Delaware Shakespeare Festival 2013 PosterSome people may be surprised to learn of Delaware's rich and varied theatre and performing arts scene. The state is home to several playhouses, theatres, and art galleries that showcase the talents and wares of both local and world-renown artists. Now in its 10th year, the Delaware Shakespeare Festival pays homage to The Bard with its production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona-perhaps the original road-trip "bromance," the tale is centered around two best friends on a quest for love. Of course, no Shakespeare play is complete without plot twists and turns and the story of these two gents does not disappoint.

Truly a "production with a purpose," the proceeds from the Delaware Shakespeare Festival help create professional theatre and educational programs for residents and friends of the state of Delaware. As it has since 2006, Rockwood Park will once again host this year's outdoor festival which runs from July 12th-28th and-as always-promises to be a delight for all ages. That's right-even baby bards can attend this family-friendly event and are especially welcome on Family Night; guests are encouraged to bring lawn blankets or low-backed chairs to enjoy the open-air show and picnic-style dining is also allowed. However, for those who would rather let someone else do the cooking, Janssen's Market, the Greenville-based fine food specialty market and sponsor of the festival's Picnic Contest Night, offers an array of prepared foods perfect for a night of noshing. Midnight Munchies Food Truck will also be making its festival debut all day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as well as weekday evenings. For theatre lovers who want to take a little piece of Shakespeare home, DSF merchandise and souvenirs are available for purchase and make great gifts for the wordsmiths and thespians in your life.

Shakespeare CartoonProfessional, affordable, and entertaining - Shakespeare under the stars. Now this is the stuff of which a midsummer's night dream is made.

Delaware Shakespeare Festival, July 12th - 28th | Rockwood Park 4651 Washington Street Extension Wilmington, DE 19803 |

Iris McCarthy is a freelance food writer and blogger originally from Delaware who has a passion for writing and food culture. Iris now lives in the Philadelphia suburbs, but spends much of her time eating, working and playing in the city. When she's not attending local food events, scoping out new ice cream spots to satiate her sweet tooth, or covering the Delaware and Philly food scenes, Iris can be found checking out the latest community theaters and museums. Follow Iris as she dines around Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs on her popular food blog The Palate Princess, with her writing contributions to Live Work Play Wilmington and their Blog, and also via Twitter @PalatePrincess.