Delaware is known for its pristine beaches, friendly people, quaint coastal towns, and delicious cuisine.
In the summer and fall, the state plays host to several festivals that feature local food favorites and wines from the state’s “Chateau County.” From family-friendly outings to festivals just for grownups, here are a few of the favorite food festivals that take place each year in Delaware.
New Castle County Ice Cream Festival: Wilmington
This annual festival features vendors, live music, food booths from local restaurants and a bevy of local creameries serving the best ice cream in the region. The two-day festival is billed as Delaware’s largest family picnic, takes place at the Rockwood Museum & Park, and offers a day of fun for all members of the family. Admission is $5, children under 12 are free. For this year’s dates and information about vendors and activities check out rockwoodicecream.com.
The Taste of Newark: Newark
For the last decade, the City of Newark has celebrated its reputation as a city of foodies by holding a festival each year to spotlight local restaurants and their specialty dishes. Celebrity cooking demonstrations are spotlighted throughout the festival as are wine tasting from local distributors. This festival was started by the former major as a means of exposing locals to the variety of restaurants in town. Tickets run $50 to sample food and wine from local restaurants and vendors. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Downtown Newark Partnership and the University of Delaware Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management program. More information can be obtained by calling 302-368-251 ext. 112.
Downtown Newark Food and Brew Fest: Newark
The Food and Brew Fest is Newark’s way to celebrate the relationship between the local restaurants and breweries. Now in its 13th year, this annual festival takes place in a variety of restaurants with samplings of local favorite dishes and beers. With more than two dozen breweries taking part in this year’s festival there are close to 40 varieties of beer to sample. There are no tickets needed to participate as the event is a pay-as-you-go activity. Strolling musicians provide entertainment for the guests as they move from one location to the next. There is also a root beer tasting stand for kids and adults who chose not to participate in the “brew “part of the tour.