Food & Brew set for Sat.

10K race, jail-and-bail event also planned

Newark Post - - Front Page - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­

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 fu­sion­race­tim­

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 help­bailme­


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.

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