Food & Brew set for Sat.
10K race, jail-and-bail event also planned
Downtown Newark will be abuzz Saturday with three events converging to provide a daylong-slate of activities.
The main event is the Downtown Newark Partnership’s 14th-annual Food and Brew Festival, which is expected to draw several thousand people for an afternoon of beer and food.
Attendees will meander down Main Street, where 18 downtown bars and restaurants will offer beer samples paired with special menu items.
“Food and Brew is much different than a regular Saturday at any of the participating restaurants,” DNP Administrator Megan McNerney said in a statement. “The restaurants are pairing specialty plates with the beers to give customers a unique experience.”
The pay-as-you-go event runs from noon to 7 p.m. The first 2,000 customers will receive a commemorative tasting mug.
Four bands will entertain visitors on the Academy Lawn. The schedule is as follows: Bodhi Woof from noon to 1:15 p.m., Tyler Greene Music from 1:45 to 3 p.m., Edgewater Avenue from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and The Susquehanna Floods from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
A root beer tasting for kids will be held on the Academy Lawn from noon to 6 p.m.
Parking at Main Street meters and in city lots will be free all day.
Participating restaurants include: Ali Baba, Arena’s Deli and Bar, Caffé Ge- lato, Catherine Rooney’s, Churrascaria Saudades, The Deer Park Tavern, Del Pez Mexican Gastropub, Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen, The Greene Turtle, Grotto Pizza, Home Grown Café, Iron Hill Brewery, Klondike Kate’s, Mediterranean Grille, Santa Fe Mexican Grill and Bar, Stone Balloon Ale House and Taverna. The liquor store Delaware Growler is also participating.
5K and 10K races planned for downtown
The Fusion 5 and Dime race will return Saturday for the second year.
The 7:45 a.m. event features 5K and 10K courses, both of which begin on Main Street and snake their way through Devon and the Binns and utilize the Hall and Pomeroy trails before ending on Academy Street. An after-party will be held at Grotto Pizza.
Nic DeCaire, owner of Fusion Race Timing, started the event last year and plans to hold it every year in conjunction with Food and Brew. Over time, he hopes it grows into a destination race that draws thousands of people.
The idea, he explained last year, is that people will come into town Friday night, stay in a local hotel, run the race and then patronize downtown restaurants during Food and Brew.
This year, approximately 350 to 400 runners are expected.
The race benefits five local charities: Lori’s Hands, Exceptional Care for Children, Preston’s March for Energy, Special Olympics Delaware and March of Dimes Delaware.
To register, go to fusionracetiming.com.
Sierer, other notable Newarkers to be ‘jailed’
Following the race, at around 10 a.m., DeCaire will hold a jail-and-bail event to raise money for Preston’s Playground, the handicapped- accessible playground being built at the Newark Reservior.
Volunteer “inmates” will be held in a makeshift “jail” in front of National 5 and 10 until they raise enough bail money.
“The premise is they have to raise $1,000 to be bailed out,” DeCaire said. “They’ll call, email, Facebook Live, solicit people on the street, whatever they have to do to get out.”
The event will run until the last person is bailed out.
DeCaire’s goal is to raise at least $10,000 for the playground and also bring awareness to the community-led project.
“This is the time to do something,” he said. “Let’s capture the attention of people coming into town and let them know what we’re doing.”
The list of “inmates” includes Mayor Polly Sierer, State Sen. Nicole Poore, Independence Prosthetics CEO John Horne, Forte Marketing President Mark Manniso, Michael Smith of the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences, Carvertise founder Mac Nagaswami, Cindi Brooks of National 5 and 10, playground namesake Preston Buenaga, Steve Sinko of Fusion Fitness, restaurateur and former Miss Delaware Vincenza Carrieri-Russo and former Miss Delaware Teen USA Sierra Wright.
To donate during or before the event, visit helpbailmeout.com.
Lisa Kitchen, Tina Murphy, Stacy Hollinger and Elle Sheaffer-Michael enjoy drinks on the patio outside Stone Balloon Ale House during last year’s Food and Brew Festival. The annual event returns Saturday.