Social Encore: Oktoberfest in Hawaii
BY Jermel-Lynn Quillopo / Special to the Star-Advertiser
This week concludes the famous Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. However, the folks at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki want to continue the Oktoberfest celebration for one night only on Oct. 9.
Oktoberfest is an annual 16-day festival. It usually starts in late September and ends the first week of October. It attracts millions of people from around the world with its array of beer, food and fun.
The Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki’s Oktoberfest has a lot of things to look forward to. The main attraction has always been the liquor selection. This year a variety of “must-taste” beers and liqueur brands will be available, including Samuel Adams Oktoberfest craft beer, Warsteiner Dunkel, Erdinger Hefeweizen, Jagermeister, Goldschlager and Rumple Minze.
This year, the hotel also welcomes a special guest in Chef Guido Ulmann. Chef Ulmann knows Oktoberfest all too well, having experienced it in his hometown of Lucerne, Switzerland. Ulmann earned his training at Switzerland’s Professional Cooking School and has worked for five-star hotels, including Hôtel du Rhône in Geneva, The Schweizerhof in Lucerne and Hotel Euler in Basel. In 1974 he immigrated to the U.S. and accepted a job as an ice sculptor for Hilton hotels in Texas.
In 1976, Ulmann moved to Hawaii and started off as a sous chef at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. He spent the majority of his culinary years devoted to the hotel, spending more than 25 years as the hotel’s Executive Chef. With more than 40 years of experience in the culinary industry, he has received various accomplishments, including the Culinary Institute of America’s Gold Augie award, an award that commemorates the success and achievement of the industry’s best and brightest. He has since retired but says that he jumped on the opportunity to participate in this year’s event.
“I’ve been around Hawaii and doing Oktoberfests here for about 30 years it,” he said. “For me, events like this are fun to do.”
Besides the liquor selection and sort pretzel appetizers, you can expect delicious and traditional German food from Chef Ulmann. Food will range from $18-$25 a plate. Choose a 6-oz. kielbasa, bratwurst or veal bratwurst sausage. Veal sausages come with a side of crispy onion and brown gravy, along with homemade German potato salad and sauerkraut.
Another traditional German dish Ulmann will have is sauerbraten. It’s a spätzle (Bavarian style pasta) mixed with pot roast that has been marinating for 10 days in ingredients such as vinegar, sugar, red wine and bay leaf. Accompanying the dish will be a side of red cabbage.
A crowd pleaser will certainly be the Kasseler Rippchen. It’s a 12-oz. bone-in smoked pork loin with a side of snow potatoes and sauerkraut. For dessert ($7.50 each), choose one or eat both, a cherry nut strudel or apple raisin strudel served with a fresh vanilla sauce.
Enjoy live entertainment by the Edelweiss Trio and partake in the bratwurst eating contest and chicken dance contest. Contest winners are up for prizes such as restaurant gift certificates and an overnight stay package.
If you want a chance to appear on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” show, then you may want to participate in the Sam Adam’s Stein-Hoisting qualifier, in which you try to hold up a stein of beer for as long as you can. If you do well, you and a guest will be flown to Los Angeles for a three-day, two-night trip to compete for the national title on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The crowned winners at the Championships in Los Angeles will each win a trip for two to the 2016 Oktoberfest celebration in Munich. There are separate competitions for men and women.
To make reservations, visit the Hawaii Prince Hotel website.
Tickets: $10.00 per person (pre-sale thru October 8th). $15 at the door.
Food and beverage items will be available for purchase.
Table reservations are available (first come, first serve) with a minimum of 6 people.
Discounted parking will be $4.00 for self-park and $6.00 for valet with validation.
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