GUINNESS Celebrates St. Patrick’s with the Largest Sláinte in Malaysia

GUINNESS, Malaysia’s – and Ireland’s – favourite stout, celebrated St. Patrick’s with a vibrant two-day festival which was on the 16th and 17th of March at The Gasket Alley filled with live performances, fun and games, GUINNESS-infused bites, and of course – cold, creamy GUINNESS stout. From the largest Sláinte in Malaysia, to an amazing line-up of performances, party-goers were in for a treat at The Gasket Alley for the two-day festival. 

Festivalgoers part of the largest Sláinte in Malaysia during the GUINNESS St. Patrick's Day Festival at The Gasket Alley, PJ

I was invited to the celebration to witness the fun and excitement which GUINNESS Malaysia has prepared for the guest through out the two-day festival.

The atmosphere was abuzz with excitement as guests enjoyed the GUINNESS creations and a cold, creamy stout while they enjoyed performances from local artists Church Mouse, Froya, Donamarie, Jumero, Kyoto Protocol, Diplomats of Drum, Ryan Jones and more, as well as stand-up comedy from Prakash Daniel which infused St. Patrick’s fun and laugher to the event. 

Selection of the delicious food on offer to pair with GUINNESS beer

There was plenty for foodies to enjoy with a slew of GUINNESS-infused bites and Irish delicacies, including a spectacular GUINNESS stout roast, Dublin Coddle, sliders and oysters – all paired perfectly with cold, creamy GUINNESS stout. Those with a sweet tooth indulged in GUINNESS stout Baileys Ice Cream Floats and GUINNESS stout iced coffee from the cocktail bar, as well as GUINNESS stout popcorn, brownies and a unique GUINNESS stout sorbet.

Kyoto Protocol performing at the GUINNESS St. Patrick's Festival

A festival would not be complete without exciting games and enticing prizes, and the GUINNESS St. Patrick’s Festival had them in droves. Some crowd favourites included the famous GUINNESS Draught Two Part Pour challenge and the Long Bar challenge, which saw festival-goers sliding a bottle of GUINNESS stout along a long table to accumulate points. Two winners proved to be the best of the best and have each been awarded a trip for two to Dublin to be part of the GUINNESS X Meatopia festival – a weekend-long love affair of meat, drink, fire and music.

Long Bar Challenge winner from the first day of festival, 24-year-old Wong Jun Hoe, has decided to bring his close friend along for the trip, "The St Patrick's festival was so much fun, and winning the challenge and getting to go to the home of Guinness later this year is the cherry on top!" said Wong.

Festivalgoers enjoying themselves during the GUINNESS St. Patrick's Festival

The challenge for Day 2 took an unexpected turn when finalists, Andressa da Silva Sales, and Sri Ram Sri Kuman, faced a tie after a few rounds of sliding, upon which they decided to be each other's company for the trip. "Indeed we never know who we'll meet at this year's festival, not only have we established a new friendship, being food lovers as well, we are very much looking forward to the GUINNESS X Meatopia Festival in Dublin!" they said.

Winner of the Long Bar Challenge Day 1, Wong Jun Hoe, receiving his ticket to the GUINNESS X Meatopia festival in Dublin, with GUINNESS Senior Brand Manager, Julie Kuan

There were plenty of other opportunities for festival goers to win prizes on the spot, including custom GUINNESS tattoos from Electric Dreams, Beard On grooming products and leather key chains by Attached Leather Co. To win, revellers tried their hands at Irish slang and busted a move in the Step Dance Challenge. 

Winners of the Long Bar Challenge Day 2 (2nd & 3rd from left), Andressa da Silva Sales & Sri Ram Sri Kuman, receiving their ticket for the GUINNESS X Meatopia Festival in Dublin, from GUINNESS Senior Brand Manager, Julie Kwan (2nd from right)

With the party in full swing, GUINNESS stout lovers stepped up to prove who had the best ‘GUINNESS-tache’ – the creamy GUINNESS stout foam which covers the upper lip when taking a deep drink. As the evening went on, revellers joined in on the largest ‘Sláinte’ in Malaysia alongside a parade of Irish dancers, performers and stilt walkers.

Performers during the GUINNESS St. Patrick's Day Festival parade

“March means just one thing for stout lovers, and that’s the famous St. Patrick’s celebrations. With its Irish origins, GUINNESS stout is the perfect choice to accompany the festivities no matter where you are in the world – be it Dublin, Boston or Kuala Lumpur. Whether you celebrate at one of the parties in bars and pubs up and down the country or at our main festival in KL, GUINNESS has plenty of promotions, fun and games for everyone this St. Patrick’s month. Come along, you’ll never know who you will meet!” said Archana Sridhara, Marketing Manager of GUINNESS Malaysia.

To find out the latest events and updates from GUINNESS Malaysia, do check out their FB page at www.facebook.com/GuinnessMalaysia for more details.


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