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Paul Peters

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Friday, 19 October, 2012, 2:12am

Erdinger promises that there's something special brewing for Oktoberfest

October is here and so is Oktoberfest. It is time to put on your beer goggles and novelty hat and grab a pint or two - or three.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Lederhosen, lunacy and litres of lovely lager

Last year, 40,000 revellers at the Marco Polo German Bierfest drank 40,000 litres of beer and ate 9,000 pork knuckles, 10,000 pretzels and 30,000 sausages. Organisers are hoping to break those records for the 20th anniversary of the Marco Polo hotel's take on Oktoberfest.

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Raise a stein to celebrate Oktoberfest

From the German-themed beer displays in the city's 7-Eleven stores to traditional festivities at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, local enthusiasm for Oktoberfest is hard to escape.

What began as a wedding celebration in a Bavarian city 200 years ago, has gone on to inspire a season of parties around the world, with Hong Kong joining the fun since the early 1990s.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Race-goers to get a taste of Germany as Oktoberfest arrives

Portly gents in leather shorts, slapping their thighs while playing the accordion, as beer girls with plaits twirl in dirndls, yodel and hold 16 pints of beer in each hand - just some of the traditional images you may have seen at the Munich Oktoberfest in past decades.

However, the Happy Valley version will be so much more refined.

2 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Top of the hops

An oompah band is blowing a brassy tune through the streets of Munich's Old Town. It passes our table outside Munich's oldest brewery, Augustiner Brau. The band is quite a spectacle, with everyone dressed in traditional lederhosen shorts and braces, their brass instruments gleaming in the sunshine.

27 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

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6 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Mistral loses chef

Mario Caramella, chef of the Mistral Restaurant at the Grand Stanford Harbour View, will be leaving the restaurant at the end of October to move to Australia.

A successor has not yet been selected.

19 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Beer fest makes for fun brew

IT'S Oktoberfest once again. The time of year when the beer taps flow more freely. German Consul Helmut Gottelmann was at Omni The Hongkong Hotel to roll out the festive barrel, joined by Joe Kwok of Lauda Air, Danilo Mojica of San Miguel and the hotel's general manager, John Girard.

2 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Lager than life

BEER drinkers in Munich have been served a cruel pint. Following complaints of noisy late night revelry, legislators in the city made famous by the annual Oktoberfest decreed that beer gardens must pour their final rounds by 9pm. Bavarians are furious about what they see as an attempt to kill off their cultural heritage.

11 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

Frothy fun at beer festival

BEER, beer, glorious beer. That was the frothy theme at the opening of Omni the Hong Kong's Oktoberfest, with German Consul-General Dr Wolfgang Goettelmann in attendance.

But before downing his first pint of the fin-est brew his country can offer, Dr Goettelmann first had to snip a super-long frankfurter to declare the revelry open.

26 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Beer-guzzlers can opt for early start

YES, how did you guess? It's time to cast our minds to the Oktoberfest - that German inspired beery cavort that has spread abroad from its roots in Bavaria.

And since for some reason when it comes to this particular festival our town appears to abandon the Gregorian calendar and observe the Chinese one instead, the celebration kicks-off in September.

21 Sep 1994 - 12:00am