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2014 DELAWARE 2014
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS
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February 14, 2014  VALENTINE'S DAY
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled today. They are too numerous to list.

March 1, 2014  24th Annual Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
It's a fabulous day of chocolate, with tastes galore, vendors, a raffle, kids games and much more!  At the heart of the festival is the chocolate Baking Contest.  The baking contest will feature more restaurant entries than ever before!  It's a fabulous day of chocolate, with tastes galore, vendors, a raffle, kids games and much more!

 

March 3-7, 2014  National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children. Each year, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) helps schools to celebrate NSBW with a fun theme.

March 15, 2014  4th Annual Toasting the Town - Milford, Delaware
St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl. Downtown Milford Inc. (DMI) will host the 4th Annual Toasting the Town: St. Patrick's Pub Crawl. A growing tradition for the Milford community, this year's Pub Crawl will feature six local businesses and five local restaurants and pubs. Each business will feature a sampling of a unique drink or food and celebrate the holiday with a twist that reflects their specific business. The event encourages participants to walk through downtown Milford wearing official Pub Crawl shirts. (also: www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/event-calendar/ )

March 25, 2014  'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless other across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.

April 7-12, 2014  City Restaurant Week - Wilmington, Delaware
Wilmington's fine dining scene is dominated by owner-operators. In other words, there is not a chain restaurant in the bunch. The result is a menu of 17 restaurants to select from, offering everything from Thai to Chilean to Italian. Better yet, you get to sample the creative cuisine of these fine dining spots with prix-fixe prices of $15 for lunch and $35 for dinner. Reservations are strongly suggested. Contact the restaurant directly to make your reservation.

April 10, 2014  Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation
Wilmington, Delaware
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the nation's premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists -- all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

April 11-12, 2014
Triple Threat Barbecue Festival at the Delaware State Fair
Harrington, Delaware
The Delaware State Fair's first annual Triple Threat BBQ Festival, where food and fun lovers collide for the ultimate feast. As a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned event, the Triple Threat is every bit a competition as it is a good time for visitors. Jam packed with 2 days of fun, the BBQ Fest includes live music, carnival rides, corn hole, and of course, beer, wine, and barbecue.  BBQ competitions will offer prizes ranging from $100.00 to $2,500.00 for each category: beef brisket, pork ribs, chicken, pork. Grand Champion $2,500.00, Reserve Champion $1,300.00, Delaware State Champion $1,500.00

 

April 22, 2014  Earth Day - Worldwide
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

April 25-27, 2014  Meals From The Masters - Wilmington, Delaware
Join us for a culinary extravaganza! This weekend of events has grown from the success of our signature event, the Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch, into a spring weekend of culinary delights, including the Evening With The Masters and the Cellar Masters’ Wine Auction.

April 28, 2014  Dewey Beach Bacon Fest - Dewey Beach, Delaware
Be a part of the first Bacon Fest in the state of Delaware at Dewey. VIP Admission includes the official Dewey Beach Bacon Fest Jersey, Back Stage Pass, Scorecard. special offers and will be the 1st to sample the bacon at each location. General Admission includes free amazing bacon samples, special offers from each location and scorecard. Breweries Bacon and Brew go well together. Show off your finest brew or bacon inspired creations.For the love of BACON do not miss this event!

May 11, 2014  MOTHERS' DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list. (2nd Sunday)

May 17, 2014  Strawberry Festival - Wyoming, Delaware
Fifer Orchards Farm and Country Store.  U-Pick strawberries, hayrides, family fun activities Food Fest - Local restaurants featuring lunch options, strawberry ice cream, smoothies, shortcakes and more. Free live music Country Store with fresh fruits and veggies, bakery and unique specialty foods. See you at the farm!

May 24, 2014  Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival - Milton, Delaware
This festival celebrates horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds, long considered by many to be a natural wonder of Delaware Bay. 
(also: www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/event-calendar/ )

June 1-6, 2014  Restaurant Week 2014 - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Downtown Rehoboth Restaurant Week presented by Rehoboth Beach Main Street: 3-course prix-fixe meals at select restaurants in downtown Rehoboth Beach - Restaurant Capital of Delaware! No matter your culinary favorites or what's in your wallet, there are treats for your palate. Indulge!

 

June 3-7, 2014  39th Annual Holy Trinity Greek Festival
Wilmington, Delaware
Join us as you experience the aromas of authentic food cooking before your eyes, the sounds of ethnic music and the sights of our own Greek Terpsechorian Youth Folk dance group.  Homemade traditional comfort food like Pastichio (Greek Lasagna), Moussaka (Eggplant, Potato and Seasoned Beef Casserole), Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves) and Spanakopita (Spinach Pie) are served in the Hellenic Community Center daily from 11am - 9:30 pm.  Items such as Gyro, Souvlaki, Lamb Sandwiches and Calamari are prepared outside daily from 5 pm-11 pm where you can grab a table and enjoy your meal while listening to Philadelphia’s Atlantis, a regionally renown orchestra, playing live Greek music nightly for their 30th year.

