The new restaurant in Sea Gull Square offers "kabob" style Chinese food as well as spicier options. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Hundreds of seafood lovers flocked to the 45th Annual Oyster Festivel on Chincoteague, Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Carol Vaughn video
DelawareOnline's Ryan Cormier hosts a Facebook Live chat with Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione at his bar and restaurant in Rehoboth Beach on Oct. 3, 2017.
Hundreds of classic cars and trucks descended on Ocean City on the weekend of Oct. 6, 2017. Todd Dudek video
100 varieties of jerky available, including exotic meats such as kangaroo and elk in addition to gourmet snacks, popcorn, nuts, spices, sauces and rubs available.
Delmarva Eastern Surfing Association held the Maryland State Surfing Championships on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 on the beach at 36th street in Ocean City, Md. Produced by Megan Raymond
A new sight will be welcoming visitors to Ocean City after they cross the Route 90 bridge into town — a Denny's restaurant. Wochit
Dollar stores are popping up on street corners across Delmarva, swimming against the retail sector's falling tide. Video by Jeremy Cox
The 2017 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty will be hosted by Wicomico Youth and Civic Center and nearby venues in both Maryland and Delaware on Sept. 22-30. Wochit
As Wicomico County prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary, The Daily Times and DelmarvaNow.com will offer nine days of coverage, much of it recalling where we were 150 years ago and recounting the journey through time that brought us to where we are today. Wochit
An inside look at this year's event. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Larry Parsons grew up in the restaurant business and eventually decided to his own. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Big Oyster Brewery's expansion in Lewes will increase production by 2,500 barrels Produced by Megan Raymond
Pico Taqueria offers freshly made tortillas, with a variety of different toppings and is open during Chincoteague's summer season. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Joe KroArt, Ocean Gallery, was honored by Maryland's Comptroller Peter Franchot Produced by Megan Raymond
The William E. Morgan Conservation Center will offer reptiles, amphibians and conservation programs. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
OC Painting Experience brought to you by T.C. Studios is a place for locals and visitors to learn about painting. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
In Ocean City, Italian bistro Ripieno's specializes in big portions, including its 28-inch large pizza. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Zap Pro/Am World Championships of Skimboarding held its semi-finals on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Dewey Beach, Del. Produced by Megan Raymond
Hamboards allow riders to surf while on land. Here's what Don Sandusky, owner and general manager of the co., had to say about the newest model. Produced by Gray Hughes
Chef Cameron arguably Delaware's best chef, is quite literally a walking cookbook. His body and his brain are filled with the thousands of books he's read and the hundreds of places he's traveled to learn global cuisine. Produced by Megan Raymond
OC BBQ, which replaced OC Steamers, opened in May and provided a southern barbecue restaurant at the changing 45th Street Village. Wochit
An inside look at this year's event. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Vineyard Wine Bar and Bistro is providing an upscale food and wine experience at the beach. Wochit
The new space will include an expanded dining area, fire pits, cornhole and a viewing area where customers can observe the brewing process. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Pony Penning begins with southern and northern roundups on Assateague, the swim to Chincoteague on July 26 followed by the auction on July 27 and capped with the swim back. Wochit/Produced by Kamlesh Desai
Known for their crab cakes, Drum Point Market has gained attention from travelers from all over the country. Produced by Ralph Musthaler and Ben Penserga
A band of wild ponies gallops on Assateague Island. Video courtesy of DSC photography. Darcy Cole, DSC photography
Barn 34 in Ocean City puts the family in family restaurants. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Highlights from the 2017 Berlin Bathtub Races. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
What's percolating in the world of coffee and coffee shops? Pemberton Coffeehouse is set to open in Salisbury — again. Deborah Gates
Chef Chris Parks has elevated the cuisine at Lupo in Rehoboth over the last few years. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
The 10th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at Fish Tales in Ocean City ended with a new winner being crowned!
Delmarvanow.com asks beach visitors about their favorite activities on the Fourth of July. Produced by Megan Raymond
The restaurant offers seafood, speciality pizzas and more to customers. Produced by Meg Ryan
Chris Clare went from a small town ballplayer to a minor-league All-Star. Wochit
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has been touring breweries in Maryland to learn about their economic impact on their respective communities. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Alan Goldsborough of Crisfield and daughter, Heather, have opened Shipwrecked Seafood at Route 50 and Main Street in Berlin. Live, steamed and softshells to go! Deborah Gates
Ropewalk Chincoteague offers waterfront dining, a tiki bar and more. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Near perfect weather made for an exciting air show. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Gilligan's, on the canal waterfront in Lewes, reopened after an off-season remodel. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Indigo in Rehoboth, a new restaurant, is one of the Delaware beach area's only Indian restaurants. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Roadie Joe's owner talks about how his business has grown along with Salisbury. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
High Stakes Bar & Grill in Fenwick Island recently renovated. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Rare & Rye Owner Sal Fasano describes the newest hotel restaurant in OC Produced by Megan Raymond
SoDel's Scott Kammerer at the newest Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar Produced by Megan Raymond
Salisbury will play host to a major festival and tourism draw next year that is expected to bring in tens of millions of dollars to the city. Video by Keith Demko
Peter and Linda Roskovich's family beach home will be featured on HGTV's "Beachfront Bargin Hunt: Renovation" Produced by Megan Raymond
Take a virtual walk along the Ocean City Boardwalk while checking out some of the sounds and sights. Produced by Gray Hughes
Burley Oak Brewing Company is aiming for a July opening for a new, coffee-inspired cafe in downtown Berlin. Wochit
Local fans of HGTV’s television show, “House Hunters,” will soon see their hometown in an upcoming episode. Wochit
Downtown Salisbury Festival returns June 2-4 with with carnival rides, food vendors, craft beer, a full entertainment lineup and local vendors. Wochit
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- Downtown Salisbury Festival
The third Southern Delaware Wine, Food and Music Festival, or SoDel Fest, dubbed the hippest on Delmarva, celebrates 17 local restaurants in addition to a selection of 30 libations from around the world.
