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Cocktails at the Castle offers area’s best food and drink


The Mercer Museum’s major annual fundraiser, Cocktails at the Castle, returns to Doylestown at one of the area’s historic landmarks from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

This evening in this one-of-a-kind castle built by Henry Mercer in 1916 is known for its focus on culinary delights and features crafted cocktails and offerings from many of the area’s most well-known restaurants, caterers and bakeries, all in support of the Mercer Museum’s year-round exhibitions, youth education programs and community initiatives.

“Cocktails at the Castle is such a unique way to taste the finest in locally-prepared, high-end cuisine and sample cocktails handcrafted by some of the most cutting-edge bartenders around,” said Mercer Museum President and Executive Director Kyle McKoy.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste appetizers, soups, salads and entrees from award-winning establishments including Altomonte’s Italian Market (Doylestown), Blu Mediterranean Grill (Doylestown), Chambers 19 (Doylestown), Corporate Source Catering (Horsham), Earl’s New American (Lahaska), Empanada Mama and Nourish By Mama (Doylestown), Jeffrey A. Miller Catering (Philadelphia and Doylestown), Joseph Ambler Inn (North Wales), McCaffrey’s Supermarket Catering (Langhorne and Doylestown), McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn (Quakertown), Penn Taproom/PA Soup & Seafood (Doylestown), Piccolo Trattoria (Newtown and Doylestown), The Pineville Tavern (Pineville), Vela (Doylestown), and Wegmans Food Markets (Warrington).

The newest craft cocktail recipes will be unveiled throughout the evening thanks to partners at Brown-Forman, Caledonia Spirits, Combier, Infinium Spirits, Philadelphia Distilling, Sagamore Spirit, Serrallés, Titos Vodka and Trinchero Family Estates with assistance from the Breakthru Beverage Group Pennsylvania and Hops/Scotch 22.

Local celebrity bartenders such as Jake, Ashley and Kevin from Hops/Scotch 22, John from Chambers 19, Shaun from Vela, Rebecca from KO, Ian from 1675 Spirits take the cocktails to new heights with palate-enticing ingredients and pioneering techniques.

Guests will also sip wines from local Bucks County vineyards, including Sand Castle Winery (Erwinna) and Wycombe Vineyards (Furlong).

Guests know to save room for dessert and dancing in the Mercer Museum’s Great Hall, with culinary confections served by Ann’s Cake Pan (Horsham), Edible Arrangements (Doylestown), Nina’s Waffles & Ice Cream (Doylestown), Pierre’s Chocolates (New Hope), Sweet Victory Gluten & Dairy Free Treats (Buckingham), Van Earl’s Cakes (Langhorne), Water Wheel Tavern (Doylestown), and The Zen Den (Doylestown).

Bidding for the fundraising event’s online auction is live from now until Oct. 12, with experiences and packages such as a luxury vacation on Sanibel Island, a three-night escape to New York City or a signed photo of Super Bowl MVP Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles. Supporters can bid online before and during the gala, and tickets to the event are not required to bid.

Cocktails at the Castle is black-tie optional and kicks off with a VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. Doors open for all guests at 7 p.m. Tickets are $250/VIP, $175/Gala Admission and $150/Members.

For tickets and online auction and bidding details, visit or call 215-345-0210 x132.