October 12, 2017 – It’s all about overflowing beer, authentic German delicacies, rollicking fun with friends, and rock bands during the third annual October Beer Festival at the Grand Ballroom of luxury integrated resort City of Dreams Manila, which kicked off on October 12, the first of three nights of October Beer Fest staged by the integrated resort. Only the October 13 celebration will be open to the public.
The festivities on October 12 were by invitation to the resort’s key corporate and travel accounts. Property President Geoff Andres, in his opening remarks underscored the resort’s awards and accomplishments in 2017 and the importance of the support of industry partners. Subsequently, he led the toast and the beer pouring ceremony to formally kick-off the October beer fest.
Sales & Marketing Director for Non-Gaming Operations Jenny Santillan likewise extended her gratitude to clients and together with General Manager for Non-Gaming Operations Marlon Hirsh and F&B Director Anthony Hannan led the awarding of the top three accounts for online travel agencies, travel agencies and corporate sales. Each of the top accounts were given a gift certificate for a party package at KTV at Chaos and a “golden egg” plaque which is a replica of City of Dreams Manila’s iconic dome-shape like structure at the focal point of the integrated resort.
Celebrity and Model Rovilson Fernandez and Chaos Manila Entertainment Manager Cristina Coloma (incidentally, a finalist at the recent Miss World Philippines) hosted the client appreciation party and added fun and excitement to the variety of beer games and activities. The games included pretzel-eating, beer chugging from a boot-shaped mug, “Bring Me”, and several exciting prizes were raffled off.
OPM pop band True Faith performed their classic 90’s hits with Part 3 Band and Eye Candies.
Guests immersed in the annual German Oktoberfest in the festive ambiance of City of Dreams Manila’s grand ballroom complete with colorful buntings, long wooden tables and benches; and indulged in a variety of beers such as Weihenstephaner from the oldest brewery in Germany and the world, Sapporo from Japan, Heineken from Netherlands and local beers San Miguel Pale Pilsen, San Miguel Light, and craft beer Pedro. Sodas and iced tea were also available.
Meat lovers indulged in the Bavarian-style buffet that included a live carving station of Spanferkel (roasted suckling pig), Schweinerollbraten in Biersoße mit gefülltem Wirsing (pork roll in beer sauce with stuffed savoy cabbage), Brathendl (German-style roast chicken), Grillhaxe (roast pork knuckle), Fleischkase (German meatloaf), and Bagger mit Apfelmus (potato pancakes with apple puree) with accompaniments of Bratkartoffein (sautéed potatoes with bacon and onions), Sauerkraut (braised white Cabbage), Rotkohl (braised red cabbage) and Kase Spatzle (handmade noodle drops with caramelized onions and cheese).
German food aficionados also had their hearty share of the scrumptious array of sausages and Bavarian specialties: Weisswurst (traditional Bavarian white sausage made of minced veal and pork back bacon; and flavored with parsley, lemon, mace, onions, ginger, and cardamom), Bratwurst (grilled German sausage of finely minced veal, beef, or pork), Nürnberger (pinkie-finger-sized bratwurst sausages), Knacker (short and stubby smoked sausage made of beef and flavored with garlic), Bockwurst (boiled Frankfurt sausage made from veal with some pork or other meats and flavored with salt, pepper, and paprika), Thuringer (famous and traditional German sausage with a recipe dating back to 1404, made of finely chopped lean pork from the shoulder or belly with some beef or veal, combined with garlic, cumin/caraway, marjoram, sometimes even coriander and nutmeg, and packed into hog or sheep casings) and Wiener Würstchen (Vienna sausage); Sauerbraten (vinegar marinated braised beef); and Wienerschnitzel mit Preiselbeeren (breaded veal escalope with lingonberry); paired with Zwiebelkuchen (german onion tarts) or a variety of breads and pretzels with butter.
Appetizers included Schinken (Black Forest Ham), Bierwurst (yellow sausage), Landjager (smoked sausages), Schinken (smoked ham speck), Stadwurst mit Musick (vinegar and onion marinated sausage), Obatzter (Bavarian marinated cheese with laugensticks), and Apfel-Grieben-schmalz (marinated onion lard spread with caramelized onions).
A variety of salads and soups likewise added to the hefty selection of meats and savory items, composed of potato, cucumber, and red beetroot salad as well as Gaisburger Marsch (beef stew with vegetables and potatoes), Fleischbruhe mit Wurzelgemuse (beef broth with root vegetables) and Fladlesuppe (consommé with herb crepe).
As a sweet treat, the Bavarian buffet featured Bavarian crème; Milchreis (German rice pudding with fruit compotes, sugar and cinnamon); Black Forrest Gateau; Bienenstich (B
ee Sting cake); Lebkuchen Herzen (ginger bread hearts); Sacher cake (Austrian chocolate cake); Schnecken (German cinnamon rolls); Linzer Cake (Austrian torte with lattice design on top of the pastry); and fresh Apfelstrudel (traditional Viennese apple strudel), fresh from the oven topped with vanilla, German berry compote, and Chantilly crème.
Attendees of the October 13 affair will get to experience the same expansive array of German fare and beer offerings and thrilling games, while popular rock band Parokya ni Edgar will bring the house down with their crowd-pleasing rock ballads followed by Gloc 9 and Eye Candies. Tickets to the event are at PHP2,700 net per person.
Guests can also have a rocking good time if they avail of the October Beer Fest staycation package at P12,800 net. This staycation package includes an overnight stay in Nobu Deluxe room with breakfast for two and two October Beer Fest tickets to the Grand Ballroom on October 13.
City of Dreams Manila Rewards Club members may approach the Dream Rewards or Signature Club counter to avail of the October Beer Festival passes in exchange of required Dream Rewards points.
For inquiries and reservations, please call + 63 2 800 8080, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cityofdreamsmanila.com. Event tickets can also be purchased via SM ticket outlets and smtickets.com. Terms and conditions apply.