Inside and outside of the state, Delaware is known for its pumpkins – big pumpkins, little pumpkins, pumpkins in drinks, pumpkins in ice cream, and even pumpkins that are hurled.
Some of Delaware’s pumpkin products are more than mere gimmicks, though, and have achieved near-cult status among the state’s most dedicated pumpkin fans – the mushroom pumpkin soup at Back Burner restaurant, for example, or the “Punkin Ale” shipped out each fall from Milton’s famous Dogfish Head Brewery. Other times, pumpkins are merely the starting point for a whole weekend’s worth of fun, as they are at the various fall festivals at Delaware farms.
Whatever your particular pumpkin preference, it’s a safe bet that something in Delaware will flip your gourd.
Pumpkin-related Fall Festivals and Attractions
This beloved orchard has U-pick pumpkins, a corn maze, hay rides, fresh-pressed cider and lots of other fall fun.
1919 Allabands Mill Road
Camden-Wyoming, DE 19934
Ramsey's Farm/Pumpkin Patch
This 12-acre farm features an 8-acre corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, and even bonfires and evening group hay rides.
T.S. Smith & Sons Farm
A great place for local produce year-round, T.S. Smith knows how to keep things festive in the fall. A great spot for U-pick apples.
Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, Inflatables/bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo
8887 Redden Road
Bridgeville, DE 19933
(302) 337-8271, (302)236-3675
Don’s Tree Farm
Tractor-pulled hayrides and 15 types of U-pick pumpkins are sure signs that the holidays are coming at this Christmas tree farm.
6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE 19950
Peco's Liquors Great Pumpkin Debate
A fun way to sample and celebrate pumpkin beers, featuring live music, BBQ and hay rides.
Sept. 27, 2014
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Bellevue State Park
$30 per person
Pumpkin Food & Drink
Woodside Farm Creamery
1310 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin, DE 19707
Flavors: Pumpkin and pumpkin pecan
535 South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19716
Flavors: Pumpkin Cheesecake (pumpkin and cheesecake ice creams swirled together with cinnamon cobbler pieces)
Home Grown Café
126 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711
On the menu: Sweet Potato Pie Bisque; Pumpkin Mac & Cheese with maple lacquered bacon “bits”
Back Burner Restaurant & Bar
425 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin, DE 19707
On the menu: Pumpkin Mushroom Soup with sour cream, seasoned croutons, fresh chives
1412 North DuPont St.
Wilmington, DE 19806
On the menu: Pumpkin beignets with caramel dipping sauce
Cannon's Custom Cakes & Bakery
228 Astro Center Shopping Center
Newark, DE 19713
On the menu: Pumpkin Squares
Dolce Bakery & Coffee Shop
36 N Walnut St, Milford, DE 19963
On the menu: Pumpkin bars; Pumpkin Spice Latte
Frankfurt Bakery & Deli
323 South Governors Avenue
Dover, DE 19904
On the menu: Pumpkin Spice Cake
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. “A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar.” Named after the seriously off-centered southern Delaware extravaganza, Punkin Chunkin. Released right around Sept. 1 each year. Available at many stores nationwide.
Iron Hill Pumpkin Ale. Available on-tap at the multiple locations of this popular local restaurant and brewery. Look out for special pumpkin Ale-oriented events.
Fordham's Spiced Harvest Ale. This Dover brewery’s fall seasonal is spiced with cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice and, of course, pumpkin. Available at select stores.
posted on: Friday, Sep 12, 2014 1:57 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office
-- Download a Delaware Culinary Trail Passport
-- Scroll through the trail restaurant listings and pick your flavor! If you visit two restaurants from Kent County (central Delaware) during Kent County Restaurant Week, October 12 – 18th, you will be eligible to receive a wine glass or beer mug.
-- When you dine at the two Kent County restaurants from the trail, you’ll mark the date you visited and code from their “Delaware Culinary Trail” sticker at their location on your passport.
-- E-mail or mail the completed passport to our office at Visit.Delaware@state.de.us or 99 Kings Hwy Dover, DE 19901.
-- We will send you the prize within 2 weeks of receiving your completed passport!
-- Want a bonus prize? Embark on a culinary adventure! There’s something for every palate on the Delaware Culinary Trail. Dine your way around the state at iconic restaurants and savor dishes from southern soul cuisine to the culinary coast. Visit 5 restaurants in each region of the state on the Delaware Culinary Trail and you can win the “First State Plates” Delaware Cookbook!!
