2014 was a busy year for me (more on that soon), and one of the things that happened during the past year was that I became a part of Slow Food South Jersey Shore. I am grateful to be a part of this organization and look forward to the events and other activities we will be planning in the future.
First on the list is this year’s Comfort in the Cold, the annual winter feast and fundraiser for SFSJS. This year the event is being held at Brownies Squared in Mays Landing, where Chef Chris Groome has been making magical things happen in his kitchen over the last few years.
The dinner will take place on January 31 at 6PM (one seating only), and tickets are $80 per person. This event usually sells out, and there are only about 40 seats available, so don’t wait! The menu looks wonderful, and a vegetarian option will be available as well.
* The Smokin’ Hot Atlantic City BBQ Championship is back this year! The heat of competition will be over at Golden Nugget from October 3 to October 5, with the event being open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 12PM to 6PM. Admission is $5, and you will get to sample some tasty ‘cue from several vendors while enjoying the all-day live music. There will also be live cooking demos from Fat Jack’s BBQ’ s Glenn Gross.
* The roadside barbecue season may be wrapping up, but not before Uncle Dewey’s on Route 40 in Mitzpah has its annual Pig Roast Buffet on Saturday from 2PM to 6PM. The cost for a day of stuffing yourself silly is $22 a person and $10 for the kids.
* Yes, it is now October, so it stands to reason that Oktoberfest celebrations are taking place all over the South Jersey region. You have two going on this Saturday: Cape May and Avalon. In Cape May, Jackson Street shuts down and becomes a celebration of beer and food. The fun runs from 10AM to 5PM, and admission is free. I would expect to see Cape May Brewing as part of the beer garden. Over in Avalon, the parking lots of The Whitebrier and Princeton become, yes, a celebration of German beer and food…and cornhole! The party starts at 11AM, and the 1st annual Cornhole Tourney starts at 12PM.
* Sea Isle City’s annual Harborfest event is this Saturday at Marina Park. From 11AM to 4PM, enjoy a bounty of seafood from the vendors that will be serving up the goodness. Can’t make it to LBI? There will be a chowder contest at Harborfest (or go to both; I won’t stop you). There will also be a clam eating contest.
* Enjoy a good beer but are not into the whole Oktoberfest thing? Leiderhosen makes you itchy? Then get thee to the Glassboro Craft Beer Festival on Saturday from 1PM to 5PM. Tickets are $30 a person and can be purchased online. Plenty of local and regional brews will be present, including Flying Fish, Cape May Brewing and Glasstown Brewing.
The clams are back!
LBI’s annual Chowderfest is happening this Sunday starting at 11AM. It is a battle for white and red chowder supremacy, and this year’s theme is Clammiccon, the battle will take on a superheroic guise. The fun begins at 11AM on Sunday, and the cost is $20 a person.
Competing this year includes LBI’s own Chicken or the Egg, Howard’s, Stefano’s, The Black Whale and Country Kettle Chowda along with mainlanders such as Shore Fire Grille, Phillips, Lefty’s, and Sea Oaks Country Club. You get to taste and vote for your favorite white and red chowders. A group of wily veteran tasters, led by Ed Hitzel, will also be tasting. A Peopes’ Choice and Critics’ awards will be handed out for each style of chowder.
A costume contest is also a part of this year’s theme. I wouldn’t expect to see Dr. Sheldon Cooper dressed up as Mr. Spock, but there will be plenty of others getting into the cosplay spirit.