Bruno Wichnoski, a long time Carolina BrewMaster, led the 12th annual Charlotte Oktoberfest. Once again Metrolina Expo was the site of the Festival. The attendance was capped at 5,250 patrons and the Festival site was expanded to allow for a greater number of activities and more room for the attendees. Great music was provided by Echo Code, Sugar Glyder and BlueMonday. Because of the heat that day, 12,000 bottles of water were provided for the Festival patrons to keep everyone well hydrated. Just after the Festival ended, a heavy windstorm swept through the area damaging several tents but sparing the Festival itself. The Festival raised a total of $55,000 in charitable donations which were split between The Autism Society of North Carolina and The National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina. An additional $2500 was donated to the North Carolina Brewers Guild, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting craft beer in North Carolina.