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Kennett Winterfest 2023 tickets now on sale

01/16/2023 03:03PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Kennett Winterfest 2023 will feature old favorites, new breweries, and winter-warming spirit

The eleventh annual Kennett Winterfest will return to 600 S. Broad Street in Kennett Square on Saturday, Feb. 25. 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 in minutes. 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,” said Jeff Norman, a local architect and festival organizer.

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 said.

When he discovered that only six breweries in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey were involved, he began asking breweries to participate in the 2023 program. 

“To date we have over 20 breweries committed—and counting. This puts our region as the second or third highest in terms of participating breweries,” Norman said.

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.