Experiencing The Authentic Oktoberfest with Clark Marriott Hotel

Anton Show hypes Day 1 crowd

When Filipinos speak of “Oktoberfest”, what first comes to mind is ‘rakrakan’ with our favorite local beers in our hands while jamming and singing along to our favorite rock bands as they perform on a stage in a grand event.

But in case you didn’t know, the well-loved beer festival hailed from Germany and is held annually in Munich, Bavaria. Wondering what and how this celebration looks like from where it originated?

Day ½ crowd of Oktoberfest 2022 at Clark Parade Grounds Photo courtesy of Clark Marriott Hotel
Day ½ crowd of Oktoberfest 2022 at Clark Parade Grounds Photo courtesy of Clark Marriott Hotel

Here, I’ll tell you about our experience of that authentic Oktoberfest, not in Munich but in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga!

But before the event, we checked in at Clark Marriott Hotel, where we were warmly welcomed to rest and prepare for the night. As the night set in, we went to the Clark Parade Grounds, where tables and chairs were all set inside a big white tent for a huge number of partygoers.

This is Clark Marriott Hotel’s 2nd celebration of Oktoberfest after it was first introduced in 2019, and we’re attending Day 1 of 2. This year, it is said to expect a grander, bigger, and better event with more fun and prizes, and better entertainment.

We get to take home our beer mugs as souvenir
We get to take home our beer mugs as souvenir

We got our free beer mugs and wrist tags shortly after we registered. I was so excited because I’m a beer-lover, which entitles us to free-flowing authentic German brew courtesy of Weihenstephaner!

T’was a German cuisine night! The spreads are truly mouthwatering.
T’was a German cuisine night! The spreads are truly mouthwatering.

We also got to enjoy delectable German dishes to our heart’s content! I was obsessed with the apple strudels, the sausages, and the Schwein Shaxe (pork knuckles) that tasted similar to Philippine’s lechon.

The ceremonial toast/ Prost from Clark Marriott Hotel’s executives
The ceremonial toast/ Prost from Clark Marriott Hotel’s executives

The program began as the executives of Clark Marriott Hotel opened a barrel and passed on beers to everyone for a ceremonial opening toast. “Prost!”, we said out loud with them, which meant cheers, and the crowd cheering was immediately followed by a high-energy performance of world-class Germany-based band, Anton Show – exactly how they do it in Germany.

Anton Show hypes Day 1 crowd
Anton Show hypes Day 1 crowd.

Anton Show knows how to make the crowd go wild and crazy! They even went down the stage to dance and mingle with every table, which made everyone engaged. Left and right, people were dancing and singing along. They also performed popular OPM songs like Kamikazee’s Doo Bi Doo.

Entertaining at a maximum level!
Entertaining at a maximum level!

And like what was promised, there were raffle draws in between Anton Show’s sets with generous prizes such as credits to some of Clark Marriott Hotel’s restaurants, an overnight stay at La Jolla Beach Resort, and an overnight stay at Clark Marriott Hotel.

More ‘prost’ to come!
More ‘prost’ to come!

It’s impressive how the tradition was brought to the Philippines, and I must say that the genuine Oktoberfest celebration hits differently. I enjoyed it so much, and this is one for the books as a first-timer to an authentic German beer festival.

If you want to experience this too, stay tuned to Clark Marriott Hotel’s updates for next year’s Oktoberfest!

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Clark Marriott Hotel
5398 Manuel A Roxas Highway Zone, Clark Freeport, Mabalacat, 2023 Pampanga

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