Despite the current warm weather, autumn really is here. And, with autumn, comes a bounty of fall festivals featuring beer, wine, music and more.
Before you slip into winter, be sure to check out these five:
Get to know your table's future food
WHAT Harvest Moon Festival
WHERE Coverdale Farm Preserve, 543 Way Road, Greenville
WHEN 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
COST Free for Delaware Nature Society members; $7 for non-members
Farm-to-table may the phrase of the moment but the Harvest Moon Festival has started celebrating the local food movement long before it was trendy.
Held at the Coverdale Farm Preserve—an actual working farm—the event introduces suburnbanites to how much work goes into the food they likely eat everyday while also introducing them to the benefits of eating locally produced food.
Learn how to milk a cow, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, find your way through a corn maze or shop the arts and crafts. There's also live music, scarecrow-making and artisan demonstrations. And, it's a farm, so expect lots of food, too.
Two towns on 2 wheels
WHAT Rivertowns Ride & Festival
WHERE Historic New Castle and Delaware City
WHEN 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, October 5
COST Free to $24
A one-day community festival and cycling event held simultaneously in two of Delaware's waterfront towns: Delaware City and Historic New Castle.
The two towns sit 10 miles apart and are connected by the bike-friendly corridor of Route 9. Competitive cyclists are encouraged to participate in the River Towns Time Trial for cash and prizes. Recreational cyclists can pick their distance and ride for fun or to earn a distance medal. Cycling time trials start at 11 a.m. in historic New Castle. Recreational riders will pedal off at 12 p.m. A craft beer festival is scheduled in Delaware City's Battery Park. A family festival is simultaneously scheduled on The Green in historic New Castle. Entertainment will be available at both locations.
'Wining' at the riverfront
WHAT Vendemmia Wine Festival
WHERE Tubman-Garrett Park, Corner of Water St. and S. French St., Wilmington
WHEN Sunday, October 13; Rain Date is October 20
Page 2 of 2 - COST $50 for advance tickets; $60 at the gate
Known by many as Wilmington's biggest fall party, the Vendemmia Wine Festival typically attracts more than 3,000 wine enthusiasts, all anxious to celebrate the harvest of the grapes.
From 2:00PM to 6:00PM, sample the wines from every region in Italy while enjoying delicacies prepared by area restaurants and bakeries. The festivities include four hours of live music, homemade wine and gravy contests, a silent auction and a chance to win a trip for two to Italy.
Mum's the word
WHAT Chrysanthemum Festival
WHEN Thursday, October 31through Wednesday, November 20
COST $8 to $18 per person
More than 200,000 blooming chrysanthemums take center stage at Longwood Gardens. Throughout four acres of indoor gardens, the mums are grown as color cascades, in huge hanging baskets, towering single-stemmed blooms and huge flower curtains.
The star of the show, though, is the Thousand Bloom Mum. Deriving its name for its ambitious goal of a single Chrysanthemum plant producing 1,000 perfect blooms, it is the most exacting and difficult of all the Chrysanthemum training styles.
Outside, chrysanthemums, gourds and giant pumpkins decorate the rest of grounds, truly setting the scene for fall.
Tap into Wilmington
WHAT Wilmington Beer Week
WHEN Saturday, November 2 through Saturday, November 9
WHERE Locations throughout Wilmington
COST Varies, depending on location and event
This weeklong celebration of craft beer features Greater Wilmington's premier craft beer restaurants. The event showcases more than 35 craft brewers that highlight the tastes and interests of both the city and the state. Expect to see all the natives, like Twin Lakes Brewing, 16 Mile Brewing Company, Fordham and Dominion and, of course, Dogfish Head.
Special events include prix-fixe menus, tap takeovers, meet the brewer events, Delaware beer night and firkin parties.