Enjoy Winterfest and Restaurant Week in Kennett Square
By Steven Hoffman
Are you looking for the perfect way to spend the extra day in 2020?
Kennett Square has a fun event on tap on Leap Day, and then, just a few days later, Kennett Square’s diverse dining options are showcased during Restaurant Week.
The eighth annual Kennett Winterfest is taking place on Leap Day, Feb. 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., and the festival will offer attendees a chance to enjoy live music, food, and, of course, great beer as more than 65 top-rated craft brewers will be pouring two-ounce samples of unique and seasonal beers.
The brews will include everything from Pilsners and IPAs to porters and stouts. The brewers featured in the Winterfest come from across the region as well as local favorites like Victory, Braeloch, and Kennett Brewing Company.
Some of the newcomers making their first appearance at Winterfest include Autumn Arch Beer Project from Newark, Del., Collusion Tapworks from York, Pa., Form Fermentery from Philadelphia; and Sloop Brewing from East Fishkill, New York.
“We’re also looking forward to a rare beer festival appearance by Iron Hill Brewery, returning for the first time in many years,” said Jeff Norman, a local architect and one of the founders of both Brewfest and Winterfest.
Norman is known by many in the Kennett Square community as the “Brewfest King” for all the work that he puts into planning and staging these two important events that serve as fundraisers for Historic Kennett Square.
“Winterfest provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy beers you know you’ll love and also to try something new and discover your next favorite brew,” explained Norman. “Winterfest celebrates the art and science of beer, and brings brewers and enthusiasts together.”
Winterfest also features live music from Amanda and the Teddy Thomas Band as well as food trucks and vendors including Abuelita’s Empanadas, Natalie’s Fine Foods, The Polish Connection, Southbound BBQ, Dia Doce Cupcakes, George & Son’s Seafood, Frankly-Deep hot sauce, and Green Eyed Lady Boutique. The Band of Media Brewers will also be doing a home-brewing demo.
All proceeds go to Historic Kennett Square, the nonprofit that works to keep Kennett Square vibrant through numerous programs, including the Light up the Square tree lights on State Street, the KSQ Farmers Market, Third Thursdays on State Street, Restaurant Week, and much more.
For tickets and more information, including a full list of breweries that will be participating in Winterfest, visit kennettwinterfest.com.
Winterfest is just the beginning of the fun in Kennett Square. The second annual Kennett Square Spring Restaurant Week takes place from March 3 to 8, and the event will showcase the creativity of award-winning chefs and the many flavors of Kennett Square.
Kennett Square’s Restaurant Week offers a wide variety of dining options at over a dozen participating restaurants throughout town. Diners can also enjoy live music at various venues including Kennett Brewing Company, La Verona, The Creamery, Braeloch Brewing, and Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen, as well as the Kennett Flash.
“Kennett Square Restaurant Week is a great way for our town to celebrate its culinary diversity,” said Brett Hulbert, chef-owner of Portabellos. “We’re a small town, but we have everything from intermezzo sorbets to some of the best tacos outside of Mexico. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit your local favorites or experience a place you’ve been wanting to try.”
With dishes headlining locally-sourced ingredients and a variety of international flavors, there’s something to cater to every palate—for adventurous foodies as well as for those in the mood for more traditional fare. Much like a secret menu, diners will be able to try dishes not seen on regular menus.
Restaurant Week will also offer a wide range of dining experiences, and it’s the perfect time to try some of Kennett Square’s newest restaurants—including Byrsa Bistro, Café de Thai, Roll’Eat Sushi, and the newly expanded Portabellos. Enjoy food, craft-brewed beer, and local music at Kennett Brewing Company and Braeloch Brewing; a leisurely four-course tasting menu at Verbena BYOB; or a three-course lunch or dinner special with a side of local bands or axe-throwing at The Creamery. Victory Brewing is adding special Restaurant Week dishes to their menu to pair with their beers. La Verona, Grain, Kennett Inn, and Kennett Brewing Company are all offering prix-fixe specials for lunch as well as dinner. Mary Pat’s Provisions and Roll’Eat Sushi, both in the Market at Liberty Place, have created great value prix-fixe menus as well. For those who would rather enjoy restaurant week in the comfort of their own home, Talula’s Table will offer a boxed and ready-to-eat three-course seasonal, farm-to-table dinner to pair with your own wine or beer for a gourmet night in—and you don’t have to wait a year to reserve a table.
Plan your week with a one-stop, user-friendly “menu of menus” listing all Restaurant Week offerings and live music schedules at historickennettsquare.com. Be sure to check out the Historic Kennett Square Restaurant Week Facebook event page for daily chances to win a gift card to participating restaurants.