Germany’s Oktoberfest, which has become an iconic trademark around the world, kicked off on Friday evening at Ho Chi Minh City’s Windsor Plaza Hotel.
Bavarian band Trenkwalder play music for Oktoberfest Vietnam at the Windsor Plaza Hotel on October 8, 2010
Photo: Thuy Hang " style="text-decoration:none"> Bavarian band Trenkwalder play music for Oktoberfest Vietnam at the Windsor Plaza Hotel on October 8, 2010 Photo: Thuy Hang
Visitors to the first night of the week-long event enjoyed a traditional Bavarian beer-garden atmosphere, with traditional fresh-brewed beer, German delicacies and popular Bavarian folk music.
People drank beer, singing in chores, swinging the beer mugs for toasting and holding hands for dance with great enjoyment.
The event will run until October 10, and again from October 13 to 16, offering seven nights filled with foot-stomping music, refreshing German brew and delicious all-you-can-eat food, and nightly lucky draw prizes.
The Oktoberfest 2010 also marks the 35th year celebrations of Vietnam-Germany diplomatic ties, and the event itself has entered the 19th year since it was first celebrated in Ho Chi Minh City.
More than 14,000 visitors are expected to participate in the big party, which will make the Oktoberfest 2010 not only the largest German cultural event in Vietnam, but also one of the largest events across Southeast Asia.
“We are proud that the Oktoberfest in Vietnam has become so popular among Vietnamese and the foreign community in Vietnam, which is a culture bridge of bringing people together with excitement,” Alexander Bischoff, chairman of the German Business Association said.
Up north, the event will be organized for the second time in the capital city of Hanoi on October 22-23.
Last year the Oktoberfest Vietnam attracted 10,000 participants who drank 15,000 liters of beer and more than four tons of food.
Oktoberfest, the grand German fete for the beverage made from fermented barley and yeast, attracts some six million international participants to Germany each year.
Held for the first time in 1810, the 16- to 18-day festival in Munich, Bavaria, is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world's largest fair.