Oktoberfest has transformed from a local German folk festival into a global celebration of Bavarian culture, famous for its free-flowing beer! The event’s origins can be traced back to the wedding of Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12 October 1810, which was celebrated with several days of drinking, feasting and horse races. Since then it has become an annual tradition.
While Munich is the birthplace of Oktoberfest, the event is now celebrated all around the world. So instead of taking a long-haul flight to Germany, why not book a last-minute trip and enjoy an eleventh-hour Oktoberfest in Asia? This year, Oktoberfest will be celebrated from 22 September to 7 October 2018, but in many Asian cities the celebrations will continue all the way through until mid-to-late October. So don’t worry; it’s not too late to enjoy endless steins of beer and plates of German sausages, pork knuckles and sauerkraut, accompanied by authentic oompah bands, traditional dancing and games! You are still able to discover an authentic Oktoberfest experience, right here in Asia!
The 27th Marco Polo German Bierfest in Hong Kong
For local residents or visitors, there is no better place to celebrate Oktoberfest in Hong Kong than at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel. The biggest Bavarian celebration in town, this annual harbour-side festival is so authentic that guests could be in a marquee in Munich. Expect a vast spread of German delicacies, including sausages, pork knuckles, pretzels and apple strudel, washed down with endless steins of beer. The festivities are accompanied by an authentic German band, along with games and other performances. Most importantly, you are able to party right outside the sixth floor of their outdoor terrace that overlooks the magnificent view of Victoria Harbour.
Marco Polo German Bierfest 2018 Details
Venue: Viewing Platform, Level 6, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Date: 17 & 19 October to 11 November 2018
Time: 6:00pm – 11:00 pm
Stand a chance to win 2 pairs of complimentary single day tickets that is valid from 4th to 7th November 2018! To participate, kindly find out more at the end of this article!
Where to stay?
Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel is perfectly positioned overlooking Victoria Harbour in the heart of Hong Kong’s busiest commercial, shopping and business district, Tsim Sha Tsui. The 655 rooms and suites are contemporary and well-connected, with complimentary Wi-Fi and smartphones equipped with 3G, free calls and city guides. Many rooms feature harbour views and guests staying in the Continental Club rooms and suites can access an exclusive lounge.
When guests are not enjoying the traditional Oktoberfest fare, they can dine in a choice of three renowned restaurants and bars. Alternatively, the sixth floor pool and modern gym offer a choice of leisure options, depending on how guests like to unwind. With the Star Ferry terminal and Harbour City shopping complex right next door, there are plenty of opportunities to explore this dynamic metropolis.
Oktoberfest Asia 2018 in Singapore
The magic of Bavaria returns to Singapore this month, as Oktoberfest Asia 2018 descends on the Lion City. It is officially the biggest Oktoberfest festival in Singapore. Running from 18-21 October, this fun-filled cultural occasion is bigger and better than ever, with a fully air-conditioned marquee hosting the festivities. Expect stacks of frothy steins, sumptuous German snacks and authentic entertainment including oompah bands. Oktoberfest Asia will take place on Tan Quee Lan Street. Visitors using the MRT should alight at Bugis Station.
Oktoberfest Asia 2018 Details
Venue: Tan Quee Lan Street
Date: 18th – 20th October 2018
Time: 6:00pm – 12:00 am
Perfectly positioned in downtown Singapore, between Chinatown and the central business district, PARKROYAL on Pickering is an eye-catching hotel with impeccable eco credentials. The green walls and hanging plants make the hotel feel at one with the environment, while bright interiors allow nature to flow through the hotel. Guests can choose from a selection of contemporary rooms and suites, all with panoramic windows.
The all-day restaurant, Lime, focuses on pan-Asian and international flavours with live cooking stations, while Lime Patisserie is the perfect place to pick up creative pastries and desserts. The spa is a sanctuary for the senses, while the spectacular infinity pool – raised high and surrounded by elegant cabanas – offers an amazing place to unwind amidst the hotel’s lush landscaping, overlooking the city.
Take part in a simple quiz about Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel. 2 lucky winners will stand a chance to win a pair of complimentary tickets to Marco Polo German Bierfest 2018!