Oct 14, 2016 UncategorizedComments Off on Hundreds celebrate Oktoberfest in Taipei
More than 300 people celebrated the first Oktoberfest co-hosted by the German Trade Office (GTO) and a local beer provider Friday, enjoying not only traditional German gourmet food and beer, but also musical performances and a festive mood.
Event attendants sang, danced and feasted on Bavarian dishes such as grilled pork knuckle and white sausage, as well as competed in an all-you-can-drink beer contest to observe the 500th anniversary of the German purity law for beer.
The law stipulates that beer can only be made of hops, malt, yeast and water, to ensure its high quality and authentic flavor.
The fair is an annual beer festival and traveling funfair that takes place in Munich each year. This year's festival was held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3.
Clive Chang (???), general director of RheinSinn Enterprise Ltd., beer provider for the Taipei version of the fair, said he hopes the event will allow Taiwanese people to be part of the international celebration that draws 6 million visitors each year.
The Taipei event, which will run from Oct. 14-23 at the Taipei Expo Park, will host 3,000 guests, Chang said.
The festival in Taiwan features the German beer Hofbrau, one of the six authorized beers used in the Oktoberfest.
Thanks to overwhelming response to the event, Chang said his company will certainly hold the Oktoberfest in Taiwan again next year.
GTO Executive Director Andreas Hergenrother, meanwhile, said he hopes the Taipei event will enhance cultural ties between Germany and Taiwan.
"The most important reason why we celebrate Oktoberfest today is to bring Germans and Taiwanese from business, politics and civil society together to celebrate our excellent relations and to toast on our German-Taiwanese friendship," he said in a statement.