The Oktoberfest Report 2022


Chattanooga Oktoberfest® 2022 is in the books, and I must say that it exceeded my own expectations considerably. We made a few changes to the layout, tweaked the format, added a few new elements and for the most part things went smoothly.

  • in 2019, we sold about $290k worth of goods during the festival
  • in 2020, the world was without beer.
  • in 2021 the festival returned strong, posting sales of $400k (a 38% increase over 2019)

This year, we posted sales of $590k - a 47% increase over last year, and 200% increase over 2019! What an incredible weekend. That works out to approximately $37k/hour, or over $10/second for 16 hours straight. [edit: 53% of sales were on Saturday, 47% on Sunday]

Beer sales were certainly good - we blew a keg every 5 minutes for the duration of the festival, with nearly 3,000 gallons consumed. As we remain the family-friendliest Oktoberfest around, I’m happy to share that there were no major issues, no arrests and no health crisis during the entirety of the event. (A few mobile residents panhandling, but nothing major.)

Changes Ahead
The festival will change some in 2023. I’m not going to spoil a happy moment with some of the relatively few negatives, but vendors who expressed discontent during Oktoberfest will not be made to suffer through the festival again – the festival will go on without them. There will be increased event emphasis and structure, with more space dedicated to the comfort of our patrons.

Oktoberfest will become an optional event, separate from the Season Pass, with optional/invited participation based on this year’s festival performance, past seasonal performance and next year’s participation levels. Farms are certainly still welcome - in fact, no product category will be excluded; it will boil down to individual vendor desire, performance, and compatibility.

Only active and competitive vendors will be accepted to attend, with Saturday leaning more towards the festival and Sunday more towards the market. It’s clearly a bit of both, which makes us unique – but as the saying goes, you can’t make everyone happy all of the time.


Back to Happy

Below is the two-day breakdown by vendor category, and the average booth (per day) sales within each group. The outcome is different than the typical market, but many categories did quite well with this unique format

Vendor: Vendor Category ↑ Sum of Gross Sales Average Gross Sales
Artwork $16,815.69 $672.63
Body Care Products $10,876.58 $906.38
Candles $16,443.69 $1,027.73
Clothing $8,727.12 $969.68
Service $2,210.00 $1,105.00
Farm - Fresh Produce $5,887.00 $841.00
Farm - Garden & Nursery $6,031.00 $1,507.75
Farm - Herbal Products $1,199.00 $599.50
Farm - Protein $2,416.65 $1,208.33
Fiber Arts $11,019.75 $734.65
Floral $8,680.00 $1,736.00
Food & Beverage $127,717.91 $2,409.77
Food Products $103,967.31 $1,506.77
Glass $3,346.81 $836.70
Jewelry $38,211.80 $955.30
Leather $4,200.00 $2,100.00
Metal $7,166.31 $1,194.39
Mixed Media $3,012.00 $502.00
Paper Products $1,628.00 $814.00
Pet Products $4,380.00 $1,095.00
Photography $4,935.00 $705.00
Pottery $3,420.00 $855.00
Recycled Art $1,444.00 $722.00
Wood $14,111.00 $1,282.82
Total $588,852.18 $1,881.32

Moving Ahead

We have several busy items on the short-term horizon, including Head of the Hooch 2022 Enrollments and Holiday Market signups. We are going to release new vendor/waitlist vendors to the Holiday Market booths this week, so consider this your final warning – register or miss out.

Have a great week - will see you on Sunday!


Hey Chris I have been waiting for the breakdown. Woohoo I knew it…crowds and sales were nonstop. At times I could not see the vendors across the aisle. If this an indication of Holiday market…Get Ready Market Fam…thanks for numbers Chris


This was our 8th Oktoberfest, I think, and absolutely our best in every aspect. I think moving it up a week gave us just a smidgeon more daylight, which helped because we see people start leaving as darkness sets in. Also having beer and seating in the back kept customers inside the pavilion and seeing our wares. I hope we can be included next year because we would hate to miss it!


Thoroughly enjoyed this Oktoberfest Fest. The crowded started early and never stopped. Really enjoyed the crowd singing along with the Sweet Caroline song, funny. On to the Hooch!!!


Hats off to the Market Team for a great event, from promotion to set up to non-stop activities and traffic. That is a huge job and I appreciate the work that brought in the customers. I had fun and steady customers, who were fun and eager to buy! I definitely want to be invited back next year!


We don’t actually control when we hold Oktoberfest – it’s a bit of a schedule dance with UTC, and they get first choice. Next year, the event will slide back a week… we move to fill the void between the home games.

As for participation, most everyone who is active and wishes to participate will be able to do so in 2023. The layout may change, your booth location may change, and other vendor details may change – but there will definitely be market participation in the festival.


I had a wonderful time and great sales. Am I under the glass or jewelry category? I can see where I’d be a cross over

I had a wonderful time --saw old friends, made new ones–and had great sales along with some orders to fill. Who could ask for more?
I have a question, please: Am I in the jewelry or glass category? I sometimes see myself as a crossover, but wondered how you have me listed.Thank you.

I had lights in my booth and that helped with night time sales. If you have access to electricity, you might want to try that,

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@susan – you are in the glass category, as you hand-craft your glass items.

Thank you! I appreciate it

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Sounds like it was a Great day. Wish I could have been there!

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