This Weekend’s First Bellevue Beer Fest Already Brewing a Buzz

For the first time ever, Delaware’s magnificent Bellevue Park in North Wilmington is adding a beer lovers festival to their summer entertainment lineup.

The Inaugural Delaware Beer Fest taps its kegs this Saturday, July 13th at Bellevue State Park’s Figure-8 Barn and will feature 25 national and local breweries and more than 50 selections of beer. 

Local favorites pouring their brews include Bellefonte, Fordham and Dominion, Big Oyster, Crooked Hammock, Iron Hill, Liquid Alchemy and 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

The Inaugural Delaware Beer Fest will host its event at Figure 8 Barn at Bellevue State Park. Upper left photo: Bellevue Hall, the former mansion of William du Pont, Jr.

The event will also feature other regional and national brands including

Bells Inspired Brewing
Blue Earl Brewing
Blue Point Brewing Company
Conshohocken Brewing Company
Evil Genius Beer Company
Golden Road Brewing
Goose Island Beer
Monument City Brewing
NKS Distributors – 3 beer brands
Rebel Seed Cidery
Samuel Adams
Tall Tales Brewing Company
Total Wine & More – wines from 4 different vineyards and 4 types of liquor
Union Craft Brewing
Yards Brewing Co.


For those who were able to snag any of the 350 VIP tickets, which are now sold out, barn doors will open at Noon. Regular admission ticket holders ($45) are invited from 1 to 5 pm.

Already 800 tickets have been sold to the event, but tickets are still available to the public. Organizers say the 32,000 square-foot facility can hold well above 1,000 people. If you have not been to Bellevue (800 Carr Road, Wilmington) in the last several months, be aware that there are construction detours that will impact your driving route to the park. Directions here.


The event fundraiser was planned by longtime Delawarean Dennis Carradin who says it’s been a personal goal of his to always give back. Proceeds will benefit four locally-based nonprofits, including the Trauma Survivors Foundation, which Carridin, a volunteer firefighter and EMT, founded after the Newtown shooting in 2013. The foundation works with and provides education to first responders, military and others who have been in traumatic incidents such as shootings and natural disasters.


Other organizations which will benefit from proceeds include the Ministry of Caring Millennials Committee, the Wilmington West Rotary Club and the 302 Phalanx Foundation.

Guests can sample different brews all afternoon long from brewers and other wine and spirits vendors offering 2-ounce pours, take a bite from tasty treats crafted by local food vendors, and even enter a raffle with a chance to win a Caribbean vacation.

Festival organizer Carradin said the bucolic Bellevue Park was an ideal venue for this major new event. “I want people to find out how truly special some places are here in Delaware. I have always liked Bellevue Park and how cool this barn is.”

Food trucks will offer ‘pub grub delicacies’ such as BBQ, Asian-fusion creations, hot dogs, pretzels and dessert. Food trucks include:

  • Cajun-Sno
  • Uncle John’s BBQ
  • The Little Guy That Cooked
  • Ole Tapas
  • Koi on the Go

Carradin says this is one festival where people will have a really great time. “We have people playing music all day – a mix of DJ and live music, life-size beer pong, life-size Jenga, and beer fest trivia games. Nothing over the top, but great food, awesome people.

 “We wanted to make the Delaware Beer Fest like your fondest craft beer drinking memory. The more friends you bring, the bigger laughs you’ll have, and the memories will just get better,” he said.

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Christy Fleming

Christy Fleming

The managing editor of, Christy Fleming also supports a variety of non-profit initiatives in Delaware. Her background includes positions in public relations, advertising and journalism.