Bites – Aug. 2016

Tasty things worth knowing

The Farmer & The Chef South

The Farmer and The Chef South is an annual fundraiser benefitting the mission of the March of Dimes. This year’s event is Thursday, Sept. 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse at Baywood Greens in Long Neck. A ticket pays for a night of entertainment, including food prepared by local chefs using products from local farmers, Dogfish Beer and music by Diamond Groove. Tickets are $55 at the door and $45 when pre-purchased. The premise of the event is to create sustainable relationships between local farmers and chefs and promote healthy eating. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit thefarmerandthechef.com/south.

Chinese American Festival

The Chinese American Community Center in Hockessin will host three days of celebration, family fun and delicious food at the Delaware Chinese Festival 2016 on the weekend of Aug. 12-14. The goal of the event is to foster understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture and heritage. Festival hours are Friday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Attendees will experience authentic cuisine, Chinese performances, folk dance and martial arts. Visit chinesefestival.org for more information.

Calling All Vegans

Interested in becoming vegan or just want to try it out? Visit Delaware’s Vegan Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rodney Square in Wilmington. The free event offers food tastings, natural products, cooking demos, speakers, a children’s fun zone and live entertainment while promoting the great taste and even greater health benefits of a vegan diet. Whether a dedicated vegan or interested bystander, this festival is the perfect place to dig into the vegan lifestyle. For more information, contact Paul Flowers at 256-3239.

Indiafest 2016

On Sunday, Aug. 28, visit the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark for IndiaFest 2016. The celebration allows guests to indulge their palates with amazing Indian cuisine. Attendees can also shop for jewelry, clothing and crafts from a variety of vendors and enjoy the rhythms and dances of the cultural show, which includes a beauty pageant and karaoke. IndiaFest is $5 (free for children under the age of 6) and will take place from 12 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit iaadelaware.org/events.

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Middletown’s Annual Peach Festival

Who could deny a perfect, juicy peach, let alone an entire festival of them? On Saturday, Aug. 20, Middletown will celebrate its love for peaches with its 23rd annual Old Tyme Peach Festival. Kicking off with a parade at 9 a.m., a whole day of peach pie contests, crafts, music, games, food and other entertainment will ensue. For more information, visit middletownpeachfestival.com.

Rehoboth Film Festival Offers 50+ Movies

Features from around the world include dramas, comedies and thrillers

On a cool night in the fall of 1997, five film fans met in Rehoboth and devised the idea of working with local restaurants to screen independent films. After spreading the word of this event to other film buffs and members of the coastal town’s community, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society was formed and the festival premiered in 1998.

Since then, the film society has expanded to a not-for-profit arts organization that sponsors a wide range of film programs for the community, including the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. The society’s growing popularity made way for the Cinema Art House, a professionally designed theater that seats 108 and is set to open in early 2016.

This year, the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival celebrates 18 years of promoting cinematic arts and providing education and cultural enrichment. Featured this year will be more than 50 films, and genres include comedy, drama and thriller, imported from countries such as the United Kingdom, Iceland, Spain, Germany and India.

Set for Saturday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 15, the festival will be held at several venues: Cape Henlopen High School, Metropolitan Community Church, Atlantic Sands Hotel, Inn at Canal Square, Lewes Canalfront Park, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, Rehoboth Beach Public Library and South Coastal Library. All venues are within minutes of each other by car.

A Festival Pass is required each year to purchase tickets for the Film Festival. Six levels of Festival Passes are available, offering different benefits. The levels include: Director ($200), Producer ($90), Screen Writer ($40), Film Buff ($20), Student ($10) and Mini ($5). Valid for one individual, a pass allows the purchase of one ticket per film title. Members of the Film Society are not required to buy a Festival Pass. The final day to purchase a Festival Pass and Film Society membership is Nov. 5. After that, passes and memberships can be purchased at the Festival Box Office.

Although this event is fun for all ages, viewer discretion is advised, and each film will be rated accordingly. For more information, go to rehobothfilm.com/festival.html.