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Maifest: Spring Has Sprung

By May 1, 2019 No Comments

It’s MAY!!!! Warmer weather is here and the flowers are starting to bloom.  May means Maifest in the Amana Colonies and you’ll find the villages are ready for the summer with flowers and Maipoles.  It’s the German tradition of celebrating spring and we carry that tradition on in Amana today.

Parade

What’s a celebration without a parade?  No, it’s not the Rose Bowl Parade, but it’s a fun small town tradition with a band, some floats and a lot of fun.  The parade kicks off the festivities at 10am on Saturday morning and is followed by what is a signature event and a highlight for many, the annual performance of the Amana Maipole Dancers.  This group of volunteers has been dancing for more than 30 years and will perform at various spots in the village of Amana over the two day event.  Performing traditional Maipole dances and songs, they are not to be missed as their colorful dirndls, ribbons, and melodies fill the street.

Food Trucks

A more recent addition to Maifest has been the Saturday “World on Wheels Food Truck Fare”.  This feature brings the different cuisines of the world to the Amana Colonies.  May Day is not only a celebration of spring in Germany but in many countries and what better way to celebrate this fact than with food?  The ethnic food trucks that we invite to the Colonies for this one day add some diversity to our food line-up.  Greek, Asian, French, Italian, Caribbean and more make this a tasty part of Maifest.  And yes, we have German too, both at the Food Truck Fare and also in our sensational restaurants.

Entertainment

To provide even more of an international flavor to Maifest, the Festhalle Stage will host a variety of ethnic music and dance.  In past years, a troupe of Irish Dancers has been a big hit but each year brings something new and different just check the details when they are posted to find his year’s offering.

On Saturday evening we recommend and great dinner at one of our restaurants and then find the live music in town and kick back with something to wet your whistle and keep your toes tap’n or maybe some live theater at the Old Creamery Theater.

Wine, Beer and Chocolate Walk

Sunday’s feature event is the annual Wine, Beer and Chocolate Walk.  Purchase a punch card and follow the trail to samples of all three and some additional special treats.  After your card is completely punched turn it in for a souvenir Maifest glass.

Maifest marks the unofficial start of another visitor season to the Amana Colonies and it’s a great way to kick it all off.

Maipole Dancer Schedule: 

Saturday May 4th

  • 10:45am Amana Woolen Mill
  • 11:30am Festhalle Barn
  • 12pm Amana General Store
  • 1:30pm Amana General Store
  • 2pm Festhalle Barn
  • 2:30 Millstream Brau Haus

Sunday May 5th:

  • 12:30pm Amana General Store
  • 1pm Millstream Brau Haus
  • 1:30pm Amana General Store