If Delray Beach hopes to keep the momentum going from that whole "we're the most fun small town in the United States" thing from earlier this year, it's got to give the folks something to do. The Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival this weekend helps to fulfill that role, adding to the city's already busy schedule of fests, festivals, and fairs.
On Saturday and Sunday, several blocks of downtown Delray (on East Atlantic Avenue from the Intracoastal to Bronson Avenue) will be closed off to allow pedestrians to sip and stroll and suss out the new festival.
There's no admission fee to attend the festival itself, but if you want to try any of the food and drink, it'll cost ya. Six wine and food pairing seminars are planned for the weekend at $20 per session. Here's the menus (subject to change):
Caffe Luna Rosa (noon to 1 p.m. Saturday): The Italian restaurant is serving up a diverse menu with chilled shrimp salad on crostini, Maine lobster and lump crab fritters with roasted garlic and Cajun aioli, sweet corn hush puppies, and sweet potato fries. The food will be paired with Italian wines by Banfi.
50 Ocean/Boston's on the Beach (2 to 3 p.m. Saturday): Find northeastern classics like lobster rolls, fried clams, conch ceviche, and sunrise shrimp paired with wines from Chalk Hill.
Candyfish Gourmet Sushi (4 to 5 p.m. Saturday): The newest upscale sushi restaurant in Delray Beach is serving the Candyfish classic, honey walnut shrimp, Delray Beach crab salad, and the uber sexy Steve roll, all to be paired with wines from St. Supery.
Sundy House (noon to 1 p.m. Sunday): Delray's historic Sundy House is preparing butter lettuce with pickled shrimp, avocado, and grapefruit; grilled octopus Greek salad, Florida cobia with chorizo and couscous, and braised short rib and celery root gnocchi, to be paired with wines by Van Duzer.
Carefree Catering (2 to 3 p.m. Sunday): Executive chef Joe Dillon will serve sautéed tilapia with lemon beurre blanc, fried scallops with garlic aioli tartar sauce, Louisiana blackened Mahi, and mussels marinara. These will be paired with wines by Concha y Toro.
La Cigale (4 to 5 p.m. Sunday): The menu includes Mediterranean inspired fare (and not strictly seafood, either) like Scottish salmon tartar, shellfish ceviche, chicken coq au vin, and lemon oregano lamb kabob with Kobrand wines.
The appropriately-named Wino Pass can be purchased for $50 and includes a wine glass, lanyard, and unlimited wine tasting for one day. The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, and includes multiple stages of live music, plus other entertainment options. Buy tickets for wine and food tastings at delraybeach.com.
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