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New Chiang Mai Oktoberfest to be ‘party of the year’!

Elena Edwards
In the unlikely event that any of our readers are unaware of the world-famous Munich Oktoberfest, it’s 16 days of riotous fun, games and self-indulgence based on Bavarian culture, which, of course, involves vast quantities of Bavarian food and its most famous product, Bavarian beer!
Thailandfreunde eV’s Chiang Mai chapter may not have been able to run to 16 days, but the new Chiang Mai version of the famous festival has been planned to be as much fun on its one full day as the original. Oktoberfest Chiang Mai will take place on October 17, hosted by the Ratilanna Hotel and Resort, which, coincidentally, has in its grounds a meadow, similar but smaller than the Munich meadow in which the original Oktoberfest takes place. However, the Ratilanna’s meadow has one advantage over its rival…the beautiful Ping River.
Plans for the festival are lavish, and traditionally Bavarian, as emphasised by the lederhosen and rather unique spotted headgear with horns worn by the organisers, Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon and Wuttipong Arayatumsopon, president and vice-president of Thailandfreunde and Ajarn Supat Krajaiklang from the Chiang Mai Culinary Arts Institute at their recent press conference held at the Ratilanna Hotel.
The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. and go on until very, very late, with entertainments taking place throughout the entire day, (interspersed, we suspect, with a great deal of eating and drinking). Featured will be a magician, clowns and Bavarian dancers and music and other surprises. For the agile amongst us, a Limbo contest is being organised, which in itself should provide a great many photo-opportunities! A Karaoke contest and a Bavarian fancy-dress costume contest will be among the more usual activities… a ‘drinking beer from a large boot without spilling it all over yourself’ contest is one of the more wacky offerings, as is the ‘knocking nails into a large piece of wood to win free beer’ contest. Another great idea is the ‘Beer Boat ’, a trip on the Ping River, in which you can drink all the beer you can manage to get down in 20 minutes! Lifejackets not included… obviously, at Oktoberfest, the imagination is allowed to run riot!
The food on offer will include the famous Bavarian pretzels, baked by a German master baker who just happens to be here in Chiang Mai, pork knuckles, German sausages, sauerkraut and many other traditional German dishes, along with a good selection of delicious Thai food. Ajarn Yingsak Jonglertjedsadawong, famous chef and TV personality, will be there, cooking and serving German pork knuckles. No Bavarian celebration would be complete without Bavarian and German beers – this celebration included! A variety will be on offer – all day. The festival will end with fireworks and lanterns…a perfect finish to what promises to be a fun-filled day.
The aim of establishing the festival as an annual event is to introduce Bavarian culture to Chiang Mai and to Chiang Mai residents, hopefully strengthening ties between the two countries, as well as to benefit several local charities. Profits from the event will be shared between the Northern School for the Blind and the Thai Red Cross HIV/Aids programme ‘Treat Parents & Prevent Orphans’, which is under the sponsorship of Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali.
Entry tickets for Oktoberfest will cost 250 baht, including a glass of beer or a soft drink, 100 baht for children between 4 and 12 years including a soft drink. Kids under 4 get in free. The celebration will formally begin at 2.30 p.m. with a parade including a very large barrel of beer, accompanied by Bavarian marching band music. Get your tickets at the Ratilanna Hotel, the Kad Suan Kaew branch of Siam Commercial Bank, Oasis Spa, the Podology Centre or on the door. Whatever else you do, don’t miss this, the first Oktoberfest in Thailand.