Ho Chi Minh City welcomes its 19th annual Oktoberfest celebration next week, so get ready to drink up
Last year, Ho Chi Minh City welcomed 12,000 partygoers to the Windsor Plaza Hotel for a six-day German Oktoberfest celebration. The organizers of the event are hoping to bring in 14,000 revelers this year.
Every year, Saigon's beer drinkers clamor for the arrival of fresh German beer and all-you-can-eat sausage.
It began as a wedding for a Bavarian prince 200 years ago, but has spiraled into the world's largest drink-up: Oktoberfest.
Last year, Saigon welcomed 12,000 drinkers to the Windsor Plaza Hotel in District 5 for a six-day celebration.
This year's Oktoberfest celebration will offer the city another great opportunity to enjoy German dance, songs, beer and food. Oktoberfest Vietnam 2010 will run for seven full nights.
The organizers of the event are hoping to see 14,000 revelers this year.
The Windsor Plaza will once-again transform its Jade Ballroom into a traditional beer hall - bedecked with traditional wooden benches and long communal tables. A section of the ballroom will be dedicated to German folk games.
The Trenkwalder band, Germany's four-man-techno fusion band, will return to blast out tunes while drinkers carouse throughout the nights. Back by popular demand, this will be the band's third consecutive year playing at the festival.
Trenkwalder plans to rock all the way to midnight as you get your fill of clove-scented Schneider-Weisse beers and crisp draughts of Krombacher.
Apart from the wonderful music, customers can enjoy attractive and popular German delicacies such as grilled sausages, hearty meat carvings, salted cabbage, and fat doughy pretzels.
You will also have the opportunity to sample a selection of artisanal German breads that are rarely seen in Saigon such as Rye, Bavarian and Pumpernickel.
Sausage lovers be warned: the organizers are importing Weisswurst and Nuernberger, as well as a wide selection of Frankfurters.
Diners will also get the chance to choose from more than ten different types of German and Vietnamese desserts and cakes.
A separate counter will serve up glasses of sweet German fruit wine.
Fabulous raffle and door prizes, such as spa passes to restaurant vouchers will be given away during the week-long party. As usual, everyone will walk away with a finely crafted ceramic beer stein.
The festival encourages attendants to wear their lederhosen (leather breeches, either short or knee-length) when they come to Oktoberfest 2010.
The annual Oktoberfest is co-organized by Windsor Plaza Hotel and the German Business Association (GBA) - a non-profit association. One of the GBA's missions is to build a relationship between Germany and Vietnam, and Oktoberfest is one of many cultural events GBA has organized to cement this relationship.
This year has been given special diplomatic weight by both governments so whether you're a local or a German expat, it is your patriotic duty to go and have a great time.
The event will take place from October 8 to 10. The fun will resume again from October 13 to 16. Each night, the festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. and go on until late.
The ticket price per person costs VND600,000 on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. On Fridays and Saturdays, the price will rise to VND750,000.
Admission is restricted to customers aged 18 and over.
Further information about Oktoberfest 2010 is posted on the event website: www.oktoberfestvietnam.com. You can also call an event hotline: 090 490 9633.