There’s nary a weekend where there isn’t a beer or a wine festival going on in South Jersey these days. And that’s a good thing, because it gives you ample opportunity to sample what our little region is producing these days (which keeps getting better). This weekend, at the relatively-new Burlington County Fairgrounds in Columbus, the Jersey Fresh Wine Festival will be holding sway.
How many wineries will be there? Eleven, according to the information provided. And the majority of them will be from the South Jersey region: Amalthea, Chestnut Run, DiMatteo, Plagido’s, Sharrott, Tomasello, Valenzano and Wagonhouse.
A number of food vendors will be there for the weekend, including Brother Bear BBQ. Farms and other artisan vendors will be on site as well, including Hank Sauce and Hlubik Farms.
The festival will be open from 12PM to 5PM on Saturday and Sunday, and tickets are $25 if you buy them in person. Online you can purchase tickets for $20.
It’s a rare treat to be able to talk about a food event in my own neck of the woods, but here goes:
This Sunday is the first annual Elktoberfest, hosted by the Lacey Elks (Get it? Elktoberfest? Elks?). The traditional German food for the event is being provided by the Forked River Butcher Shop, AKA The German Butcher, AKA “The Best of the Wurst” (their joke, not mine). Bad jokes aside, we have made many a journey to The German Butcher and can almost guarantee that the lineup of bratwurst, sauerbraten, spaetzle and other treats will be wonderful.
Music for the event is being provided by two bands, one of which is Polkadelphia who call themselves the #1 polka band in Philly. They say that they take Beatle and Radiohead songs and polka-itze them. Could be brilliant. Also entertaining the folks will be Bernie’s Orchestra, which also has an accordian player – so I would expect some more polka music out of them as well.
Elktoberfest will run from 11AM to 7PM.
Just over thirty years old and still well-regarded, 410 Bank Street in Cape May is having special dining weeks during the early fall season. The restaurant is having two separate restaurant weeks, with a three-course prix fixe menus for $35. Week one was last week, but you can still take part in the second week, which will run until September 26.
After this week, 410 Bank Street will have two weeks of Customer Appreciation (September 27 to October 1 and October 4 to October 8). Diners will receive a free amuse-bouche as part of their meal.
Then on October 10, it is a special Mardi Gras celebration with oysters, filet mignon and complimentary masks and beads.
410 Bank Street will have its last night of the 2015 season on October 25.