Festivals of Food – Winter 2009

Updated 2/15/08 – I will continue to add events as they come up, so keep coming back to see any updates.

January

1/9 – Muskrat Dinner
A very unique Salem County tradition
Salem FOE – 1966 East Broadway, Salem. 856.935.2357.
7PM to 9PM. Admission: $30.

1/10 Russian Winter Festival
Blinis? Da! Vodka? Nyet.
Garden State Discovery Museum – 2040 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill. 856.424.1233
9:30AM to 5:30PM. Admission: $9.95 ($8.95 for seniors).

1/15 Favorite Foods and Libations of Presidential Families
The Obamas are evidently foodies, but what about previous First Families?
Ocean County Library, Manchester Branch – 21 Colonial Drive, Manchester. 732.657.7600.
2PM to 3:30PM. Admission: free (must pre-register).

1/16A Tour of Italy Wine Dinner
Since most of us can’t afford a REAL tour of Italy right now…
Atlantic City Country Club – One Leo Fraser Drive, Northfield. 609.236.4423.
5PM to 9PM. Admission: $65.

1/20 International Food Festival
Think of it as an international pot luck dinner
Ocean County Library, Toms River Branch – 101 Washington Street, Toms River. 732.349.6200.
Starts at 6PM. Admission: free (must pre-register).

1/23Festival Carnivale de Tropicana
Music, entertainment and dining specials throughout The Quarter
Tropicana Hotel and Casino – Brighton and the Boardwalk, Atlantic City. 1.800.THE.TROP.
6PM to 10PM. Admission: free ($5 menus).

1/23-25Greek Winter Feast
Get stuffed like a dolmade!
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church – Mill Road and Ridge Avenue, Egg Harbor Township. 609.653.8092.
5PM to 10PM (Fri), 12PM to 10PM (Sat), 12PM to 8PM (Sun). Admission: free.
Food, wine and blues music
Natali Vineyards – 221 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House. 609.972.7318.
12PM to 5PM. Admission: free.

1/25Chili Cook-Off
Competition to help raise funds for Eden Foundation for Autism
The Woodshed – Route 72, Chatsworth. 609.726.9859.
2PM to 5PM. Admission: $10 entry fee, $2 tasting fee.

1/26-29Homestyle Classics: a celebration of comfort foods by SJ chefs
The best chefs in the area put their spin on our simple pleasures
Various restaurants in South Jersey. 856.979.3333.
4-course meal for $30.

1/27-30 Haddon Heights Taste of the Town Restaurant Week
Featuring top local restaurants
Anthony’s creative italian cuisine – 512 Station Avenue. 856.310.7766.
Elements Cafe – 517 Station Avenue. 856.546.8840.
Kunkel’s Seafood & Steakhouse – 920 Kings Highway. 856.547.1225.
4-course meal for $25.

1/31 – Fire & Ice Festival
Chili cook-off and ice sculpture contest – and nothing to do with that Pat Benatar song
Main Street, Mount Holly. 609.914.0811.
11AM to 3PM. Admission: free.

1/31Winter Brew Fest
Over a dozen breweries will be there, including some local brews
High Street Grill – 64 High Street, Mount Holly. 609.265.9199.
1PM to 4:30PM. Admission: $20.

1/31India Republic Day Celebration
Enjoy a dance festival while sampling Indian cuisine
Performing Arts Center, Burlington Township High School – 610 Fountain Avenue, Burlington. 856.313.6741.
4PM to 9PM. Admission: $10 for adults, $7 for kids.

1/31Ground Hog Dinner
Unlike the Muskrat Dinner, actual ground hogs are not being served
Ewan Fire Hall – 312 Ewan Road, Ewan. 856.478.4949.
Starts at 6PM. Admission: $15.

February

2/1 – Atlantic City Pan Asian Parade

Food, music, entertainment all along the parade route
Atlantic City. 609.343.6326.
1PM to 3PM. Admission: free.

