Sat, Oct. 10th 11:30a-6:30p
The 6th Annual Swine & Stein Octoberfest is a trifecta of beer, food, and music. A beer tasting will showcase the incredible diversity and quality of Maine craft beers. In celebration of local Maine agriculture, fine restaurants and local food vendors from Gardiner and across the state will serve up a variety of interesting culinary dishes featuring local pork along with other quality menu items. Adding to the festivities, a line-up of favorite and emerging Maine bands will entertain throughout the day. A unique array of games and activities, with prizes will encourage mingling and general merriment. Don’t miss out on this outdoor, urban brew fest in the setting of one of Maine’s most charming main streets!
In addition to beer, pork, and music, there will be a number of ongoing activities, including a chicken fling, frozen T-shirt race, and the 4th annual Maine rock, paper, scissors championship. The Annual Gardiner Beard & Mustache Competition will also be returning for its second year. This family-friendly event offers pumpkin carving and other children’s activities. Expect entertainment for all ages, music of all types while re-acquainting yourself with businesses throughout our historic Downtown.
NEW THIS YEAR: Ready to take your beer knowledge to the next level? Join “Beer U” at Swine and Stein Oktoberfest. The “Beer Geeks” from Craft Beer Cellar will guide you through the finer points of your delicious malt beverage. Your $50 “VIP” ticket includes unlimited tastings throughout the day of a dozen Maine craft beers on tap in the main beer tent, and also entitles you to admission to “Beer U”, where you will find specialty and small batch brews, and expert guidance by our Cicerones, passionate beer experts who will help you navigate some of the finest beers around. Make your beer knowledge catch up with your taste buds. After a day of sampling these brews with the folks from Craft Beer Cellar, you will be well on your way to becoming a “Beer Geek” yourself! In addition to the tasting tent, you’ll have access to indoor heated restrooms!
Also new this year, festival goers will have the opportunity to learn about the art and craft of butchery. Leon Emery of Emery’s Meat and Produce will demonstrate how to turn a half pig into all of your favorite cuts. Come with your questions for this interactive discussion, and explore new cuts of pork, how they might be best prepared, and where exactly they come from.
On the day of the event, tickets will be $20 and include three 5 oz tastings, $10 for “dry” designated drivers. Complimentary water and soda is available for designated drivers. Additional beer and food is available for purchase separately. The first 2,000 people through the gates on the day of the event will receive a complimentary souvenir taster glass. No one under 21 years of age admitted without a parent. Children are admitted at no charge. Swine and Stein is a fundraiser to benefit Gardiner Main Street’s charitable mission. To learn more, click here.
This is a rain or shine event – in case of rain, we will have a giant tent!
Discount advance tickets ($15) will be available below until midnight on Oct. 2nd, and at the following local merchants until they sell out.
The Depot Pub SOLD OUT!
Camden National Bank
Emery’s Meat and Produce
Renys SOLD OUT!
Mainiac Brewing and Supply SOLD OUT!
Gardiner Food Co-op and Cafe SOLD OUT!
|11:30am- Gates Open
11:30am -12:30pm Musical Act – Emilia Dahlin
|12:30pm – 2nd Annual Beard and Mustache Competition Judging
12:45pm -1:45pm Musical Act – Oktoberfest German Band
|1:45pm – Winners of Beard and Mustache Competition announced, Frozen T-Shirt Contest
2:00pm – Butchering Demonstration by Emery’s Meat and Produce in Johnson Hall
2:00pm -3:30pm – Musical Act – Muddy Ruckus
3:00pm – Sign up and Preliminary Rounds – Rock, Paper, Scissors
3:30pm – 4th Annual Maine Rock, Paper, Scissors Semi-Finals and Championship
|3:45pm -5:15pm The Pete Kilpatrick Band
4:00pm– Butchering Demonstration by Emery’s Meat and Produce in Johnson Hall
5:15pm – Rubber Chicken Toss Competition
|5:30pm – 6:30pm The Colwell Brothers|
Parking information is below.
Several Gardiner business are offering special discounts, events and contests throughout the day. For a full list of special offerings click here.
Our Beer Lineup in this year’s main tent is:
Allgash Black, Sheepscot Pemaquid Ale, Gritty Mc Duff’s Halloween Ale, Baxter Hayride, Funky Bow IPA, Hidden Cove Harvest Ale, Sebago Bonfire Rye, Allagash White, Shipyard Pumpkin, Bar Harbor Blueberry, Geary’s Pale Ale, Crooked Halo Cider.
Our VIP/Beer U lineup includes:
Baxter Lonely Goatherd, Allagash Session Brett, Weinstephan Oktoberfest, Weinstephan Hefewesien, Funky Bow Coffee Porter, Allagash Curieux, Lost Orchard Cider Dante’s Inferno, Lost Orchard Cider The Rapture
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Please Thank Our Generous Sponsors For The 2015 Swine & Stein Oktoberfest