“Satisfy the Senses” is a theme most appropriate for the 2015 Delaware Wine and Beer Festival, happening in Dover on October 17th. This year, the event is overflowing with not only wine and beer libations, but a strong line up of specialty meads, spirits, and ciders. With unlimited samples of nearly 100 different varieties of beverages, patrons are likely to leave finding their new favorite drink-of-choice!
Cindy Small, Kent County Tourism executive director, is on the edge of her seat for this year’s event. “We already have double the number of participants, including many of the same breweries from last year,” Small said. “With the number of different kinds of meads and spirits we are offering this year, the festival’s name barely does it justice anymore! We’ve already sold three times as many tickets this year as we did this time last year.”
Homebrewers are also invited to partake in a grueling battle for cash prizes (and bragging rights) in the Delaware Homebrew Championship. Homebrewers will compete in five categories including: IPA (American/Imperial); American Ale (Pale, Amber, and Brown); Delaware-Grown Fruit Beer; Belgian/French Ale; and Specialty.
The event will also cater to those looking for a culinary adventure, with the Food Truck Challenge for charity that will benefit the Delaware Food Bank, as well as the popular Sunday Brunch sponsored by the Delaware Wineries Association. During the Food Truck Challenge, attendees are invited to try their mobile favorites and then vote for their favorite entrees, desserts, and overall set-up.
The event will have live music provided by Perception from Felton, as well as Thirty-three and a Third from Lewes. In addition to the already abundant lineup of food, drinks, and music, come prepared for 50+ artisans and artists selling jewelry, crafts and home décor, as well as a book signing and beer history artifacts by John Medkeff, author of the newly-published History of Delaware Brewing. “Beer-Lympics” and keg tossing competition will also get your competitive juices flowing. It’s no wonder the event has been awarded a “Top 100 USA Event” by the American Bus Association. To Small, who comments, “This will be the best year yet,”… Cheers to a(nother) much-anticipated event!
- VIP tickets which includes unlimited sampling, Good Libations Tour beach bag, Good Libations Tour snifter, 10 sampling tickets of the homebrew competition entries and exclusive homebrew judging rights for the homebrew Peoples’ Choice award. Only 120 VIP tickets are available at $50 per person.
- General admission sampling ticket, which includes unlimited sampling are $35 each in advance and $40 at the door. Designated driver tickets at $10 each.
- Libations weekend package that includes Saturday night lodging at Hampton Inn or Home 2 Suites (within ½ mile of the festival grounds), two general admission festival tickets and two Sunday Brunch tickets at $299 per couple.
Visit www.DelawareWineandBeerFestival.com to purchase your tickets before this event sells out!
(photo’s courtesy of Kent County Tourism)