Swine and Stein Oktoberfest
Starts: Oct 12 2013 - 11:30am
Ends: Oct 12 2013 - 6:30pm
Gardiner, ME 04345
Ride in the pig, and roll out the barrel – it’s Swine and Stein time. On October 12th, 2013, Water Street in Historic Gardiner will be transformed as Gardiner Main Street produces its version of a traditional Oktoberfest. Our 4th annual event can promise an oompah band as well as yummy farm-to-table pork and other local offerings, delicious Maine craft beers, and a great lineup of local live music from Maine bands.
The festivities begin at 11:30am and run through 6:30pm. A number of popular restaurants and street vendors from across the state will be teaming up to serve an array of pork-driven dishes, including succulent pulled pork and sausages of all sorts. Get your pig on bread, plate, or stick, but make sure you get some because this event can satisfy everyone’s taste buds. New this year, Kennebec Local Food Initiative and the Gardiner Farmers Market will be offering a local harvest supper. The “Grow Local” area will feature a free tasting table and info booths about other organizations working to strengthen the local food system. Experience the amazing bounty of Maine-produced foods from hamburger and chicken wings to veggie burger and winter squash fritters.
In addition to beer, pork, and music, there will be a number of ongoing activities for bragging rights and prizes including a chicken fling, frozen T-shirt race, and Maine’s 2nd Annual Rock Paper Scissors Championship. Pumpkin carving and other children’s activities will also be available on Water Street. Expect entertainment for all ages and music of all types while re-acquainting yourself with businesses throughout our historic Downtown. This is a great opportunity to take in some of the best that Maine culture has to offer.
The musical lineup of Maine performers includes Sorcha with Jo Sorrel, The Ghost of Paul Revere, The Oktoberfest German Band, The Calypso Soldiers, and The Business.
This event is a perfect celebration as we embrace the beautiful autumn season in Gardiner. “Swine and Stein is one of our premier events showcasing our beautiful downtown. The atmosphere of this event is appropriate for folks of all ages who want to get out and enjoy local food, music and beer in a one-of-a-kind setting” states Patrick Wright, Executive Director of the Gardiner Main Street Program.
Discount advance tickets will be on sale for the 4th annual Swine & Stein Oktoberfest event at local Gardiner merchants while they last, and from www.gardinermainstreet.org thru October 5th. The week of the event, tickets will be $15 with beer tasting, $10 with no beer. The first 1000 people through the gates on the day of the event will receive a complimentary souvenir taster glass. Children under 12 get free admission with parent.
This event will take place RAIN OR SHINE!
Local Gardiner merchants selling tickets include: The Depot Sports Pub, Water Street Café, Renys, Mainiac Brewing, Ship on Site, Monkitree, and Lisa’s Legit Burritos.
Our eclectic mix of Downtown Businesses will be open during this event, so be sure to visit them all. Parking will be available at various locations throughout Downtown.