9th Annual Downtown Newark Food & Brew Festival
Newark, DE – The 9th Annual Downtown Newark Food & Brew Festival is all about celebrating the unique relationship between the culinary arts and the brewing sciences! Out & About Magazine and Downtown Newark Partnership are proud to host what has become a summer tradition. The event showcases more than 40 craft and imported beers paired with creative food offerings from 17 of Newark’s restaurants.
Unlike most beer festivals, this event takes place in the restaurants. You travel from restaurant to restaurant to sample the featured brews and tasty dishes designed to spotlight the brews at that particular establishment. Tickets are not required. This is a pay-as-you-go event. All you need is your wallet and your state issued ID because you must be at least 21 years of age to sample the beers.
Beer tastings and food specials begin at 2:00 p.m. and run until 8:00 p.m. The first 2,500 guests will receive a Food & Brew Fest 9 commemorative 5 oz.-tasting mug. These are available at all participating restaurants and at the information booth. Guests may sample one of the restaurant’s featured brews for $1. A day-of-event program will be available at the restaurants and at the information booth located at M&T Bank centrally located at 82 E. Main Street.
The day-long event features the popular “Hops and Shops” Sidewalk Sale Extravaganza beginning at noon, showcasing the goods and wares offered by downtown merchants. Strolling musicians and balloon decorations line the street keeping guests in the festive spirit while shopping and strolling downtown. Out & About Magazine is hosting a root beer tasting stand for kids on the Academy Lawn until 6:00 p.m. or until supplies run out, whichever comes first.
Parking & Shuttle
There is plenty of parking for this event. Municipal parking lots are conveniently located throughout downtown and University of Delaware’s Trabant Center parking garage also has spaces available. A complimentary, air conditioned shuttle will take you to convenient stops located near all of the participating restaurants! The shuttle runs 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Hops & Shops Sidewalk Sale begins at noon with the festival running from 2-8pm. Seventeen of Newark’s premier restaurants will create special menus to complement the specialty beers offered. The event features two dozen breweries and more than 40 varieties of beer. Special commemorative tasting mugs to the first 2,000 guests. Free root beer in commemorative cups for kids. Complimentary shuttle service.