Enjoy unique beers, creative cuisine, live music, and more at the 17th Annual Newark Food & Brew Fest

Date: TBD

The Newark Food & Brew Fest is all about celebrating the unique relationship between the culinary arts and the brewing sciences! Out & About Magazine and the City of Newark are proud to host what has become a summer tradition: the 16th Annual Downtown Newark Food & Brew Festival.

The event showcases more than 50 beers paired with creative food offerings from 13 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 those 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 16 commemorative 5 oz.-tasting mug. These are available at the information booth at the Academy Lawn (Academy & Main streets along with an official program listing the venues). By having the mug, guests may sample one of the restaurant’s featured brews for $1 to $3. Out & About Magazine is also hosting a root beer tasting stand for kids on the Academy Lawn until 5:00 p.m. or until supplies run out, whichever comes first.


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.

Featured Menus

175 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711
(302) 738-1111


Featured Breweries/Beers:

  • Pale Ale by Sierra Nevada
  • Summer Fest by Sierra Nevada


  • Mini Falafel
  • Chicken Samosas

168 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711
(302) 454-1900


Featured Brewery: TBA

  • Dogfish Head Dragons & Yum Yums
  • Dewey Beer Co. Swishy Pants IPA
  • Evolution Pinehopple


  • Thai Chili Skewer
  • Flank Steak Taco
  • Philly Cheese Steak Dip

90 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711
(302) 738-5811


Featured Breweries/Beers:

  • Brooklyn Summer Ale, Lager, and Bel Air Sour
  • 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat, Brew Free or Die, and Blood Orange IPA
  • Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Sea Quench Ale, In and of Itself, Slightly Mighty, Lupu-Luau IPA
  • Flying Fish IPA
  • Juicy Goodness Dry-Hopped Golden Ale
  • Rogue 6 Hop IPA
  • Southern Tier 8 Days a Week Blonde Ale
  • Doggie Style Pale Ale
  • Fordham & Dominion Gypsy Lager
  • Stone Go To IPA
  • Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout
  • Victory Summer Love, Prima Pils, Hop Devil, Home Grown Lager
  • Oskar Blues Pinner, IPA, Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils
  • Bells Two-Hearted Ale


  • Wood-Fired Wings:
    • Buffalo Wings
    • Blackened Wings
    • Lemon and Cracked Pepper Wings
    • Bacon Wrapped Wings
    • Pineapple Habanero Wings
    • Coffee Barbecue Wings
  • Artisan Pizzas:
    • Classico Pizza with Tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil
    • Sole Peach Pizza with Prosciutto, arugula, garlic oil, mozzarella and ricotta and spicy honey drizzle
    • Romagna Pizza with Smoked salmon, sliced red onions, goat cheese, béchamel, baby arugula, extra virgin olive oil and lemon zest
    • Campagnola Pizza Veal sausage, pepperoni, Buffalo mozzarella, tomato sauce, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers
    • Kennett Square Mushroom Pizza Baby spinach, fontina, bechamel, drizzled with olive oil
    • Giovani Primavera Pizza Red peppers, zucchini, broccoli, corn, red onion, garlic olive oil, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses
  • Burgers:
    • Applewood Burger Roasted garlic aioli, Gorgonzola cheese, bacon marmalade, caramelized red onions, frisee lettuce and tomato
  • Appetizers:
    • Sweet Potato Fries served with truffle honey
    • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus wood-fired pizza bread with feta and olive oil drizzle
    • Bruschetta Diced plum tomatoes, red onions and sweet basil, tossed with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, served on toasted Artisan bread with aged provolone
    • Short Rib Spring Rolls with pepperoncini and dipping sauce
  • Small Plates:
    • Wood Fired Formaggio Stromboli served with tomato dipping sauce
    • Gnocchi Bolognese au Gratin house-crafted, hand-rolled ricotta gnocchi served in Bolognese sauce
    • Steamed Littlenecks limoncello-caper broth, heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, grilled foccacia
    • Crispy Calamari Spicy marinara and Italian pepperoncini
    • Pancetta Mussels Prince Edward Island Mussels sautéed with fennel, shallots and pancetta in a white wine cream sauce with crispy shallots.
    • Braised Beef Short Ribs with local mushrooms, crispy polenta fries, truffle oil, honey roasted baby carrots, diced tomatoes and micro greens.
    • Wood Fired Goat Cheese, Ricotta and Marinara

230 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711 
(302) 355-5551


Featured Brewery/Beer: Tropicannon and Cutlass by Heavy Seas


  • Beef Rib sliders (with a side dish)
  • Chicken wrapped with bacon (with a side dish)

