Join us for a fun weekend of fall fun where we feature our Maize Valley Oktoberfest Beer. This delightful Marzen Beer is a beautiful, deep golden color, with a rich maltiness that makes you think of all things fall.
Commemorative Oktoberfest Beer Mugs will be available.. The Oktoberfest Mug will be available both inside the main market building (no ticket necessary) as well as at the beer truck which is inside our fall activities area. If you are dining with us, we will also offer several food specials for the weekend. If you plan to visit the winery/brewer/dining – you do not need a ticket.
The origins of Oktoberfest date back to the year 1810 in Munich Germany. Today, this festival is the largest in the world with over 6 million guests attending each year.
Maize Valley’s Oktoberfest (slightly scaled down from the Munich festival) will not only feature our Oktoberfest beer, but also our Pumpkin Cannon Ale – a fall favorite! Please note that if you wish to attend the fall activities, tickets must be purchased in advance and are valid for a 4 hour period. Click here to learn about all that Maize Valley offers in the fall!
The History of Oktoberfest
Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen 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 happy royal event. The fields have been named Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s fields”) in honor of the Crown Princess ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the “Wies’n”.
Horse races in the presence of the Royal Family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest.
The Oktoberfest continues in 1811
In 1811 an added feature to the horse races was the first Agricultural Show, designed to boost Bavarian agriculture. The horse races, which were the oldest and – at one time – the most popular event of the festival are no longer held today. But the Agricultural Show is still held every three years during the Oktoberfest on the southern part of the festival grounds.
In the first few decades the choice of amusements was sparse. The first carousel and two swings were set up in 1818. Visitors were able to quench their thirst at small beer stands which grew rapidly in number. In 1896 the beer stands were replaced by the first beer tents and halls set up by enterprising landlords with the backing of the breweries.
The remainder of the festival site was taken up by a fun-fair. The range of carousels etc. on offer was already increasing rapidly in the 1870s as the fairground trade continued to grow and develop in Germany.
Today, the Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world, with an international flavor characteristic of the 21th century: some 6 million visitors from all around the world converge on the Oktoberfest each year.
And since the Oktoberfest is still held on the Theresienwiese, the locals still refer to the event simply as the “Wies’n”. So “welcome to the Wies’n” means nothing other than “welcome to the Oktoberfest”!