Oktoberfest offers tasty fun in the Valley

Oct 05, 2013
Photo by: Anne Baker Lynn and Chris Sylvester of Waynesville enjoy German-style food at the inaugural Maggie Valley Oktoberfest. "I'm lovin' it!" said Chris Sylvester.

Set amidst the mountains with trees beginning to show hints of fall, Maggie Valley Oktoberfest was Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Haywood County residents and visitors alike were drawn to the inaugural event, which offered free admission.

With food available from a variety of vendors — including Cheddar Haus with cheddar wurst — and a selection of beer from breweries like New Belgium, attendees were able to sample authentic German food and fall-themed beverages.

Live music from the Hill Country Band and Caribbean Cowboys, a petting zoo and plenty of yard games provided fun for the whole family.

Jim Higel, owner of Legends Sports Grill in Maggie Valley and one of the festival organizers, hoped this first Oktoberfest would increase tourism and help local businesses. Visitors from as far away as Georgia came to the event, and all attendees from out of town were able to find out information about the area from local sponsors, many of whom had booths set up at the festival.