Come with a sweet tooth.
The 26th annual event will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center. Although the event has been around for a few decades, Rehoboth Beach Main Street’s Executive Director, Krys Johnson, tells WBOC, this is only the second year main street is in control. The event was originally run by the Friends of the Rehoboth Beach Library.
“This is a professional only event to highlight our downtown businesses. Each participating restaurant will be providing a taste of the category they enter. There’s an edible category and a non-edible category and last year we had beautiful cakes. There was a chocolate bar carved into the Rehoboth Beach logo— it’s really any creative chocolate presentation they come up with to showcase what they have to offer.”
The edible categories for the event include brownie, cake, candy, cookie, pie, ice cream and other. The show piece category hosts the non-edible pieces.
According to Johnson, last year’s festival saw more than 1,400 people and Johnson hopes to see a similar turnout this year.
In previous years, the festival has been held at the Rehoboth Beach City Hall. Due to the current construction taking place at the city hall, the event has moved locations, although, not much has changed.
“With the role of main street supporting downtown businesses, I think it’s great the festival will be at the Atlantic Sands Hotel,”Rehoboth Beach Main Street Marketing Associate, Lexi Bendyna, said.
According to Johnson, 20+ participating restaurants and chefs will be at this year’s event. This year’s event will feature two VIP sessions at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., offering 20 tastes for $25. There are 175 tickets available for each VIP tasting.
“We are expanding the VIP tickets this year because they were so successful last year,” Johnson said. “It will actually work out really well and hopefully help the attendance rate.”
General admission for the event offers 10 tastes for $15 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
To learn more about the event, visit www.downtownrb.com.