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At Delray Beach Wine And Seafood Festival This Weekend, Eat, Drink And Be Merry Along Oceanfront A1A

Delray, we see food in your future. Seafood, that is. And wine, too. Plenty of wine. All along oceanfront A1A.

That's because the Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival returns this weekend, and it has been relocated from its past location on Atlantic Avenue.

Fresh seafood, a 20-foot raw bar and three wine gardens will be lined up along North Ocean Boulevard directly in front of Boston's on the Beach, Caffe Luna Rosa and the Marriott on Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Nancy Stewart-Franczak of Festival Management Group, which puts on the local wine and seafood fest, said the move to A1A came after complaints about closing down Atlantic Avenue. However, the new oceanfront location is what she's most looking forward to.

Admission is free to the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce's fourth annual event, in which guests can walk the streets and enjoy their favorite seafood bites and glasses of wine alongside unique arts and crafts. 

This is the first time one of the festival's wine gardens will include luxury selections, such as Swanson Merlot, ZD Cabernet, Four Graces Pinot Grigio and more. Tickets for wine wristbands are only on sale through Tuesday and cost $50. They include three glasses of luxury wine and a commemorative glass. 

In addition, nine wine and food pairing seminars, each featuring four wine varieties paired with food, will be hosted by executive chefs from top local restaurants, including Hudson at Waterway East, Caffe Luna Rosa and Dada. Tickets are $50 per event in advance.

Guests at the Wine and Seafood Festival can also enjoy rock, reggae, acoustic music and more, as live acts perform from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Finally, the street festival will feature a lineup of local Delray Beach dignitaries who can be dunked by the public, including Mayor Cary Glickstein, Saltwater Brewery's Dustin Jeffers and CBS-12 news anchor Suzanne Boyd. Proceeds from the dunk tank will go to local charities.

The Downtown Roundabout will shuttle people to trolley stops in the downtown area, and golf carts and vans will transport guests from the Old School Square Parking Garage to A1A. Uber newcomers can use the promo code DBWINE for $20 off a ride to the fest.

For more information, visit dbwineandseafood.com.

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