Different venue, same old revelry at this year's bierfest
with Andrew Sun. Additional reporting by Clara Mak and Phoebe Cheng.
There's a slight change to this year's Marco Polo Hotel German Bierfest. Don't worry, all the popular shenanigans will be in place as usual - the beer, sausages, pork knuckle, cheeky games and the Notenhoblers band - but the actual locale is just a bit further out on the sixth floor parking concourse.
Instead of the stage and tent being just outside where Gripp's Restaurant used to be, the Bierfest action has been moved to the far end of the car park.
It's a longer walk but organisers think their Oktoberfest celebration is worth the extra five minutes. 'Actually, we just decided to go for a bigger venue,' director of communications Kirstin Graham explained. 'At this time of the year, the hotel is inevitably full so it can be a bit noisy for the guests, so we thought we'd give it a try at the end of the pier. The view over the harbour is even better and there's more outside seating.'
For those who might find it difficult to walk the length of the concourse, the hotel even has a vehicle to cart passengers the length of the car park. 'We can carry them out at the start and at the end of the night bring the inebriated people back.' At that time though, the cart might have to dodge a vomit puddle or two.
The Bierfest is booked for corporate functions this week but will officially open to the public on Saturday until November 20. Admission is HK$90 weeknights, HK$160 on weekends and holidays.