The Singapore Science Park community gathered to celebrate the annual Science Park Oktoberfest with fresh beer, live music, and great food. What about you?
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First, a bit of history. And significance. It’s never a good idea to start an article with a history lesson, but please indulge us.
Oktoberfest is the largest annual beer festival in the world, held in Munich, Germany. It’s an 18-day folk festival that’s an important part of Bavarian culture, where it’s a celebration of King Ludwig I and Prince Therese’s marriage on 12th October 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the royal event, and the commoners gladly went royally drunk on the royal dime.
Of course, it was also a properly joyous occasion, and that joie de vivre has persisted through the years, and across shores to where it’s celebrated around the world today.
For those of us who can’t afford the time to travel to Munich for 18 days to chug beer – even remarkably good beer – here on our sunny, thirst-inducing island, Oktoberfest can also be celebrated.
Organised by Singapore Business Park, we brought the entire Science Park community together for an evening of reverie. After all, nothing brings people together quite like beer. INSIDE puts on our beer goggles and dives into the action.
This year, the Science Park Oktoberfest was held on the grounds and within the premises of the brand-spanking-new 5 Science Park Drive building, designed for future-economy businesses and talents, and integrating larger floorplates, collaborative workspaces, and more business and lifestyle amenities.
It is the first of the next generation buildings in Singapore Science Park, which is being reinvigorated in a big way, with enhanced connectivity and uber-useful spaces.
We arrived, being in a ravenous way, and it was good that we did, because waiting for us were delicious and authentic German delights from Werner’s Oven.
To slake our thirst, the real-deal German Oktoberfest brew – Paulaner Beer had been specially flown to the Science Park Oktoberfest all the way from Munich.
We suspected it flew first-class, because it really did taste first-class.
As the smooth heavenly brew rolled down our parched throats, we truly felt a camaraderie with Oktoberfest celebrants all over the world.
And more importantly, having a good time bonding with friends, colleagues, and fellow tenants – all part of the Singapore Science Park family.
Fun and games were also in abundance, with exciting game stations from one end of the venue to the other.
Winners get to celebrate in a refreshing manner, what with the cup of beer awaiting all victors.
While everyone loves working together, the occasion gave everybody a chance to get to know one another better over fun times, and furthermore make more new connections within the community.
The upbeat mode was further complemented with the uplifting tunes from the live brand performance by The Vibes, who was founded by former national soccer player Rafi Ali and his band.
Looking at everybody moving to the beat, it was good to know that the taste for good music is shared across the community.
While partying in a grand way, we can also party responsibly. Revolv, one of the startup tenants in Bridge+ at Ascent, was there with their eco-friendly reusable cup that’s part of a smart deposit-based platform of reusable food and beverage packaging that aims to eliminate single-use waste in Asia. So, at Oktoberfest we could borrow one of their cups for just a small fee, and beer tastes better out of a proper cup anyways.
More than a flexible office space, Bridge+ is a community platform which brings together diverse people working around a collaborative culture and shared economies, and is located just across the road from the festivities.
Up for another round?
While Science Park Oktoberfest is catered specially for the Singapore Science Park community, not all is lost!
The party is not over yet! There are more opportunities to join in the festivities.
International Business Park Oktoberfest
If you're part of the International Business Park community, don't miss out on the festivities. Join the Oktoberfest @ International Business Park for on 11th October. Sign up here! (UPDATED: We’ve been told the tickets went out like hotcakes and it’s fully booked. For those of you lucky ones who managed to get a ticket, prost!)
Clarke Quay Erdinger Oktoberfest
Round up your friends and head to Singapore's best entertainment destination by the river. The Clarke Quay Erdinger Oktoberfest is happening for two nights on the 11th and 12th October. The best part? It is open to the public!
Redeem a FREE Pint of Erdinger (U.P. $13) with just 200 STAR$. See you at the Clarke Quay Fountain Square for a great evening of delicious beer, hearty food, fun games and live music!