Learn more about the Kent County Restaurant Week at www.kentcountyrestaurantweek.com. If you have any questions about the Delaware Culinary Trail, please call 866-284-7483. Questions about Kent County Restaurant Week, please call 302-734-4888.
posted on: Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 11:00 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office
The New York Times once called Delaware the cradle of Super Bowl championship quarterbacks (thanks to Rich Gannon and Joe Flacco, both University of Delaware grads), but a look at the football-friendly grub served around the state makes for a good argument that Delaware is also a fan’s dream when it comes to Super Bowl food.
After all, a fat sub stuffed full of Italian deli meat is a sure-fire party pleaser, and Delaware stands as the unrivalled master of the sub-sandwich art form, most notably those made at Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, the Delaware-born chain that now has locations around the country.
Mile for mile, Delaware is also perhaps one of the most richly blessed states when it comes to craft beer, led by the nationally renowned Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (and its restaurant), but supplemented nicely by an assortment of other beer-centric locations on the Delaware Wine & Ale Trail, including 16-Mile Brewing Company, Iron Hill Brewery (Wilmington and Newark locations), Stewart’s Brewing Company and Twin Lakes Brewery.
All those beers are naturally best accompanied by food that packs the culinary punch of an All-Pro linebacker, whether it’s wings or pizza or barbecue. Here are a few places to get your grub on:
-- Nicola Pizza in Rehoboth Beach is known throughout the state for its legendary Nic-o-Boli, an addictively cheesy “inside-out” pizza stuffed with ground beef and a variety of other goodies.
-- As one of the stops on the popular Delaware Culinary Trail, the Big Fish Grill in Rehoboth is a crowd favorite year-round, but this time of year they also wrap up everything from barbecued pork to chili to rotisserie chicken in their popular Super Bowl Party-to-Go packages.
-- Fans can’t go wrong at Abbott's Grill in Milford, the creative, people-pleasing menu is supplemented nicely on Super Bowl Sunday with 50-cent wings, prizes and more food specials.
-- Arguably one of the masters of cheese-steak artistry in the state, Claymont Steak Shop (in Claymont and Newark) is also a dependable go-to spot for other Super Bowl essentials, such as wings, pizza and subs.
-- Speaking of pizza, no Delaware Super Bowl list would be complete without mentioning the iconic Delaware pizza spot – Grotto Pizza (locations statewide). These swirled-cheese, thin-crust creations practically define Delaware for people who’ve spent time at the beaches.
-- When people think of the historic Deer Park Tavern in Newark, two things typically spring to mind – the Edgar Alan Poe raven statue, and this iconic restaurant’s “Los Nachos Grandes,” piled high with all you could ever need.
posted on: Friday, Jan 31, 2014 11:51 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office
The Delaware Tourism Facebook friends chimed in and here are some of their top favorites for brunch spots in Delaware! Plus, a few of the top reviewed spots on Yelp and Tripadvisor.
Columbus Inn is located in Wilmington. The Columbus Inn brunch has a bloody mary bar, carving tables and fresh roasted veggies.
Deerfield has been named “Best of Delaware” by Delaware Today magazine for the past 4 years! With over 111 feet of deliciousness including signature breakfast drinks, all-you-can-eat raw bar, Millionaire’s Bacon (need we go any further?) plus, a kids buffet and Gourmet Mac-n-Cheese station!
Green Room at Hotel Du Pont serves up breakfast with a side of elegance. Entrees range from Breakfast gravy of sausage, bacon and scrapple to Eggnog Waffle with Duck confit! This is surely a brunch made for royalty!
Two Stones Pub is located in Newark. Sandra on Facebook says Two Stones Pub has the “Best brunch and awesome chef surprises!” We’ve also heard that their Desayuno Tacos with scrapple and scrambled eggs are delicious!
Abbotts Grill’s Sunday Brunch buffet is quickly becoming a local favorite with made-to-order omelettes, a build your own bloody mar bar, fresh baked goods and a relaxing atmosphere.
Smyrna Diner is one of the iconic restaurants listed on the Delaware Culinary Trail. They serve up a classic breakfast menu from French toast to scrapple; you’ll dine on home-style cooking.
McGlynns Pub is located in Dover and their brunch menu ranges from classic breakfast omlettes to Eggs Chesapeake served with crabcakes and dill Hollandaise sauce.
Bethany Blues in Lewes, well as Sally on Facebook says “Bethany Blues brunch is delicious.” From a waffle station to BBQ meats and homemade desserts to the kids buffet with chicken tenders and tater tots. This is one of the top brunch spots between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach.
Nage is a foodie favorite in Rehoboth Beach. Their brunch menu constantly changes but the quality and delicious flavors remain the same. From Elvis Pancakes to Smoked Salmon Crepe, you never know what they’re whipping up at Nage.
