Header image: BaseHall’s annual Oktoberfest event

The Marco Polo German Bierfest has yet to make a return to Hong Kong since 2018 (first it was the protests, then it was the pandemic), but there are still plenty of fun Oktoberfest events on this year that involve lots of good eating and drinking, German style. These include two brand-new beer festivals that are being organised on a pretty grand scale.

Here are our top picks for celebrating Oktoberfest in the 852 (while imagining you’ve been transported to a beer tent in Bavaria) – Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit!


BaseHall

BaseHall, our favourite food hall in the 852, is hosting two Oktoberfest events this year for all us busy Hong Kongers, transforming into a traditional Bavarian beer tent with beer, German-inspired dishes and classic Oktoberfest games – including the iconic stein-holding competition. Each of BaseHall’s eight food vendors has created a special dish in honour of the occasion, and Young Master will be brewing their exclusive Young Master Festbier on the nights.

Where: LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central

When: Saturday, 8 October and Saturday, 15 October 2022, from 6pm–midnight (“tapping of the cask” ceremony will take place at 7pm each night)

How much: HK$180/person (includes entry + 1 Young Master Festbier)

For reservations: book online

Central Market x Nina Hospitality Oktoberfest 2022

There’s loads of Oktoberfest fun in store in this partnership between Central Market and Nina Hospitality, with the ground floor of the market space transforming into a Bavarian Biergarten for two weeks in October. Expect beer tastings aplenty, exclusive limited-time German delicacies by the market’s vendors, classic beer games (with prizes!) and live band performances. Perfect for the whole family!

Where: OASIS, G/F, Central Market, 93 Queen’s Road Central and 80 Des Voeux Road Central, Central

When: 18–31 October 2022; 5–11pm Sunday–Thursday and 5pm–midnight Friday–Saturday (live band performances Friday and Saturday from 7–8 pm)

How much: Sunday–Thursday – HK$160/HK$260/HK$340/adult aged 18+ and HK$120/child aged 3–17; Friday–Saturday – HK$280/HK$360/adult aged 18+ and HK$160/child aged 3–17. At minimum for adults, each ticket includes a limited-edition Central Market Oktoberfest Tyrolean hat, 1 pint draught beer and 1 game ticket. All kids’ tickets come with a chocolate gift set, 1 soft drink and 2 game tickets.

For reservations: book online

GRAIN

This authentic celebration of Bavarian beer culture at home-grown craft brewery Gweilo’s gastropub GRAIN comes complete with a sharing menu featuring a spread of German-inspired starters (think pretzels with beer cheese, sauerkraut croquettes and potato pancakes topped with cod roe and smoked salmon), a roast main of beer-brined and smoked ham and a house-made Currywurst platter – plus a stein of Vienna Lager or glass of bubbly to wash it all down. To take it up a notch, guests can opt to add on the free-flow package, which includes unlimited Prosecco, house red and white wine and a selection of special Oktoberfest beer. Highlights on the brewski side are the Vienna Lager and King in Yellow (Helles Lager) by H.K. Lovecraft and the brewed-on-site Gweilo Lager. Live entertainment, games and prizes are in store too.

Where: 3–5 New Praya, Kennedy Town

When: Friday, 21 October (from 7pm) and Saturday, 22 October 2022 (from 5pm)

How much: HK$490/person (includes sharing menu of starters and mains + stein of Vienna Lager or glass of Prosecco; 4-person minimum); +HK$280 for 2 hours free-flow red and white wine, bubbly and special Gweilo festival brews

For reservations: book online

Heimat

Chef Peter Find’s fine-dining German restaurant Heimat is celebrating its first Oktoberfest season in Hong Kong with a refined five-course menu of German classics served alongside authentic apple cider and a selection of German beer. The feast begins with Heimat Brotzeit – the ultimate charcuterie board of freshly made soft pretzels, rye sourdough, Landjäger sausage, Black Forest ham and speck and Allgäuer and Limburger cheese – before moving on to dishes of Kohlrouladen (cabbage rolls filled with pork), Schinken im Brotteig (smoked pork shoulder baked in rye sourdough) and Schlachtplatte (a traditional sausage platter that includes blood and liver sausages, Nürnberger and Munich white sausages and boiled bacon with sauerkraut). The menu is capped off with Kaiserschmarren, a dessert of fluffy caramelised pancakes served with homemade apple compote.

