This afternoon’s 9th annual Downtown Newark Food and Brew Festival is a flavorful reminder that the idea of marrying culinary arts with brewing sciences was divinely ordained.


This afternoon’s 9th annual Downtown Newark Food and Brew Festival is a flavorful reminder that the idea of marrying culinary arts with brewing sciences was divinely ordained.

Distinguished from most beer festivals, this event will take place inside 17 restaurants, in which the venues will showcase more than 40 craft and imported beers paired with unique food offerings.

Guests travel from restaurant to restaurant to sample the featured brews and tasty dishes designed to spotlight the brews at that particular establishment. Since this will be a pay-as-you-go event, tickets aren’t required. Guests will only need their wallet and state-issued photo I.D., because beer samples are only available to those who are at least 21.

A day-of-event program will be available at the restaurants and at the information booth located at the Academy Building lawn on the corner of Academy and Main Streets in Newark. 

17 to taste from
Participating restaurants in the festival are: Klondike Kate's, Cosi, Saigon, Grotto's Pizza, Ali Baba, Kildare's, Cucini Di Napoli, Catherine Rooney's, Santa Fe Mexican Grill, Caffe' Gelato, Home Grown, Buffalo Wild Wings, The Deer Park Tavern, Iron Hill Brewery, the Stone Balloon Winehouse, Mojo and Claymont Steak shop.

There’s plenty of parking for this event. Municipal parking lots are conveniently located throughout downtown. A complimentary, air conditioned shuttle will take you to convenient stops located near all of the participating venues. The shuttle runs 4 to 8:30 p.m.

Overview of the fun    
Beer tasting and food specials begin at 2 p.m. through 8 p.m. The first 2,500 guests and any participating restaurant will receive a mug.

Guests will have opportunity to 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 the Academy Building lawn on the corner of Academy and Main Streets in Newark. 

The festival will also feature the popular “Hops and Shops” sidewalk sale extravaganza beginning at noon, showcasing goods and wares offered by downtown merchants. Strolling musicians and balloon decorations will line the streets, keeping guests in the festive spirit while shopping and strolling downtown.

There will be a root beer tasting stand for kids on the Academy Lawn until 6 p.m., or until supplies run out.