The Brick Hotel Restaurant & Tavern located in Georgetown and serves up a quiche of the day, homemade granola, classic breakfast favorites plus, kids selections including grilled peanut butter and banana!
The Crystal Restaurant is one of the most popular breakfast spots in Rehoboth Beach. They serve up hearty breakfast meals including a Monte Cristo served on French Toast, fresh fruit, fried tomatoes and grits.
Victoria’s at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel switched to a Sunday Brunch a La Carte menu in 2013. You can dine on banana nut pancakes, quiche, crepes and of course, a couple of mimosas while enjoying oceanfront views of Rehoboth Beach.
posted on: Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 4:02 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office
It’s no secret that Delaware is a great place to find farm stands brimming with fresh produce, organic groceries and farmers’ markets offering local-made delicacies. There is a lot to experience in the First State and we’ve packed this section full of suggestions.
Open seven days a week, the Newark Natural Foods Co-op, located at 280 East Main Street in Newark, has been offering organic groceries since 1975. Fresh, pure, healthy and local, describes this welcoming grocery store for both members and non-members. From their wall of bulk honeys to one of the largest selections of organic produce in the state, these folks have taken all the guesswork out of buying the healthiest products around. Their goal is to educate their community and visiting shoppers about eating and thinking healthy while supporting local farmers and businesses. Their helpful staff rounds out the truly worthwhile trip!
Also nearby is the Delaware Local Food Exchange located inside Nature’s Way on Kirkwood Highway in Wilmington. In addition, “fresh local food at fair prices,” they also offer handmade soaps, gifts and earth-friendly cleaning products.
Other noteworthy and wholesome food markets throughout Delaware include Byler’s Market for local Amish foods and country gifts in central Delaware and Good Earth Market & Organic Farm in Clarksville, near the beach area.
During the summer months and into early Fall; you can’t drive too far without passing one of our amazing roadside markets or weekly farmers markets. Check out Webb & Sons Market, on Route 1 in Frederica, the renowned Lewes Farmer’s Market (open on Saturdays between 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) on the scenic grounds of the Lewes Historical Society Complex, the newly launched Smyrna Farmers Market at the Market Street Plaza. And if you crave farm fresh produce head out now for u-pick at Fifers Orchards in Dover (Fifers offers a great local-fresh market stand in Dewey Beach) or the 800-acre farm of T.S. Smith and Sons in Bridgeville. So, pack your appetite and discover Delaware’s delicious farm fresh offerings.
posted on: Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 6:55 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office
Grab your holiday shopping lists and search for the newest fashion trends, technology gadgets and unique gifts for your friends, family and co-workers while taking advantage of Delaware's tax-free shopping and savings for the upcoming holiday season.
From the Christiana Mall, Delaware's largest and most upscale mall hosting stores such as Nordstrom and Apple, to the 130 brand-name stores featured at the Tanger® Outlets in Rehoboth, Delaware is the perfect destination for any holiday shopper's retail adventure--not to mention all of the boutique and specialty shops that can be found throughout the state!
Located in the Mid-Atlantic region and within easy driving distance from Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York, Delaware is a convenient and affordable choice to shop til' you drop.
After saving money from tax-free shopping, treat yourself to a savory meal at one of Delaware's countless casual eateries and fine dining options-ALL TAX FREE! It's time to relax and enjoy the holiday season with responsible retail therapy in Delaware!
Black Friday & Holiday Shopping Hot Spots!
• The Christiana Mall will open at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 25, 2011. Select stores will be opening earlier. For more information on their Black Friday Early Morning Perks and Surprises, please visit http://www.shopchristianamall.com/events/black-friday-early-morning-perks-surprises. Holiday shopping hours can be found at: http://www.shopchristianamall.com/holiday-hours.
• The Concord Mall will open at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, November 25, 2011. For more information, please visit: http://www.concordmall.com/.
• The Dover Mall will open at 4:00 a.m. on Friday, November 25, 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.simon.com/mall/?id=1243. Holiday shopping hours can be found at: http://www.simon.com/mall/?id=1243.
• The Tanger Outlets Moonlight Madness Sale and After Thanksgiving Sales will begin at 10:00 p.m. Thanksgiving night (Thursday, November 24, 2011). For more information on great deals and fabulous rewards, please visit http://www.tangeroutlet.com/promotions/moonlightmadness.aspx. Holiday shopping hours can be found at: http://www.tangeroutlet.com/rehoboth/hours.
Additional trip ideas:
Shopping & leisure attraction listings: http://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/shopping/
Hotel listings: http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/hotels/
Restaurant listings: http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/restaurants/
Upcoming Delaware holiday events: http://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/event-calendar/
posted on: Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 1:37 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office