About the Event


Food and Brew Fest is all about celebrating the unique relationship between the culinary arts and the brewing sciences! Out & About Magazine and Downtown Newark Partnership are proud to host what has become a summer tradition: the 14th Annual Downtown Newark Food and Brew Festival. The event showcases more than 40 craft and imported beers paired with creative food offerings from 18 of Newark's restaurants.

Unlike most beer festivals, this event takes place in the restaurants. You travel from restaurant to restaurant to sample the featured brews and tasty dishes designed to spotlight the brews at that particular establishment. Tickets are not required. This is a pay-as-you-go event. All you need is your wallet and your state issued ID because you must be at least 21 years of age to sample the beers.

Beer tastings and food specials begin at 12:00 p.m. and run until 7:00 p.m. The first 2,000 guests will receive a Food & Brew Fest 14 commemorative 5 oz.-tasting mug. These are available at all participating restaurants and at the information booths.Guests may sample one of the restaurant's featured brews for $1-$2. A day-of-event program will be available at the restaurants and at the information booth at the Academy Lawn (Academy & Main streets).

Out & About Magazine is hosting a root beer tasting stand for kids on the Academy Lawn until 6:00 p.m. or until supplies run out, whichever comes first.

Parking

There is plenty of parking for this event. Municipal parking lots are conveniently located throughout
downtown and University of Delaware’s Trabant Center parking garage also has spaces available.

Music:

  • 102:00-1:15 Bodhi Woof
  • 1:45-3:00 Tyler Greene Music
  • 3:30-5:00 Edgewater Avenue
  • 5:30-7:00 The Susquehanna Floods

Newark Food & Brew Menus

The 14th Annual Newark Food & Brew Fest offers a tasty combination of craft beers paired with creative cuisine by Newark’s finest eateries. More than two dozen breweries and 40 varieties of beer will be featured.

2017 Featured Menus:


Ali Baba

Featured Brewery: Stone

Menu:

  • Mini Falafel
  • Chicken Samosa
  • Cheese Samosa

Beers:

  • Stone IPA
  • Stone Arrogant Bastard

175 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711
(302) 738-1111
http://alibabade.com/


Arena's

Featured Brewery: Southern Tier

Steak Taco $5
with spicy roasted pepper & corn salsa
Paired with: Nu Skool IPA

Cucumber and Dill Chilled Soup $5
with spicy roasted pepper & corn salsa
Paired with: Lemon Drop Sun (Wheat)

Chocolate Brownie $5
with vanilla iced cream and raspberry coulis
Paired with: Raspberry White (Wheat)

168 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711
(302) 454-1900
http://arenasdeli.com/


Caffé Gelato

Featured Breweries: Dogfish Head, Troegs, Allagash, & Stoudts
Beer Floats Available

Menu:

  • Flatbreads
  • Applewood Burger
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Brushetta
  • Hummus and Grilled Pita
  • Burrata
  • Roasted Asparagus and Sweet Pea Ravioli
  • Crispy Calamari
  • Pancettea Mussels
  • Gnocchi Bolognese
  • Bacon Seared Shrimp
  • Chicken Croquettes
  • Steamed Littlenecks
  • Short Rib and Polenta
  • Arancini

Beers:

  • Dogfish Head (Glassware available first-come- first-serve)
  • Troegs
  • Alagash
  • Stoudts
  • Local Crafts

90 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711
(302) 738-5811
http://caffegelato.net/

Catherine Rooney's

Featured Brewery: Troegs

Menu:

BBQ Pork Sliders 1 for $3, 2 for $5
12 hour pilsener braised pork, house BBQ, creamy slaw, red onion straws, brioche slider bun
Paired with: Sunshine Pils

Jerk Chicken Tacos 1 for $3, 2 for $5
Pineapple pico di gallo, shredded letuce, cilantro, corn tortilla, lime wedge
Paired with: Crimson Pistil IPA

Grilled Shrimp Tacos 1 for $3, 2 for $5
Roasted pineapple, pico di gallo, shredded lettuce, chipotle honey aioli, corn tortilla
Paired with: Perpetual IPA

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding $3
Warm rum infused banana bread, whipped cream topper
Paired with: Dreamweaver Wheat

102 East Main Street  Newark, DE 19711
(302) 369-7330
http://www.catherinerooneys.com/home


Churrascaria Saudades

Featured Brewery: Evil Genius

Menu:

Pichana $6
Sliced top sirloin served with farofa (buttered yucca flour, eggs, onion, bacon)

Chicken Legs $4
Beer marinated chicken legs served with tabbouleh

Linguica $5
Authentic Brazilian Pork sausage served with Brazilian rice and beans

Beers:

  • Evil Genius Purple Monkey
  • Evil Genius Shut Up Meg

230 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711 
(302) 355-5551
http://eatsteaks.com/


The Deer Park

Featured Brewery: Founders Brewing Co.

