The first snowflakes have fallen, which signals the much-anticipated annual winter celebration known as Winterfest Amherst. After 10 years of producing a day-long event to bring the community together to celebrate snow, ice, and cold temperatures, the event returns bigger and better than ever in 2018. Expanded to a full week, from February 3rd through February 10th, WinterFest 2018 features 45 events taking place at 25 different venues across the Town of Amherst.
Among the first night of kick-off events on February 3rd is the Luminaria on the Town Common beginning at 5 pm, sponsored by the Amherst Business Improvement District. The next day will feature a jazz concert at Cushman Market & Café at 11 am and sledding at Cherry Hill at Noon. Other events scheduled throughout the week include a gingerbread house decorating contest, crafting, animal visits, and athletic contests at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The event is capped by a Grand Finale on February 10th at Cherry Hill Golf Course, sponsored by The Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation. Activities include a chili cook-off and fireworks display.
All of this fun is sure to work up an appetite. 30Boltwood at The Lord Jeffery Inn has the perfect recipe to keep you fueled throughout Winterfest. Executive Chef Kevin Doubleday has curated a farm-to-table inspired prix fixe menu to celebrate the winter season. Featured selections include Curried Lentil Soup, Maple Brined Pork Loin, Vegetarian Ramen and the sweet finale… our signature Beignets. Berkshire Brewing Company has once again crafted a special brew to mark the annual event. Their WinterFest Ale provides the perfect pairing to Chef Doubleday’s thoughtful menu selections and will be featured on tap throughout the week.
WinterFest Amherst is the best family entertainment event of the winter! Hundreds of area residents attend every year. Don’t miss out on the fun.