Beer overflow stronger in 78th Oktoberfest

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(From left) German Embassy Manila’s Commercial Counsellor Dr. Andree Buhl, Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s General Manager Adam Laker, German Embassy Manila’s Charge D’Affaires Michael Hasper and German Club Manila’s President Bernd Schneider

(From left) German Embassy Manila’s Commercial Counsellor Dr. Andree Buhl, Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s General Manager Adam Laker, German Embassy Manila’s Charge D’Affaires Michael Hasper and German Club Manila’s President Bernd Schneider

The German Club Manila and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila will celebrate the 78th Oktoberfest as well as marking 110 years of the association in the country with international party hits, good food and overflowing beer.

Partnering with the luxury hotel for seven years, the organizers, during a press conference on September 13, assured the public that they will enjoy the limitless feast of Bavarian culinary specialties and the refreshing drink that will be served during the endless nights in the festival—the San Miguel ice-cold beer.

The Oktoberfest has been sharing its dynamism in the country since 1906, and each year, it just keeps getting better because of the liveliness, decorations, food and, most importantly, the interaction with the audience.

“The Oktoberfest in the Philippines is a party with Germans in the very German way. This is like an ambassador for German-Philippine relations. We do this because we feel that it can bring people closer together. That’s what this festival is all about—to just come together and get to know each other,” German Embassy Manila’s Charge D’Affaires Michael Hasper said.

The first weekend of October will be filled with culinary specialties prepared by Sofitel’s seasoned artisans —roasted pork knuckles, roasted calf, laugen rolls, grilled German sausages and mouthwatering pastries.

An exhibit of time-honored German traditions and exciting raffle prizes will also captivate the night. The Bavarian Sound Express will make its way to the Philippines for the 13th time, keeping the crowd on the dance floor with Bavarian Oktoberfest music, German and foreign party songs.

Attendants will be wearing the Dirndl for ladies and Lederhosen for men, to add to the spirit of the German festival.

During last year’s Oktoberfest, over 3,350 participants joined the Filipino-German festivity in two consecutive nights, resulting in 7, 500 liters of beer consumed.

The 78th Oktoberfest Manila will be held on October 7 and 8 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s Harbor Garden Tent.

Ma. Lisbet K. Esmael

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