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Warm up your winter at Kennett Winterfest

As winter blankets the Brandywine Valley, locals and visitors alike eagerly anticipate the 12th annual Kennett Winterfest, a heartwarming celebration set to take place on Feb. 24. Embracing the chill in the air with open arms, Winterfest promises a unique blend of warmth, community, and, of course, outstanding craft beer.

Kennett Winterfest stands out as a premier local festival, offering attendees an intimate experience that sets it apart from its larger sister event, Kennett Brewfest. Daniel Embree, the executive director of Kennett Collaborative, the nonprofit behind the event, expressed his personal preference for Winterfest, noting its friendly atmosphere.

"The Winterfest vibe is more cozy,” he said. “It’s a local favorite, and I enjoy seeing neighbors, family, and friends get to mingle more directly with our region’s beloved craft brew community.” 

More than 60 breweries, both established favorites and exciting newcomers, will be pouring samples of more than 130 unique beer options. Many of these breweries will also be participating in Chester County’s Cheers Trail, launching in Spring 2024, with more information set to debut at Winterfest. 

Experience the flavors of breweries such as 2SP Brewing, Be Here Brewing, Braeloch Brewing, Kennett Brewing Company, Tired Hands Brewing, and Victory Brewing Company. Don't miss the newcomers, Exton’s VK Brewing and South County Brewing Company from York, adding their unique twists to the Winterfest lineup.

Kennett Winterfest is not just about beer. The festival serves as a fundraising event for Kennett Collaborative, a nonprofit dedicated to enriching Kennett Square through intentional programming, events, and placemaking initiatives.

"Winterfest is one of our primary fundraising events, benefiting many of Kennett’s most-loved programs, like the KSQ Farmers Market, Third Thursdays on State Street, and the Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade,” Embree explained.

Beyond the beer, Winterfest boasts world-class music by Dylan Zangwill, known for his appearances on “America's Got Talent” and more recently on “American Idol.” Foodies will delight in the diverse offerings from food trucks including Dia Dolce, George & Sons Seafood, Natalie’s Fine Foods, and Southbound BBQ. Attendees can also explore unique vendors like Ales for ALS and Brewscuit.

This year introduces a new element of fun with a “Best Dressed” competition. So, come dressed in your most clever and creative Winterfest get-up for a chance to win exciting prizes.

Winterfest wouldn't be possible without the generous support of sponsors like Wilkinson Farms and Chatham Financial. Tickets are limited and going fast, so don't miss your chance to be a part of this heartwarming celebration. To purchase tickets and find more information, visit