In Focus: A Look Inside the Second Shanghai Franziskaner Beer Festival
Huge "Newish" German Beer Festival in Pudong, Returns to Shanghai for its Second Year
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A New Beer Festival Comes to Shanghai
As the October winds started playfully messing up our hairdos in Shanghai, the streets buzzed louder than a smashed karaoke night. Hey beer buffs, your Oktoberfest dreams just got Shanghai-fied! Amid the sea of brewfests, a Bavarian beast roared its way into town: the now-concluded Franziskaner Beer Festival. It was like the city took a Bavarian detour, full of hops, dreams, and a touch of holy beer vibes. We dove, we drank, we danced. Get comfy, and let’s break down this sudsy saga!
This Bavarian Beer Fest Is a Taste of Culture
The German beer festival isn't just about downing a pint; it's a legacy. Born in Germany, this tradition is as much about the brew as it is about camaraderie. Centuries deep, it's not just a nod to the art of brewing but a toast to unity and community. So, as we gear up for the Franziskaner German Beer Festival, remember: it's more than just beer – it's history in a glass.
Franziskaner German Beer Festival Returns to Shanghai for its Annual Fest
The Franziskaner German Beer Festival rolled into Shanghai, bringing with it an 600-year-old beer legacy. Attendees were treated to Bavarian delights, foot-tapping tunes, and some fun activities. With its promise of becoming an annual event, the Franziskaner German Beer Festival is sure to become a staple in Shanghai's Oktoberfest celebrations.
Prost in Pudong!
The Franziskaner German Beer Festival was hosted at the Holiday Inn in Pudong and ran from October 6 to 28. As predicted, it was a sought-after event with a full house.
Some Special Highlights for the Beer Fest!
So, here’s the skinny: The Franziskaner German Beer Festival wasn't just another boozy get-together; oh no, it was a full-blown Bavarian bash right in the heart of Shanghai. Think Lederhosen-clad dance-offs, German beats that had even the most rhythm-challenged among us shaking a leg, and 'Prost' toasts that probably left half the attendees trying to book flights to Munich. And let’s chat about that “Barrel Ceremony”: Big hammer, massive barrel, and an ocean of beer flooding out - kind of like Thor went to Oktoberfest. Shanghai might be miles from Germany, but for a couple of days, it sure felt like we were dancing in the heart of Bavaria.
Things Weren't Boring! They Had a Ton of Games (Involving Beer Of Course)
If you thought the Franziskaner German Beer Festival was just about swigging and swaying, you've got another think coming. Picture this: festival goers, brew in hand, diving headfirst into wild challenges, eyeing those funky fest hats and limited gift packs like they're the last beers on earth. Fancy a chug challenge? “HIGHMOMENT” was where folks tried downing a liter of Franziskaner faster than you can say "schnitzel", all for a gift box that, trust me, was worth the beer bloat. And “Thor’s Hammer”? A madcap game where machines popped out mini kegs and players, probably thinking they’re the gods of Asgard, tried knocking 'em out of the park.
Vittles to Soak Up Those Pints!
Let's talk grub. What's a German beer fest without that mouthwatering, heavy, homey, comfort kind of food? Think pork knuckles to fill you to the brim, sausages that scream authenticity, and – no surprises here – a lineup of Franziskaner wheat beers to wash it all down.
The Star Drinks To Try - Franziskaner White and Franziskaner Black
Here's the suds scoop: Franziskaner? Legendary. Their Franziskaner White and Black? Show stealers. With a slow, 24-day fermentation dance, these brews were the party's talk. Cloudy, notes of banana and clove, and brewed with methods older than your grandpa's mustache. A beer history lesson in each sip. Cheers to centuries-old brewing arts meeting Shanghai's sass!
So... Franziskaner and Monks Eh?
Let's rewind the tape and jam to the oldies. Franziskaner? It's like the Mick Jagger of beers. This bad boy's story kicked off in 1363, back when knights were jousting and folks believed in dragons. Imagine that! Named after the Franciscan order (yeah, those monk dudes), it's a brew wrapped in cloaks and legends. But let’s clear the air - no monks are brewing this. Instead, what we got in Shanghai was a taste of a time-capsule, an 600-year-old beer brand that decided to throw a shindig in our modern jungle. The narrative here is simple: centuries of brewing metropolis meets thirsty Shanghai.
Where to Get Tickets Next Year
This year sold out completely! But keep an eye on SmartShanghai in October next year, we'll be announcing dates, times, and locations! And one more exciting thing! SmartShanghai will be brought on board as an English ticketing channel for 2024. Be ready to grab those tickets!