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Prost !

Here’s to Nikki Beach's Oktoberfest.

 

7Ernest Hemingway once said, “It was as natural to me as eating, and to me, as necessary. I would not have thought of eating a meal without drinking a beer.” With these wise words in mind, Nikki Beach Koh Samui in Lipa Noi cordially invites beer lovers - be they locals, expats or tourists, to unite in their love of beer and celebrate Oktoberfest on the 5th of October from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

    The event is presented by both Nikki Beach and local tailor house, Trend Fashion. If past events held at Nikki Beach are anything to go by, this beer-swigging bash should be a memory making evening and a roaring success. Nikki Beach is well known for their ‘Amazing Sunday Brunches’. No boring fry-ups here. Nikki Beach puts on a notable spread that includes an omelette station, waffle station, Thai table, sushi selection and a table representing international dishes. Add to this pasta, a meat carvery as well as a dessert selection, and the venue has set a benchmark when it comes to catering and hosting themed events and special celebrations – a target that they themselves must find hard to beat. Yet on each occasion Nikki Beach manages to come to the party, pun intended!

    Setting the theme for Oktoberfest, staff and models will be dressed as German barmaids - their outfits crafted by Trend Fashion, and their aim will be to keep the brew flowing and the party alive. A selection of Hofbräu draughts and imported beers will be served with a ‘free flow’ option at 1000 baht++. For non beer drinkers, a selection of German wines, such as Rieslings will be available and sold separately.

      Nikki Beach’s Executive Chef, Peter Montemayor divulged a few of the dishes he plans to prepare for the evening. Hide the scale and forget the calories for the night; this buffet spread is not for the faint hearted! Peter and his team will be serving old-style German favourites including three styles of German Bratwurst. Each region in Germany has their own version of this flavoursome sausage, including the Nürnberger from Nürnberg, which is made of ground lean pork and flavoured with marjoram, ginger, cardamom and lemon. Other meat dishes include pork and chicken schnitzels, and roasted pork knuckle known as Eisbein in Berlin or Schweinshaxe in Bavaria. The knuckles are roasted in the oven for a crispy outer crackling – as we said, leave your diets at the door. Also making the menu is Bavarian-style roast chicken. Basted with butter and slow roasted, it is eaten with soft pretzels, and is a favourite Oktoberfest food.

       Veggie lovers don’t despair, you have not been forgotten. German-style vegetables include braised red cabbage, potato salad and the perfect accompaniment to Eisbein, pickled cabbage or sauerkraut.

       Be sure to save space for dessert, as traditional sweet treats end the buffet. The sweet aroma of apple strudel - a pastry rolled with apples, cinnamon, raisins and toasted breadcrumbs, will get your nose twitching and lead you back to the buffet, while the decadent Black Forest cake will leave you cursing yourself for not saving enough space for a second helping. Four layers of chocolate sponge are sandwiched together with real cream and fresh cherries, and Kirsch liqueur moistens the cake and adds to the decadence. This delicious spread will only rid your wallet of 500 baht++ per person, so come hungry. Guests have the option of buying wristbands for the free flow beer, the buffet, or both.

      Leading the festivities is a five-piece Bavarian oompah band. The band does not hail from Germany, but rather from Pattaya, and go by the name of the Thai Navy Band. Europe meets Asia as these Thai musicians sing in German, and will transform the chic Nikki Beach venue into Koh Samui’s own mini-Munich.

      October is the beginning of the rainy season, but don’t let this put you off the planned festivities. The efficient events team has taken this into consideration. An enormous marquee will be erected as the beer tent for the evening, so the event will be unaffected by the elements and the festivities will continue come rain, wind or tropical storm.

      Festival goers wanting to really get into the swing of things can visit any of the Trend Fashion stores to be kitted out in their very own lederhosen for the men or dirndl dresses for the ladies. Having made the outfits for the staff and models, they know just what goes into looking authentically Bavarian.

      Nikki Beach knows how to hold a party, so be prepared for drinking games and revelry. The seating will be laid out as long tables, Oktoberfest style, so why not get a group together and book your own table. Reservations are highly recommended so to avoid disappointment, call or email ahead.

      According to Nikki Beach’s Nicole Valdes, the Oktoberfest is the first of a series of regular Friday evening celebrations. Friday the 12th of October sees a tapas buffet at 500 baht++ for the food, and all drinks are sold on a two-for-one basis. These Friday events will often take on a theme, so look out for details.

      Nicole also let the cat out of the bag about their New Year’s Eve celebrations, another memorable Nikki Beach annual affair. This one sounds as though it plans to outdo all predecessors. You heard it here first folks … the circus is coming to town! The resort will erect an actual circus top, and the entertainment sounds as though it will be the talk of the town until the following New Year.

      Getting back to Oktoberfest, our advice is as follows: Gather a crowd, lace up the bodices, buckle up the lederhosen, strengthen that beer lifting arm and while the oompah band churns out the tunes let’s all shout out ‘Prost!’ as we clink our glasses in true German party style. As the old German saying goes, “In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is strength. In water there is bacteria,” so bottoms up, and be strong!

 

Rosanne Turner


 


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