Delaware Wine & Beer Festival
Tickets are now on sale for the Third Annual Delaware Wine & Beer Festival, produced by Kent County Tourism and being hosted this year by the Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village in the heart of Dover. Again this year, a full contingency of Delaware wineries, breweries and artisans will participate in the event, set for Sunday, October 21, 12 to 5 p.m.
Four new beverage operations will be participating in this year's event, including: Argilla Brewing Company, Newark; Great Shoals Winery, Princess Anne, MD (featuring Black Twig apple wine from TS Smith of Bridgeville); Harvest Ridge Winery, Marydel; and Legacy Distillery, Smyrna (Delaware's first distillery). Harvest Ridge and Legacy are in start-up mode and won't be sampling their products, but festival-goers can meet the owners and learn first-hand about Delaware's newest operations.
To date, the following wineries and breweries have signed up to participate:
• 16 Mile Brewing Company, Georgetown
• Argilla Brewing Company, Newark
• Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton
• Fenwick Wine Cellars, Fenwick Island
• Fordham/Dominion Brewing Company, Dover
• Great Shoals Winery, Princess Anne
• Harvest Ridge Winery, Marydel
• Legacy Distillery, Smyrna
• Nassau Valley Vineyards, Lewes
• Pizzadili Vineyards and Winery, Felton
• Twin Lakes Brewery, Greenville
• Unplugged & Uncorked Sonata Wines, Millsboro
We are pleased to showcase four new beverage companies who have chosen Delaware as a place to set up shop, said Lorraine Dion, Director of Special Events and Public Relations for Kent County Tourism, producers of the event. Between the new additions and our new venue, the third annual festival is shaping up to be a lot of fun this year.
Premier sponsor of the 2012 festival is the Delaware Wine & Ale Trail, created by the Delaware Tourism office to promote Delaware's growing wine and beer industry. It is a unique collection of more than a dozen locations throughout the state that welcome and educate visitors about the production of Delaware wines and brews. Location host and sponsor is the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village. Official magazine sponsor is Beer Connoisseur. Live music, the Delaware Artisan Faire (featuring the work of 30 Delaware artisans) and a corn hole tournament will also be offered.
The event will be held from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Admission, which will include choice of 10 samples, will be $25 if purchased online by October 15 and $35 at the door. The first 500 wine and 500 beer ticket purchasers will also receive a free souvenir glass. Non-tasting or designated driver admission is $5. Full pours of wine and beer will be available for sale along with non-alcoholic beverages and food provided by local restaurants.
The event will be held rain or shine, and will be moved inside the museum in case of poor weather. To purchase tickets, visit http://2012delawarewineandbeerfestival.eventbrite.com
For information, visit the website at http://www.visitdover.com/winebeerfestival, or call Kent County Tourism, 302-734-4888 or 800-233-5368.
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901