The Second Annual Delaware Wine & Beer Festival offers a taste of all the state's brews and wines, as well as a cornhole tournament, expanded artisans' faire, keg tossing contest and more.


Now in its second year, the Delaware Wine & Beer Festival seems to be maturing nicely. The unpretentious event has blossomed since taking root last year at Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery by adding a cornhole tournament and artists’ village, and including every brewery and winery in the state.

Last year’s inaugural event had a huge turnout, so this year organizers grew the event to satisfy even more guests, said Lorraine Dion, director of special events and public relations for Kent County Tourism.

Guests can taste about 30 varieties of handcrafted Delaware beer and wine and talk to the brewmasters and wine makers behind them. It’s the only venue in the state to host all the breweries and wineries at once, pointed out Cindy Small of Kent County Tourism, producer of the event.

This year’s festival drew two additional wineries, one of which is Sonata Wines by Paul Cullen, former bassist of Bad Company. Cullen is set to perform throughout the day as well.

A wine or beer seminar also may be available during the event, although that hasn’t yet been confirmed, Dion said.

The expanded vendor circuit will include Cabot Cheese and Veritas Cigars, as well as a wine store so guests can take their favorites home.

One of the major changes this year is the expanded artists’ gallery, the Delaware Artisan Faire. Last year, about 15 to 20 artists took part. This year’s festival has 35 artists on tap with handcrafted sterling silver, jewelry, sea glass, paintings, photography and more.

“The idea is that this is an opportunity to showcase Delaware as a space where you can get high quality handcrafted items, whether it be beers or wines or stained glass or fine woodworking or painting,” said Scott Angelucci of Angelucci Gallery and Artists’ Studios in Milford. Angelucci’s is the featured sponsor of the Artisan Faire.

Angelucci said he’s eager to work with Kent County Tourism to prove that Delaware has more than the beaches and NASCAR to offer visitors.

“We’re developing a real strong sense of artistic culture in Delaware,” he said.

Day-of tickets are $35 and include 10 sampling tickets; designated driver tickets are $5, but will not be eligible to purchase wine or beer. Glasses of beer will be $3, and wine will be $4. Parking is free.