Swine & Stein Oktoberfest

8th Annual Swine & Stein Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 7th

11:30 am to 6:30 pm

Historic Downtown Gardiner


The 8th Annual Swine & Stein Oktoberfest is a trifecta of beer, food, and music. A beer tasting will showcase the incredible diversity and quality of Maine craft beers.

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, frozen T-shirt race, and the 6th annual Maine rock, paper, scissors championship. The Annual Gardiner Beard & Mustache Competition will also be returning for its 4th year.

This family-friendly event offers all day activities for kids including a petting zoo and other children’s activities. Expect entertainment for all ages, music of all types while re-acquainting yourself with businesses throughout our historic Downtown.


The following local merchants are selling discount tickets until they sell out:

Craft Beer Cellar  SOLD OUT!
The Depot Pub  SOLD OUT!
Mainiac Brewing and Supply
Monkitree Gallery
Emery’s Meat and Produce
Johnson Hall
Gardiner Food Co-op and Cafe
Renys (Gardiner)
Niche, Inc.
Camden National Bank (Gardiner)
Domino’s (Gardiner)

VIP Tickets – Only 100 VIP tickets will be sold, which include unlimited (responsible) guided tasting of specialty craft brews from the Beer Geeks at Craft Beer Cellar (5oz. pours), a $5 food voucher, one 16oz “lunch beer”, and indoor restrooms.    



At the gate, 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 1,000 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.


Oktoberfest German Band  –  Spare Parts Band    Duquette –  The Jason Spooner Band  –  OC and the Offbeats




We’re proudly serving up a dozen Maine Craft Brews under the big tent (Click to learn more about each):

Ricker Hill Cider, Urban Farm Fermentory Blueberry Cider, Hidden Cove Booty, Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale, Funky Bow Jam Session, Allagash White, Baxter Hoptryst (New Release), Sunday River Double IPA, Peak Autumn IPA, Sebago Bonfire, Geary’s Brown Ale (New Release), Atlantic Coal Porter

In the VIP Tent:

Allagash James Bean, Peak Super Juice, Ayinger Octoberfest, Weihnstephaner Hefeweissbier, Sebago Hop Swap (In PIN Cask), Hidden Cove Jali, Funky Bow Panama Red 


In addition to offering from our local restaurants, the following food trucks will be on hand: Pinky D’s, Pangea Catering, Shut up ‘N eat it, Kathy’s Kitchen, Steel House Oven, Kabayan Phillipine Foods

A sampling of some of the dishes available:  Kielbasa, Bacon Maple Glazed Donut, BBQ Pork Sandwich, Pork Enhilada Verde, Wood Fired Pizza with whiskey teriyaki glaze local pulled pork and bacon, Poutine (8 Different types), Lumpia, Karne-Ku, Pulled Pork Mac ‘N Cheese….and much more.


Also returning 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.  Many local businesses are offering discounts and special deals to our guests, so be prepared to enjoy all that Downtown Gardiner has to offer.

We Need YOU to Volunteer! Grab your volunteer shift here and get ready to have a good time with friends and folks throughout Maine who come together at this event. 

Any volunteer who signs up for at least a two hour shift will get free admission to Swine & Stein AND an awesome volunteer t-shirt AND an invitation to an awesome Thank You party a couple of weeks after the event (the party will include light food, drinks, music, and merriment). Share with your friends and come enjoy Oktoberfest with us!

Click here to sign up! YES, Volunteer for Swine & Stein


Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors for The 8th Annual Swine & Stein