Oktoberfest, a festival synonymous to beer, food and merry making, was first celebrated in 1810 to mark the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Originally celebrated in Munich, the 16-18 day festival has since spread across the globe and is now loved and celebrated in a number of countries. “In my opinion, people like Oktoberfest all over the world because of its history. This age-old history imbues a celebratory mood in us. Not only that, it’s also a fun festival due to its beer,” says Bharat Joshi, director of sales and marketing.
This year, Hotel Yak & Yeti will be celebrating its third Oktoberfest from 23 to 30 September at the Sunrise Restaurant. In previous years, the response to Oktoberfest at Hotel Yak & Yeti was very positive with people enjoying the ambience, the friendly staff and great food served at the hotel. This year, the grand festival of Germans is set to be inaugurated by HE Verena Graefin Von Roedern, ambassador of the federal republic of Germany to Nepal. Staying true to the roots of Oktoberfest, Hotel Yak & Yeti has chosen to use a Munich-based beer to represent their Oktoberfest – Lowenbrau, whose origins date back to the 16th century.
Although there was live music to entertain the participants in the previous years, it has been replaced by piped-in music this year. Asked how this year’s Oktoberfest would be different from the previous years, Bharat Joshi replies, “We will have more people this year as the desire to eat out and have fun is increasing by the day. Also this year, it is at a time when we have so many foreign trekking and hiking groups in the house who will really enjoy this festival.”
The venue will also host buffet lunch and dinner with a distinctly German theme. An assortment of German breads like pretzel, Potage Saint German (green pea’s soup), bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad as well as Reuben (potato pancake) will be served. Staying true to the original Oktoberfest, the hotel has not incorporated any fancy dish and stuck to some much loved German dishes. Not to leave sausages out, the hotel also a variety of them that is sure to perfectly complement the free flowing beer.
After you’ve stuffed yourself with the the sausage platter, chicken paprikash over spaetzel, red cabbage, stuffed cabbage and gamon ham, you can indulge in desserts that include apple pies, black forest cakes, candy apples, chocolate covered strawberries and Bavarian cream cakes. And if you’ve had enough of the beer that is available, then other drinks like smoothies, sodas, caramel latte, hot chocolate, and a variety of coffee are available.
So how is this festival different from other Oktoberfest celebrations in Nepal? Joshi replies, “We are perhaps the only 5 star hotel in Nepal to celebrate Oktoberfest. Also, we provide so much variety through the creativity of our chef, something that others can never imitate and even if they do, cannot make the exact same menu and the same taste which is authentic of Hotel Yak & Yeti.”
Rs. 1,599 will get you a buffet lunch or dinner including a bottle of Lowenbrau beer at the festival. On top of this, the hotel will have a buy-one-get-one free offer on the beer. !