The Orleans Festival Grounds

4500 W. Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89103

Prost!

Sep 29 – Oct 2

5PM to 11PM THU & FRI

11AM to 11 PM SATURDAY

11AM to 9PM SUNDAY

Seven Oh Brew Oktoberfest brings ALL the food and beverage to the four-day festival

Las Vegas’ first authentic Oktoberfest, presented by Seven Oh Brew, being held September 29 to October 2 at The Orleans Arena Festival Grounds  announces the food lineup, and it’s much more than just German beer and pretzels! The four-day celebration of German culture and heritage will feature a traditional German food menu, a variety of local food trucks, tasting activations, and an exclusive Oktoberfest brew! 

German Food Menu

Created by Chef Dennis Hicks, festival-goers will enjoy traditional German fare such as: 

    • Bavarian pretzels, served with whole grain mustard
    • Half chicken, roasted and served with spaetzle
    • Pork bratwurst, served on an artisanal roll with a side of sauerkraut
    • Pork schnitzel, served with German potato salad and a baked roll
    • Apple Strudel

Local Food Trucks Include: 

  • Avalon Beef Jerky
  • Country Roads Kettle Popcorn
  • Forscher German Bakery
  • Guido Pie
  • Hot Diggity Dog
  • Hot Corn
  • I Luv Cotton Candy
  • King’s Sausage
  • Lobster 3 Ways
  • Lloyd’s BBQ
  • Pizzoli
  • Road Runner Tacos
  • Snowie Paradice
  • Wetzel Pretzel

Beverages

Throughout the four-day fest, there will be an array of beverages such as:  

  • Bulleit Whisky Tastings
  • Jägermeister and Jägermeister Cold Brew Tastings
  • Sensi Wine Tasting and Grape Stomping Competitions
  • Beer provided by:
    • Dos Equis
    • Firestone 805 and 805 Cerveza
    • Miller Lite (the official sponsor of Oktoberfest’s Military Night)
    • Leinenkugel Oktoberfest (official Oktoberfest beer for Stein Holding Competitions)
    • Hop Valley Brewery
    • Heineken
    • Tenaya Creek’s Bonanza Brown Ale, Gypsy Fade IPA, and an exclusively brewed Seven Oh Brew Oktoberfest beer, US Pale Ale

“Great entertainment and good fun paired with authentic German fare and delicious bites for every palate will make this the ultimate Oktoberfest weekend,”  said Event Producer John Bentham of Ivory Star Productions. “We are excited for locals and tourists alike to experience this inaugural festival making it a must do every year!”  

Oktoberfest Tickets

Tickets are on sale now at Oktoberfest.Vegas

    • General Admission – General admission entry into the festival can be purchased for $12 (plus taxes and fees) in advance or $15++ at the door, with free entry for children under two
    • VIP Upgrades – VIP upgrades, including commemorative 42 oz. glass Stein with choice of beer, priority seating, parking, lanyard, and meal token are available for $59++
  • All Weekend Pass – Weekend passes are available for $29++
  • Family Four Pack – Family four packs are available for $29++ 

Held at The Orleans Arena Festival Grounds, located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89103, Seven Oh Brew is ready to toast and prost to Oktoberfest! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.Oktoberfest.Vegas and follow along at @sevenohbrew on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

 

A Spring in the Fall – Maipole Traditions

Typically found in the Spring, specifically at the beginning of May, the maipole (der Maibaum in German) is a painted tree trunk, decorated with flowers and adorned with long, colorful ribbons flowing from the top. During celebrations, dancers gather around the maipole, each taking hold of a ribbon and circling the pole, creating a kaleidoscope of color as the ribbons intertwine. A typical maipole can have 10 dancers or more, all dancing together in unison to wind and unwind the ribbons. Traditionally, the music was provided by pipe and tabor, fiddle, and any other instruments that could be found. Today, the music usually features fiddle, pipe, tabor, accordion, and concertina as a call back to a more traditional style of music.

