And it's not only the huge Singapore expat community that is appreciating these celebrations. More and more Singaporeans are also getting hooked to Oktoberfest beer, Schweinshaxen (pork knuckles), Goulash, Bratwuerstel, Brezel and Apfelstrudel as desert.
It took a while until the mostly conservative Singapore population loosened up and started standing up on benches- as demonstrated by westerners-, raising up their beer mugs and screaming out loud and with pride some funny sounding German words like: "Die Kruege hoch"(raise your mugs), "ein Prosit der Gemuetlichkeit"( cheers to cosiness) or " Oans, zwoa, gsuffa"(one, two, three drink it). Becoming a renown Oktoberfest there are a few "musts" to make this event successful. The quality of food is one of them, the other one is music. Besides the popular original Bavarian Oktoberfest tunes, the well known "Vogerltanz-bird dance" has been a big hit by Oktoberfest goers, as well as Austrian DJ Oetzi's 2 No. 1 world hits which cannot be missed at any Oktoberfest celebration: "Anton from Tirol" and Hei, Hei Baby, I wanna know....." These 2 songs and one oldie "Alice, who the f***" usually raise the temperature to boiling levels!
It's great to see when all races become a big multicultural family during such events, dance and have fun with each other.
The "oldest" Oktoberfest in Singapore is held at Swiss Club since 9 years now. From three nights of celebration initially to for six nights over two weekends and a traditional Fruehschoppen on the last Sunday this year. The participation grew from 2,000 guests in 2000 to more than 10,000. A record attendance!
Being the biggest one in town it is very popular of course among among Swiss Club members but also with big companies because of it's enormous capacity to host their large groups of employees and guests. A good joice was to introduce a new band "Huettenpower" at least for the first weekend, because for many regulars 9 years of the same old band "Musikkapelle Partenkirchen" has become boring. They may be good musicians but definitely not the best singers.
The food quality was great during the first years, quite disappointing the last few years but has increased a lot most probably due to Frankie, the new Chef.
If someone prefers huge crowds it is definitely the place to be.
Smaller Oktoberfests might be yours if you prefer it cosier with a manageable crowd.
The one to point out is a new comer in town, but did not have any teething problems.
It was held within the premises of Brotzeit, a German Restaurant & Bar in Vivo City. The food cooked by Austrian chef Hans and his team was delicious, so was the original Munich Oktoberfest beer from Paulaner.
Another hit was the Austrian band "Die Lustigen" (the funnies) because in no time the audience was in a real dance, sing and merry making mood! Thank you Sigy, Toni, Juergen, AnTon!
I would call Brotzeit a sleeper (secret tip) not only for Oktoberfest.
The name "Brotzeit" is a typical Bavarian expression – "Brot" being German for bread and "Zeit" for time, referring to a cozy meal complemented by fresh beer.
In VivoCity you can enjoy your Brotzeit (a variety German beers accompanied by authentic Bavarian cuisine) al fresco by the seaside with an unobstructed view of the harbor and Sentosa island or in their new open concept bier bar & restaurant down town in Raffles City. You won't regret it. Check out their website for details.
Guess where Bretzel and some bread comes from? You don't have a life line!!
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|"Brotzeit" Oktoberfest, Singapore|