About the Festival
June 2 - 7, 2020
Since 2004, the Kennebunkport Festival has been a fun, delicious way to kick off the summer season in The Kennebunks while recognizing the talents of local artists, chefs, and musicians. From 2004 - 2010 a small dedicated group of local business owners coordinated the event, originally dubbed the "Kennebunkport Food and Wine Festival."
From 2011 through 2017, the Kennebunkport Festival was organized by a Portland Maine based media company. In the spring of 2018, united by a sense of pride in our community and conviction that “the show must go on,” local businesses owners and residents took back the reigns of The Kennebunkport Festival, formed a volunteer Festival committee and hosted a record-breaking fundraiser with a week full of events, parties and Chef dinners in a tremendous grass roots effort. The Kennebunkport Festival raised over $81,000 for Maine charities in June of 2018 all of which was donated locally.
Once again, The 2019 Kennebunkport Festival is being orchestrated by locals. This year’s Festival Committee includes Melissa Freeman and Louise Hurlbutt of Hurlbutt Designs, Heather and Greg Burke of VisitMaine.net, John Spain and Trisha Winslow of Maine Art Hill, Michelle Allen of The Spirit of Massachusetts, Rob Labelle of The Nonantum Resort, Rachel Pelkey and Justin Grimes of The Kennebunkport Resort Collection. This group plus local business owners hosting events have met diligently for over a year to plan the resulting 20 festival events June 4-9, coordinating every detail and garnering support from generous sponsors to make the Festival possible.
The continued goal of The Kennebunkport Festival is to generate excitement in the community, highlight local art, music and cuisine, while raising significant funds for local charities. This year’s week-long celebration is packed with 9 major events, and 11 Art of Dining dinners in local homes. The Festival has become a much-anticipated salute to summer, attracting locals and visitors to celebrate the plethora of unique talent that exists in our vibrant community during this typically slower time of year, early June, before the busier tourist season arrives.
There are other Food & Wine festivals around the world, but the Kennebunkport Festival remains extraordinary and one-of-a-kind with its variety of venues and inclusion of big dance parties, cocktail parties, a grand Taste The Kennebunks, plus a dozen intimidate dinner parties where local Chefs cook in private homes and Maine artists display their work. The 20 unique events celebrating our local culture and talent are rolled into one festive fun week. Some say the Festival is a marathon, not a sprint, with parties and entertainment nightly.
Going forward, the Committee’s vision for the Kennebunkport Festival is to carry on the tradition of a community-wide event involving local businesses and residents working together, raising funds for local charities, while raising a glass to good times, making new friends while welcoming familiar faces. The Festival would not be possible without sponsors, local businesses, volunteers, chefs, musician and artists that donate their time and talent, and locals who show up and support these thoughtfully designed events by purchasing tickets that benefit charities near and dear to our community.
In 2018 The Kennebunkport Festival raised over $81,000 and
in 2019 it raised $157,878 for Maine charities.