Wine and Dine fest re­turns Satur­day

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

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.

NE­WARK POST FILE PHOTO

Wine and Dine at­ten­dees en­joy last year’s event on the pa­tio in front of Stone Bal­loon Ale House.

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