Restore the King

Delaware's Gambrinus Statue

Craft Beverage Fest Returns to Wilmington’s Market Street

By on August 7, 2023

Event Benefits Statue’s Restoration

After a three-year hiatus, the largest craft beverage festival in northern Delaware is set to return to Wilmington. The Delaware Cadillac Downtown Brew Fest takes place Saturday, August 12, 2023, from noon to 7 p.m. along the entire 800 block of North Market Street.

Patrons of the fourth annual event can sample a variety of beverages from 56 craft companies, many of them from the First State. Music will be provided by the Flying Komoroski Brothers, Sug Daniels, Frankie Goes to Dollywood, and DJ Andrew Hugh. The outdoor block party also includes a cornhole tournament and homebrew competition. Food will be available for purchase from food trucks and participating restaurants along the festival block.

Advanced tickets and additional event information are available online at

The $50 General Admission tickets include 1 p.m. entry and unlimited beverage samplings. VIP tickets at $75 include noon admission, a designated covered seating area with special reserve beer samplings and finger foods, and unlimited beverage samplings. Designated drivers and those under the age of 21 may purchase admission tickets at $12, which does not include beverage samplings.

Proceeds from the event benefit Restore the King, the effort to repair Delaware’s King Gambrinus statue and bring back it to public display. The 140-year-old sculpture was mounted on Wilmington’s Diamond State Brewery from 1888 until 1962 and has been in storage since it was broken in 1978. Details about the project can be found at