17 October-8 November 2014
Oktoberfest in Hong Kong. It’s that time of the year again, when HK hijacks yet another popular celebration from abroad. We’re not complaining, though, because sometimes it’s as fun as it is inauthentic…
Yup, I came in a dirndl like I promised last year (see my 2013 experience here – can’t believe it’s been a year!).
We came to the opening/welcoming party of the 23rd Marco Polo German Bierfest – officially it opens to the public this Friday from 17 October to 8 November 2014.
Schedule: (17 October-8 November 2014, everyday)
Sunday to Thursday 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Friday and Saturday 6:00pm – 11:30pm
Happy Hour (Daily)* 6:00pm – 7:00pm
*Buy one glass of beer by Octopus at bar counter to redeem one additional glass of beer on the spot
Now that I’m on my second year, I feel like I can have more of an opinion on the bierfest. Everything was more or less the same as last year (and for the past 22+ years I suspect) – except less people. There were around half as many people this year as there was last year on the opening night. It detracted a bit from the mood, especially as there were less jolly Germans… boo hoo.
This year they didn’t have the Bavarian hearts. Instead, they gave everyone Lowenbrau beermug-hats.
Same games, same songs, same food as last year. Coming there for the first time was awesome but when it’s your second time around and nothing has changed – that makes me think Marco Polo should innovate a little more to keep people coming.
Nevertheless, it was jolly and fun, and if you haven’t been you should definitely go! My favourite part is when everyone’s had their fair share of beer and suddenly strangers are all friends and dancing together on the dance floor. It’s a blast.
Adult HK$140 (includes a glass of beer)
Child* HK$110 (includes a glass of soft drink)
Friday and Saturday
Adult HK$240 (includes a glass of beer and one Marco Polo German Bierfest beer mug)
Child* HK$120 (includes a glass of soft drink)
More details here : www.gbfhk.com