Food and Brew

Alison Purzycki, Lauren Bentley, Aaron Williams, Laura Williams and Mike Williams enjoy last year’s Food and Brew Festival at Delaware Growler.

Newark’s annual Food and Brew Festival will return for the 16th year on Saturday.

Fourteen Main Street bars and restaurants will offer beer samples paired with special menu items.

The pay-as-you-go event runs from noon to 7 p.m. The first 2,000 customers will receive a commemorative tasting mug, which can be picked up at any participating restaurant.

There will also be a root beer tasting on the Academy Lawn.

“The Newark Food & Brew has become a rite of summer,” Jerry duPhily, publisher of Out & About Magazine, said in a prepared statement. “When we partnered with the City of Newark to create this event 16 years ago, craft-beer focused events were a novelty. Today, they’re commonplace. But the beauty of this event is that it encourages guests to explore Newark and visit the many participating restaurants. It’s an ideal showcase for the city’s dining scene.”

With the demise of the Downtown Newark Partnership, the city is no longer involved in organizing the event. However, the city will continue to provide free parking at Main Street meters and in city lots all day Saturday.

Participating restaurants include: Ali Baba, Arena’s Deli and Bar, Caffé Gelato, Churrascaria Saudades, The Deer Park Tavern, Finn McCool’s Irish Gastropub, Grotto Pizza, Iron Hill Brewery, Klondike Kate’s, Pachamama, Santa Fe Mexican Grill and Bar, Stone Balloon Ale House and Taverna. The liquor store Delaware Growler is also participating.

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