Best in Fest

Festival season kicks it into high gear in Oktober, er, Septkember?

    Welcome to Home Skillet, where witty introductions are wittier than, um. They’re really, uh, good. Good and witty. Now for this week’s dining events:

    Now through Saturday, September 19: The 53rd annual Polish Festival is already underway at the Wilmington Riverfront, offering the full compliment of golabki, peirogi and all the cabbage you can handle. Polish dinners are served promptly at 5 p.m.
    Best yet, you can dance the night away to your favorite polka jams. We’re talking about the hottest tracks from Mike Niemiec Variety Band, Mass Brass, and fresh off their whirlwind tour, Walt Wagner and the Serenaders.
    Parking and admission is free, and Family Night…is every night.

    Thursday, September 17: One of my favorite concept events is kicking off its second year Thursday—the Farmer and the Chef, a benefit for the March of Dimes. The premise of this event is to pair local farmers with local chefs. The chefs turn those great local crops into gourmet gastronomic creations. People in attendance vote for their favorites and everybody goes home full and happy and with an enormous sense of wellbeing, safe in the knowledge that they are supporting local agriculture and local charities. Whew.
    It all goes down at the Chase Center on the Riverfront Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $35 each. Click here for more.

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    Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 20: It’s Septkemberfest! Wait, no. It’s Oktoberfest! In September! …the heck? (Explanation here)
    Achtung: Head toward the big tent Friday for the Delaware Saengerbund’s awesome tribute to all things German.  Bavarian umpa bands, bratwurst, weisswuurst, frankfurters, pretzels, and beer, beer, beer.
    There are rides for kids and benches for old folks—all for just $7 per person at the Delaware Saengerbund in Newark, near the intersection of routes 4 and 273. The gates open Friday at 5 p.m., and at noon on Saturday and Sunday.

    Friday, September 18: Those kings of liquor outlets, Kreston Wine & Spirits, is holding its Grand Tasting Event at the newly renovated Clarion “Belle” Hotel in New Castle. A huge assortment of wines, beers and sprits from around the world will be set out for the sip-full, as will a fine variety of foods.
    6:30 p.m. is when things get rolling, and $45 gets you in the door. Call 428-1000 for more.

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