What is Swine & Stein Oktoberfest? You get a 5 oz. taster. You visit the Biergarten tent (you have multiple tickets) to taste great Maine craft beers, ciders, and even wine. You wander through a sea of food trucks (oh, the aroma) for warm comfort food. Music is in the air. GREAT music. Games are everywhere, from the more casual cornhole and giant Jenga to the ultra-competitive Frozen T-Shirt Race, Main State Rock Paper Scissors Championship, and Swine Calling Contest. You will drink, eat, listen, watch, dance, and possibly compete. And there will be lederhosen - everywhere. This is Swine & Stein Oktoberfest, Gardiner Main Street’s annual fundraiser!
PRE-SALE IS CLOSED - TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE GATE 11:30AM
Non-Drinker/Designated Driver: $10.00 Admission for all day entertainment, access to food vendors, complimentary soft drinks and water.
General Admission: $25.00 Includes three 5oz. drink tickets, admission for all day entertainment, access to food vendors and complimentary tasting glass for first 2000 through gates.
VIP: $50.00 Unlimited, responsible tasting (5oz pours), $5 food voucher, 2018 Swine & Stein t-shirt, complimentary taster glass. Limited to 100 tickets. Anyone visibly intoxicated will be asked to leave.
11:45-12:00 Mainiac Brewing Demo - Main Stage
What better way to kick off Oktoberfest than learning how to make your own beer! Rick McCormick, brewer extraordinare, will walk you through the steps in 15 minutes!
12:15PM Beard and Mustache Competition
Prepare for “Growvember” by walking away with the ULTIMATE Swine&Stein Beard and Mustache Competition title: BEST IN SHOW! Registration is at Monkitree (263 Water Street) 11:30AM-noon with the judging at 12:15PM in front of the Main Stage. Participant or spectator - you don’t want to miss this!
12:30-1:30PM Spare Parts, a Local Favorite!
Spare Parts will get you dancing in the street! They play a mix of favorites from Grateful Dead to Jimmy Buffett - perfect for Swine & Stein. It’s 5 O’clock somewhere, right?
1:00PM Giant Jenga
It’s as if basic Jenga married a lumber company and had a baby. Whether you have a strategy or fly by the seat of your pants, play or watch, Giant Jenga is simply awesome! Sign up at the Camden National Bank tent.
1PM Butchering Demo by Emery’s Meat & Produce, Johnson Hall
Your morning bacon, demystified. Overhead projector. Pig. Leon Emery of Emery’s masterfully walks the audience through the art of piecing your pig to get it to your plate. Patrick Wright will elaborate on the finer points of raising your pig (his of which will be on the table for the demo). Wanna skip this one? There are two sides of a pig, so the 2nd Demo is at 3PM!
1:45PM Frozen T-Shirt Race, Beard & Mustache Awards
Are you up for a serious challenge? Sign up at the Info table for the Frozen T-Shirt Race - first come, only 5 spots! Thaw a frozen t-shirt and put in on to win the race! FYI: spectators have just about as much fun!
2:00PM Runaway Home: Nashville Americana & Roots
Runaway Home is a Nashville-based Panoramic-Americana band founded by two intrepid dreamers and schemers who share a love for music and the places it takes us all. Their music begins close to the heart but is bound for distant vistas. Pulling from diverse musical backgrounds, Runaway Home blends their sound, whiskey-smooth and harmonically strong, with a plaintive and rootsy edge.
Special Guests: a truly Nashville experience in Gardiner!
Gardiner’s own Police Officer Emily Davies is a professional musician who just happens to play bass with Runaway Home from her Nashville days! You can hear her on bagpipes as well on their newest album, “Gotta Get Outside.”
Nashville turned Hallowell musician extraordinaire Mark Horn a.k.a. Professor Smartypants (percussion, banjo, vocals) will be sitting in on drums with Runaway Home for this performance as well.
3PM Butchering Demo by Emery’s Meat & Produce, Johnson Hall
This is the 2nd side of the pig, so if you missed the first demo at 1PM and are swine-curious, you can catch this one! Your morning bacon, demystified. Overhead projector. Pig. Leon Emery of Emery’s masterfully walks the audience through the art of piecing your pig to get it to your plate. Patrick Wright will elaborate on the finer points of raising your pig (his of which will be on the table for the demo).
3:30 Maine State Rock Paper Scissors Championship
Put your game face on and let that competitive tiger within out for the Maine State Rock Paper Scissors Championship! Sign up at the Info Table after you’re through the gate for your chance to compete in this intellectual, challenging, athletic endeavor!
3:45 Swine Calling. Yes. Swine Calling.
Why not? The pig is the Prince of the Festival, for let’s pay homage to bacon, pigs in a blanket, and that good ol’ holiday ham by nurturing your inner swine in the most vocal way possible! Sign up at the info booth. This is sure to be another grand spectator sport!
4:00PM Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations
Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations bring down the house with a powerful mix of Motown/Memphis Soul Music that’s guaranteed to get the party started! This is a 100% Old School Soul Revue complete with outstanding female singers, a full horn section, and a show that that will knock your socks off! The band covers Soul Classics from Sam and Dave, the Supremes, Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, The Staple Singers and The Queen of Soul – Aretha Franklin! When Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations hit the stage, it’s an instant Soul Train dance party and a History of Soul Music all wrapped up in a single package of FUN! Their numerous CDs also provide a wealth of original R&B music to their sets. The Soul Sensations’ danceable repertoire and unique showmanship make them the perfect band to bring down the house for Swine & Stein!