The tradition of a maipole and its dance can be found in many cultures, from Rome to Northern Africa. In Germany, the tradition dates back to at least the 16th century, and some speculate as far back as 13th-century pagan rituals within Germanic tribes! Today, the tradition of the maipole is very much alive and has become a fixture at many Germanic celebrations, including Oktoberfest. 

Pole Facts:

  • Maipoles got their name from May Day, a European festival dating back to ancient times that marks the beginning of summer.
  • Originally, the maipole was a living tree that was decorated and topped with ribbons.
  • In Austria and Germany, the maipole is known as ‘maibaum’ and is typically painted with Bavarian white and blue stripes.
  • Some festivities include maipole scrambling, which involves people trying to climb to the top of the pole. 
  • The maipole has appeared in many films and shows, which is why it’s familiar to so many cultures. It’s appeared in shows such as Mad Men and Doctor Who, the movie Frozen, and even the music video for “The Safety Dance ” by Men Without Hats. 

See a traditional Maipole dance during Oktoberfest at The Orleans in the Maipole Village!

A Toast to the Próst!

The tradition of clinking glasses of alcohol in celebration is an ancient practice in our history–we’ve been doing it for a long time! In fact, basically since the beginning of alcoholic beverages, humans have been clinking glasses to wish happiness and good health. But the question is, WHY? 

 

  • An Offering to the Gods – Some think toasting began with the people of Ancient Greece, honoring their gods during ceremonies and feasts.

  • Avoiding poison – Another, slightly darker theory comes from the Middle Ages. The idea here is that when everyone would toast, a little of everyone’s drink would splash into another – making the thought of poisoning someone’s glass risky. 

  • Fighting demons – Another theory for clinking glasses that have popped up in a few cultures (including Germanic tribes!) is the idea that the sound of the clinking cubs will scare off evil spirits. 

Regardless of its origins, the clinking of glasses has become a sign of trust, honesty, and a toast to good health around the world. Millions have raised their glasses in celebration, and we hope a few more will clink (the bottoms of) their glasses this Oktoberfest! In fact, You might also hear ein Prosit, which means ‘a toast’, as a signal for you to raise your glass along with your fellow drinkers. Raise a glass and remember that we’ve been coming together to clink our cups for thousands of years! 

 

Win 2 tickets to Oktoberfest Las Vegas by tagging @SevenOhBrew on Facebook with your favorite toast!  

A Brief History of Grape Stomping


The act of grape stomping is just that – stomping on grapes with your bare feet – and it’s been a wine-making tradition for thousands of years! Most experts agree that it all started with the Ancient Romans around the 3rd century BC before stomping grapes for wine became a worldwide practice. 

Okay, we’ve been doing it for thousands of years, but why the foot? Advocates say the foot provides better-controlled pressure over the wine’s flavor profile. However, a wine press is used to accomplish the same task these days. In fact, grape stomping for the production of wine is generally not approved in the US, and a more efficient mechanical press has been developed, perfected, and used for hundreds of years. These days, you can still celebrate the tradition for recreational fun but not so much for mass drinking anymore! 

Fun Facts About Wine and the Grape Stomp 

  • Grape stomping works because the pressure from the human foot is gentle enough so the seeds won’t break-creating bitterness.
  • Grape stomping is also known by the French term “pigeage” (pronounced peej-AHJE), which translates to punching down.
  • The I Love Lucy episode “Lucy’s Italian Movie” famously featured a grape stomping scene that became one of the most well-known moments in the entire series. 
  • Each year, the World Championship Grape Stomp is held in Sonoma County, California. 
  • Most grapes are harvested at night! 
  • The flavors of wine are affected by how long the grapes are on the vine. 
    • Grapes for most white wines have lower sugar levels and higher acidity to make a crisp, tart wine. 
    • Red grapes hang longer to create the complexity that comes from more balanced sugar and acidity levels.
    • Grapes for dessert wines are left on the vines the longest.