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!
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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?
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!