I’ve been to a lot of Octoberfest events but I’ve heard that Clark Marriott’s version of the celebration is way bigger and grander than any other! This annual festival originated in Germany in the 1800s to mark a royal wedding but as the years went by, organizers used the opportunity to showcase achievements and eventually, random forms of merriment. As a beer drinker, this news was music to my ears so I had to jump on the next trip heading to Clark, Pampanga just to get a glimpse of what’s going to happen.
Clark Marriott Hotel is known for delivering an “authentic” Octoberfest experience — complete with German music, dancing, folk costumes, floats, and a lot of booze. This year’s event will be happening at the Clark Parade Grounds from October 7 to 8, 2022 and it’s open to everyone 18 years old and above. Here’s a sneak peek in case beer drinking is your thing:
WHAT TO EXPECT
Members of the media were given a sneak peek at the celebration last Wednesday (October 5, 2022) and even though it’s only a preview, we already got a taste of unlimited German cuisine, free-flowing drinks, fun games (drinking games included, of course!) and lots of dancing and singing. World-class Germany-based band, Anton Show, also performed original German Octoberfest music to keep everyone wide awake even as the beer kicks in. Although I only know the likes of Bella Ciao, clapping and shouting as we jumped around were enough to keep everyone on their toes.
“We are privileged to have the opportunity of bringing back once again the Clark Marriott Octoberfest after launching it back in 2019,” said Goeran Soelter, Clark Marriott Hotel General Manager. “Unlike the last one, this year will see a bigger and better celebration with the new venue being at the Clark Parade Grounds.”
Expect glass after glass of Weihenstephaner German brew, sumptuous food, German folks suddenly inviting you to join their dance, lots of clapping and stomping, live music, random entertaining numbers (balloon shaping, magic tricks, and a lot more), drinking games, fun prizes, and surprises in the next two days. Doors open at 6:00 PM!
We also heard that Clark Marriott will be giving away overnight stay and dining certificates on top of the free food and drinks. I even managed to win two Smoki Moto buffet gift certificates after winning a drinking game! Would say that the ticket price is worth the experience. It’s like partying in Germany minus all the costs of airfare and travel.
Tip: You’ll probably end up tired yet happy after all the merriment, so I would suggest that you check in Clark Marriott for an overnight stay. It’s the only Department of Tourism-certified 5-star hotel in the region so you can expect nothing less than five-star hospitality.
HOW TO JOIN
As long as you’re of legal age, you can purchase a ticket by calling +63455985000 or by ordering online via SM Tickets. General Admission costs Php 3,500, while a VIP pass costs Php 4,500. You’ll be required to present your vaccination card and wear a face mask when not drinking/ eating.