Are you ready for a summer filled with art, music, and mouthwatering food? Look no further than Kempenfest, the grand arts and crafts festival of Ontario, returning this year from August 4 to 7, 2023. Now in its 51st edition, Kempenfest promises an unforgettable experience with a myriad of attractions that will leave you amazed. Celebrate Creativity and Culture at Kempenfest 2023!

Here are five compelling reasons why you should mark your calendar for Kempenfest 2023:

1. The Arts & Crafts Show:
At the heart of Kempenfest lies the vibrant Arts & Crafts Show, featuring over 300 skilled artisans and crafters displaying their remarkable handmade creations. Prepare to be mesmerized by the diversity of exhibits, from exquisite jewelry and pottery to captivating paintings and sculptures. Stroll through the expansive 2 km waterfront space, meet the artists in person, and discover unique, one-of-a-kind items that you won’t find anywhere else.

This year, the Arts & Crafts Show has three distinct categories of vendors:
– Original Arts & Crafts: Delight in the mastery of on-site artisans, who create one-of-a-kind pieces using traditional and modern techniques.
– Tastes of Kempenfest: Savor delectable treats from the kitchen, not commercially produced, including homemade jams, artisanal cheeses, and more. Many vendors offer free samples, allowing you to indulge in delightful flavors.
– The Marketplace: Explore innovative products and Canadian goods, each with fascinating stories behind their creation. Discover unique home decor items and natural beauty products that will capture your imagination.

2. Amazing Food:
Kempenfest’s culinary delights are as diverse as its arts and crafts. Over 25 local food trucks and vendors will cater to your taste buds, serving up traditional Canadian fare like poutine and maple syrup treats, alongside delectable international cuisine. If you’re in the mood for refreshments, the Rotary Beer Garden at the Main Stage and the Knight’s Oasis in Centennial South Park offer cold drinks from LandShark Lager and Georgian Bay Spirit Co.

3. Great Music:
Prepare to be entertained by an array of talented musicians from diverse backgrounds at Kempenfest’s two stages. This year’s focus on new and fresh acts promises an exciting lineup. The OLG Main Stage will offer free entertainment during Saturday and Sunday afternoons, while evenings and Monday afternoons will feature ticketed shows with artists like Finger Eleven, Tom Cochrane, Jade Eagleson, and more. The KOOL FM Family Stage in the Turkey Farmers Kids Village will host entertaining shows for all ages.

4. Antique Show:
Kempenfest isn’t just about contemporary art; it also celebrates the charm of the past through its Antique Show. Curated by the Optimist Club of Barrie, this highly anticipated event showcases 40 exhibitors from across Ontario presenting an array of authentic antiques and collectibles. Each item tells a story, and experts will be on hand to share the history and significance of these timeless pieces.

5. The Kids Village:
The Turkey Farmers Kids Village is a treasure trove of fun and entertainment for the little ones. With free shows on the KOOL FM Family Stage, interactive games, and creative art workshops, children and families can immerse themselves in a world of laughter and joy. Additionally, the Kids Village will host exciting professional wrestling events on Saturday and Sunday evenings, sure to captivate audiences of all ages.

Don’t miss Kempenfest 2023!

This exceptional celebration of creativity, culture, and community will inspire and uplift you. Whether you’re a local resident or visiting from out of town, Kempenfest guarantees an unforgettable experience for everyone.

So mark your calendars, invite your friends and family, and join us at Kempenfest this summer! See you there!

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