Festival of beer celebrated at the Amari Oktoberfest

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Late last month not only the German community but also people of many nationalities gathered at the Amari Orchid Pattaya to celebrate the fine art of beer guzzling and partaking in the most scrumptious Bavarian cuisine this side of the Rheine.

Aussie born, sometime Bavarian general manager, Brendan Daly, along with Irish Bavarian Ken Whitty in his lederhosen together with his charming Frau Kanpicha looking as pretty as ever in her exquisite ‘drindl’ welcomed the enthusiastic Pattaya community to a night of oom-pah-pah and clinking beer glasses under the stars, along with gorging on a large selection of German pork knuckles, sausages and sauerkraut, carefully prepared under the watchful eye of the hotel’s internationally trained chefs.

Their beer krugs charged to the brim, Brendan, Ken and Panpicha cry “Prost”.Their beer krugs charged to the brim, Brendan, Ken and Panpicha cry “Prost”.

Brendan Daly in true Bavarian tradition tapped the first keg of Paulaner beer to the loud cry of “O’zapft is!” declaring open a night of fun and games.

As in any decent Oktoberfest, the evening’s fun included traditional games such as the beer drinking contest, nail hammering into a wooden plank and the log sawing contest.

Brendan Daly strikes the keg for the first beer cheered on by Ken Whitty (left) and Fray Kanpicha.Brendan Daly strikes the keg for the first beer cheered on by Ken Whitty (left) and Fray Kanpicha.

Throughout the night ‘Die Bayrische’ band got up to their usual antics of singing German folk songs and playing silly games, much to the enjoyment of the party goers.

It was a good night for all and undoubtedly they will all line up again for next year’s Amari Oktoberfest!

I’m a cross cut saw, and drag me across yo’ log, babe, I’ll cut yo’ wood so easy, you can’t help say “hot dog”.I’m a cross cut saw, and drag me across yo’ log, babe, I’ll cut yo’ wood so easy, you can’t help say “hot dog”.

Bang! Bang! Maxwell’s silver hammer came down upon its head.Bang! Bang! Maxwell’s silver hammer came down upon its head.

‘Bayern, des samma mir’ - Die Bayrische boys sing up a storm.‘Bayern, des samma mir’ – Die Bayrische boys sing up a storm.

Winner of the beer drinking contest earned an original Paulaner one litre beer mug.Winner of the beer drinking contest earned an original Paulaner one litre beer mug.

Paulaner beer flowed like the Blue Danube through Europe.Paulaner beer flowed like the Blue Danube through Europe.

Traditional suckling pig whetted everyone’s appetite.Traditional suckling pig whetted everyone’s appetite.

Happiness is friendship and ‘gemuetlichkeit’ at the Oktoberfest. Prost!