Buffalo Creek Maifest
Date and Time
Friday May 12, 2023
Buffalo Creek Brewing
360 Historical Lane
Long Grove, IL 60047
BCB is proud to present spring’s answer to Oktoberfest. On May 12 (noon to 11 pm) and 13 (11 am to 11 pm), the authentic German brewery will host its inaugural Maifest (pronounced May-fest) and usher in the long-awaited spring season like they do in Germany and Austria. Besides the ancient rite of dancing around the maypole, BCB’s 1-acre biergarten will come alive with blooming flowers and the sights and sounds of the budding spring season. The event includes live music, charity raffles and games, new warm-weather beer releases, a special small batch tent, food trucks, and more. Partial proceeds will benefit Misericordia, a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities.
Although oompah bands, steins of lager, and men in lederhosen under big tents seem synonymous with Oktoberfest, Maifest is just as delicious and fun, as it welcomes in the warm weather season and the merry month of May. On Friday, the dazzling duo Timeless Ideals will rock the BCB main stage before the biergarten is transformed into an electrifying outdoor club experience on Saturday led by DJ Greta. During the two-day free fest, owner/beermaker Mike Marr will be releasing thirst-quenching warm-weather beers that he’ll feature at the brewery throughout the spring-summer season like his ever-popular Hefeweizen called Muttersholtz and a rare version of his Russian Imperial called Hallows aged in rum barrels with coconut. The small batch beer tent will be an area where guests can participate in meet-and-greets with the brewer and sample his latest experimental beers.
In addition to authentic German jumbo soft pretzels, some of the area’s most renowned food trucks will be rolling through as well, including Happy Lobster on Friday and Mario’s Cart on Saturday. Representatives from Misericordia will be on hand throughout the weekend selling raffle tickets and hosting interactive games for adults and children alike.