Wine, cheese and beer tasting in the park set April 15

March 19, 2023

The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park will host its annual wine, cheese and beer tasting from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 15, in the Officer’s Club at the park.

As attendees sample wines and find their favorites, they will be able to place orders with R&L Liquors for later pickup. The featured beers will also be available at R&L Liquors. 

The cheese tastings will be offered with the support of local vendors. In addition, volunteers will prepare delicious appetizers designed to pair well with wines and beers offered for tasting.

President John Bracco said he believes this wine, cheese and beer tasting may show the broadest range of flavors yet. The traditional raffle, featuring fun alcohol-related prizes, will be back. Friends members will also be selling the group’s signature merchandise including shirts, caps, sweatshirts and hoodies.

Tickets purchased in advance are $27 each, which includes the park entrance fee. They are available from R&L Liquors on Second Street in Lewes as well as the Cape Henlopen State Park office and Lewes Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $30, with cash, credit cards or debit cards accepted. The price also includes a commemorative wineglass for the tasting.

The Officer’s Club has a spacious public area with a commanding fireplace, said to be made of stones salvaged from the original 1767 Cape Henlopen Lighthouse that collapsed in 1926. The historic club building was constructed as part of Fort Miles, now Cape Henlopen State Park. The Officer’s Club is located at Youth Camp 3. Directions to the club will be clearly posted in the park. There is plenty of parking. 

The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park sponsors a variety of activities in support of the park. They include purchasing benches, operating the free bicycle loan program at the Bike Barn, maintaining trails, constructing the children’s’ playground, supporting the recently upgraded osprey cam, reconstructing the hawk watch platform, and offering education funds to statewide schools that bring students into the park for nature opportunities. Volunteers work with park staff to support these experiences in this crown jewel of Delaware State Parks, containing 7,000 acres of unique beach, dune and wetland environments.

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