Food and wine festival to benefit Food Bank of Delaware

Date Published: 
Nov. 10, 2017

Foodies rejoice! There’s a new event in Bethany Beach shining the spotlight on area restaurants. Even better — the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Food & Wine Festival will benefit the Food Bank of Delaware.

Set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, the festival will be held at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott.

Restaurants participating in the festival include 99 Sea Level, Bethany Blues, Fins Fish House, Northeast Seafood Kitchen, Sedona, U.S. Foods, and Fork & Flask at Nage. Wines will be provided by Vintage Imports, Country Vintner, Bacchus Distributors, Specialty Wines, Breakthru Beverage Group, and Southern Wines & Spirits.

In addition to selections of food from some of the area’s best-known restaurants, each guest will receive a commemorative wine glass. Also on tap will be door prizes, a silent auction benefiting the Food Bank of Delaware, a cooking demonstration by 99 Sea Level chef Danio Somoza and entertainment by the George and Pat Bilenko Duo. Bob Yesbek of will also be on hand, according to Allyson Knight, activities director for Bethany Beach Ocean Suites.

“We’re not only proud to share the wonderful cuisine of our region, we’re also excited to partner with The Food Bank of Delaware, which will use the funds that we raise to help reduce hunger in Kent and Sussex Counties,” says Allyson Knight, Activities Director at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites. “Our guests will experience delicious food samples, spectacular fine wines, and wonderful ambiance — all in support of an important philanthropic organization,” Knight said.

Door prizes will be provided by the hotel, and auction items include donations from 99 Sea Level, Bob Yesbek, a hotel stay in Virginia, and a hotel and spa package for Bethany Beach Ocean Suites and Oceanova Spa.

“This is our first time working with Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, and we’re thrilled that they’re supporting our mission to alleviate hunger in the First State,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “We’re always looking for new community partners to help us educate our neighbors about the problems of poverty and hunger in our state, and what better way to introduce our mission to the coastal community,” than the Nov. 18 event, Beebe said.

The Food Bank of Delaware provides low- or no-cost food to Delaware residents through programs including mobile food banks, children’s nutritional programs, supplemental food programs for senior citizens and school food pantries. Educational programs include financial empowerment workshops and nutritional education.

The Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Food & Wine Festival will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott, 99 Hollywood St., Bethany Beach. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. Special discounted weekend stay packages that include tickets to the festival are available. To make reservations or purchase tickets, visit For more information about the event, contact Bethany Beach Ocean Suites’ Director of Sales and Marketing Lorna Petchey at (302) 539-3200.

To learn about volunteer opportunities with the Food Bank of Delaware, call (302) 393-2011.