The 34th Annual Chester County Restaurant Festival will be held on September 15th (rain date September 23rd), from Noon until 5:30 pm. You’re invited… and this event is totally free to attend.

The Chester County Culinary Challenge is back by popular demand. Four chefs will compete to win the title of the best chef in Chester County. They will cook an appetizer, entrée and dessert.

More than 50 restaurants are participating, with nearly 110 arts & crafts vendors and information booths, three stage areas for live music and the “Church Street Café,” where patrons can sit and relax with a pint of refreshing brew.

Festival grounds include Gay street from Matlack Street to Darlington Street and Market Street from Darlington to High Street.

Parking in all Borough of West Chester garages is $5.00 for all day

NO PETS ALLOWED IN EVENT GROUNDS. We love them too, but please, leave your pets at home for this food-related event. Anyone accompanied by a pet will be asked to leave.

2013 Participating Restaurants and Vendors


Specialty Food Vendors Choice Awards

2013 Winners

The Town Dish Choice Awards return this year at the 2013 Chester County Restaurant Festival. Restaurants enter to win awards in three categories: Best Appetizer, Best Entrée, and Best Dessert. Festival goers will choose the winners by sending special text message votes using their cell phones. Bring your phones, and make your voice heard!

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Chester County Culinary Cook Off

The Chester County Culinary Cook Off is back by popular demand. Four chefs will compete to win the title of the Best Chef in Chester County. The Challenge will consist of three rounds. During the first round, each chef will prepare an appetizer; the second, an entrée; and the third, a dessert. At the beginning of each round a surprise ingredient will be introduced. If the surprise ingredient is incorporated in the dish of that round, bonus points will be awarded. Each dish will be judged by a panel of local foodies. At the end of the competition the winner of the 2013 Chester County Culinary Challenge will be crowned.

The cook off kicks off at 2pm on the steps of the historic court house on High St.

Beer & Wine Garden

The Beer and Wine Garden will be located on Gay St and Church St

  • Open: 12:00 – 5:00
  • Admission: $3.00*

*Proceeds go towards the West Chester Parks and Recreation Send A Kid To Camp Fund

Live Music & Dancing

There are three locations with eight different bands performing throughout the day. The performances will be held on Gay St. at Matlack St. and Darlington St and at the corner of Market St. and Church St.

A Big Thanks to Our Sponsors This Year

See you at the festival!