Downtown Pub Crawl Returns In March

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On Saturday, March 16 Downtown Milford Inc. (DMI) will host the 3rd Annual Toasting the Town: St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl. A growing tradition for the Milford community, the Pub Crawl will feature over 10 local businesses this year as DMI continues to highlight restaurants, pubs and retail businesses in downtown Milford. Each business will feature a sampling of a unique drink or food and celebrate the holiday with a twist that reflects their specific business.

“This event is always so much fun,” commented event organizer Sara Pletcher. “It is nice to support local downtown businesses while highlighting our local Delaware breweries and wineries.”

Event-goers can purchase a T-shirt from any participating business prior to the event to be a part of the downtown Pub Crawl fun. Event shirts will be on sale at participating locations for $15.00 and available by March 1. Beginning at 5 pm on March 16, participants are encouraged to visit the sponsoring vendors and receive a check next to each logo on the back of the shirt. Once all the sponsors are checked off, participants can send a photo of themselves and their friends on the Crawl to Milford LIVE via email at bryan@milfordlive.com or by posting directly on the Milford LIVE facebook page for a chance to win an ipod shuffle.

“We ordered 300 shirts this year, more than we ever have,”commented Pletcher. “It is a growing event and each year we run out of shirts. This year we want to make sure that everyone is able to be a part of it.”

Participating merchants will have specials for T-shirt wearers established in their place of business. These may include discounted drinks and food specials and free wine and beer tastings from local breweries and wineries. The 2013 sponsors include 2nd Street Players (Riverfront Theater), Abbott’s Grille, Dolce, Georgia House, Fur~Baby Boutique & Dog Day Care, MilfordLIVE.com, Milford Tavern and Tax Chicks. Local breweries and wineries featured at these businesses will include Old Dominon and Fordham Brewery, Fenwick Wine Cellars, Nassua Vineyards, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales and 3rd Wave Brewery.

Fur-Baby Boutique, located at 24 SW Front Street, will be hosting Fordham Brewing Company from Dover as they offer samplings from their seasonal beers including Copperhead Ale and Rosie Parks Oyster Stout beers. The store will also have discounts on their pet-friendly pub products including beer bones which are made from real beer grains and bowser beer which adds beef or chicken flavoring to pet kibble. St. Patrick’s Day apparel and irish treats for dogs and cats will also be available.

“This will be our first year sponsoring the downtown Pub Crawl at our new location on South West Front Street, we are excited for participants to see how much we have grown,” commented Fur-Baby Boutique owner Sherry Shaffer. “Fordham Brewing will be on location to share several of their seasonal ales and we hope that event goers do not leave without something for their furry friends at home.”

Downtown business Tax Chicks, located at 19 N Walnut Street, will be first time business sponsors of the downtown Pub Crawl and is excited to see the town decorated in green. During the event they will host samplings from 3rd Wave Brewery.

“We are so excited to be a part of the downtown Pub Crawl this year and look forward to a fun night,” commented Office Manager Kelly Blair. “We hope that this will raise awareness for the downtown area, ourselves and the services we offer.”

As usual, the Mispillion River will be ‘turned green’ as colorful lights adorn the Riverfront area. Event t-shirts are available for $15.00 at participating vendors including Abbott’s Grill, Second Street Players, Fur-Baby Boutique, Dolce, Georgia House and Tax Chicks. For more information on the event contact Sara Pletcher at sara@downtownmilford.org.