Cheers—Unlimited Sampling at Delaware Wine and Beer Festival October 17
“Satisfy Your Senses” is the theme of the 2015 Delaware Wine and Beer Festival, set for Saturday, October 17 at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover. New this year is unlimited samples of not only wine, beer and spirits, but also hard cider and mead.-- Participating breweries: 3rd Wave Brewing Company, Delmar; 16 Mile Brewing Company, Georgetown; Argilla Brewing Company, Newark; Big Oyster Brewery, Rehoboth Beach; Blue Earl Brewing Company, Smyrna; Yards Brewing, Philadelphia, PA; Twin Lakes Brewery, Greenville; Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton; Evolution Craft Brewery Co., Salisbury, MD; Fordham/Dominion Brewing Company, Dover; and Mispillion River Brewing, Milford.
-- Participating wineries: Chadds Ford Winery, Chadds Ford, PA; Fenwick Wine Cellars, Fenwick Island; Great Shoals Winery representing T.S. Smith Orchards, Bridgeville; Harvest Ridge Winery, Marydel; Nassau Valley Vineyards, Lewes; and Pizzadili Winery & Vineyards, Felton.
-- Participating distilleries: Beach Time Distilling, Lewes; Delaware Distilling Company, Lewes; and Painted Stave Distillery, Smyrna.
-- Participating Cideries: Rebel Seed Cidery, Marydel and Chadds Ford Cidery, Chadds Ford, PA.
-- Participating meaderies: Brimming Horn Meadery, Milton; and Delaware Meadery, Wilmington.
Also new this year is the Food Truck Challenge for Charity. Festival-goers will vote on 12 participating eateries in the categories of best entree, best dessert and best appearing set-up, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the Food Bank of Delaware.
The following restaurants, eateries and food trucks will be serving up everything from barbecue to crab cakes and cupcakes: Abbott’s Grill, Milford; Food Bank of Delaware, Milford; Frankfurt Bakery & Deli, Dover; Jerk King Caribbean Cuisine, Smyrna; Hass' on the Go, Dover; Maple Dale Country Club, Dover; The Pretzel Gang By Milford Community Parade, Milford; Mojo Loco, New Castle; Taste of Texas BBQ, Newark; The Frozen Farmer, Bridgeville; The Polish Connection, Wilmington; The Roaming Raven, Newark; The Wandering Chef Catering Cart, Newark; and Where Pigs Fly, Dover.
Other highlights of the event include:
-- Delaware Homebrew Championship and awards ceremony;
-- Two live bands, 33 &1/3 and Perception, performing all day;
-- 50 artisans and vendors;
-- Beer-lympics by Mispillion River Brewing and keg tossing competition by Fordham & Dominion Brewing;
-- Beer mug and wine glass painting classes by Uncorked Canvas Parties;
-- Wine, beer and food pairing demonstrations;
-- Sunday Brunch on October 18 at Harvest Ridge Winery;
-- History of Delaware Brewing” book signing by author John Medkeff; and
-- Delaware Farmers Market in conjunction with Delaware Department of Agriculture.
Major sponsors of the event are Wells Fargo Home Mortgage of Dover, presenting sponsor; Delaware Wine, Beer and Ale Trail, premier sponsor and Delaware State News, media sponsor. For a full list of sponsors, visit the website.
Advance tickets through October 14 are $35 per person and $10 for designated drivers. Tickets at the gate will be $40. The event will be held at Delaware Agricultural Village and Museum, 866 N. DuPont Highway in Dover from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Comfortable shoes, blankets and chairs are suggested. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit: http://www.DelawareWineandBeerFestival.com or call 800-233-5368.