The annual Oktoberfest in Munich is an international
event, and so at ‘To Nobody’ last weekend a cross section of different
nationalities met under a suitable white-blue canopy.
‘Japanese delegation’ tried it all: food, beer and of course the snuff.
Hagen Dirksen was on hand to explain it to Yuksake Izumi and Yutaka Aoyama.
Emceed by Chiangmai Mail MD Michael Vogt, complete with
‘tailor made’ lederhosen, the official opening ceremony was carried out
by Hon. German Consul Hagen Dirksen who broached the ceremonial keg and
together with chef Joerg Eisenschmidt in his traditional
‘Schuetzenanzug’ they shouted the immortal words “Ozapft is” (the
keg is tapped)! Following this, the partygoers indulged in some serious beer
drinking, only disrupted by some games which involved more serious (or not
so serious) beer drinking, while the crowd cheered and beered.
Oktoberfest would be complete without a ‘Beer Drinking Contest’, and
challenging each other were two Dutchmen and one Bavarian. From left: from
Holland Marius Arts and Nico Thiel, and obviously from Munich, Gregor
Smolka. It has to be noted that nobody could finish his ‘Moass’ (a glass
containing 1 liter of Bavarian beer).
The ‘Schnupfmachine’, another unique Bavarian
gimmick, an infernal contraption that shoots snuff up both nostrils
simultaneously, was a major attraction especially among the Japanese
community, and after a successful tour of the ‘Nobody Beer Hall’, people
were seen sniffing, or perhaps ‘snuffing’, for the rest of the evening.
Dessert Storm’, just one of the many games which made the Nobody beer tent
cheer! Finishing ‘their bottle of beer’ were from left Wipawadee (Ae),
Sigrid, and Manuela, third grade teacher from CDSC, was declared the winner.
For the German community it was a most enjoyable reminder of some of
Bavaria’s heritage, and for the non-German community it was a reminder
that ‘there’s always a reason’ to enjoy yourself. The line up for next
years’ Oktoberfest has already begun.
for the strongest man in the house. Who can hold one liter of beer the
longest? The contest was won by Marcel Strecker (right) from CDSC.
Germany came the ‘Schnupfmachine’, an infernal contraption that shoots
snuff up both nostrils simultaneously, shown here to the brew master of the
German brewery Chiang Mai.
German Consul Hagen Dirksen broached the ceremonial keg and together with
Joerg Eisenschmidt in his traditional ‘Schuetzenanzug’, they shouted out
the immortal words “Ozapft is” (the keg is tapped)!
eating and drinking is as important as beer at the Oktoberfest, Chef Joerg
had prepared two oxen on a spit, countless pork knuckles and sausages, plus
huge amounts of sauerkraut.
‘Schnappsboard’ came in handy when a whole group of friends (here:
Wolfram from the agricultural Department of Chiangmai University) ordered
receives technical details how to use the ‘Schnupfmachine’, while Milt
and everybody just looked on in disbelief.
Prosit der Gemuetlichkeit’, one of the songs of authentic Bavarians was
sung (or rather, shouted) by everybody.
capacity of ‘To Nobody’ was doubled and looked more like a beer tent
than a normal German restaurant.