Festivals of Food – Holidays 2008

It’s the most wonderful tiiiiiime…of the year!

The Festival of Foods is back, and bringing it Holiday Style! This time the list is focused on food events that are also in the spirit of the holidays. Many events were offering cookies and hot chocolate, but I focused on events that had a bit more to offer in the food department. I also did not include any meals with Santa, since every other town has one of those and it would be too much to list them all – or, to try to choose certain ones over others.

Start the Christmas season off right!
Wineries throughout South Jersey. 609.588.0085.
12PM to 5PM. Admission: varies by winery.

Bring your cookie-making skillz and holiday cheer
Cape May Elementary School – 921 Lafayette St, Cape May. 609.884.7525.
6PM to 8PM. Admission: free.

Be on the lookout for a furry blue monster with googly eyes!
Ocean County Library, Plumstead Branch – 119 Evergreen Rd, New Egypt. 609.758.7888.
Starts at 7:15PM. Admission: free.

Over 40 wines, hors d’oeuvers and a chocolate station
Centerton County Club – 1022 Almond Rd, Pittsgrove. 856.696.0880.
6:30PM tp 9:30PM. Admission: $50.

Enjoy selected wines along with food prepared by member chefs
Ocean City Yacht Club – 100 Bay Rd, Ocean City. 609.602.9181.
6PM. Admission: $40 for members, $60 for non-members.

Wine tasting event with food and music
Trinity Episcopal Church – 800 Wood St, Vineland. 856.691.1589.
7PM to 10PM. Admission: $25.

12/6 – Winter Festival
Offering food, shopping and music
Long Beach Blvd (between 18th and 22nd Sts), Ship Bottom. 609.494.2171.
10AM to 4PM. Admission: free.

12/6 – Winterfest
Festivities include seasonal food, The Pine Barons Chorus and alpacas!
Palmyra Cove Nature Park – 1335 Route 73 North, Palmyra. 856.829.1900 x270
10:30AM to 3:30 PM. Admission: free.

A little something for the kiddies
Duffeld’s Farm – 280 Chapel Heights Rd, Sewell. 856.589.7090.
12PM to 5PM. Admission:

12/6Chef’s Tour (presented by Stafford Township PTA)
Tour homes decked out for the holidays while enjoying treats from local chefs
Stafford Township. 609.618.7992
4PM to 9PM. Admission: $35 (reserve in advance).

Festivities include a cookie and gingerbread house competition
Mary Ethel Costello School – 520 Cumberland St, Gloucester City. 856.603.9035 x235
6PM to 9PM. Admission: free.

A candlelight meal prepared 18th Century-style
Pomona Hall – 1900 Park Blvd, Camden. 856.964.3333.
1PM to 4PM. Admission: $60 ($50 for Camden County Historical Society members).

Homemade Scandinavian foods will be available; Swedish Chef not scheduled to appear
Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity – Poplar and Atlantic Aves, Wildwood.
Starts at 2PM. Admission: free.

Step back into the Victorian era; event includes a four-course Victorian feast
Cape May. 609.884.5404.
Admission: $150.

Again, for the kiddies
Ocean County Library, Brick Branch – 301 Chambers Bridge Rd, Brick. 732.477.4513.
Starts at 4PM. Admission: free (registration required).

A culinary and artistic journey from chef Tracey Slack
Zallie’s Fresh Kitchen at ShopRite – Route 70, Medford. 609.654.6485.
Starts at 7PM. Admission: $45 (reserve in advance).

Five-course holiday-themed dinner
The Mad Batter – 19 Jackson St, Cape May. 609.884.5970
7:30PM. Admission: $70.

A tripleheader of wine tasting dinner, winery tour and wine class
Cape May. 609.884.5404.
Admission: $135 (reserve in advance).

Roasted chestnuts, mulled cider, wine tasting and other food will be available
Tuckerton Seaport – 120 W Main St, Tuckerton. 609.296.8868.
10AM to 5PM. Admission: $5, free for children 12 and under.

Come for the confectionery architecture, stay for the holiday party – and bring food for the South Jersey Food Bank
Burlington County Historical Society – 451 High St, Burlington. 609.386.4773.
Starts at 2PM. Admission: free.

Wine, cheese, carolers and a view of the Atlantic City skyline
Absecon Lighthouse – Absecon. 609.449.1360
Starts at 6PM. Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children 4-12

Kids enjoy the book and get to decorate their own gingerbread cookies
Ocean County Library, Island Heights Branch – 121 Central Ave, Island Heights. 732.270.6266.
Starts at 7PM. Admission: free (registration required).

Allez cuisine!
Ocean County Library, Stafford Branch – 129 N Main St, Manahawkin. 609.597.3381.
1PM to 4PM. Admission: free.

Diners travel around town feasting on a five-course meal
Cape May. 800.275.4278.
Starts at 6PM. Admission: $125 (reserve in advance).

Local restaurants battle it out for pizza supremacy!
Ocean County Library, Berkeley Branch – 30 Station Rd, Bayville. 732.269.2144.
6PM to 7PM. Admission: free.

– John

3 thoughts on “Festivals of Food – Holidays 2008

  1. Hey you two…wish we had more of this going on up here! You do not know a couple that go to Epicurean and wine events- Joe and Lisa Brodsky? Not sure of the spelling, but he used to be a police chief and city councilman around your area…he runs the NJ American Wine Association that we belong to???

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