A ‘keg tapping’ ceremony at MGM Cotai’s Roof Terrace launched the 13th edition of Oktoberfest Macau on Thursday.
‘Tapping’ a new beer keg involves affixing a tap to the barrel, which allows beer to pour out. In Munich, Germany, where Oktoberfest originates, the mayor traditionally taps the first keg of the festival. Here in Macao, MGM China Holdings President Kenneth Feng did the honours.
At the ceremony, Hong Kong’s German Consul General, Stefan Bredohl, told media that “Oktoberfest for us represents a culture that is not only limited to Germany or Europe, but a culture that is understood globally.”
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This year’s Oktoberfest Macau will run for 12 days, ending on 23 October. Its opening night featured live music all the way from Bavaria, in the form of Högl Fun Band.
The bierfest has drawn a collective 170,000 guests across its previous 12 editions, the first of which was held in 2009.
Oktoberfest Macau is a ticketed event open between 6 pm and midnight, with a family day (11 pm-3 pm) on 15 October.