Five Nibbles for the Weekend: Fish. Crab. Lobster. Walnut. Locust.

In addition to the two big events happening this weekend that I talked about earlier this week (AC Seafood Fest and Cape May Food & Wine Celebration), here are five more for you:

* There’s always something going on with Flying Fish. Always. At their home in Somerdale this Saturday, they are having an event called Bogs, Beer, and Native Plants. It’s local celebration, as in celebrating the flora and fauna of the area – not to mention the local suds! Food and Jersey cheese will be available as well. The event runs from 11AM to 6PM and plants will be on sale until 4PM.

* Pinsetter Bar & Bowl in Pennsauken is throwing its annual Crab-A-Palooza this Saturday out in the parking lot starting at 2PM. It’s crabs! It’s drinks! It’s bowling! Here’s a tip: crabs are not a legal substitute for a bowling ball. I know; I checked.

* Yes, it’s already been mentioned, but it is worth repeating: Hawk Haven Vineyard in Rio Grande is having a Lobster Bake as part of the Cape May Food & Wine Celebration. And it’s going on this Saturday from 5PM to 8PM. And you have to buy tickets ahead of time. And there aren’t many tickets left!

* September brings two kinds of beers: pumpkin and Oktoberfest. You can have the pumpkin brews; I will gladly take the latter. Tuckahoe Brewing will be tapping tonight an Oktoberfest beer with rum soaked walnuts. It was a collaborative effort between them and Brew Jersey Homebrew Club. Tapping begins at 5PM.

* The locust is for Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm, which opens today. Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford purchased a second location in Jobstown which has its own long history. You can visit the Stone Bank Barn which goes back to the 18th Century. Pumpkins will be available as well as hayrides.




Cape May Food & Wine Celebration


Ok, I will do my best to contain my excitement. But, I have to say that this year’s version of the Cape May Food & Wine Celebration is…really…awesome!!! Rightrightright…composure, composure…

Let’s start with what’s new this year:

Chef Lucas Manteca, one of our favorites, is having two Cape May Farm to Table lunches at his Red Store location on Cape May Point. The event will also include a tour of their Fincas del Mar farm before lunch. The Farm to Table events will be held on September 13 and 20. Tickets are $45 a person.

How about a lobster bake? Alright, how about a Lobster Bake Dinner at Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery on September 13.  Wine and lobster? I’ll take that deal! Dinner is a 5PM, and the cost is $50.

For those who like chocolate (heh heh…yeah, there may be a few of you out there), The Blue Rose Inn will be hosting a Chocolate Lover’s Feast on September 20 starting at 1PM. This event costs $35 a person.

The Blue Rose Inn will also be the location for a Summer Wine Tasting Dinner on September 17 at 7PM. Wines will be provided by Hawk Haven. The cost for the evening’s wine and dine is $85.

Another of local wineries, Natali Vineyards in Cape May Court House, will be having a Grape Picking event on September 16 starting at 8:30AM. Help pick some grapes, then get wine and lunch for your lard labor. You do need to pay $10 to participate.

The rest of the schedule are familiar fare for this event, but they are hardly boring and humdrum:

If you want to taste the wares of as many places as you can in Cape May, you have A Taste of Cape May on September 21 from 1PM to 3PM at  Convention Hall. Tickets for the event are $30 a person.

A very popular (read: sells out fast!) event is the Chefs’ Dine Around, which takes you by trolley to a number of local dining establishments for a fun evening. There will be four nights for this event: September 14, 15, 17 and 18. The event is $125 per person and seats are very limited.

The Beer Tasting and Bourbon Tasting dinners are back for another year! Aleathea’s will be the location for both dinners. The Beer Tasting Dinner, which is hosted by the lovely and talented Gary Monterosso, will be on September 16, and the Bourbon Tasting Dinner will be on September 20.

There are also be a number of wine tasting and tours, as well as tours of Fisherman’s Wharf. And still there’s more going on. You’re just going to have to go to the website and get the whole story.

The Cape May Food & Wine Celebration will run from September 12 toSeptember 21.   



Atlantic City Seafood Festival 2014


The city of Atlantic City moves along, independent of the opinions of others. If you don’t think so, come to Bader Field this coming weekend and see the activity at the Atlantic City Seafood Festival. This has become a massive festival in a relatively short period of time.


For me, it’s because they keep the focus local: most of the food purveyors are from AC or the surrounding areas. Yes, there are a few chains, but just a few. So if you’re not into, say, Guy Fieri’s new casino joint, you can sample from Knife & Fork, Tony Boloney’s, Harry’s, The Iron Room, Jay’s Crab Shack and Scales Grill. There’s plenty to choose from, and the cost for each food item will range from $3 to $12, so you can keep the cost down (or not – don’t let me stop you). Admission is free, by the way. Parking, however, not so much. It’s $10, so be mindful of that.

Beer? Yes, thanks, if you’re already up and getting one. Oh, you mean…right…

Yes, there will be plenty of suds on hand (or in a glass if you like tradition) to enjoy. And once again, it’s Jersey beer that gets the spotlight. Make sure you check out Cape May Brewing, which may be the best beer thing going on in South Jersey outside of Flying Fish. And Flying Fish will be there as well, so make your own judgement. Or perhaps you might prefer Tuckahoe Brewing. Or River Horse. Or Pinelands. Or Cricket Hill. Isn’t it great to have choice?

You will also have plenty of choice in terms of events. Wine tastings. Cooking demos. A Chowder Cook Off. A crabcake eating contest. The kids are not forgotten here; there are a number of kid-friendly activities, so feel free to bring them. The festival is also pet-friendly, which is nice as well. Check the website for all the details, including the schedule of musical acts.

The Atlantic City Seafood Festival festival will be open on Saturday from 11AM to 7PM and on Sunday from 11AM to 6PM.