Wine and Dine fest returns Saturday
Fourteen downtown Newark restaurants will offer special food and wine pairings on Saturday as part of the Downtown Newark Partnership’s 14th annual Wine and Dine festival.
“This is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to spend the entire day enjoying our award-winning Main Street,” DNP Administrator Megan McGuriman said in a statement. “Downtown Newark isn’t just a destination for restaurants, but also for shopping, fitness and enjoying time with friends.”
The first 2,500 attendees 21 years or older will receive a complimentary commemorative stemless wine tasting glass. Guests can pick up a glass at the information booth on the Academy Lawn or at any of the participating restaurants. There is no admission fee for the event, as attendees pay as they go at each restaurant.
The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. Parking will be free at downtown meters and city-run lots.
Nine strolling musicians will entertain visitors.
Participating restaurants include Ali Baba, Arena’s Deli & Bar, Caffé Gelato, Catherine Rooney’s, Churrascaria Saudades, Deer Park Tavern, Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen, Grotto Pizza, Home Grown Café, Iron Hill Brewery, Klondike Kate’s, Santa Fe Mexican Grill, Stone Balloon Ale House and Taverna. Menus for each restaurant are available at www.enjoydowntownnewark.com /winedine.
Before Wine and Dine, the second annual Five and Wine race will begin at 9 a.m. at the corner of Main and Academy streets and take participants on a 5-mile course through the city. The event includes after-parties at Klondike Kate’s and Stone Balloon Ale House. Registration is $35 at www. fusionracetiming.com.
Wine and Dine attendees enjoy last year’s event on the patio in front of Stone Balloon Ale House.