An expanding spirits scene and new events are coming to Southern Delaware this spring.
The inaugural Party at the Pond, A Family Jeep Jamboree takes place April 8–9 at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel. There will be a Jeep owners’ meet-and-greet, a chance for visitors to show off their Jeeps, and a scavenger hunt/poker run. Trap Pond will also host a kids’ fishing tournament and offer nature tours. Camping is available.
Beach Time Distilling, a craft distiller of rum, vodka, gin, and specialty spirits located in Lewes, will expand its schedule of tours.
Dogfish Head Distilling has launched a 100 percent scratch-made spirits line, starting with vodka and gin products. Dogfish is also opening a new seafood restaurant, Chesapeake and Main, in Rehoboth Beach.
Also joining the scene on the Culinary Coast is Heirloom, a fine dining, farm-to-table restaurant.
Brimming Horn Meadery is slated to open in Milton in the fall, offering a tasting area and a Scandinavian-style mead hall. Both meads and ciders will be available.
On June 4, the “Beach Goes Blue” as Rehoboth offers entertainment and all things blueberry, from cocktails and cobbler to ice cream and pancakes. After dark, the beach will glow blue.
The first annual Delmarva Lavender Festival takes place June 11–12 at Warrington Manor in Milton. See wreath- and soap-making demonstrations and learn the art of distilling lavender essential oil and creating culinary sensations. Local vendors and food trucks will also participate.