2017 Festival Information 

October 14, 2017 from 10am to 5pm
T-Wharf and throughout downtown Rockport, Massachusetts

About the festival

The annual Rockport Harvestfest celebration features the best regional bounty of the season — all in an unbeatable setting.

New England food producers gather under a giant tent on one of Rockport’s historic working wharves to celebrate the best of local food with fresh seafood, pastries, cider doughnuts, chowder, small-batch jams, locally-grown produce and more.

Local craft beers and wine produced in Massachusetts are on hand, along with Rockport’s own Twin Lights, with soda crafted from the 120-year-old company’s original recipes. Cooking demonstrations take place throughout the day, the highlight of which is the Seafood Throwdown, a competition-style showcase between two chefs, demonstrating the versatility of fish, coastal New England’s most significant harvest.

Harvestfest features plenty of live bluegrass, jazz, folk and Celtic music, cooking demos, a farm expo, and plenty of activities for families, including the annual Scarecrow Stroll, where artistic, creative, and generally fascinating scarecrows can be found throughout downtown. Several Rockport inns, shops, restaurants and galleries offer Harvestfest specials and packages.

Zero Waste Initiative

The downside of an abundance of food is an abundance of waste. Discover how we are working hard to make Harvestfest a zero waste event and what you can do to help!

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2016 Schedule of Events





Cooking Demos


Interested in volunteering at Harvestfest? Sign up here.

For general inquiries, please email us at: info@rockportfestivals.org.