B is for beer, bratwurst and Bavaria at Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s Oktoberfest

For most people, October signals the start of the Halloween season. Witches, pumpkins and zombies festoon the Metro. But for our German friends and our beer-loving fellow Pinoys, October signals Oktoberfest, a festival that revolves around beer!

Oktoberfest at Sofitel -  Oktoberfest

It’s a good excuse for beer! As if we needed an excuse…

Oktoberfest began in 1810 to mark the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese. It was initially a festival held in the fields fronting the city gates to honor the couple’s wedding. The festivities have become a yearly tradition and to this day, Oktoberfest draws crowds from all over to the place where it started, in Munich. Expect to enjoy loads of Bavarian food, music and entertainment, see men in lederhosen and women in dirndl, and guzzle Oktoberfest beer that’s brewed exclusive within Munich city limits.

Oktoberfest at Sofitel - Dirndl & Lederhosen

Dirndls and lederhosen galore

But why let Germans have all the fun? Celebrate with the German Club Manila during the Oktoberfest celebrations at Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza. This year, Oktoberfest will be celebrated from October 20-22 at Sofitel’s Harbour Garden Tent. This is one day longer than last year’s 3-day festival; hopefully, we can eventually catch up with Munich’s 16-18 day festivities.

Oktoberfest at Sofitel -  Beer Drinking

You call that a mug? THIS is a mug. *points to the one on the right* And they’ll be using it for a beer drinking contest. Are you in?

During Sofitel’s Oktoberfest presscon, we were given a sneak preview of the authentic Bavarian spread to be served during Oktoberfest. Specially designed by Sofitel Executive Chef Marko Rankel, one can expect authenticity from the selection as Chef Rankel hails from Bavaria.

Oktoberfest at Sofitel -  Long Sausage

Hendl and super long sausage!

The chosen food will surely appeal to Pinoy palates as we have a lot of similarities in cuisine. We have lechon manok, they have hendl or roasted chicken. We have lechon, they have schweineraten or roast pork. Our crispy pata can probably be mistaken for schweinshaxe’s (grilled ham hock) brother.

Oktoberfest at Sofitel -  Ham Hock

Ready to ham it up?

You can also expect to see a lot of different sausages—wursts of every kind, color and flavor. Served side by side with them are meatballs, potatoes, sauerkraut, salads, head cheese, cornichons—there’s a lot to choose from. Much like homecooking, they’re all designed to fill you up, prepping your tummy for alcohol.

Oktoberfest at Sofitel -  Sausages

Prepare for the wurst.

The feasting is never complete without beer, because as the German Club Manila shared, “In the Bavarian constitution, beer is food!” How can we argue with the law, right? Beer shall flow freely during Oktoberfest, with Sofitel General Manager Goran Aleks egging on the San Miguel Brewery people to craft a beer just for Oktoberfest. Appropriate to serve a special, locally produced beer during Manila’s version of Oktoberfest, right? Just like in Munich.

Oktoberfest at Sofitel - Dessert

Don’t worry. You can still have dessert.

If you’re curious about Bavarian cuisine, or just looking for a genuine Oktoberfest celebration, Sofitel’s the place to go. Just be ready to eat, drink and party and you’re all set for an awesome Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest at Sofitel -  Oktoberfest Mock-up

Oktoberfest, here we come!

[See more Sofitel Oktoberfest 2011 Photos on Flickr. ]

Book your Oktoberfest tickets through the German Club Manila at (632) 817-3552, (632) 818-3552 or email germanclub@germanclub.ph. For room reservations, call (632) 551-5555 loc 1991 to 1994 or email room.reservations@sofitelmanila.com.
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4 Responses to B is for beer, bratwurst and Bavaria at Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s Oktoberfest

  1. preppy chick says:

    Has Sofitel cleaned up Spirals and pool area after Pedring?

    • kaoko says:

      I know they’re in the process of doing so. I heard they’ll reopen in 2 weeks. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

      I just found out that Spiral is set to reopen next year, and not in 2 weeks as I initially heard. It’s the hotel that’s reopening on the tenth. But I did confirm with the Sofitel people that Oktoberfest is pushing through as scheduled.

  2. Norman says:

    Hello kaoko and preppy chick,

    I think they have cleaned Spiral and the pool area already. But as for Spiral. yep, it will not be open to the public anytime soon. I am just glad that they will re-open the hotel this Monday, October 10th.

    “As for the widely popular Spiral restaurant, Aleks said, “Spiral has been an iconic dining destination in the market since it opened in 2006. This now gives us the chance to offer the next generation an even more exciting dining experience, employing the latest concepts, styles and techniques. Plans are currently underway for its design and construction and it is expected to be launched in the first half of 2012.” – Source: http://www.i-newswire.com/sofitel-manila-announces-hotel/132475

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