If you’re walking down Rehoboth Avenue this weekend and notice sweet chocolate scents mixed with the always refreshing salt air, you’re going to have a choice to make. First, you could continue walking toward the Boardwalk and take in the sights and sounds of Mother Ocean, which is quite frankly never a bad idea.
But you could also make a beeline for the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center and indulge in the 2019 edition of the Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival.
Yes, it’s early March in the “Nation’s Summer Capital” and that means one of the most popular events of the offseason in Delaware’s most visited oceanside resort. And this year’s chocolate festival proves to be yet another in a long line of popular and successful events held over the last few years.
Now we do have a few other things to tell you about in today’s “Weekender Blog,” brought to you each week by the real estate professionals at the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.
But the chocolate festival is definitely the Belle of the Ball this weekend, in a manner of speaking.
Keep reading below for more on the chocolate festival, as well as other great happenings planned for the weekend of March 8-10 at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
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Now, on to the events and happenings that will be highlighting this second weekend of March in the coastal region. We begin in Rehoboth Beach…
Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival (March 9). The sweetest event of the year is scheduled for this Saturday, March 9, at the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk.
Scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., this 29th annual event promises a seemingly endless supply of delectable chocolate inspired creations from several local eateries. Competitors for 2019 include Big Fish, Bethany Blues, Fins, Blackwall Hitch, Bucky’s BBQ, the Cocoa Exchange and several others.
Tickets are sold in four different time slots throughout the day, starting at 11 a.m. and running through late afternoon. Prices range from $25 to $30 depending on which time slot you choose, and include tastings of several of the mouth-watering creations.
Children between the ages of 5 and 10 cost $5 and children under 5 are admitted for free.
Proceeds will once again be used to support the Harry K. Foundation in its efforts to feed needy children throughout the State of Delaware.
Milton Saint Patrick’s Day Parade (March 10). This popular annual event takes place in the downtown historic district of Milton and not only includes the parade, for which the gathering is most well known, but also drink and food specials and a “Lucky Leprechaun 5K.”
The event was conceived and is still organized by Irish Eyes Restaurant and all proceeds this year will again go to supporting the Milton Fire Department, the Milton Chamber of Commerce and the Gladys Wilkins “Seeding the Future” Scholarship Fund.
Previous parades have boasted more than 75 entries and organizers are expecting an even bigger turnout this year, so be sure to arrive in Milton early and secure the best possible vantage point from which to watch all of the festivities.
The 5K is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., with the parade following at 2 p.m.
For more information on the 2019 Milton Saint Patrick’s Day parade, visit www.miltonstpatricksdayparade.com.
Ocean City Home, Condo & Outdoor Show (March 8-10). This three-day event in Ocean City promises thousands of ideas for your home and will be held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on Coastal Highway.
This is the peninsula’s largest show of its kind, featuring all the goods and services you need for your home or condominium. There will also be free drawings, door prizes and lots of other bargains and surprises.
Hours are Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Admission prices are $7 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students. Attendees 13 and under, as well as members of the military, police departments and fire departments, are admitted FREE with valid identification.
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Girls Night Out at the Atlantic Sands (March 8). Held in conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8, this third annual event is hosted by Beebe Healthcare and is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., at the Atlantic Sands on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk.
Billed as “an evening of girl talk and health empowerment honoring women in our community,” this free event will feature guest speakers, good fellowship and great information for women in the coastal region.
The event is free of charge, but RSVP is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building Delmarva Job Fair (March 9). Scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this Saturday, March 9, the fifth annual Building Delmarva Job Fair will be held at Sussex Academy on Route 9, just east of Georgetown.
Organizers of this fifth annual event promise hundreds of available jobs that will be showcased during the course of the four-hour job fair, with dozens of employers all available in one location.
So if you’re looking for a job at or near the beaches, this is a good place to start.
Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days in the coastal region.
And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
Have a great weekend everyone!