Annual Swine and Stein

7th Annual Swine & Stein Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 8th, 11:30 am to 6:30 pm

Historic Downtown Gardiner


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The 7th 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.

Fine restaurants and 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 5th annual Maine rock, paper, scissors championship. The Annual Gardiner Beard & Mustache Competition will also be returning for its third year.

Music acts include Dominic Lavoie, Oktoberfest German Band, Tricky Britches, The Scolded Dogs, and Gunther brown!

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.

*Beer Selection subject to change*


11:30 am – Gates Open

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Live Music: Dominic Lavoie 

12:oo pm – Registration for 3rd Annual Beard & Mustache Competition

12:30 pm – Beard & Mustache Competition Judging

12:45 pm – Live Music: Oktoberfest German Band

1:45 pm –  Winners of Beard and Mustache Competition announced,

Frozen T-Shirt Contest

2:00 pm – Live Music: Gunther Brown

2:30 pm –  Butchering Demonstration by Emery’s Meat & Produce in Johnson Hall

3:00 pm – Registration for 5th Annual Rock, Paper, Scissors

Preliminary Rounds

3:30 pm – Annual Maine Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship

3:45 pm – Live Music: Tricky Britches

4:00 pm – Butchering Demonstration by Emery’s Meat and Produce in Johnson Hall
5:30 pm – Live Music: The Scolded Dogs

6:30 pm – Event Ends, See you in 2017!

All Day: Kids Activities, Petting Zoo, and other activities throughout Downtown

No under under 21 years of age admitted without a parent. Children are admitted at no charge. 

Children left unattended will be fed to the pigs!

This is a  rain or shine event – in case of rain, we will have a giant tent!


Interested in volunteering? We have several spots open: any volunteer who signs up for at least a two hour shift will get free admission and an invitation to an awesome thank-you party a couple of weeks after the event. Grab your volunteer shift here: Volunteer for Swine & Stein.


Information below is from our 2015 Swine & Stein…please check back as we continue to update our event page!

2015 Swine & Stein 

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 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.

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 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.  To learn more, click here.

Click here for our Swine & Stein event handout (2015).

Parking information:

Several Gardiner business are offering special discounts, events and contests throughout the day. For a full list of special offerings click here (2015).

Our Beer Lineup in this year’s main tent is:

Allgash Black, Baxter Hayride, Funky Bow IPA, Peak Organic IPA, Sebago Bonfire Rye, Allagash White, Shipyard Pumpkin, Sea Dog Blueberry, Peak Organic Oktoberfest, Hidden Cove Bucko Brown, Crooked Halo Cider, Atlantic Coal Porter.

Our VIP/Beer U lineup includes:

Allagash Curieux, Allagash James Bean, Ayinger’s Oktoberfest Marzen, Sebago Hop Swap, Lost Orchard Cider Dante’s Inferno, Lost Orchard Cider The Rapture, Hidden Cove Aged Fragola