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Brew fans flock to Kennett WinterFest

02/28/2017 10:18AM ● By Richard Gaw
By Richard L. Gaw
Staff Writer

From its title to the snowflake prominently displayed in its logo, the fifth annual Kennett WinterFest, held Feb. 25 in the Genesis HealthCare parking lot, was anticipated to be its usual frozen self, packed with beer aficionados wearing cut-off gloves, double layers and huddling against the cold.
And yet, as the event settled into the second of its nearly four-hour length, ticket holders huddled, but it wasn't against the cold. With temperatures in the 70s and with a threat of a shower looming, more than 850 beer lovers – dressed more for a summer festival than a winter one – gathered nearly shoulder-to-shoulder under two large tents, and enjoyed tastings from more than 60 craft breweries, with occasional visits to  Abuelita’s Empanadas, Dia Doce, Natalie’s Fine Food, The Polish Connection, Southbound BBQ, Bespoke Bacon and D’s Nuts. Live music was provided by Shady Groove.
Sponsored by MacElree & Harvey, the event was also sponsored by Servpro, Genesis HealthCare, Waywood Beverage and Republic Services.
The annual event serves as a fundraiser for Historic Kennett Square.
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Photos by Richard L. Gaw