Beers drinkers take note: On October 7 and 8, staunch Oktoberfest fans and those who aspire to be, can enjoy the atmosphere of the world’s largest folk festival in Yangon for two days. This year the event has moved to a new venue: the Rose Garden Hotel on Upper Pansodan Road. As in previous years the Oktoberfest Yangon is officially opened when His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold of Bavaria and the German Ambassador to Myanmar, Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch, tap the first beer keg and proclaim Ozapft Is – the keg is tapped.
Ever since the movie “Beerfest” came out in 2006 the term ‘beer festival’ has been established as the unofficial international name for Munich’s famous Oktoberfest. The organizers of the Oktoberfest Yangon – the German Embassy, Belmond Governor’s Residence and the Munich-based Hanns Seidel Foundation – of course stress the importance of the original royal Bavarian beer shipped to Yangon from the König Ludwig brewery in Kaltenberg (Bavaria). According to the organizers, over ten thousand liters of “Spezial” and “Weißbier” have been ordered for this year’s Oktoberfest Yangon– almost doubling the quantity from last year.
But the organizers also point out that it would not be fair to reduce the Oktoberfest to a mere beer festival. Similar to the original Oktoberfest in Munich, the Oktoberfest Yangon is a mix of celebrating authentic traditions and at the same time a meeting place for party people from all over the world. Traditional German food – which sometimes can be quite adventurous to non-Germans – is just as important as the beer.
At Oktoberfest Yangon a team of German chefs working in Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries will deliver an authentic German food experience. Under the lead of Belmond Governor’s Residences’ Jan Moeller the chefs from Savoy Hotel, Horizon Lake View Resort Naypyitaw, German restaurant Mahlzeit and Bistro on 82 Mandalay together with the pastry chefs and butchers from Roos Pastry Consulting Bangkok, the Brezn Shop Phuket and Prime Cut will prepare an all-you-can-eat buffet which includes classics such as roasted chicken, Weißwurst (white sausages), Bratwurst (grilled sausages), sauerkraut, roasted pork, dumplings, a manifold of German salads and a lot more.
And when you feel the need to help your stomach to digest all these delicacies, several kinds of German wines and schnapps will be waiting for you. The authentic Oktoberfest atmosphere with dancing on the original beer benches from Germany will of course also help the Oktoberfest enthusiasts in Yangon to shake off the laziness which comes with a full stomach. Once again Oktoberfest Yangon will be a memorable night.
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