2014 Hawaii Prince Oktoberfest es war spitze!

“It was awesome!”

On the same day the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany began its sixteen days of festivities, here in the islands, the 2nd Annual Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki 2014 Oktoberfest took place on Saturday, September 20th. This, actually also occurring at the same time as the annual Aloha Festivals Waikiki Ho’olaulea right up the street on Kalakaua Avenue.

It was held in the Mauna Kea ballroom, on the third floor, on the opposite side of the highly acclaimed Prince Court restaurant.

Surrounding the stage, bar and at the food tables they added an old European countryside motif to get folks in the mood…

Live on stage was the Zicke Zacke Band…

Throughout the evening, the MC (big guy on the right) would get the crowd going by leading the German drinking cheer, “Zicke, Zacke, Zicke, Zacke, Hoi,  Hoi, Hoi! Zicke, Zacke, Zicke, Zacke, Hoi, Hoi, Hoi!”

Zicke Zacke member Vicky shows off her traditional German outfit…

Speaking of outfit, this is what I wore to the event…

I was trying to find a shirt that had the red, black and gold (yellow) colors of the German flag, but couldn’t find one, so chose this “countryside” Palaka style long sleeve shirt to wear to the event instead. That works. Feather Oktoberfest hat courtesy of Sam Adams, however note, I did Photoshop those suspenders on me. I don’t know though. That part makes it look more like I was going to an Oktoberfest party at Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand . LOL!

While you’re looking at me, just to give you my background connection to this event, my grandfather on my mother’s side was half German, half Hawaiian, with my great grandparents originally coming from Hamburg and Stuttgart, Germany. Which makes me 1/8th German.

Moving along, fitting for the occasion, the other main centerpiece of the event was the Ice Bar…

The alcohol was sold via scrips, which costs $2 each…


Which calculated to 16 oz. pints of imported German beer for $6 each, imported German shots for $8 each and glasses of imported German wine for $10 each. Not bad.

Along with ice cold German Beer on tap, they had three super cool (pun intended), super MASSIVE shot luge ice carvings…

First up we have the Goldschlager shots ice luge…

Next up, we have the Rumple Mintze shots ice luge…

Then there was the Jagermeister shots ice luge…

In case you haven’t seen this before, the way this works, is the server pours the shot very slowly from the top, letting it trickle down the luge and into your shot glass for an extra cold kick…

All the MASSIVE ice bar carvings were created by Hawaii Prince Hotel Chef Joe Almoguera. Fantastic job! Being the slab designs were so large, they hardly melted, staying pretty much functional the entire evening, enough to pour shots down the ice luges throughout the event.

Two types of imported German wine were offered, including a red Heger 2005 Pinot Noir and a white Mönchhof estates 2011 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett…

Of the three beers, I decided to try the Warsteiner Dunkel, which is a dark lager…


Warsteiner Dunkel German dark lager

As one person described it on BeerAdvocate.com,”The Warsteiner Dunkel has a dark brown color with a creamy head and soft carbonation. The aromas are rich, malty, but not overpowering. The flavor is full of coffee and dark chocolate, medium bodied and balanced.” It comes across as refreshing, and surprisingly, even with those robust attributes, it paired quite well with the meaty sausages, saurbraten and roast chicken I enjoyed it with. It’s similar to Guinness Black Lager, but with more craft and smoothness and a more complex malt profile.

While I can’t drink shots (body won’t accept it), I did try the Würzgarten Riesling wine…


Mönchhof estates 2011 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett

As one online reviewer described it, “This shows good definition, balance and concentration to the snappy apple, peach and pear flavors. The lilting finish offers spice and hints of smoke, with lots of mineral accents.” Yes, indeed, what he or she said. It really did roll off my palate as described. I’ll just add that it’s on the sweeter side, while being fruity and bold. Its sweetness would pair well with dessert, however I drank it late in the evening as a cocktail wine. Excellent!

Speaking of paring with food, let’s see what’s on the spread, starting with the German Bratwurst sausage , served with Sauerkraut and  German Mittelscharf Mustard…

Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and German Mittelscharf Mustard


Knackwurst with Sauerkraut and German Mittelscharf Mustard (next image)


German Mittelscharf Mustard

Two types of house-made fresh rolls…


Dinner Rolls


House-made fresh Potato Rolls

Tapping steins in both hands on table, beer foaming and spilling all over, all the men chant, “More meat! More meat! More meat!” lol…


Sauerbraten (German Beef Pot Roast)

No German meal would be complete without this!…


Braised Red Cabbage

Green Pea Soup is a popular dish in Germany….


