Have some autumn fun at Southern Delaware festivals

Michelle Teel

The Sea Witch Festival parade is great costumed fun for the whole family.

Autumn in Southern Delaware can’t be beat. Cooler air, less traffic, better prices, and fantastic festivals make this part of the First State a great fall getaway choice.

Check out the latest festival, the SoDel Fest on Oct. 17. Dubbed the “hippest food, wine, and music event on DelMarVa,” SoDel Fest 2015 is an event that gives all three elements their due. Hosted by former Bad Company bassist Paul Cullen (now a food, wine, and music aficionado), the event promises an afternoon of fun featuring samplings and demonstrations by renowned chefs and foodies, a food truck gathering, wine pairings, local beer tastings, and a musical lineup of locally and nationally recognized talent.

Sample cuisine from at least 10 of the areas greatest restaurants and enjoy cooking and food demonstrations by the Food Channel’s “Singing Chef” Neil Fuentes, James Beard-nominated chef Hari Cameron, and others at the top of their game. Pair the amazing cuisine with wines from vineyards in Italy, France, Spain, and California.

The Sea Witch Festival parade is great costumed fun for the whole family.
The Sea Witch Festival parade is great costumed fun for the whole family.

Manfredo San Bonifacio, from Tuscany, offers a private look into a vineyard owner’s life. You can even hear how his family was intertwined with Romeo and Juliet. Relax with a tasting led by fine wine specialist Joseph Lertch. Next, take Wine 101 with local wine geek John McDonald and blind tasting with Level II sommelier Mike Zygmonski.

Music for the event will be provided by Lower Case Blues, Vinyl Shockley, Bryan Russo, and Bruce Anthony, with a special appearance by Erin Dickins from Manhattan Transfer.

The festival is noon–4:30pm at Independence Hall & Grounds in Millsboro, Del. Tickets start at $75 per person and the event benefits the Rotary Club’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative and Meals on Wheels. (sodelfest.com)

September also hosts many other events in Southern Delaware.

Sept. 11 — The 15th annual Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival in Milford features the Smile for Freedom 5K, fireworks, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, bike and car show, and kids’ corner.

Sept. 12 — More than 100 artists from around the country bring their creations to the 37th Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, which features jewelry, glass, pottery, watercolor and oil painting, photography, basketry, and woodworking.

Sept. 12–13 — The 38th annual Nanticoke
Indian Powwow in Millsboro offers a weekend of sharing and learning Native American culture and enjoying native foods, as well as storytelling, drumming, singing, and dancing. Some 40 vendors from all over the country present a great shopping opportunity.

Sept. 12 — The Woodland Ferry Festival in Seaford features pedestrian ferry rides, a silent auction, museum, children’s activities, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, and demonstrations.

The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Art Festival brings more than 100 national artists to Southern Delaware on Sept. 12.
The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Art Festival brings more than 100 national artists to Southern Delaware on Sept. 12.

Sept. 13 — Historic Georgetown’s Art Crawl is a rain-or-shine juried art event, and features artists and artisans, area art leagues, and art guilds. It is held in conjunction with the annual Farmer & Foodie Festival, which celebrates local farmers and their farm fresh foods.

Sept 19 — Tour de Sussex, Southern Delaware’s premier cycling event offers ride distances of 1, 25, 62, and 100 miles. Registration fee includes SAG, T-shirt, lunch and drink coupons, maps, and rest stop refreshments. Rest stops include Dogfish Brewery, Irish Eyes, Papa Grande’s, and Trap Pond.

Sept. 19 — Boro Bash at Millsboro Little League Field features redneck games and kids’ games, craft and food vendors, and live entertainment. The Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular from Wisconsin will
offer its zany take on science
with stage shows and traveling shows around the park.

Sept. 19 — The Freeman Stage Arts and Jazz Festival in Selbyville is a great opportunity to stroll the green and enjoy previewing the artwork of Delmarva’s finest artists.  Pull up a chair and groove to some of the most talented jazz artists to ever play at the shore, including Joe Baione Sextet, Catherine Russell, and Cyrus Chestnut.

Sept. 20 — Milford Eat in the Street in downtown Milford features local cuisine, drinks, a four-course meal, vendors, wine and beer pairings, and entertainment.

Sept. 27 — It’s time to jump ship with the Escape from Lewes Open Water Swim Classic in Lewes. The Delaware Breakwater in the National Harbor of Refuge serves as the backdrop for this amazing open water swimming event. Swimmers of all ability levels will be able to test their skills in a one-of-a-kind event as they swim from the ferry.

Throughout September there are also a variety of events at the US 13 Dragway and the Delaware International Speedway involving classic cars, bikes, barbecue, drag racing, crazy eights, and more on both dirt tracks and a drag strip. (delawareracing.com)


For more information:

Southern Delaware Tourism: visitsoutherndelaware.com.



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