Inaugural Delaware Beer & Wine Festival Set for October 17 in Felton

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Meet Delaware’s vintners and brewers and sample more than 30 Delaware wines and beers at the inaugural Delaware Wine & Beer Festival, set for Sunday, October 17 at Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery in Felton, DE, just minutes south of Dover off Route 13.

“If you’ve ever wanted to learn about this growing industry in Delaware and meet those craftsmen intimately involved in the process, this will be your first opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ all at one time,” said Linda Kurtz, Director of Public Relations and Special Events for Kent County Tourism, a non-profit organization sponsoring the event. “With the recent launch of the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail, we felt a festival would further introduce the public to Delaware’s wineries and breweries, and give wine and beer lovers an opportunity to sample the Delaware products.”

Those participating in the event include:

* 16 Mile Brewing Company, Georgetown
* Coastal Brewing Company (Fordham/Old Dominion), Dover
* Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton
* Evolution Craft Brewing, Delmar
* Fenwick Wine Cellars, Selbyville
* Pizzadili Vineyard & Winery, Felton
* Stewarts Brewing Company, Bear
* Twin Lakes Brewery, Greenville

In addition, a select number of Delaware artisans will be participating, including Dolores Michel, photographer; Linda Chatfield, painter; Luminita Hamilton, jewelry designer; Joan Simon and Jean Forlano, hand-painted wine glasses; Stephanie Seeman, fused glass; and Gavin Standish, primitive painter.

The event will be held from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free to children 18 and younger. Tasting packages are available for $20, which includes festival admission and five tastings. Wine and beer glasses will also be sold for $5 each and comes with one beverage token. Additional beverage tokens can also be purchased. Pizzadili’s will have a barbecue with food items such as hamburgers and hotdogs along with their famous pizza. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be on sale, and snacks will be provided.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to meet Delaware’s vintners and brewers and talk about their locations, their products and their processes. Tours of the winery will be available throughout the day, and the retail shop will be open. Festival goers can listen to music, play horseshoes or volleyball and even participate in a “grape stomp” and “keg tossing” contest. Live music for the event will be provided by Celtic Harvest’s Woodyword Trio.

Pizzadili Winery, was started in 1993 when the first grapes were planted by brothers Tony and Pete Pizzadili. Today the family business has grown into a full-scale vineyard and winery where 12 varieties of grapes are grown and used to make 20 wines from sweet to semi-sweet, dry, blush and fruit wines. The facility has been a popular wedding and special event venue.

The event will be held rain or shine inside a covered pavilion. Admission tickets will only be sold at the door. The winery is located at 1683 Peach Basket Road near Felton, DE, just minutes south of Dover. It is 1/10th of a mile off Route 13 on Peach Basket, on the right. For more information, check out “Delaware Wine & Beer Festival” on Facebook, visit online at www.visitdover.com, or call Kent County Tourism, 302-734-4888 or 800-233-5368.

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