108 West Main Street Newark, DE 19711
(302) 369-9414


Featured Breweries/Beers:

  • Up & Out by 2SP
  • Pils by 2SP
  • Green Zebra by Founders
  • Solid Gold by Founders
  • Two Hearted Ale by Bells
  • Oberon by Bells


  • Grilled Chorizo Sausage
    • chipotle marinara, peppers, onions
  • Coney Style Hot Dogs

Live music by The Mardels

48 East Main Street, Newark, DE 19711
(302) 454-7695


Featured Brewery: Big Oyster

Menu (by Delaware Oyster Company)

  • Dewey Select Oysters on the Half Shell $9 for 3pcs, $16 for 6pcs, $30 for 12pcs
    • Delaware’s first cultured oyster shucked on the half shell with your choice of sauce
  • Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail $6 for 3pcs, $10 for 6pcs, $18 for 12pcs
    • Steamed & perfectly chilled Jumbo peeled shrimp with cocktail sauce and lemon
  • George & Sons’ Lobster Roll Sliders $9ea
    • George & Sons’ famous lobster roll recipe in between brioche slider buns

45 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711
(302) 369-0600


Featured Breweries/Beers:

  • Summer Shandy by Leinenkugel
  • Hammerhead IPA by Big Oyster
  • Slighty Mighty IPA by Dogfish Head


  • Magherita Pizza $2/slice
  • Mama Grotto $2/slice

147 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711
(302) 266-9000


Featured Breweries/Beers:

  • Dream Weaver by Troegs
  • Revelation Craft Brewing Company



158 East Main Street  Newark, DE 19711
(302) 737-6100


Featured Breweries/Beers:

  • Mango Crush Sour Ale by Southern Tier
  • Pineapple Express IPA by Mispillion River
  • Sumpin’ Easy APA by Lagunitas


  • Brisket Pretzel Bites $8
    • Slow cooked brisket over a soft pretzel with melted provolone, topped with truffle caramelized onions
  • Roasted Bruschetta $6
    • Roasted bruschetta on toasted crostinis

76 East Main Street, Newark, DE 19711
(302) 738-3800


Featured Breweries/Beers:

  • Blue Moon $2/4oz
  • Pacifico $2/4oz
  • 60 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head $2/4oz
  • Fat Tire $2/4oz


  • Mama’s Rotisserie Chicken $7
    • Peruvian style roasted chicken marinated 24 hours, roasted potatoes with three sauces
  • Mama’s Beef Empanadas $5
    • Two empanadas stuffed with stewed sirloin steak, raisins, onion, aji panca, hard-boiled egg, cilantro, rocoto sauce
  • Mama’s Chicken Empanadas $5
    • Two empanadas stuffed with seasoned rotisserie chicken, aji amarillo, onion, black olive, huacatay sauce
  • Peruvian Pull Pork Tacos (2) $5
    • Tender, slow cooked pork, rocoto BBQ sauce, Pickles onions, corn tortilla
  • Churros (2) $2
    • Bavarian filling, cinnamon and sugar coating

190 East Main Street  Newark, DE 19711
(302) 369-2500


Featured Breweries/Beers:

  • Phase Change by Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Sons of Ben by Yards Brewing
  • Raspberry Tart Ale by Troegs Independent Brewing


  • Dragonfruit Shrimp Ceviche
  • Avocado Citrus Salad
  • Braised Beef Tacos with a Raspberry Chipotle Salsa

115 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711
(302) 266-8111


Featured Breweries: Salt & Sea by Flying Fish, Clockwork Orange by Blue Earl, Stacy’s Mom by Evil Genius


  • Caprese Hummus Boats $4
  • Brisket Mac and Cheese $4
  • Honey Sriracha Nuggets $4
  • Maple Bacon Nuggets $4

121 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711
(302) 444-4334


Featured Breweries/Beers:

  • 75 minute IPA by Dogfish Head
  • American Beauty by Dogfish Head
  • Wood Aged Bitches Brew by Dogfish Head
  • Beach Juice by 3rd Wave
  • Shorebreak Pale Ale by 3rd Wave
  • Male’ana Grapefruit IPA by 3rd Wave
  • Jenny by Big Oyster
  • Noir et Blue Tripel by Big Oyster


  • Fried Calamari
    • pickled chiles, tomato jam, lemon aioli
  • Truffle Fries
    • fonduta, shaved parmigiana
  • Tuscan Wings
    • grilled, rosemary, garlic