Mid-Atlantic Wine & Food Festival event tickets on sale

Festival set March 7-10
February 4, 2013

The Kent County Fund for the Arts recently announced that the Mid-Atlantic Wine & Food Festival is expanding into a statewide event, and proceeds from events slated for March 7-10 in Kent County will benefit the fund. Tickets are now on sale.

“We are so pleased to be invited to join this impressive event as it expands into Kent County,” said Rosemary Twilley, committee chair for the Kent County Fund for the Arts. “This effort will advance the arts in Kent County to a statewide audience, provide unique events for our supporters to attend, as well as help us raise money for the arts in Kent County.”

Events include a Winemakers Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7, at the home of Dr. Bill and Susan Johnston in Dover. La Place d'Etoile (Place of the Star) will feature fine European cuisine in the historic Annie Jump Cannon House. The event will include an elegant combination of operatic music, visual art and local history. Five visiting and regional chefs will each prepare a course paired with wines by visiting winemakers. Limited number of tickets available at $250 per person.

Master Chefs: Up Close and Personal, 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 8, at Harrington Raceway & Casino's Gold Ball Room will include seven past contestants from Chef Gordon Ramsay's "MasterChef" Fox television show preparing bites of food. Tickets are $75 per person. A very limited number of tickets will also be sold at $125 per person for a VIP Preview Reception starting at 5:30 p.m. in Bonz Restaurant at Harrington Raceway & Casino.

A dinner, James Beard House Revisited with Jay Caputo, will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at Foxden Farm, Dover. This seven-course dinner, prepared by James Beard Best Chef Award nominee Jay Caputo, will replicate the meal he’s preparing for guests of the James Beard House in New York City March 7. This once-in-a-lifetime dining opportunity is hosted by Beth and the Hon. Myron Steele, chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Limited number of tickets available at $375 per person.

The Bourbon & Bacon event will take place at 5:30 p.m., March 9, at Triad Farms, Dover. It’s the perfect pairing of pork and potent potables, as small-batch bourbons are poured and paired with delectable parts of the pig. A bourbon expert will lead guests on a tasting journey to uncover some of America’s finest bourbons. Tickets are $50 per person.

Amateurs and professionals will compete to create the perfect bloody mary at the Brunch & Bloody Mary Throwdown at 11 a.m., Sunday, March 10, at Noble's Pond, Dover. Attendees will vote, and in the final round, the amateur and the pro will face off in a final battle. Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, will also be served. Area restaurants will provide tasty brunch foods. Tickets are $50 per person.

In its second year, the Mid-Atlantic Wine & Food Festival features chefs, winemakers, brewers and distillers from around the world and throughout the region for four days of epicurean adventures in venues that extend throughout Delaware. The event benefits nine major arts organizations in Delaware including the Kent County Fund for the Arts. Tickets may be purchased at