A Great Fun Filled Event for Local Charity
For 14 years now the Kennebunkport Festival has kicked off the summer season with a week long festival of art, music, wine and fine dining surrounded by live music performances, and of course, the allure of Kennebunkport. It’s the perfect time to vacation in Kennebunkport!
This year, June 4-10 2018, marked a re-invention of the Kennebunkport Festival as locals organized this charitable week of fun and festivities. The 15th annual Kennebunkport Festival is tentatively scheduled for June 3-9, 2019.
Its a celebration of all things uniquely Kennebunkport with its vibrant art, design and culinary scene. The Kennebunkport Festival is a fun, festive, charitable event. Charitable contributions vary from 100% of all ticket sales to 100% of net proceeds to charities. In 2018 The Kennebunkport Festival raised $81,000 – all donated to the following local Maine charities: The Good Shepard Food Bank and COS – Community Outreach Services of The Kennebunks, Full Plates Full Potential, Animal Welfare Society, Habitat for Humanity of York County, and Maine Art Scholarship for the Arts of Kennebunk High School. The Art of Dining Dinners are hosted in private residences, not big banquet halls. These dinners bring top Maine chefs into unique homes where guests are treated to culinary courses paired with wine in fabulous settings throughout this seaside community, and tickets go to the hosts’ charity. During the fest, local businesses open their doors and celebrate the start of the season too. Outdoor venues like The Moxie Pig Roast, The Maine Art Block Party and Music on the Lawn offer fun informal gatherings with local food and live music.
The Kennebunkport Festival – June 3 – 9, 2019 (tbd)
The 2018 Kpt Fest Events included:
Monday June 4 – “Spark” at Stripers Waterside Restaurant located at The Breakwater Inn 5- 7pm, the kick off celebration of the fest on the shore of the Kennebunk River features a “Moxie Pig Roast.” Music by Wavelength and craft brews from Hidden Cover Brewery. Tickets just $45 to benefit Full Plates Full Potential charity.
Tuesday June 5 – Cocktails at The Burleigh, 5 – 7 pm, enjoy two signature Hornitos Tequila cocktails, light bites from Chef Eric Murdough, live music, overlooking the Kennebunk River back cove. 100% of Ticket sales benefit Community Outreach Services of the Kennebunks – a community assistance program supporting Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel. Tickets $25.
Tuesday June 5 – Art of Dining Dinners 7 – 10 pm
Hurlbutt Residence Dinner featuring Chef Pierre of Ocean Cape Arundel Inn, Craig Mooney’s Art, benefit Full Plates Full Potential
Molloy Residence Dinner featuring Chef Romann Dumorne of Northern Union, benefit charity Animal Welfare Society
Matthews Residence Dinner featuring Chef Melissa Maidana of The Sol Food to benefit Maine Art Hill Scholarship for the Arts of Kennebunk High School
Art of Dining Dinner Tickets $195: Call 207-323-2333 or email email@example.com for reservations
Wednesday June 6 – Art of Dining Dinners 7 – 10 pm – Tickets $195 each
Harrington Residence Dinner featuring Earth Chef Joseph Schafer, benefit Full Plates, Full Potential
Feingold Residence Dinner featuring Chef Avery of Black Tie Co, benefit Full Plates, Full Potential
Raffaelli Residence featuring Chef Harding Lee Smith of The Rooms, benefit Full Plates, Full Potential
Rice Residence featuring Chef Emil Rivera of Sur Lie, benefit Habitat for Humanity of York County
Thursday June 7 “Oasis Party” at Old Vines Wine Bar 6-12pm – a fun, festive party. Music and dancing to a live band, followed by a DJ Dance party, raw bar, chacuterie, hors d’ouevres buffet, inside and out on the patio and under the tent, copious food, drinks, wine, and signature craft cocktails – all included at $125, benefiting Community Outreach Services of The Kennebunks. (not an official Kport Fest event)
Friday June 8 Maine Art Hill Block Party 5 – 7pm Hosted at Maine Art Hills 3 locations. Browse art from boutique to gallery, at the new Maine Art Hill, enjoy New Orleans style food and live music at this open air party that pours out onto the streets, Tickets $55, to benefit Maine Art Hill Scholarship for the Arts at Kennebunk High School.
Friday Chef’s Night Out and Sweet Soiree 6-10pm Wells Laudholm Farm – a culinary extravaganza, in a beautiful farm setting featuring Chef Justin Walker – formerly of Earth, now Walkers Maine in Cape Neddick, and several other top Maine chefs. Tickets $195, and benefit Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine and Full Plates Full Potential.
Saturday June 9 – Music on the Green – an outdoor day concert 1-5pm with several Maine bands, Spencer Albee and Mallett Brothers, food trucks and a beer tent on the River Green, in front of Captain Lord Mansion. Tickets $20.
Sunday June 10 – Taste The Kennebunks 12 – 4pm This year’s Festival Grand Finale at The Colony Hotel offers an afternoon of sampling and sipping for a good cause. Over 20 local restaurants, eateries, artisan ice cream makers and bakeries offer their signature dishes to sample as well as 20 plus distinctive wineries, craft breweries and distilleries pouring tasty sips to compliment the culinary bites from around Maine. Enjoy this lavish setting overlooking the Ocean at The Colony, a grand party at a grand old hotel, $65. Charity benefit Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine.
Overall, The Kennebunkport Festival is a memorable Maine event, a fun fundraiser, in its 15th year in 2019, where you can enjoy live entertainment from local musicians, view inspiring Maine art, taste delicious Maine cuisine and and sip cocktails, for an entire week at varying locations. The Kennebunkport Festival fashions are always fun too, as locals and guests dress to impress… beyond the usual Bean boots and Kport t-shirts.
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