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What’s on? The 79th Oktoberfest launch at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

Catch merry Bavarian music with scrumptious German favorites and free flowing beer at this year’s two-day Oktoberfest in October

Sofitel's Sunset Pavilion dressed into a lively Bavarian themed venue, a look and feel of the 79th Oktobertfest celebration that will be held on October 6 and 7

Bottomless beer, a feast over German food like sausages, cold cuts and cheeses, wiener schnitzel and braised sauerkraut, lovely Bavarian themed ambience and music courtesy of The Bavarian Sound Express flying all the way from Germany are the treats to those joining the annual Oktoberfest celebrations, a two-day festival beginning October 6 that will be held at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila's Harbor Garden Tent.

In partnership with the German Club Manila, Sofitel officially launched Oktoberfest to the media yesterday at Sofitel’s Sunset Pavilion, giving the latter a taste of what’s about to happen at the actual festival.

It's in the details. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila PR director Yasmin Arqiza (second from left) donning native Bavarian costumes along with models

Beer on tap and pretzels - centerpieces to every guest table

The interior is decorated to imbibe the Bavarian lifestyle – Bavaria is a state in southern Germany where the festival originated – from décor like wooden benches topped with pretzels and beer on tap, banners of Germany and Bavaria strewn on strings and hung around the ceiling, beer kegs on and around the stage, and the rather attractive beer mug pyramids. Members of the German Club and Sofitel’s staff wore traditional Bavarian costumes – dirndl for the female, and lederhosen for the male.

The event opened with a welcome note from Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila general manager Adam Laker, followed by some words from The German Club president Bernd Schneider.

Bread station, Oktoberfest themed gingerbread house, and more pretzels!

German sausages and ham

Braised saukeraut topped with ham

Soon the buffet was opened, and it was time for scrumptious lunch.

Food eating contest. Everyone was game. Winners got to take home Vietura gift certificates

When guests had their fill, fun games ensued. There was also a bit of song and dance to the tune of traditional Bavarian music. Thrilling ice breakers.

Cute Oktoberfest hats that will be sold at Spiral To Go during the two-day fest

A sampler of what would be on sale at Spiral To Go, in celebration of Oktoberfest.

A pretzel, what else?
The giveaway.

To inquire about tickets, call the German Club Manila, tel +632 894 2899, email reservations@germanclub.ph. For room reservations at Sofitel, tel +632 551 5555, email H6308@sofitel.com.

Published September 6, 2017