Green Pea Soup

“More meat! More meat! More Meat”…


German Roast Chicken

Another fave of mine!…


German Potato Salad

Ooh-ooh-ooh, ANOTHER FAVE of mine!…


Snow Potatoes

These were as big as my hand with fingers full span…


House-made German Soft Pretzels served with German Mustard (not shown; same type used for the sausages)

This wasn’t necessary, however the Chef probably threw it in to appease those who MUST have their greens (didn’t they say this was a German event? lol)…


Mixed Greens Salad with Italian and Ranch Dressing (next photo)


Ranch &  Italian Dressing for Mixed Greens Salad

Time for dessert…


Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce


Blueberry Crumb Pie


Black Forest Cake


Bavarian Creme with Fruits

Would have been nice if this were imported German Coffee, however, Kona blend works!..


Hot Royal Kona Mountain Roast and Lion Gold Decaffeinated Coffee (plus hot H20 for tea)

Guten apetit!…


Bratwurst & Knackwurst with German Mustard, Sauerbraten and Braised Red Cabbage plate

And? OMG, the Sauerbraten was da BOMB! Same for the Braised Red Cabbage! Look at it spread out in the pan to get a better idea of its “unctuousness” and that AWESOME GRAVY!…


Sauerbraten “love fest”

More meat! More meat! More meat!…


Bratwurst

While admittedly too big for me personally (never thought I’d say that lol), the Bratwurst and Knackwurst were delicious. However I can’t really gauge their flavor profile, as I’m not familiar with what “authentic” wurst from Germany tastes like. I will say their seasoning was very mild, especially the light tan colored Bratwurst..


Knackwurst

The Knackwurst tasted like a slightly smokey, very mild Polish sausage, being not quite as laced with herbs and spices. I really was expecting the sausages to have a much more “in-your-face-like-a-German” kick.

Next plate…


German Roast Chicken Potato Salad, Snow Potatoes and Soft Preztel

The roast chicken tasted almost similar to Costco’s rotisserie chicken, while you could certainly taste thyme, oregano and rosemary. Seasoned and roasted perfectly, turning out super tasty, moist ‘n tender. Great job, Chef!

Also great job on the German Potato Salad and, especially the Snow Potatoes, which were, as advertised, like “snow”, being soft as a pillow and super buttery! Yum!

Let’s sample the German-inspired desserts…


Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce, Black Forest Cake, Blueberry Crumb Pie and Bavarian Creme

And? You know me, I’m all about sauces, so I liked the Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce the best of the bunch. If I was at home, I would have poured that Vanilla sauce over everything! lol Overall though, is war köstlich!

According to Ward Almeida, Hawaii Prince Hotel’s Food & Beverage Director, Executive Chef Kirby wong has all these German dish recipes “on file”, so I’ll see if he’s willing to share them with me. Particularly I’d like to recreate that Sauerbraten!

On to the events, they had folks come up and participate in the “Chicken Dance“, a spin-off from the Oktoberfest Swiss song “Der Ententanz” (The Duck Dance)…

There were also two Stein Hoisting Contest rounds, with one for the ladies…

And one for the fellahz…

The rules are simply, whoever is the last person standing with their Oktoberfest glass stein filled full with 32 oz. of Sam Adams Oktoberfest Beer held with their arms STRAIGHT OUT perpendicular to them wins!

This lady to the right won the ladies contest….

She was a champ! Everyone was cheering her on! Incredibly, this petite woman was able to hold that heavy stein full of beer straight out for over 10 minutes!

And these were the last of the fellahz holding out for the win…

Actually, there was one other guy way on the other side of the stage also holding out who actually won.

They were asked to chug the entire glass of Sam Adams Oktoberfest Bier afterwards, however everyone was so exhausted after holding those heavy steins out for so long, nobody could do it. Not even the fellahz.

And what did the winners of the Stein Hoisting Contest win? Well first of all they were both entered to win in a state competition to win a trip to Munich, Germany for next year’s Oktoberfest. Each winner also won either a dinner for two, or Sunday Brunch for two at Prince Court. Nice!

Finally, there was the Bratwurst Eating Contest…

Each contestant had to eat 5 one pound Bratwurst in Buns…

Here’s a video clip from my phone of the Bratwurst eating contest….

All I know is, HELL NO, could I NEVER do that. I’d barely be able to finish one, let alone five!  Yet one brave man was able to!…

Man, he LOOKS full! Well, it was certainly worth the pain-in-the-gut to eat 5 one pound Bratwurst in Buns, as the prize he received was a one night stay at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, plus breakfast for two at the Prince Court ($450 value). Sweet!

Well, that pretty much wraps up the 2014 Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki Oktoberfest. I sure had a BLAST! I want to thank Ward, Joy and the entire Hawaii Prince food & beverage staff for putting on such a great cultural event! The authentic German food was absolutely delicious, the imported spirits were a mighty fine selection, entertainment was fun and most all, what a wonderful, fun loving crowd! Looking forward to next year!

Ausgezeichnet!