Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila celebrates Oktoberfest 2015

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Sofitel Philippine Plaza is celebrating its 77th Oktoberfest Buffet Menu on October 16th and 17th. But before we savor the feast, here are 5 of the top Oktoberfest trivia that we like to share to all of you.



The first ever Oktoberfest in world history took place on October 12, 1810 when Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig, later King Ludwig I of Bavaria, married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, (from Sachsen) also a German Princess. Bavaria became a kingdom in 1806, when Napoleon abolished the Holy Roman Empire.

The magnifique 5-day celebration had over 40,000 revelers. Horse races in the presence of the Royal Family marked the end of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria.  Since then, this famous tradition has been held annually and spread throughout other countries. Over the next several decades, the Oktoberfest continued to grow. By 1960, it became the largest festival in the world. Today, Oktoberfest is celebrated as a folk festival running from late September until the first weekend in October.

Traditional Costumes


  1. Bavarian-style alpine hat

Typically made of felt or suede. Decorated with Gamsbart, a brush made from the hair of Chamois, goat-antelope species from the Alps.

  1. Traditional Bavarian trachten shirt

Commonly white or a plain checked pattern in blue, red or green. Often adorned with bone buttons or embroidered with edelweiss.

  1. Lederhosen

Lederhosens are breeches made of leather; they may be either short or knee-length, and often worn with suspenders. This is traditionally worn while performing “Schuhplattler”, the traditional folk dance popular in the Alpine regions of Bavaria and Austria.

  1. Knee socks

Traditionally made with wool.

  1. Leather shoes – Haferlschuh

The traditional Bavarian shoe which was designed originally as a work shoe for alpine terrain, but developed into a timeless classic that is worn for special occasions like Oktoberfest.



  1. Dirndl

Traditional Bavarian dress with an apron.

  1. Dirndl blouse

A peasant blouse with various cuts from ultra-conservative to downright daring.

  1. Bodice

Sometimes attached to the dirndl, sometimes added separately.

  1. Apron

The apron is an integral part of the dirndl – it comes in different patterns and is an indication of the region where the person is from.


Tapping the first keg

The festival opens at noon with a twelve-gun salute and the tapping of the first keg inside the event’s oldest beer tent–Schottenhamel. Since 1950, the mayor of Munich has traditionally tapped the first keg. Upon tapping, the mayor then cries “O’zapt ist!” meaning “it is tapped!” The mayor hands the first beer to the Minister-President of the State of Bavaria. This small sequence of events launches Munich into 16 days of beer-sodden mayhem.

Oktoberfest Traditional Food


A Bavarian cheese delicacy. It is prepared by mixing two thirds aged soft cheese, usually Camembert and one third butter. Sweet or hot paprika powder, salt, pepper is the traditional seasoning as well as a small amount of beer.


“Wurst” means sausage and “brat” derives from “brato”, the Old High German word for hacked meat. The name “Bratwurst” most often refers to a sausage made from pork in a natural casing and is grilled or fried in a pan. It is a favorite in Germany, with each region having its own specialty.


A sausage that is almost white in color. It is made from veal and pork, and it is seasoned with bacon, onions, parsley, salt, pepper, and lemon-powder. Its texture is smooth and slightly pasty.


The most well-known German food. Sauerkraut is a finely sliced fermented green cabbage.

Kartoffelsalat (German Potato Salad)

This dish goes well with a variety of dishes, including schnitzel, sausage and other meat dishes.

Kartoffelknödel (Potato Dumplings)

Potato dumplings are favorite in several regions, including Thuringia (Thüringen), Bavaria (Bayern), and the Rhineland region.

Semmelknödel (Bavarian Bread Dumplings)

Semmelknödel are large round bread dumplings, made without yeast. They are used as a side dish for meat, like roasted meat or stews.

Goulashsuppe– (Goulash Soup)

Gulasch is a beef (Rindergulasch), venison (Hirschgulasch), or wild boar (Wildschweingulasch) stew that may include red wine and is usually served with potatoes or dumplings.

Pork Schnitzel

Is a boneless meat, thinned with a hammer (meat tenderizer), coated with flour, beaten eggs and bread crumbs, and then pan fried.


Apple Strudel is a specialty of Austria and Bavaria (Bayern) and it is known worldwide. It is a baked apple pie filled with cinnamon, raisins, and roasted bread crumbs.

Oktoberfest Music

Popular and folk music, marches, and polkas make up the oompah music Germany is stereotypically famous for around the world. As the evening wears on, the music becomes louder and more and more people begin to sing, linking arms and swinging beer mugs from side to side, some standing and swaying and dancing on benches or tables. Before each break, the band will offer up “einProsit der Gemütlichkeit”, a toast to contentment, congeniality, and relaxation.

Here are Sofitel Philippine Plaza Oktoberfest ticket rates and room packages should you wish to check-in on the day of the event.

Room Only Rate:

  • Superior : P5,900.00 nett
  • Luxury : P7,000.00 nett
  • Sofitel Suite : P12,000.00nett
*Inclusive dates: October 16, 17 and 18, 2015
*Buffet breakfast at Spiral will be charged at P1,200.00nett per person.
*Please take note that the rates are only applicable to those who purchase Oktoberfest tickets.

Ticket Rates:

  • 3,800 Premium Tickets
  • 3,700 German Club Manila Members
  • 3,500 Regular Seats (Non-Members)
  • 3,400 Regular Seats (German Club Manila Members)


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