Guests are not just part of an event, they are provided a culinary experience, as they are serenaded by local musicians and get to witness a chef throwdown competition.
Each year, a portion of the proceeds goes to three local charities that support local youth.
Event Chairwoman Stacy LaMotta highlights the ins and outs of the festival.
The festival experience is one of three unique experiences. Can you briefly explain the Private Reserve and Learning Experience that you also offer?
The indulgent Private Reserve Experience begins on Friday, Oct. 6, with an exclusive six-course wine dinner prepared by Chef Doug Ruley of SoDel Concepts and led by Master Sommelier Larry O’Brien as well as Craig Ellick, ambassador of Stone Street Winery.
The red carpet treatment continues for these guests during the main festival with access to a VIP room with extra seating and wait staff.
For those guests who wish to expand their personal knowledge of wine, we also have the Learning Experience, which can be added as an option to either the Private Reserve Experience or the Festival Experience tickets, but cannot be purchased as a standalone ticket.
Those joining us for the Learning Experience are granted one-hour early access to the main festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, as well as a sommelier guided tasting regarding the nuances between Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley wines, so from that day forward they can wow those in their personal networks with the knowledge they gained from our experienced and talented sommeliers.
What are some of the food tastings participants can look forward to this year?
At the SoDel Fest, the restaurant chefs are really outdoing themselves. Some of the pairings you will enjoy this year will include:
Blue Moon: Beef brisket stroganoff, Kennett Square mushrooms, handmade spätzle, horseradish, cream fraiche paired with wine.
DiFebo's: Fresh gnocchi with braised Italian porquette, broccoli rabe, sweet potato and sharp provolone cheese. Finished in a cherry pepper rosemary jus paired with wine.
Grandpa Mac's: Chicken alfredo and vegetarian chicken alfredo paired with jam cellers, "butter" paired with wine.
What is the music lineup for this year?
This year we are so excited to bring you the best in local and regional musical talent. Shore Jazz has put together an amazing quartet along with special guest Peggy Raley. This performance includes the musical wealth of Joe Holt, piano; Mike McShane, drums; John Ewart, saxophone; and Paul Midiri, vibes.
We also have The Savannah Band, a powerhouse father-daughter duo featuring music that spans seven decades. Savannah's vocals are powerful and can move in any direction, from rock to jazz from Broadway to soul.
Her stage presence and musicianship are beyond her years. In just one short year she has conquered the best stages at the beach and now moves on to her next challenge in NYC. Catch her while you can.
Doug Ruley, vice president of culinary operations for SoDel Concepts, won the 2016 chef throwdown at the SoDel Fest. Who will be his competitor this year and what are some of the challenges they will have to present?
Doug Ruley is up against some tough competition from Bryan Sikora, owner and executive chef of Hearth Kitchen, La Fia, Merchant Bar and Cocino Loco.
The theme is northern Delaware versus southern Delaware featuring a "Chopped"-style competition where the chefs are given a mystery basket of items that they must use to prepare a dish for the three judges in only 30 minutes.
Both chefs bring to the contest remarkable educational backgrounds and experiences in the culinary world which have built them well-deserved reputations as true craftsmen in their trade.
Neither will know the contents of the cook-off baskets until they open them in front of our live audience during the festival. That is what makes this throwdown so awesome to watch because we get the immense privilege of witnessing these creative masterminds in that very special moment when what looks like ingredients to us becomes something absolutely divine.
Each year the festival gives back a portion of its proceeds to local community nonprofits. Who are this year’s beneficiaries that you will be supporting?
As I built this festival, it began as my way of honoring and celebrating things that I love here in coastal Delaware, things that I wanted to share with others, showcasing how much I love the community and all its talents.
To make that celebration the most powerful, charities/ beneficiaries are selected each year that are doing fantastic work each day to impact lives here in Sussex County.
Over the past years, I am proud to say that SoDel Fest has raised $43,000 for local charities, and I look forward to continuing that important legacy.
For 2017, the festival focuses on our youth, investing in the future of our area. The three beneficiaries for 2017 are Children and Families First, the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation and the Delaware Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation.
Each organization, in its own unique and vital way, supports and encourages the youth of Sussex County to reach their fullest potential.
In your opinion, why is this considered one of the hippest wine, music and food festivals on Delmarva?
When someone describes something as “hip,” they are stating it is beyond expectations, better than the conventional. I would say that those who have attended SoDel Fest in the past have definitely felt that our festival exceeds their expectations.
Our guests have been very loyal to us, returning year after year, because they know first-hand we will always strive to be anything but conventional.
Our chefs prepare tastings that are not just morsel bites and really showcase their creative talents; our musicians do not just play background music, they set the tone for true enjoyment; our wines, craft beers and spirits flow abundantly throughout the festival with each of our purveyors offering expansive knowledge of their products; and by offering a wine wall, a silent auction of truly enticing packages as well as a live chef throwdown between two extremely talented top chefs, SoDel Fest is anything but conventional.
Here is a fun question. Half empty or half full?
As the saying goes, it matters not whether your glass is half empty or half full, only that you are making the most of what is in it. We promise that every glass at SoDel Fest is 100 percent in a state of enjoyment, indulgence, and partaking of a southern coastal Delaware experience like no other.
IF YOU GO
What: Third annual SoDel Fest
When: Saturday, Oct. 7, noon-4 p.m.
Where: Independence Clubhouse, 23767 Samuel Adams Circle, Millsboro
Cost: Reserve tickets online at https://www.sodelfest.com/