Where: 8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central

When: Monday–Thursday throughout October 2022

How much: HK$988/person (includes 5-course menu, jug of Possmann Frankfurter apple cider and 8 German beers; 4-person minimum)

For reservations: phone 2881 1022, WhatsApp 5279 8108 or book online

Hong Kong Oktoberfest 2022

Oktoberfest comes to Water World! This exciting new outdoor festival features a huge beer tent serving a range of German and imported beers as well as authentic Bavarian dishes, but there’s more than just good food and drink on the cards at this 30,000-square-foot venue. Entertainment includes contests of stein holding and bratwurst/pretzel eating, games like giant Jenga and cornhole, a Mr & Mrs Oktoberfest competition for those with the best Oktoberfest style – hosted by MC Fraulein (legendary panto artist Terry Hart) – and a live oompah band. Dust off your dirndl and lederhosen, folks!

Where: Oktoberfest Southside Pavilion, Water World Ocean Park Hong Kong, 33 Ocean Drive, Aberdeen

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 21 October–6 November 2022 (Friday – 6–11pm; Saturday – 12–5pm and 6–11pm; Sunday –1–7pm)

How much: HK$288/person on Friday night, HK$245/person on Saturday afternoon, HK$288/person on Saturday night or HK$288/person on Sunday afternoon (includes 1 beer/drink, main and side)

For reservations: book online

Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong

It’s Docktoberfest time over at Kerry Hotel, held at the luxury hotel’s industrial-inspired food hall, Dockyard. Take your pick from a beer combo set that includes two glasses of beer and a German dish (perhaps pork schnitzel or Currywurst), a three-hour free-flow package and, on Fridays and Saturdays, a stein-holding competition and lucky draw.

Where: 1/F, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, 8 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon

When: 5–31 October 2022 (stein-holding competition + lucky draw from 5–9pm on Fridays and 2–6pm on Saturdays)

How much: HK$300/person for 3-hour free-flow; HK$220/person for beer combo set (includes 2 500ml Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc/Carlsberg Smooth Draught or 1 1L Erdinger + 1 designated food item ). Complimentary game ticket for either stein-holding competition or lucky draw upon purchase of any beer combo set or free-flow package.

For reservations: book online

The Murray, Hong Kong

The Murray’s annual Oktoberfest experience is possibly the most transportive, with the five-star hotel’s Cotton Tree Terrace metamorphosing into an al-fresco Biergarten on selected nights this autumn. Its partner in crime this year is local brewery Gweilo, which is offering a range of its craft beer on tap. There’s also The Murray Oktoberfest Lager created just for the Garten-Oktoberfest. Guests can opt for a one-litre stein of their favourite brew or sample them all in smaller portions. On the food side of the spectrum, indulge in the likes of authentic German delicacies such as roasted pork knuckle, Bavarian Weisswurst and apple strudel.

Where: UG/F, The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central

When: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 21 September–8 October 2022, 6–10pm (live performances from 6–9pm)

How much: HK$158/person (includes entry + 1 beer); beer prices – HK$58 for 300ml, HK$88 for 500ml or HK$148 for 1L; à-la-carte food prices from HK$98

For reservations: book online


Porkcentric

This Central European restaurant with two native Poles at the helm is throwing its own German-style dance party – Ich Bin Ein Berliner – to coincide with Oktoberfest. Porkcentric’s one-night-only event includes free-flow drinks and canapés, to the tune of electro minimal deep house beats.

Where: 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang

When: Saturday, 22 October 2022, from 8:30pm till late

How much: HK$788 for early-bird ticket or HK$888 at the door (includes canapés + 3 hours free-flow Blanc de Blancs champagne, house red and white wine, tank beer and more)

For reservations: phone/WhatsApp 9169 0298 or book online

Tong Chong Street Market x KIN Food Halls Beer Festival 2022

Taikoo Place neighbours Tong Chong Street Market and KIN Food Halls have teamed up to spotlight 14 of the city’s most-loved local craft brewers at this festival in partnership with the Craft Beer Association of Hong Kong. Each brewery’s chosen anchor beers have been specifically paired with one of KIN’s signature dishes. Highlights of the creative beer and food pairings include Blaze Beer Club’s Big Three XPA matched with OBP’s Korean fried chicken, Deadman Brewery’s Dirty Pale Ale paired with the Penang Teochew char kway teow by Axian’s Selection and Yardley Brothers’ Thai Chilli Getaway with EASY! buddy’s Thai-style mixed skewers.

Where: 2/F, Devon House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay

When: 20–22 October 2022 (Thursday and Friday – 6–9pm; Saturday and Sunday – 4–7pm and 8:30–11:30pm)

How much: HK$280/person (includes 3 hours free-flow craft beer + 1 branded beer glass)

For reservations: book online

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