June 28, 2014  Blueberry Festival - Camden, Delaware
Fifer Orchards Farm & Country Store.  Family Fun and Free Live Music.  U-Pick blueberries, hayrides, family fun activities Food Fest - Local restaurants featuring lunch options, blueberry ice cream, smoothies, shortcakes and more. Free live music Country Store with fresh fruits and veggies, bakery and unique specialty foods. See you at the farm!

JULY 4, 2014 - There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.

July 12, 2014  Smyrna Craft Beer, Wine & Food Festival
Smyrna, Delaware
The 3rd annual Smyrna Craft Beer, Wine & Food Festival features craft beers and wines for tasting, craft vendors, and food selections from area restaurants. With live music, a reptile show, face-painting for the kids, and great food and drink, this event has something for everyone. And all proceeds go to local charities!

July 17-26, 2014  Delaware State Fair - Harrington, Delaware
For nearly a century, the Delaware State Fair has hosted a wide variety of exhibits, with over 3,000, exhibitors competing in categories from Angus beef cattle to zinnias. Culinary competitions include the Blueberry Blow-out Contest, Crazy Over Cupcakes Contest, Homemade Ice Cream Making Contest, Wild Men & Women Cooking Contest, and More! Attendance: 300,000.

July 26, 2014  6th Annual Seafood & Arts Festival
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
The Indian River Marina at Delaware Seashore State Park is hosting their 4th Annual Arts and Seafood Festival. Come for a day full of art, seafood, live music and more!

August 2, 2014  22nd Annual Peach Festival - Wyoming, Delaware
Activities include a parade, live music, crafters, community displays, children's area, and peach dessert contest.

August 28, 2014  The Farmer And The Chef South - Long Neck, Delaware
The premise of the event is simple, pair local farmers with local chefs.  While the event is a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, we are also helping to create sustainable relationships between local farmers and chefs, while reinforcing the movement of eating healthy which is something the March of Dimes believes in and promotes to women who are considering pregnancy.

September 18, 2014  The Farmer And The Chef - Wilmington, Delaware
It's the 7th annual homegrown cook-off where you get to be the judge!  Local farmers and area chefs whip up the tastiest competition of the year.  The premise of the event is simple, pair local farmers with local chefs.  While the event is a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, we are also helping to create sustainable relationships between local farmers and chefs, while reinforcing the movement of eating healthy.  Attendees will also be able to cast their vote for their favorite dish.  Included in the evenings festivities are silent and basket auctions.

October 4, 2014  Delaware Consumer Expo & Scrapple Recipe Cook-off
Newark, Delaware
Delaware Consumer Expo & Marketplace also featuring a car show and Scrapple Recipe Cook-off.  Astro Shopping Center (across from the YMCA and next to Newark Farmer's Market) Noon – 6pm.  Vendors, food, music and fun for people of all ages!  Admission Is Free To The Public!.  Enter to win $500 recipe cook-off  $10 entry fee www.dsbchamber.com/scrapple-recipe-contest-form/

October 11, 2014  Delaware Homebrew Championship - Dover, Delaware
Hop to it and get your beer recipes in order!  Entries are now being accepted for the Second Annual Delaware Homebrew Championship to be judged during the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival.  The event is an American Homebrewers Association sanctioned competition.
See website for complete details.

October 11, 2014  Delaware Wine & Beer Festival - Dover, Delaware
Tickets are now on sale for the 5th Annual Delaware Wine and Beer Festival, set at the beautiful 19th century farm village at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover, Delaware.  The event theme celebrates all things Delaware: “Drink Local, Eat Local and Buy Local.”  The festival will feature the full contingency of Delaware wineries, breweries, distilleries, artisans and eateries who will participate in the event.  This event is Delaware’s official, original wine and beer festival, and the only one in the state to earn the prestigious “Top 100 USA Event” designation from the American Bus Association.  In addition to wine, beer and spirits sampling, the event will include the Delaware Artisan Faire with 50 local artisans and artists just in time for tax-free holiday shopping; live music; keg tossing competition; and new this year, a Sunday brunch on October 12 sponsored by the Delaware Wineries Association.  An expanded merchandise store and wine store will be available offering discounted bottles and cases of locally-made wines for take-home purposes.

