Beer and wine festivals in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont

Although our goal is to go to all of the wineries and breweries (and meaderies and cider houses, etc) in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, sometimes it is fun to go to a festival. Any festivals that we go to are not counted towards our goal, but are simply an additive and give us more of a reason to visit.


I don’t know about all of you, but my weekends can fill up pretty quickly- especially in the summer.

Have a weekend available, or just want to hit up a beer or wine event? I compiled a list for this summer. Know of any others? Leave me a comment and I will add it.


4th: Wine Tasting at Luke’s Liquors, Rockland MA. 1:00p-4:00p. Sampling of 300 wines from around the world. $5pp, purchase at the door. I have gone to this event many times. If you find wine you wish to purchase, you can at a discounted rate. 

15-19th: Nantucket Wine Festival, Nantucket MA. Grand Tasting for either $125 or $150. Something I would like to go to in the future. “Taste and discover over 700 wines from 150 prestigious wineries from France, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, California, Argentina, Chile and beyond.”


4th-9th: Kennebunkport Festival, Kennebunkport, ME. Grand tasting (June 8th) $55pp. 

21st-23rd: Stowe Wine and Food Classic, Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe VT. A bit pricey, but something to possibly add to the “bucket list”  (“This wonderful package includes two nights at the Trapp Family Lodge (double occupancy); Friday Night Seminars with Rowan Jacobsen (Wine/Chocolate) and Vermont Farmstead (Cheese/Beer) 5-7 pm; Saturday Dinner Gala and Auction 6-11 pm; Sunday Grand Tasting and Silent Auction Noon-4 pm. For Groups of TEN or more the rate is $1,150 per couple.”) The Sunday Grand Tasting is only $60 pp

22nd: (Not beer or wine…) Maine Whoopie Pie Festival, Dover-Foxtrot, ME. $0.25 for a whoopie pie!

26th: Taste of the Nation Portsmouth, Portsmouth NH. $85pp,is run by “Share our Strength Seacoast,” who raise money to ensure that no child in the community will go hungry. Food, beer, wine and entertainment. Would LOVE to go to this

29th: New England Brewfest, Lincoln NH. We went to this event last year. Somewhat pricey ($40), but we were able to snag a deal online. The location is great! If you enjoy camping or any outdoor activities, there are plenty of options nearby. 


19th-20th: Vermont Brewer’s Festival, Burlington VT. Not expensive! $30pp, purchase for a particular session. Includes a tasting glass and 15 beer tickets. 

19th-20th: Killington Wine Festival, Killington VT. “A collection of over 40 vineyards from around the world. Features more than 500 wines. The Killington region’s signature summer event” $35-$75 depending on which event you participate in

21st: Vermont Cheesemaker’s Festival, Shelburne Farm, VT. Location is close to Burlington- you could make a weekend out of it and go to both the Vermont Brewer’s Festival and Vermont Cheesemaker’s Festival. 20 wine, beer and spirits producers

27th: Lake Wyola Association Beer and Wine Tasting, Shutesbury, MA. $20pp for 5 tokens. Addl tokens 5 for $5.00


3rd: Midd Summer Festival, Middlebury, VT.  “a celebration of Vermont Beer, Wine, and Cheese” $20-25pp, includes: admission to event, souvenir glass, 10 tasting tokens for beer, wine, and cider, sampling of cheeses. Extra tokens for $1. Something I will definitely consider going to! 


2 thoughts on “Beer and wine festivals in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont

  1. Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 19th Annual Mount Snow Brewers Festival The Mount Snow Brewers Festival is reaching legendary status as one of the best events of its kind in New England thanks to the beautiful setting, fun loving crowd, awesome food, quality live music…and great beer. More than 30 breweries pouring their finest ales, lagers, stouts, ciders and seasonals from almost 90 different taps for you to enjoy. Don’t miss this Labor Day weekend tradition! Mount Snow Resort, 39 Mount Snow Rd, West Dover, VT 05356. 800-245-SNOW.

  2. 6th Annual Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Festival
    West Dover, Vermont
    Friday-Sunday, September 20-22, 2013

    Set in the backdrop of our world renowned Vermont fall foliage, attendees of the Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival will discover, savor and enjoy Vermont vintners, small specialty food producers, chefs, painters, publishers, cheese makers, potters, jewelers, photographers and farmers.

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