Bites – June 2016

Tasty things worth knowing

Ice Cream Festival is June 25-26

Delaware’s largest family picnic returns to New Castle County’s Rockwood Park on the weekend of June 25-26 with its delectable array of ice cream, mouth-watering foods, live music and activities for children and adults.

The New Castle County Ice Cream Festival, which typically draws 10,000 to 12,000 people per day to Rockford Park, features the popular “Best Sundae on Sunday” competition among ice cream vendors, live music on two stages, a children’s area filled with animals, games and entertainment, and a diverse group of crafters and local businesses displaying their products and services.

The festival, sponsored by the county government and produced by Barry’s Events, was named one of the nation’s Top 10 Food Festivals by USA Today in 2014.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Admission is $5 for adults, with children 12 and under accompanied by an adult admitted for free. Free shuttle bus service will be provided between Rockwood Park and nearby parking areas. The festival and shuttle buses are dog-friendly to dogs on leashes.
Updated information on festival performances and participants will be posted at rockwoodicecream.com.

AAA Honors Green Room and More

The Green Room at the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington, known for elegant, lavish design elements and fine food, was honored this year with the AAA Mid-Atlantic 2016 AAA Four Diamond Award. The hotel has received the award every year since 1985. Others receiving Four Diamond Awards were the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach (24-year recipient), The Hotel du Pont (23-year recipient), and Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover (13-year recipient).

First Anniversary for Olive Tree Café

Newark’s Olive Tree Café is celebrating its first anniversary after a year in which it received much praise and several awards, including the Delaware Small Business Chamber’s award for Best Restaurant – Judges Choice. Olive Tree features traditional dishes from the Mediterranean and highlights olives and olive oil for unique health, taste and cooking properties. Located at 13 Chestnut Hill Plaza, the café offers sandwiches, traditional Mediterranean dishes, snacks and appetizers, entrees, sit-down dinners and lunches.

Plant a Row for Those in Need

As the growing season gets into full swing, the Food Bank of Delaware encourages individuals to plant a few extra seeds to help feed hungry Delawareans.

ThinkstockPhotos-480221832Donations from produce growers, farmers and backyard gardeners help the Food Bank distribute nutritious foods to Delawareans in need. Surplus produce can be donated to the Food Bank’s warehouses in Newark and Milford, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer crops such as peppers, Swiss chard, eggplant, cucumbers, green beans, squash/zucchini, tomatoes, okra, Brussels sprouts, beets, herbs, melons and berries are ideal. Cool-season crops including spinach, lettuce, cabbage, radishes, turnips, arugula, carrots and more also are accepted.

To learn more, contact Matt Talley at mtalley@fbd.org.

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