check www.gbfhk.com for entry free changes on special dates
Good ol’ Nürnberger sausages with hell loads of sauerkraut and mash ($150)
2. Royal Park Hotel Oktoberfest Party
Address: one+one bar, Hotel Lobby, Royal Park Hotel, 8 Pak Hok Ting Street, Sha Tin
Time: 7 – 8 October 2015 (7 – 11pm)
Entry: HK$178 (Includes two glasses of Erdinger draught beer), HK$228 (Includes two glasses of Erdinger draught beer and a choice of selected food)
3. Wildfire Pizzabar & Grill
Address: Branches at the Peak, Knutsford Terrace, Soho, and Fashion Walk
Time: 1 – 29 October 2015 (every Wednesday and Thursday, 5.30 – 8.30pm)
I think we’ve established by now that sausages (some even capable of achieving a spiralling length), potatoes and sauerkraut will be festival staples, and will all feature in this Wildfire sausage platter ($228).
4. Berliner German Bar & Restaurant
Address: Branches at Discovery Bay, Olympian City, Kwai Fong Metroplaza, Wan Chai, Langham Place and Tuen Mun Town Plaza
Time: 21 September – 31 October
You’re staring at the Berliner’s amazing Oktoberfest Party Set ($688), complete with all the beers, roasted suckling pig, smoked pork belly, and sausages. SO MUCH FOOD CAN’T HANDLE.
5. Champs Bar
Address: UG, The Charterhouse Causeway Bay Hotel, 209-219 Wanchai Road, Wan Chai
Time: 25 September – 31 October 2015
Erdinger Dunkel beer in your onion soup ($58)…
Erdinger Weissbier beer giving your muscles a bath ($108)…
and Erdinger Weissbier beer in every nook and cranny of your pork knuckle, having been used to marinate the thing ($178).
Now go chug, and enjoy!