October 12-18, 2014  Kent County Restaurant Week - Dover, Delaware
(Future website: www.kentcountyrestaurantweek.com/ )
The inaugural Kent County Restaurant Week will be co-branded and launched as part of the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival, with the Delaware Wineries Association’s gourmet brunch on Sunday, October 12, featuring local craft wines and spirits paired with food presented by local restaurants. Restaurant Week will highlight the unique dining experiences in Kent County featuring fresh seafood, quality meats and local farm to fork produce and fruits. Kent County’s wineries, breweries and distillery are partnering with local restaurants to pair craft beer, wine and spirits with local dishes to further the “Eat Local” mantra. Restaurant week will encourage local residents, Delawareans and visitors to visit any of the 100+ independent eateries in Kent County. 

November 7, 2014  4th Annual Cocoa Crawl - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Wine, Dine & Shop Local! Enjoy great deals, delectable drinks and art by Delaware artisans, desserts and fall treats from the best local restaurants -- all inside participating stores! $10 wristbands benefit local charities.

November 27, 2014  THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.   (4th Thursday in November).

December 7, 2014  Downtown's Cookin'-A Community Unity
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
A community dinner from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Gather with your neighbors, friends and family to celebrate the holiday season and enjoy a delicious meal provided by local businesses and volunteers. There will be live entertainment, Santa, plus activities for kids of all ages.  Also at Community Unity, Main Street bestows its Citizen of the Year Award.  Come dine with us!
 

 

2013 DELAWARE 2013
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS

waiting for new dates

September 16-21, 2013  2013 Polish Festival - Wilmington, Delaware
Sponsored by St. Hedwig Parish and held along the city riverfront. Welcome to the Polish Festival--where great food and entertainment bring people together.

September 22, 2013  Wine and Dinosaurs - Wilmington, Delaware
A wine and beer tasting festival with fine wines, specialty beers, live music, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction to benefit the Delaware Museum of Natural History.

September 29, 2013  10th Annual Taste of Newark - Newark, Delaware
At the Taste of Newark event, guests have the opportunity to savor the culinary delights of more than 45 Newark restaurants, accompanied by the wares of the finest area wine distributors.  A feature of Taste of Newark is the Battle of the Chefs, now in its fourth year. The battle features the city’s best chefs, who will have one hour to concoct delectable masterpieces from a secret list of ingredients. Taste of Newark helps support University of Delaware's Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management and the Downtown Newark Partnership.

October 6, 2013  Celebrity Chefs’ Beach Brunch - Dewey Beach, Delaware
Slide on your flip flops and come enjoy the cuisine of top area chefs, fine wines & cocktails and a unique silent auction at the Rusty Rudder. Proceeds benefit Meals On Wheels Delaware.

October 11-12, 2013  22nd Annual Bridgeville Apple-Scrapple Festival
Bridgeville, Delaware
Showcases the area's agriculture industry and celebrates Apples and Sussex County's favorite breakfast meat, Scrapple, a mainstay of the Bridgeville economy. Little Miss & Miss Apple Scrapple, ladies' skillet toss, 5K run, craft show, food, food, and more food!25,000.

November 1-3, 2013  World Championship Punkin Chunkin
Bridgeville, Delaware
Hardcore engineers and backyard tinkerers build their gigantic, home built contraptions with one common goal: to launch eight to 10-pound pumpkins as far as mechanically possible. The competition is divided into various categories depending on how the pumpkin is chucked: trebuchets, catapults, huge air cannons, human power, human power centrifugal class, and human power class. The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association (WCPCA) is a nonprofit association started in 1986 that hosts the Punkin' Chunkin' World Championships, an event which raises money for scholarships and charitable organizations.

November 30, 2013  8th Annual Chocolate & Holiday Festival
Dover, Delaware
Chocolate and candy vendors - Holiday marketplace - Ice carving competition.

 

2012 DELAWARE 2012
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS
waiting for new dates

May 18-20, 2012  Peppers at the Beach 2012 - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Over 100 chefs from all over will be showing off their lines of products. Stop and chat with famous chefs who have been featured on Food Network. Included in the festivities will be chicken wing contests. This is a gathering of Chileheads at their best.

 

2011 DELAWARE 2011
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
waiting for new dates

June 24, 2011  An Evening of Wine Under The Stars
Middletown, Delaware
Join Us as we host, An Evening of Wine Under The Stars - Benefitting Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition - Starring:  Wines, Beer, Cocktails, Culinary Delights, Live Entertainment by Vessa Fulton, Silent Auction & Door Prizes!

 

2010 DELAWARE 2010
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Food Events

events still waiting for new dates

August 21, 2010  Diamond State BBQ Championship - Dover, Delaware
Come out to the Fifth Annual Diamond State BBQ Championship for fun in the sun, great entertainment, vendors, Big Boys Toys Show, Delaware's Strongest Man Contest, and - of course - mouth-watering BARBECUE!

October 9, 2010  Taste of Dover - Dover, Delaware
Fundraiser for the programs of the Dover Art League. Featuring tastiest morsels from the best of Dover Restaurants.

 

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