Everyone’s German for Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest at Amari Orchid has four chambers of commerce as guests

The Australian, British and Irish chambers of commerce proved that everyone is German during Oktoberfest as they came together at the Amari Orchid Resort for a joint celebration.

The Oct. 14 party sported the traditional long wooden dining tables with a Royal Thai Navy band decked out in lederhosen there to entertain. Guests enjoyed a buffet of bratwurst and other sausages.

A true Austrian-Bavarian, Elfi Seitz interviews Preben Hensen for PMTV as Eberhard Podleska looks on.A true Austrian-Bavarian, Elfi Seitz interviews Preben Hensen for PMTV as Eberhard Podleska looks on.

Rain threatened to dampen spirits, but waiters quickly moved everyone inside and the buffet relocated to under the terrace before the Paulaner draft got warm.

Bavarian or not, the guests got into full Oktoberfest mode, wearing dirndl dresses and lederhosen. Only the gamsbart hats were missing.

Paulaner beer can make people do funny things.Paulaner beer can make people do funny things.

Beer drinking, the staple of any decent Oktoberfest, was the prime activity, but not one reserved for men alone. Cordi Schläpfer, a Swiss woman, won the contest to see who could drink a half-liter of beer fastest.

Not to be outdone by Europeans, the Singaporean chamber of commerce tackled Oktoberfest the next day, downing as much beer and sausage as any festive German.

The Thai Navy ‘Bavarian’ band had the crowd stomping their feet and yodeling at the top of their lungs.The Thai Navy ‘Bavarian’ band had the crowd stomping their feet and yodeling at the top of their lungs.

Lovely frauleins in their colourful Dirndls. (l-r) Cordi, Simone, Frederika, Marliese, Jolanda and Meike.Lovely frauleins in their colourful Dirndls. (l-r) Cordi, Simone, Frederika, Marliese, Jolanda and Meike.