October is the time of the year packed full of all the fun and celebrations. While you may be priming yourselves up for Halloween, Oktoberfest in Hong Kong is another mega-event just as enchanting and not to be missed for all walks of life -— especially for beer lovers. Prost!
What to know about Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest, i.e., beer festival and international funfair, held annually in Munich, Germany, over two weeks till the first Sunday in October. Rest assured drinking is not the only thing to do there — eating, cavorting, and singing, you name it. It is the tradition, atmosphere, and spectacle that makes it so special for the locals.
Although the festival was lamentably but necessarily stalled in Munich because of the pandemic, you can celebrate this spirit in Hong Kong with more and more businesses joining the scene and hosting Oktoberfest in October.
From the best traditional German eats to coveted activities, be it wallet-friendly or luxurious, Shroffed has done all the legwork to spotlight the incredibly diverse options our city offers to you.
First look at The Murray’s Garden Oktoberfest
Shroffed paid a visit to the first-ever Oktoberfest hosted by The Murray, Hong Kong on October 6, 2021; and looked into their varieties of traditional German indulgence.
We ordered Gweilo Oktoberfest Helles and Festbier. While Gweilo tasted delightful with sweetness from both bread and honey, the golden Young Master brewery’s Festbier was full-bodied and has a refreshing bitterness surrounded by an aroma of toasted bread.
Apart from the malt-forward Oktoberfest Märzen, the local Ginger Brewery has also specially launched the Classic Pale Ale, which has a pleasant floral and fruit aroma, according to the staff.
Additional order: HK$58/250ml, HK$78/500ml & HK$128/1L
The hotel’s chef team has also specially prepared a series of matching authentic German cuisines. Highlights are German Roast Pork Knuckle with Picked Red Cabbage (HK$225), Nuremberg Sausage with Sauerkraut and Mashed Potato (HK$95), Smoked Salmon Mousse (HK$95) and Bretzel Bread (HK$30). Don’t forget to leave some room for the wholesome, divine Apple Streusel Pie, too!
Live Music Performance
Breezy live music performances are available during the respective period of 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm on weekdays and 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm on Saturdays.
Save the date: Until October 16, 2021 (Saturday)
Ticket price: HK$128/person (with a pint of beer of your own choice included)
Location: Garden lounge at The Murray, Hong Kong
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Keep your eyes peeled for these Oktoberfests that will be up and running:
Celebrating the festival for the second year in a row, BaseHall is definitely experienced in throwing a good Oktoberfest party that appeals to all. Along with an exclusively brewed Festbier by Young Master, presented to you are special offerings from 8 vendors such as Weisswurst, Schnitzel, Sauerkraut, a Schweinshawe burger, Schnapps. Note that there are two sessions during the day:
- The first session, from 11 am to 4 pm, is dedicated to family-friendly activities, such as cookie decorating (Lebkuchenherzen), a ring toss, and face painting.
- Once the clock hits 5 pm, the food hall will transform into a Bavarian beer tent with a series of stein-holding, lederhosen, an oompah band, and Bavarian festivities on full display until late. The cherry on top? Winners will be rewarded with generous prizes.
Save the date: October 9, 2021 (Saturday)
Ticket price: HK$50 (first session), HK$150 (late session)
Location: Shop 9A–9C, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central
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Tucked away near Kennedy Town seaside, Grain comprises an eatery and a craft beer brewery — the perfect spot for a toast to Oktoberfest. Get ready for a party showcasing a six-piece oompah band performance by Der Hong Kong Oktoberfest Blaskapelle and MC Herr von Speigel, with music and traditional-German-Oktoberfest joy on full blast.
Save the date: 7 pm – 10 pm, October 13, 2021 (Wednesday) 3 pm – 6 pm, October 14, 2021 (Thursday)
Ticket price: HK$280/person (with a currywurst hot dog and a Festbrew included)
Location: 3–5 New Praya, Kennedy Town
Join the fun-filled party with Dockyard at Kerry Hotel for three hours of free-flow draught beer, you can also savor German party food including crispy pork knuckle, pork schnitzel, or a wurst platter. Specially added to the weekend party from October 14 to 17, 2021, exciting games are in store for you nightly during 7 – 8 pm.
Save the date: October 8 – 31, 2021
Ticket price: HK$250/person (Enjoy HK$230 early-bird offer for the pre-paid ticket, available one a day in advance)
Location: 1/F, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom
Bierfest-cation at Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel
Considering taking the celebration up a notch? Oktoberfest-themed staycations might be the one for you. This year, Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel is providing festive accommodation with special discounts on food and beverage packages. Enjoy an in-room German set dinner, with German pretzels that can best complement the beer, must-eat roast pork knuckle and Nürnberger sausages, and signature German desserts black forest cake and apple crisp roll. Each guest will also receive the never-sold Bierfest 2019 collectibles.
Don’t miss the interactive carnival games, to name a few are darts, billiards, air hockey, football machines, and table games. You can even dress yourself up in traditional Bavarian costumes for “the gram”.
Save the date: Available for booking until October 31, 2021 (Sunday)
Price: HK$929 at minimum
Location: Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
OktoberHalloweenFest by HK Brewcraft
What happens when Oktoberfest meets Halloween? HK Brewcraft’s OktoberHalloweenFest may give you the answer! Showcasing six festive beers carefully selected by the brew crew, the beer tasting workshop will guide you through their beer styles and origins. Dress up in a Halloween costume to enjoy a special 10% discount on the day. A prize for the best costume of the night may even go to you!
Save the date: 7 – 8:30 pm, October 29, 2021 (Friday)
Price: HK$200 (walk-in), HK$150 (advanced booking)
Location: 4/F, 15 Cochrane Street, Central
This article was independently written by Shroffed for informative purposes only and not sponsored.