Food and drink: 1st beer garden-tavern downtown, Dover beer wine & spirits fest, oyster house in Pike Creek

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Downtown beer garden coming next month

The first downtown Wilmington beer garden is slated to open next month.

Known as Makers Alley the beer garden from Buccini/Pollin Group is located at 804 Orange Street.

Hiring is underway for the operation that according to its Facebook page will include a two-tiered garden area, an industrial turn-of-the-century bar with 30-foot ceilings and 24 taps for craft beers, and an Airstream camper that will serve as a food truck/ kitchen.

Makers Alley, comes as Buccini/Pollin Group works to find ways to draw visitors and tenants to its apartment developments in downtown Wilmington. It has been involved in the development of dining spots on Market Street and the DeCo food hall at the DuPont Building.

Buccini/Pollin is no stranger to beer gardens in the city. The company helped bring the Constitution Yards beer garden to the Riverfront area.

Sarah Lamb of Buccini/Pollin says Makers Alley will open sometime in September. Click here for updates.

10thBeer, Wine & Spirits Festival coming on Saturday

It’s hard to believe, but Dover’s Delaware Beer Wine and Spirits Festival is marking its 10thanniversary.

The event will be held at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village on Sat., August 24 from 2:30 p.m to 7:30 pm.

It is the only statewide festival that includes all of Delaware’s alcohol producers. Craft beer, wine, and spirits have always been the main attraction and in recent years meaderies have also been included as beverage options increase.

The event features beer, wine, and spirits tastings, meet the brewer opportunities, a mechanical bull, food trucks, live music, outdoor games, special exhibits, and guided tours of the Agricultural Museum. The festival will also spotlight the Delaware Beer, Wine & Spirits Trail.

Live music is also featured. General Admission tickets are still available at $40. This ticket includes unlimited tastings and a souvenir cup. Click here to buy.

Other features include free parking, vendor village and festival games. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Oyster house opens in Pike Creek

Pike Creek has another dining option with the soft opening of the Bogle Cove OysterHouse.

Information on the new restaurant is scant, even on its Facebook page, which does show that extensive remodeling that includes a new bar. The name comes from a location on the Chesapeake Bay.

There was no immediate response to a request for further information, including operating hours.

The establishment at the Shops of Limestone Hills occupies the former home of Piree’s a peri-peri (Portuguese-African) chicken place that previously occupied the space. The spicy chicken is popular in the Washington, DC area, with international chain Nando’s operating multiple locations.

Pike Creek is not overloaded with restaurants but did see the opening earlier in the year of Chuck Lager’s, a gastropub at a newly constructed mixed-use retail-apartment project.

Hotel-banquet hall to open this fall

The hotel banquet from complex on the Wilmington Riverfront is slated to open later this fall.

Big Fish Group announced November room reservations are being taken for the Hyatt Placehotel adjacent to the popular Big Fish Grill. Big Fish is a partner in the project.

The development alsocomes with 6,000 square feet of banquet space as well as a patio that will provide an option for business events and weddings.

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