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Beer, beer and more beer

Anita Duffin

October has come early at Café Deco at the Venetian Macau Resort this weekend.  The largest restaurant in Asia is bringing the frivolity and craziness of a German Oktoberfest to their establishment and sparing no expense.
“We’ve flown in a band from Austria, real German beer, real German sausage, it’s going to be huge,” said an excited Ada Chan, PR and Marketing Executive for Café Deco.
The three day event is sponsored by Paulaner Beer direct from Munich, and will help celebrate the restaurants second anniversary.  Joining in the festivities by way of prize donations are the Venetian Resort, Zaia (Cirque du Soleil), Guess and the Maloclinic Spa. 
“We’re expecting around 300 people per day, so it will be first come first served,” said Chan.  Anton and the Funny Guys, an experienced beer festival band from Austria, will entertain the crowd from 6.00pm each day and promise loads of games, music and fun.
This is one serious Oktoberfest that has Café Deco’s CEO and Operations Manager very excited.  “Both are German themselves so they’re committed to making this as authentically German as possible,” said Chan.
Deco is going all out redecorating their restaurant with flags, long tables and bench style seating, even wait staff dressed in traditional Oktoberfest lederhosen.  Mugs and an unusually designed t-shirt displaying lifelike round beer belly prints, will be available as souvenirs of the occasion. 
Alan Yu, Deco’s Executive Chef will use his experience with beer festivals in Hong Kong to prepare traditional food symbolic of the Oktoberfest – German sausage, roast beef, pork knuckle, pretzels with mustard sauce and of course the classic cheesecake for dessert. 
Coinciding with Café Deco’s second anniversary the celebratory weekend kicks off tonight at 6.00pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday at the same time.  Entrance fees are MOP$145 which includes a half litre of beer, naturally, or you can opt for MOP$255 which includes a half litre of beer as well as a main meal with two side orders.
“This is the first German beer festival at the Venetian and we intend it not to be the last,” said Chan.  “We want to give our guests something to talk about, and look forward to each year.  By getting in early we intend on setting a benchmark in authenticity, a true German festival experience in every way.”
Children are very welcome to attend with their families, so bring on the beer and cheers!

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