(Whole article re-edited)
Germans are so keen to get started with Oktoberfest they celebrate in September. Which is good business for the German bands and girls in dirndl, because after they can come to places like Penang so we can celebrate Oktoberfest in October, with some authenticity.
Every year Oktoberfest becomes more popular in Penang – at least with restaurants and bars, because it gives a good excuse to try to attract patrons. But the patrons seem to like it too, and it is indeed more popular.
In my area of Penang the Oktoberfests I am aware of are – and with photos from previous years:
Gurney Paragon has an advertisement on Facebook for Oktoberfest. As Facebook is often unreachable (at least using Telekom Malaysia’s Internet connection, I have copied it here.
Morganfields there at Paragon, from 24th September to 24th October have a promotion they call PORK*TOBERFEST. Ugh. They also have beer deals, such as 5 pints for RM110 nett; 3 pints of Carlsberg for RM50 nett etc.
The Library at Straits Quay have an Oktoberfest on October 13th. Details in their flyer below.
Gurney Plaza are now advertising Oktoberfest on October 19th and 20th in the Al Fresco area between Gurney Plaza and the G Hotel. This is their first time to celebrate it. It starts from 6PM on the 19th, and from 12PM on the 20th.
This is apparently mostly run by Euro Deli, and has arm wrestling, barrel rolling, sausage eating etc.
E & O Hotel – October 25th from 7PM. Details. Last year I went and it was great fun, with a German band and tasty food and German and local beer, and wine. The price was RM120 last year, RM148 per person this year.
Malaysian German Society (MGS) – October 26th & 27th from 7PM. It is probably the original Oktoberfest in Penang as it’s been celebrating for 40 years. Very popular and lots of fun. I have been for several years and always enjoy it. There is a Bavarian band, lots of German food etc. RM30 at door to enter, cheaper for pre-purchase. You pay separately for drinks and food.
I am planning on attending the E&O followed by the MGS – which will keep me busy for three nights running. I may even look in at the others.