Menu:

  • Gourmet Franks 'n' Beans
  • Detroit Coney Dogs

Beers:

  • Founders All Day IPA
  • Founders Centennial IPA
  • Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale
  • Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown Ale
  • Founders Redankulous Imperial Red IPA

108 West Main Street Newark, DE 19711
(302) 369-9414
http://www.deerparktavern.com/


Del Pez

Featured Brewery: Flying Dog

Menu:

Jalapeno Thyme Chorizo Corn Dog
with Spicy Sweet Corn Sauce

Mexi-Kabobs
Vegetable Kabobs with Chicken or Shrimp

Barbacoa Empanadas
With Jalapeno Aoili

Beers:

  • Flying Dog Summer Rental Radler
  • Flying Dog Tropical Bitch

76 East Main Street, Newark, DE 19711
(302) 738-0373
Website: http://www.hakunahospitalitygroup.com/del-pez-sea-mex/


Delaware Growler

Featured Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery

Menu:

The Corona $6
Blackened Cajun Chicken Breast, with a Cocktail mix of love, Red Devil, Jerk Sauce, Sautéed Peppers and Onions, Ranch dressing and cheese

Buffalo Bluehen $6
Chicken, Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese Crumbles, Blue Cheese Dressing

Bob Marley $6
Jerk Chicken, with Curry sauce love sauce and sautéed Pepper and Onions and Cheese

48 East Main Street, Newark, DE 19711
(302) 454-7695
Website: http://www.thedelawaregrowler.com/


Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen

Featured Brewery: Bengali, Puff, & 5 Beans

Menu:

Bengali Rings $4
½ dozen Spanish onion rings in a hoppy batter. Ranch on the side for dipping.

Puffritters $4
Corn fritters in Puff batter. Full of fresh local basil and tossed in honey glaze.

5 Beans Shrimp & ‘grass $6
A skewer of grilled shrimp. Grilled asparagus & sweet 5Bean butter.

Beers:

  • Bengali IPA $1/4oz, $4/pint
  • Puff Cloudy Double IPA $2/4oz, $6/10oz
  • 5 Beans Bazaar Imperial Porter $2/4oz, $6/10oz

270 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711
(302) 737-2931
https://www.facebook.com/grainonmain


The Greene Turtle

Featured Brewery: Long Trail

Menu:

  • Hog Hammers
  • Watermelon Salad with Chicken
  • Crab Pizza
  • Jerk Chicken Skewers

Beers:

  • Long Trail Blackberry Wheat
  • Long Trail Cranberry Gose
  • Long Trail Summer Seasonal
  • Long Trail Citrus Limbo IPA

250 South Main Street, Suite 101 Newark, DE 19711
(302) 454-1592
http://www.thegreeneturtle.com/location/Newark


 

 

Grotto Pizza

Featured Brewery: Leinenkugel's

Menu:

  • Pizza: Cheese, Pepperoni, Buffalo Chicken, and Margarita

Beers:

  • Leinenkugel Grapefruit Shandy
  • Leinenkugel Summer Shandy.

45 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711
(302) 369-0600
http://www.grottopizza.com/locations/newark-de/


 

Home Grown Cafe

Featured Brewery: RAR Brewing

Menu:

Tex mex arancini $5
corn, roasted poblanos, chorizo, cilantro lime crema, queso fresco

Fried goat cheese $6
bright farms arugula, tomato & pepper chutney, pistachio crumb

Crispy Asian style bbq pork belly $6
topped with an asian fig bbq sauce, topped with crushed wasabi peas and fried ginger

Beers:

  • RAR Country ride pale ale Draft: $2 taster | Pint | Pitcher
  • RAR Nanticoke nectar IPA (can)
  • RAR Groove city hefeweizen (can)

126 East Main Street  Newark, DE 19711
(302) 266-6993
http://www.homegrowncafe.com/


Iron Hill Brewery

Featured Breweries: Iron Hill, Two Roads, 2SP

Brewben Eggroll $5
Braised corned beef, bacon-beer kraut, swiss and thousand island dipping sauce
Paired with: 2SP Endless Summer

Roasted Pork Belly Slider $4
Apple-carrot slaw and peach-mustard
Paired with: Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Pickled Watermelon Bruschetta $3
Whipped feta and balsamic reduction
Paired with: Iron Hill Brewery Watermelon Wit

147 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711
(302) 266-9000
http://www.ironhillbrewery.com/newark/


Klondike Kate's

Featured Brewery: Victory

Menu:

TBA

Beers:

  • Victory Sour Monkey
  • Victory Summer Love
  • Victory Hop Devil

158 East Main Street  Newark, DE 19711
(302) 737-6100
http://www.klondikekates.com/


Mediterranean Grille

Featured Brewery: Dogfish Head & Leinenkugel’s

Menu:

  • Chicken Fingers $5
  • Mozzarella sticks $5
  • Hummus $5
  • Dolmathes $5
  • Spanakopita $5
  • Falafel $5
  • Greek chicken lemon soup $5
  • Greek salad $5

Beers:

  • Dogfish Head 60 minute
  • Dogfish Head Namaste White
  • Leinenkugel Summer Shandy

612 Newark and Pomeroy Rail Trail Newark, DE 19711 
(302) 731-4005
http://medgrille.com/


Santa Fe Mexican Grill

Featured Brewery: Heavy Seas

Menu:

TBA

190 East Main Street  Newark, DE 19711
(302) 369-2500
http://www.santafemexicangrill.net/


Stone Balloon Ale House

Featured Breweries: 16 Mile, Crooked Hammock, & Dogfish Head

Menu:

  • Pecan Smoked Pork Shoulder with White Cheddar Mac and Cheese $4
  • Root Beer Chipotle BBQ Ribs $5
  • Cannelini Hummus & Pasta Chips $2

Beers: 4 ounce samples

  • 16 Mile Bourbon Soaked Peach Amber Ale $4
  • 16 Mile Creamsicle Ale $2
  • Crooked Hammock Shoobie $2
  • Crooked Hammock Wai Ola $3
  • Dogfish Head Alternative Takes #5 Wild Ale $3
  • Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale $2

Specialty Cockail:

  • Strawberry Granita with Tito's Handmade Vodka

115 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711
(302) 266-8111
http://www.stoneballoon.com/


Taverna Rustic Italian

Featured Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Menu:

  • Fried Calamari
  • Housemade Pretzel Nuggets
  • Beer Braised Pork

121 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711
(302) 444-4334
http://www.tavernamainstreet.com/