The Rockport Festival of Wine and Food was established in 1996 as an annual fundraiser for the Museum, and is the largest fundraiser for the year. The festival helps raise the needed operational funds for the Museum, but also provides a venue for entertainment and fun. Over 2,500 visitors from 26 plus states are welcomed on the grounds of the Museum to experience wine, VIP wine tasting, lectures, food vendors, live bands, shopping vendors and beer booths. Wine may be purchased by the taste, glass, bottle or case and this is the only festival of its kind that allows you to try expensive vintage wines by the glass. Over 300 local volunteers are recruited for the 2 day event to insure the continuity of activities.