Foodie and Family Fun Kick Off Spring in Wilmington

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By Christine E. Serio
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Wilmington Renaissance Corporation

The winter months, tend to keep most of us indoors in hibernation mode. But as the saying goes, April and May will bring more than showers and flowers with great events for foodies and families.

Some say the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach and Wilmington may agree. April has two major foodie events for those who love to explore the culinary delights of the city.  The first is Meals on Wheels of Delaware’s Meals for the Masters.

The weekend begins with Evening With the Masters on Friday, April 10 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel. Attendees will get tasty treats while enjoying dancing and live entertainment. They can also choose to enjoy the Cellar Master’s Wine Auction where they can bid on some of the finest bottles of wine.

The weekend will conclude with the Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch on Sunday, April 22 at Bank of America downtown. The highly-anticipated foodie event features brunch delights created by chefs from around the world.  For more details and tickets, visit www.mealsfromthemasters.com.

The foodie heaven will continue through the next week with City Restaurant Week from Monday, April 23 to Saturday, April 28. The week will featurewrc_am12 $15 two-course lunches and $35 three-course dinners at 14 Downtown and Riverfront fine dining establishments.

The 2012 participants include Big Fish Grill, Café Mezzanotte, Chelsea Tavern, Deep Blue, Domaine Hudson, Ernest & Scott Taproom, Firestone, Harry’s Seafood Grill, Hotel DuPont’s Green Room, Mikimotos, Orillas Tapas, Ubon Thai Cuisine, World Cafe Live at The Queen and Washington Street Ale House.

All of the dining options during City Restaurant Week are great ways to get quality family time and sio is one of the City of Wilmington’s largest events—the Wilmington Grand Prix.

Wilmington Renaissance Corporation (WRC), the City of Wilmington and their many partners once again bring cycling to the streets of Downtown Wilmington with the Wilmington Grand Prix. In its six years of existence, the event has grown from a regional bicycle race to one of the premier cycling events on the East Coast.

This year’s Grand Prix is set for May 18-20 and will once again offer three days of racing.

wrc_am12_2“We are thrilled to bring the Wilmington Grand Prix back to downtown Wilmington,” Carrie W. Gray, WRC Managing Director, said. “Last year, the event generated more than $950,000 in economic impact for the city and attracted more than 20,000 people to Market Street. We anticipate exceeding those numbers this year while presenting a fun, family-friendly, sporting event in our city.”

The action opens on Friday, May 18, with the return of the Monkey Hill Time Trial through Wilmington’s Brandywine Park, a course made famous by the Tour DuPont. The evening will also include barbecue, beer and family fun.

The events continue on Saturday with a series of men’s and women’s figure-eight criterium races in Downtown Wilmington. St. Youth races will also take place with Cadence Cycling Foundation riders as well as youth from the city.

In addition to the racing action, the Grand Prix Street Festival returns, offering free family entertainment from the 5th to 10th Street. Activities include live music, sidewalk sales, course-side cafes and variety of family games and activities including moon bounces, rock climbing, bungee jumping, fitness challenges, bike expos and more. The day will also include the Parade to Fight Hunger at noon.

The three days of cycling concludes on Sunday with the return of the Governor’s Ride, a 15-mile trek through world-class attractions.  In addition, the Wilmington Grand Prix will introduce the Gran Fondo.  The 62-mile ride will begin at 8 a.m. at the Delaware Art Museum and take cyclists through 13 cultural attractions in Wilmington. Registration fees for the Gran Fondo and Time Trial will benefit the Food Bank of Delaware.

“The Gran Fondo will not only attract top cyclists, pro and amateur, to ride in Wilmington, but it will showcase the beautiful cultural attractions in the Brandywine Valley,” said Jerry DuPhily, event organizer. “The area offers some of the best cycling terrain on the East Coast. Riders can experience the spectacular rolling hills of chateau country. The course will include world-class institutions such as Hagley Museum & Gardens, Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library along with Mt. Cuba Center. The Gran Fondo will be the first time cyclists will have the privilege of passing through these attractions on the same ride.”

The post-ride party will be held in the sculpture garden at the Delaware Art Museum.

“The Grand Prix is more than just a thrilling sporting event—it is a great way to showcase Downtown Wilmington,” said Mayor James Baker. “More than 20,000 people come to cheer on the cyclists and experience the street festival atmosphere. The Grand Prix is another reminder to the thousands of people who will enjoy our city’s abundance of retail merchants, restaurants and cultural venues during the three-day event that Wilmington is truly ‘in the middle of it all’.”

For more information, visit www.wilmgrandprix.com.

To stay in the loop on all the events coming to Wilmington, sign up for the Downtown News at www.downtownwilmington.com. And if you like an “inside” deal, you can also sign up for the Downtown INsider


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