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The Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to welcoming everyone back to our annual Oktoberfest celebration on the Quietside of Mt. Desert Island, happening once again this Columbus Day Weekend, October 11 and 12, 2013 at Smuggler’s Den Campground in Southwest Harbor. Saturday’s beer tasting, food and music party including a third tent filled with fine Maine crafters and their work, will be held from noon to 6pm. The Wine and Cheese Tasting on Friday will be from 4 – 7pm.
New events this year include the Experts’ Tent hosted by The Liquor Locker’s Tyler Johnson. Featured speakers in the Experts’ Tent will be Al and Mia Strong of Strong Brewing Company in Sedgewick. Al and Mia got their start brewing almost 18 years ago after attending our very first Oktoberfest on the pier at Dysart’s Marina. Come hear about their new community supported brewery.
New brewers from outside Maine, Boston Beer Company, Brooklyn Brewery and The Traveller Beer Company will be with us. In the Food Tent you’ll find many of your old favorites, Nostrano’s, Mainely Meat, Kiwanis and some new tastes too. New musicians performing will be The Peterson Project playing blues and roots music. Opening for them are Russ & Jeff of Bar Harbor, playing rock, reggae and original music.
Artist and Caricaturist Susan Fox will be on hand throughout the day to draw your portrait in black and white or in color. And as always, the craft tent will feature some of Maine’s finest crafters and artists.
We have a couple of competitions in 2013 with prizes for best costume, best brewers’ table, and a peoples’ choice award for most popular brewer. The Liquor Locker is sponsoring a Keg Toss with both men’s and women’s divisions. See how far you can throw an empty torpedo keg from a standing position. NO Discus throws!
The Chamber wants to help with travel by running two 14 passenger vans from various parking lots in Southwest Harbor to and from Smuggler’s Den. Pick up a coupon book to use in town before and after Oktoberfest and visit some of our local businesses.
To speed the line at the ticket sales booth on Saturday, guests can buy their tickets early at the Chamber Offices up until Thursday, October 10th at four pm. Full admission passes which include a souvenir glass and 10 beer tickets will be discounted at the office through Thursday: $25 at the office, $30 on Saturday at the Ticket Booth. The Entertainment and Craft Tent entrance fee is still $10.
Entrance to the Wine and Cheese Tasting will be available Friday evening at the door, $15/individual and $27/couple.
The Liquor Locker will also be hosting its own beer tasting on Friday evening from 3-6pm at its shop on Seal Cove Rd. There is no charge for admission.
This Oktoberfest is the Chamber’s annual fundraiser with income going to defray the cost of chamber operations. The Chamber would like to thank the following sponsors for their additional support: Smuggler’s Den Campground, Islandweb Advanced Internet Services, The Liquor Locker, Sawyer’s Specialties, Steve Lambert, The Causeway Club, Wallace Tent, Neighborhood House and Harbor House.