The eleventh annual Kennett Winterfest will return to 600 S. Broad Street, Kennett Square, on Saturday, February 25th, and ticket holders will have the opportunity to sample a wide range of beers from over 60 of the region’s finest breweries. Winterfest, one of the area’s premier craft brew events, will also feature live music with Dylan Zangwill, food trucks, and plenty of warm community spirit.
In keeping with Kennett Winterfest’s commitment to celebrating the best new and established brewers, many regular favorites will be returning to this year’s festival along with some exciting first-time participants. Breweries who will be pouring their best for the first time at Winterfest this year include 1937 Brewing Company, Cartesian Brewing, Farmers and Bankers Brewing, Rural City Brewing, and Succession Fermentory.
Kennett Winterfest is traditionally a sell-out event, and the coveted Def Conn pre-festival tasting event with Wilmington Brew Works, winners of the Best of Connoisseur at the 2022 Kennett Brewfest, sold out within two minutes of tickets going on sale yesterday morning.
But a limited number of regular session tickets are still available. “The unique experience of tasting beers, cider, and mead outdoors in the winter is part of what makes Kennett Winterfest special,” says local architect and festival organizer Jeff Norman.
The 2023 Kennett Winterfest will also feature a number of breweries involved in Ales for ALS, a cause near and dear to Norman’s heart. His sister, who suffered from ALS, passed away the evening after last year’s Winterfest. “I promised her I would try and help others with ALS, and when I found out about Ales for ALS, it seemed like the perfect way to honor her memory,” he says.
He discovered that only six breweries in PA, DE, and NJ were involved and began asking breweries to participate in the 2023 program. “To date we have 22 breweries committed—and counting. This will put our region as the second or third highest in terms of participating breweries,” Norman says.
Winterfest ticket buyers support two great causes this year. In addition to support for ALS from participating breweries, all proceeds from Kennett Winterfest support Kennett Collaborative, the nonprofit that works to make Kennett thrive by creating programs and events that help Kennett become a more beautiful and welcoming community where all can belong and prosper.
Kennett Winterfest is usually a sell-out, so organizers recommend buying tickets early to avoid disappointment. Click here for tickets.