Oktoberfest celebrated with gusto

HEAVY rain could not dampen the Oktoberfest 2005 celebration at the Asia Car Park next to the Regent Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. 

Hosted by Yasmin Yusoff, it was a casual yet lavish affair as 450 guests from German corporations such as Siemens Malaysia, Lufthansa German Airlines and Robert Bosch (SEA) were treated to a night of dance, music, laughter, food and of course, beer. 

Traditional German fare was served with an unending flow of authentic Paulaner beer. This classic Bavarian beer comes from Munich, Germany, and is a rich, and slightly sweet brew. 

Jess officiates the event.

A famous German tradition, Oktoberfest began as a celebration of crown prince Ludwig of Bavaria's wedding in 1810.  

In the following years, the celebrations were extended, and moved forward into September due to the better weather conditions. 

This year’s Oktoberfest was organised by Essence Communications and officiated by the German Ambassador to Malaysia Herbert Jess. 

Entertainment came in the form of folk dancing, interactive games and atmospheric Bavarian music performed by the Inntaler Musikanten oom-pa-pah band.  

The eight-member band was specially flown in by Lufthansa for the celebrations and played traditional, upbeat tunes. 

Oktoberfest 2005 celebrations are from Sept 17 to Oct 3 in Munich, Germany. 

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