It's that time of the year - the annual German-style beer fest is being held at the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel's sixth-floor car park. The sausage- and beer-fuelled event kicked off on Monday with the first of a series of private parties until the official public opening on Sunday. As usual, the Munich-based Notenhoblers band is back and so are the sauerkraut and roasted pig knuckles. The hotel clearly wanted to generate some local entertainment coverage for the first night's press and corporate VIP audience (who frankly are not as much fun as the patrons who pay to drink beer from their shoes). So it invited a group of young B-grade stars with names like Kary, Krusty and Kiki to participate in games and a 'sausage link-cutting' opening ceremony. We wondered, are they even old enough to drink? Still, the rest of the evening was a blast. Best unintended double entendre of the night: the radio DJ host who didn't know the alphorn by name and asked a band member, 'Martin, can you come show us your equipment?'