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German Oktoberfest returns to HCMC

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The German Business Association (GBA) Oktoberfest Vietnam kicked off yesterday, October 12, in HCMC, after being held in Hanoi and Danang with 5,000 local and foreign participants.

The renowned cultural festival featuring unique German cuisine and fine craft beers takes place at the Nikko Saigon Hotel between October 12 and 14. 

The event is co-hosted by GBA, the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Vietnam (AHK Vietnam), under the patronage of the German Embassy in Hanoi and the German Consulate General in HCMC.

The organizer announced that 5,000 tickets for three nights of Oktoberfest in HCMC had been sold out. Dr. Josefine Wallat, consul general of Germany in HCMC, said this was the largest Oktoberfest ever held in the city.

The festival was previously organized in Hanoi and the central coast city of Danang. In Hanoi, the event took place from September 28 to 30, greeting record-breaking 1,500 guests each night. In Danang, GBA Oktoberfest attracted 500 people on October 6.

Since 1992, GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam has grown to become one of the largest German festivals in Southeast Asia.

Attendees are given a one-liter mug of Erdinger beer imported from Germany
Dr. Josefine Wallat (L), consul general of Germany in HCMC, and Martin Koerner, vice chairman of GBA
Consul General Wallat (C, front row) and other members of the GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam’s organizing board
Traditional German dishes are prepared by a German chef
The event offers an opportunity to promote traditional German foods and drinks in Vietnam
Endless food and free-flowing drinks are served throughout the nights of the festival
A waitress is ready to provide guests with German beers. In HCMC, the festival comes under the name “GBA-Erdinger Oktoberfest 2023,” with the renowned Erdinger brand serving as the exclusive beer supplier
A participant tastes authentic Bavarian-themed cuisine
The band O’zapft creates the lively carnival atmosphere of Bavaria, Germany
A musician performs German and Vietnamese melodies to liven up the night
Party games are simple, easy to play, yet important to the festival
Many local guests join the first GBA Oktoberfest night in HCMC
A participant is in his lederhosen outfit, a traditional Bavarian costume
The German festival’s reputation has grown into popularity in Vietnam as a high-profile cultural event, contributing to the development of bilateral relations

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