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Delaware's Top Food Festivals
Foodies of every persuasion rejoice at Delaware’s annual food festivals. From the only-in- Delaware Apple Scrapple Festival to a battle of the best food trucks around, find the delicious dining event to satisfy your appetite in Delaware.
Start your spring off sweetly at the annual Rehoboth Chocolate Festival where you’ll enjoy chocolate creations from cupcakes to gelato to cookies and more! For a little bit of everything, head to April’s Harvest Ridge Food Truck Competition to vote for your favorite food trucks as more than a dozen battle it out for a year’s worth of bragging rights.
You’ll find that bacon is so much more than a breakfast side dish in April at the Dewey and Rehoboth Bacon Fest where restaurants serve up their best bacon creations. Satisfy your sweet tooth at May’s Fifer Orchards Strawberry Festival where farm fresh strawberries are served at peak ripeness! A wide array of plant based creations from “v steaks” to “nice cream” round out the spring at the Rehoboth Beach VegFest.
Summer is the season of international food festivals. You’ll love the Holy Trinity Greek Festival in June where Greek favorites like moussaka, spanakopita and gyros are plentiful. The week-long St. Anthony’s Italian Festival will keep you full with not only food, but a healthy dose of fun, culture and entertainment - not to mention carnival games and rides! Another European-themed festival, the Red Clay Valley Sommerfest (formerly St. Hedwig’s Polish Festival) has all the pierogis, kielbasa and polka dancing you could wish for.
Treat yourself to some sweets at June’s New Castle County Ice Cream Festival or August’s Wyoming Peach Festival or Middletown Old Tyme Peach Festival where you’ll have dozens of peach themed culinary creations vying for best peach dessert.
End your summer with a full belly at the Delaware Taco Festival beside the Wilmington Blue Rocks’ Frawley Stadium or Delaware Burger Battle in beautiful Rockford Park, both held in late August. You’ll find these common eats served in supremely delicious and uncommon ways.
Celebrate the beginning of fall with everything cheesy at Cheesetoberfest in September, hosted by Fordham and Dominion Brewing. Sample dozens of craft beers while munching on local restaurants’ creative interpretations of mac and cheese, grilled cheese and more!
German traditions abound at September’s Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest where you can sip beer from a boot and dine on delicacies like veal sausage, marinated herring, traditional plum cake and more!
At the Apple Scrapple Festival in October you’ll enjoy not only traditional festival eats, but the famous and locally beloved scrapple! For those unfamiliar with scrapple, imagine a pork-based meatloaf sliced up and pan fried to crispy perfection, best enjoyed in place of sausage or bacon on a breakfast sandwich!
Indulge in local oysters fresh from the Delaware Bay at the annual Leipsic Oyster Festival in October which shines a spotlight on this small bayside town known best for Delaware blue crabs.