The Town of Smyrna will pull together more than 50 craft beers, more than 30 wines, several local restaurants and one distillery for an afternoon of adult sampling.
1. On tap
Last year, the Smyrna Craft Beer, Wine and Food Festival brought in close to 40 varieties of beer for sampling. This year, the festival will feature more than 50 beers. All the Delaware brews will be represented, from Twin Lakes Brewing Company to 16 Mile Brewing Company.
Warlock Brewing Company, which will soon reside in Smyrna, will also be at the festivalfor people who are curious about what they’re bringing to town. They won’t be offering samples but will have information about what they’re going to offer when they open.
More than 35 wines will flow at the festival this year. Expect to see familiar names like Auburn Road Vineyards, St. Michaels Winery and Southern Wine and Spirits, who have provided samples the past two years. Plus, Painted Stave Distilling will join the pouring festival forces by offering up samples of locally-made vodka and gin.
3 Order up
With so much to drink, people should also expect plenty of good eats, too. American fare from the Smyrna Diner and SportZone, traditional Irish pub choices courtesy of Sheridan’s Irish Pub, Italian cuisine from Trevi Ristorante and the exotic spices of Karibbean Link will help keep bellies full.
4 At the mic
Obviously, the kids can’t drink so the event is organizing a “kid’s corner” which will feature face painting and a performance of Jungle John’s Reptile Show.
On the other end of the street, the adults will get to knock back their drinks while listening to classic rock, soul, oldies and the blues, courtesy of the Joey Fulkerson Trio. When JFT is not on stage, Deejay Jay plans to keep the tunes spinning and the people dancing.
5 Supporting charity
The purpose of the event is two-fold: get people downtown while supporting local charities. Last year, the town-sponsored event raised $7,000. This year, Sheridan hopes to raise even more money for the six charities that organizers would like to give donations to: Smyrna-Clayton Ministerium, American Legion Ambulance Co. 64, Citizens' Hose Company, Smyrna Library Guild, Smyrna Museum & the Smyrna Opera House.
This year, organizers have also reached out to local organizations catering to family members of the actively deployed. Sheridan said that she’s thrilled that they are able to recognize these families and their sacrifices.