Maybe it’s not a bad thing that time passes so quickly
Because now that we’re nearly into the final quarter of the year, it means Oktoberfest is approaching! Said to have originated as a celebratory event to mark the the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, citizens of Munich were invited to attend the feasting and the celebrations ended with a horse race.
Along the way, the event eventually evolved into the much beloved Oktoberfest — the world’s largest beer festival. Check out our top picks to celebrate this beer-y joyous occasion. Eat, drink and be merry. Prost!
Did someone say free-flow beer? You’ll find all that and then some more at Oktoberfest 2018 Asia, which takes place in a specially built, fully air-conditioned Oktoberfest Marquee on Tan Quee Lan Street in Bugis. In addition to free-flow beers from Bavarian, German and local breweries, festival-goers will also get to enjoy live music from true Munchen band Rock Oompahs and a special Oktoberfest Buffet Menu.
Regular ticket holders also gets a curated platter of Oktoberfest delights with one beer. On Sunday, October 21, 2018, parents can bring along their kids for fun on the bouncy castles and other kid-friendly fringe activities. Get your tix online.
Paulaner Bräuhaus, the first authentic German microbrewery and restaurant in SG re-opened in 2017 after an extensive renovation. The family-style dining establishment will be celebrating the traditional Oktoberfest from October 10 to 21, 2018 with various highlights, such as freshly brewed Oktoberfest beer by the microbrewery, special curated Oktoberfest menus with generous platters and pretzels hanging from a “pretzel tree”, entertainment by live bands, and a family brunch buffet on the two Sundays (14th and 21st October).
From October 10 to 13, 2018, they will be flying in the Paulaner’s Nockherberger band from Munich for a spot of traditional and modern Bavarian music. There will also be a special Oktoberfest three-course sharing platters menu (minimum of 2 pax, priced at $68 per person, excludes drinks). Book your tickets here.
For a chic Oktoberfest celebration, LeVeL33 is the place to go. Located at the Marina Bay Financial Centre, it is the world’s highest urban microbrewery — and the view is gorgeous. This Oktoberfest, they are offering, on tap, an easy-drinking Festbier (from $9.88 for 0.3 litres, opening to 8 p.m.; $12.88 for 0.3 litres after 8 p.m.) that they’ve specially brewed for October – it will be available till the tap runs dry. Do also try the grilled quail with stout glaze and delectable steaks from Australia and Argentina, served with caramelised stout onion puree and mustard espuma.
Treat yourself to a sumptuous Oktoberfest barbecue buffet spread at Pan Pacific Singapore while basking in a relaxing poolside ambience. Knock back some beer from German brewery Paulaner and groove to the tune of upbeat music. Food highlights include an array of sausages handcrafted by their master butcher, Alaskan King Crab, Grass-fed Australian Tandoori Lamb Cutlet, Soy and Mustard Beef Flank Steak and a tempting spread of desserts. The barbecue buffet spread is available on October 5 and 6, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Priced at $78 per adult, $39 per child. Beer Buckets are available from $60 for 4 bottles.
The Swiss Club has been proudly hosting this early 19th-century Bavarian tradition for the past 18 years. You’ve gotta love an event where one is encouraged to go dressed in authentic alpine attire and funky lederhosen. The mission: To booze it up on German beers on tap and partake of the Bavarian buffet spread (think ginormous crispy pork knuckles). Dance to award-winning Musikkapelle Partenkirchen brass band’s catchy tunes with an ice-cold beer in hand while shouting “Prost!” to everyone around you. Tickets are available from $65, buy them here.
Until October 15, 2018, raise a toast and dig in to a hearty Oktoberfest meal at Swisshotel Merchant Court, Singapore‘s poolside restaurant, Blue Potato. For a taste of Bavarian culture at poolside restaurant Blue Potato, tuck into Semmelknödelsuppe ($12) – Bavarian bread dumplings handmade with bread, eggs, onions, milk and herbs steeped in a robust, beef broth.
Sausages and pork knuckles are a vital part of the Oktoberfest tradition. Dive into rich, savoury flavours of Grilled Bratwurst with Sauerkraut – three different varieties of German sausages made with veal, beef and pork served with sauerkraut and bread roll and Roast Schweinshaxe – crispy roasted pork knuckle served with mashed potatoes, sauerkraut and gravy. Alternatively, chow down on the humble Wiener Schnitzel and finish with Apple Strudel ($12) and Sachertorte ($12). The Oktoberfest Specials are available during lunch from noon to 3 p.m. and during dinner from 6:30pm to 10 p.m.
Party the night away at the lush al fresco setting of The Fullerton Hotel’s Post Bar East Garden on October 13 (4:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.). Try your hand at beer pong or simply jive to live music and DJ performances available. Do dress up, because the winner of their “Best Dressed” competition will receive dining vouchers worth $100. Quench your thirst with Erdinger ($14 nett per pint), glasses of housepour wine ($12 nett) and more. Food-wise, check out the stalls dishing up hearty fare such as Bratwurst German Sausage with Bavarian Potato Salad ($15 nett), Beef Goulash Soup ($10 nett), Pan-fried Meat Loaf with Bavarian Potato Salad and Pretzels ($15 nett).
Join in the month-long Oktoberfest celebration with fun and games at Der Biergarten, a good old-fashioned German beer garden located at Prinsep Place. Tuck into German delights, such as oven-roasted pork knuckles and German sausages, and wash it down with German beer. As part of Oktoberfest activities, German band The Jam’son will be playing on the nights (from 7pm till late) of Oct 4 and 5, and classic beers, such as Paulaner Munich Hell Lager and Paulaner Hefe Weissbier will also be available for $10 nett (for 0.4litres). Early bird tickets ($60 value, can be exchanged for food, valid for Oct 4 and 5 only) are available for $50 till Oct 3.
By Xie Huiqun & Hazel Vincent De Paul, Updated October 2018
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