GARDINER — Swine and Stein will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, on Water Street. The event is Gardiner Main Street’s eccentric version of a traditional Oktoberfest.

The 7th annual event includes an oompah band as well as pork, and other creative culinary dishes, a wide selection of Maine craft beers, and entertainment from some of Maine’s best musicians.

Restaurants and street vendors from across the state will team up to serve an array of pork-driven dishes.

The “Beer Geeks” from Craft Beer Cellar will guide participants through the finer points of malt beverage at “Beer U”.

Festival goers can 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.

Event Schedule:

All Day: childrens activities, petting zoo, Giant Jenga and more

11:30 a.m., Live Music: Sarah Blacker

Noon, registration for the Beard & Mustache Competition at Monkitree Gallery

12:30 p.m., Beard & Moustache Competition judging

12:45 p.m., Live Music: Oktoberfest German Band

1:45 p.m., Frozen T-Shirt Race

1:45 p.m., Beard & Mustache Competition awards

2 p.m., Live Music: Gunther Brown

2:15 p.m., Butchering Demo by Emery’s Meat and Produce in Johnson Hall

3 p.m., Rock, Paper, Scissors Signup and preliminary rounds

3:30 p.m., State of Maine Rock, Paper Scissors Championship Semifinals and Finals

3:45 p.m. Live Music: Tricky Britches

4 p.m., Butchering Demo in Johnson Hall

5:30 p.m., Live Music: The Scolded Dogs

Discount advance tickets are on sale at local merchants and sponsors including The Depot Sports Pub, Craft Beer Cellar, Emery’s Meat & Produce, Gardiner Food Co-op, Monkitree Art Gallery, Niche Inc., Candle in the Window, and online at On the day of the event, tickets will be $20 and include three 5 oz tastings, $10 for 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.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 582-3100.

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