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Celebrate Oktoberfest 2014 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

September 11, 2014
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila‘s Harbor Garden Tent served like an authentic beer garden of Bavaria, Germany during the launch of Oktoberfest 2014 yesterday. We got (barrels of) beer, and German food served by ladies in Dimdi and gentlemen in Lederhosen! I could almost feel the beerfest spirit!
Ein Prosit Ein Prosit! Mark the calendar, October 17 and 18! The event would surely make one sing and dance all night long.
What to expect? The world famous original Hofbrauhaus Band and Show from legendary Bofbrauhaus in Munich would join in the fun. It is also the first time that Lissie, internationally acclaimed female yodeler will join yodely-ing with guests. It would surely be a funfair event!
Looks like we know where is the best place to party and experience the beer fest this year! Sofitel will once again host the Oktoberfest (and this is the fourth year!)
Click Read More to read what else you can expect from Oktoberfest 2014 in Sofitel!

 “The Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is the home of Oktoberfest for the next four years! Through the years, we have seen how Oktoberfest has helped promote camaraderie among the Filipinos and Germans and we are extremely pleased to have contributed to this. The German-Filipino community can expect more excitement and thrill at every Oktoberfest at the Sofitel Philippine PlazaAdam Laker, Sofitel Philippine Plaza General Manager.

I personally think that building personal relationship and sharing good food and good drinks build trust and relationships – be it personal or business. Although it is not widely advertised, I am glad to know that the German Club Manila has helped the poor and victims of calamities.

This strong commitment towards Philippines and its people is being upheld and further intensified to this date by the Club’s over 500 members. As in all our events, a considerate part of the proceeds of the Oktoberfest will go to our charity projects” says Per-Andre Hoffman, German Club Manila President.

I would want to wear a dimdi! 🙂
If you think that Oktoberfest is all about beer, the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Master Chefs will be preparing a sumptuous Bavarian spread from fresh roasted pork knuckles, laugen rolls, grilled German sausages and pastries!
The 76th Oktoberfest 2014 Menu
Cold Platter
Assorted German cold cuts, sausage salad, smoked ham, salami and fish platter
Assorted Cheeses
Cheese mix with brie, butter and spices
Fresh cheese with herbs, cubed Emmental cheese
Assorted fresh farm salads, dressings, and condiments
Potato Cucumber salad, radish salad, and cabbage salad
Potato Soup with Vegetable and bacon
Three kinds of German Sausages
Hot Dishes
Meat patties, oven-fresh meatloaf
Boiled brisket
Breaded fish
Sauerkraut (best with bread dumplings and pastrami!)
Potato puree, boiled potatoes
Carving Station
Grilled pork knuckles
Crisply roast pork with beer gravy
Roasted Chicken
Roasted Steamship with pepper jus, mustard and horseradish
Bread Selection
Pretzel, Laugen Rolls, Rye Rolls, 4-grain rolls, and Ciabatta bread
For Vegetarians, there is mushroom stew with parsley cream sauce and Apple Red Cabbage. Don’t forget the Dessert Station – Bavarian Cream with raspberries, Apple Strudel, Emperors Cake with apple or plum compote and Fresh Fruits (to wash down all the alcohol!)

It was a rainy morning when we got to Sofitel but the sun suddenly appeared to greet the fun fair. The changing weather didn’t sway the fun vibe of the beer fest! It was awesome to dance to traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest music and German party songs! The kind that I have only learned from my friend in Austria! (hello Sabine! I miss you!).

The launch party continued with fun beer-drinking, yodeler and dance contests! I couldn’t wait for the Oktoberfest 2014! The night of festivities is best enjoyed when you don’t have to worry about driving home and getting to your bed safe. A restful sleep at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is a good way to end the beer fest (and probably have another food fest in Spiral the following day!)


If you are still clueless what Oktoberfest is, and what it means.. here’s some fun facts about Oktoberfest and Oktoberfest Celebration in Sofitel Philippine Plaza:
 The first Oktoberfest in the world history took place on October 12, 1810 when Bavarian Crown Prince Louis later King Louis of Bavaria, married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. They organized a horse rase and invited all the people of Munich, Bavaria.
 76 years of existence of Oktoberfest and the German Club in the Philippines.
 4 years Oktoberfest is held at Sofitel Philippine Plaza.
 31,200 MaB beer consumed in a span of 2 days during Oktoberfest 2013.
 4,000 number of people came to Oktoberfest 2013.
 1,000 kg of German Sausages were consumed in a span of 2 days.
 200 kg of Sauerkraut consumed in a span of 2 days.
I didn’t drink beer during the launch (I am probably saving the beer-appetite for the Oktoberfest!).

Oktoberfest 2014 Prices:
Php3,300 (non-members rate)
Php3,200 (members rate)
Php3,000 (group rate for 20 to 40 pax)

PS. I heard they are raffling off over a million worth of prizes (proceeds go to the German Club’s welfare projects)! Cheers for good food, good drinks and good causes!


Sponsors: San Miguel Beer Brewery, VISA International, Coco Cola, DB Schenker, Mhe Demag, Canon, Air Berlin by Etihad, Isochem Pharma, Bosh, BDO, Thai Airways, Mighty Corporation, Argonauta, Seda Hotels, Puma.
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