While the temperatures are still high, fall is definitely on its way (eventually). With fall comes many fun festivals and events, and this year, Las Vegas has another fun experience to celebrate—Seven Oh Brew Oktoberfest. The four-day festival is set to take place at the Orleans Arena from September 29-October 2. We talked with Seven Oh Brew Event Producer and Ivory Star Productions’ John Bentham about what Oktoberfest will be bringing to Las Vegas.
A Look at Seven Oh Brew Oktoberfest
WT: What can guests expect from Oktoberfest?
Bentham: During the inaugural Seven Oh Brew Oktoberfest, guests can expect an incredible experience, where they are transported into a mini-version of the authentic Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. There will be lots of food, lots of beverages, and lots of fun activities for the whole family, including a German Cultural Village, Maipole Village, a big truck and car show, and a 70-foot Ferris wheel with views of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s going to be four days of fun!
WT: How will the Seven Oh Brew Oktoberfest differ from other Oktoberfest events in Las Vegas?
Bentham: This Oktoberfest is a standalone festival and the first of its kind in Las Vegas! With the goal of creating as close to the authentic German Oktoberfest, we’re bringing in tents, stages, Oktoberfest tables, German entertainment, demonstrations, and several German beers and food.
WT: What kind of vendors can guests expect?
Bentham: We have our own in-house vendors that will be preparing an authentic as possible German menu. We have more than a dozen food trucks and specialty food and beverage vendors. We also have lots of craft vendors who will be offering handmade wares to really give it that German market flavor and flare.
WT: What is the best way for families to experience Oktoberfest? What is the best way for those over 21 to experience the event?
Bentham: We recommend families experience Oktoberfest together! There are going to be so many family-fun activities – from the wiener dog races, the root beer raising, and all the activities at the Maipole Village. There will be places for families to grab a table together and enjoy German music and entertainment. This is a family-friendly festival! But there’s also fun for the 21+ crowd. Jump in on the Stein holding contests, Heineken Keg Course, try the different German beers and wines, do some grape stomping, enjoy the atmosphere, the entertainment, the fireworks, and party into the night!
What I’ve experienced living and visiting Germany is that the Germans like to relax and enjoy themselves. They work really hard and are industrious, but when it’s time to let loose, they like to do that, too. They have no problem sitting for hours with their families and friends, talking, drinking and enjoying. That’s what we hope to emulate.
WT: What are you most excited for guests to see and taste?
Bentham: The German food and beer! The combination of the two together is just incredible. But then you add the music to that and the environment – you just can’t help but smile and have a good time! I hope guests get to see how fun the Germans and the German culture are!