Wine, Food and Music Festival Moves to Hopkins Heartland

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The Southern Delaware Wine, Food and Music Festival is moving to a new location.

Hopkins Heartland on Fisher Road near Lewes, which has become one of the region’s top wedding destinations, will host this year’s event from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. Founder Stacy LaMotta said the entire Hopkins family farm site will be used, including the barn, milking barn, patio and open space around the covered deck. Each year, the event benefits non-profit organizations.

The festival will feature food from over 25 restaurants prepared by award-winning chefs, over 75 craft beers and cocktails, four bands, wall wine, a chef’s shot and silent auction items. Proceeds will be donated to Children’s Beach House and Pathways to Success.

Faye Blake, founder and executive director of Pathways to Success, said that since the organization was founded 16 years ago, more than 3,000 underserved high school students have received help through after-school, school and community of the organization. This year, programs are offered to students at Sussex Technical, Milford, Cape Henlopen and Seaford secondary schools.

“We help them learn, develop and grow. When they leave our programs, we want them to succeed,” Blake said.

Richard Garrett, executive director of Children’s Beach House, said the organization has been providing programs for underprivileged children for 80 years. This year, staff were integrated into both Milton schools beyond programs and camps on the Lewes Beach campus. “Every child and every family deserves opportunities, and they always come from strong relationships,” Garrett said.

“It’s a new and exciting way to present SoDEL Fest,” said Ingrid Hopkins, who manages Hopkins Heartland. “The farm is now a new catalyst for children. I bet everything.”

To buy tickets and get more information, go to facebook.com/WineFoodMusicFest.

For more information on the associations, go to pathes-2-success.org and cbhinc.org.

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