The Oktoberfest celebration in Penang next week will see non-alcoholic beverages served alongside their alcoholic counterpart, both to address drink driving concerns and to keep up with the current trend in Germany.
Malaysian-German Society (MGS) Oktoberfest chairperson Dr Wolfgang Mark said non-alcoholic drinks are now popular in Germany, as they are similar in taste to regular beer.
“Many have been drinking and driving after the Oktoberfest events, so we have decided to include alcohol-free beer. All can have a good (time) and not drive home drunk,” Mark said in a press conference.
Organising chairman Dr Wolfgang Mark (pic) said that members and the public who attend the event would have a choice between regular beer and its non-alcoholic counterpart.
Dr Mark said some 3,000 people are expected at the event on both days.
He said that the society had hosted the event for the past 45 years and believed that it was more than just about beer drinking.