When I told some friends that I was off to a sneak peek at the new Oktoberfest lineup last 13 September (yep, Friday the 13th), they were aghast… Not because of the notion of hearing about me day drinking (it’s beginning to be a regular occurrence, as seen here and here), but because they thought that it was too far away from October to start celebrating.
The explanation behind it has nothing to do with Germans being to Oktoberfest as Filipinos are to Christmas (celebrating the Christmas season beginning 1 September… I want to do Halloween first, people!!!). True-blue Oktoberfest actually begins sometime in mid-September and, adjusting to factor in German Unity Day on 3 October (give or take whether or not it falls on a weekend), it lasts from 16 to 18 days.
Having said that, this year’s Oktoberfest actually starts on Saturday, 21 September, and will end on Sunday, 6 October 2019.
In fact, one of the best places to celebrate Oktoberfest in this country (for those who, like me, are stuck in Manila for the duration of the feast) is the nearest Brotzeit branch.
They’ve got fun, beer-soaked games…
… And great food (seriously, order the platters… They take the drunken guesswork out of choosing which food to have with the beer)…
… Which goes with great, authentic, Oktoberfest beer (naturally).
The Grand Party that kicks off the year’s Oktoberfest will be held on 21 September in Brotzeit Shangri-La Plaza Mall. People can register using the QR code found in their Facebook page and get a complimentary drink.
Uhuh, the only think that’s better than drinking is being able to do it for free. :p
For more information, check out Brotzeit’s social media accounts: