Hogs and Hops Beer and BBQ Festival gets fired up Sept. 21 at Delaware State FairgroundsAll proceeds benefit the Dover Police Emergency Relief Fund
The Hogs and Hops Beer and BBQ festival is back for its second year, this time at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. The festival will run from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21.
All proceeds benefit the Dover Fraternal Order of Police Emergency Relief Fund, assisting officers and families of officers injured or killed in the line of duty or other life-altering events.
Also benefiting are after-school programs sponsored by the Dover FOP, FOP scholarship funds and other local charities represented at the event such as the Kent County SPCA and Dover Fire Department.
KCBS BBQ Competiton/Delaware State Championship
The Hogs and Hops BBQ competition is back, sanctioned by Kansas City BBQ Society. Winners of KCBS events are invited to the American Royal World Championships. In 2013, more than 40 teams will compete for trophies, a $4,000 cash purse and the Delaware State Championship.
The Mid-Atlantic BBQ Association will also present the Delaware Team of the Year title at Hogs and Hops, marking the first time the award has ever been given. Hogs and Hops obtained an official proclamation from Gov. Jack Markell earlier this year, certifying Hogs and Hops as a Delaware State Championship BBQ event.
Hogs and Hops is helping promote small businesses by bringing in more than 50 vendors from the region. Vendors ranging from world-famous barbecue to local crafts and snack foods will be on site, including the new Painted Stave Distillery from Smyrna and Fenwick Wine Cellars from Fenwick Island.
Hogs and Hops will once again partner with Dover’s own Fordham/Old Dominion Brewery. Organizers have selected 12 varieties of brews and have 30 taps running to keep lines and wait times to a minimum. Some ticket packages include beer, but beer tickets will be available for $3 each or 5 for $14.
Family fun events
Hogs and Hops and Dover Macaroni Kid/BK Rentals have partnered up to revamp the Funzone this year for both kids and adults. Free activities for children include inflatable bounce houses/slides, and face painting. Low-cost activities for all ages include a mechanical bull, bungee run, rock-climbing wall, bungee trampolines and more. There will also be the annual cornhole tournament for adults. Mr. Bar-B-Que will offer kid-friendly food options such as $2 hot dogs, $4 burgers and free Old Dominion Root Beer.
Delaware's own Love Seed Mama Jump will perform from 1 to 4 p.m. with a professional stage and sound system to give festivalgoers a truly authentic concert experience. Between sets there will be a DJ dance party featuring today’s hits and country hits on the Cowboy Up stage. At 5:30 p.m, Nashville country recording artist Tyler Toliver will take the stage to headline Hogs and Hops.
Toliver is a former U.S. Marine and up-and-coming country superstar, having opened for Sheryl Crow on her summer tour in 2013, Colt Ford, Joe Diffie, James Otto, Kip Moore and Darryl Worley. Go to ttoliver.com for more information.
All festivalgoers are reminded to bring lawn chairs, blankets and such to enjoy the concerts. Outside alcohol is not permitted, but small coolers for water, kids' snacks, etc. are allowed, but subject to search.
Basic adult admission is $5 and includes admission, concerts and souvenir cup; ages 13-18 pay $3, which includes admission, concerts and souvenir cup; 12 and under are free and receive a souvenir cup.
Over 21 packages include a Fordham Five Pack, $25 at gate ($20 in advance online only); price includes five beer tickets, cup, concerts and admission. Fordham Five tickets can be purchased at The Golden Fleece on Loockerman Street in Dover, Liquor Depot in Gateway West Shopping Center, Cowboy Up and Fordham Brewery on Horsepond Road, Dover. Living the Dream VIP package costs $45 (online only) and includes food from the barbecue competition team, cup, concerts and unlimited beer.
Visit hogsandhopsdover.com for detailed information and ticket packages.