Wine and food lovers to gather at SoDel Fest Sept. 18

August 21, 2021

More than 50 restaurants, bars, wine and liquor distributors, breweries and musicians are preparing to participate in the 2021 Southern Delaware Wine, Food & Music Festival set for 12 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, at Independence Clubhouse in Long Neck. More are signing up every day.

Wine and food lovers will gather to taste delicious offerings from Southern Delaware’s finest purveyors, and be entertained with great music as they bid on the silent auction, make purchases at an extensive wine wall and watch the annual chef throwdown, always a festival highlight.

The sixth annual festival has already attracted a number of local sponsors including the title sponsor, Sussex County Association of Realtors, along with Tunnell and Raysor P.A., Faw Casson, Sysco Foods, Chesapeake Wealth Management, Highway One, Fins Restaurant Group, Community Bank, and Elite PT. More sponsorship opportunities are available to local businesses that want to make a mark on a lively, diverse crowd.

All proceeds benefit the Delaware Restaurant Association’s employee assistance fund and the Developing Artist Collaboration, the two nonprofits chosen for this year’s festival. In the five years since the event was founded, local-area charities have reaped over $130,000 from generous sponsors and festival attendees.

The last festival in 2019 hosted over 600 attendees, but this year's festival is capped at only 500 participants, so buying tickets early is recommended.

To buy tickets, volunteer or learn more about sponsorship benefits and how a business can participate, go to or contact festival Executive Director Stacy LaMotta at

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