2/2 – The Epicurean Society of Southern New Jersey Event
Enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by Society members
Berkshire Grill – 6105 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. 609.602.9181.
Starts at 6PM. Admission:

2/5 – Taste of the Restaurant Gala
A sampling of the big Restaurant Gala taking place in March
Academy of Culiary Arts, Atlantic Cape Community College – 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. 609.343.5674.
6PM to 8PM. Admission: $30 (tickets purchased in advance).

2/7 Black History Celebration: Let My Stories Tell You Who I Am
Enjoy a music performance and a soul food tasting
Ocean County Library, Barnegat Branch – 112 Burr Street, Barnegat. 609.698.3331.
Starts at 11AM. Admission: free (must pre-register).

2/7Soup for the Soul
A simulated soup kitchen with food donated from local restaurants, with the proceeds going to help the Food Bank of South Jersey
Moorestown Friends School – 110 East Main Street, Moorestown. 856.404.2456.
11AM to 2PM. Admission: $10 for adults ($8 if bought in advance), $8 for children 10 and younger.

2/7Cookie Mania
Kids ages 9 to 17 learn how to make fun and creative cookie designs
Cinnaminson Library – 1619 Riverton Road, Cinnaminson. 856.829.9340.
Starts at 2PM. Admission: free (must register in advance).

2/7 – Winter Eagle Festival and Annual Chili Bowl
Come to watch the eagles – stay to taste the chili!
Mauricetown Fire Hall – Noble Street, Mauricetown.
Dinner starts at 6:30PM. Admission: $20.

2/7-8Valentine Wine and Chocolate Trail Weekend
Wine and chocolate? Yes, please!
Wineries throughout South Jersey.
12PM to 5PM. Admission: varies by winery.

2/8 Not For Chocolate Lovers Only!

I like the sound of a chocolate buffet
Newfield Public Library – 115 Catawba Avenue, Newfield. 856.697.0415.
12PM to 4PM. Admission: $5 (large serving), $3 (small serving).

2/8-15Chocolate Week
A week-long celebration with special deals throughout Southern Ocean County
Various locations.

2/9 Soul Food Fest / Motown Spectacle with Jon Turks
Enjoy the soul food first THEN the music
Ocean County Library, Manchester Branch – 21 Colonial Drive, Manchester. 732.657.7600.
Starts at 12PM. Admission: free (must pre-register).

2/11For The Love of Chocolate Valentine’s Day Program
Chocolate games, stories and snacks for kids 7-12
Burlington County Library – 5 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton. 609.267.9660.
4PM to 5PM. Admission: free (must pre-register)

2/14 – Valentine’s Dinner at Lucy the Elephant
A gourmet meal served inside the famous Margate elephant
9200 Atlantic Avenue, Margate. 609.823.6473.
6:30PM and 9PM. Admission: $245 per couple (plus tax and gratuity).

2/14An Evening of Romance and Renewal
Renew your vows and enjoy culinary treats as you climb the steps
Absecon Lighthouse – 31 S. Rhode Island Avenue, Atlantic City. 609.449.1360.
7PM to 10PM. Admission: $100 per couple.

2/15 Cape May Wine Trail
Lunch at Lucky Bones, then a shuttle to local wineries
Cape May. 609.884.5404.
12PM to 4PM. Admission: $75 (tickets purchased in advance).

2/21Chocolate Fantasy Buffet
Washington Inn continues its regularly scheduled indulgence with chocolate
Washington Inn – Cape May. 609.884.5404.
Starts at 2PM. Admission: $35 (tickets purchased in advance).

Four-course meal served by four of the best in Collingswood
Collingswood. 856.979.3333.
Admission: $75.

Moms need chocolate – I know this very well
Bordentown Library – 18 East Union Street, Bordentown. 609.298.0622.
7PM to 8PM. Admission: free (must pre-register).

2/28The African Influence in Foods
From the Deep South to South America
Ocean County Library, Stafford Branch – 129 N. Main Street, Manahawkin. 609.597.3381.
Starts at 2PM. Admission: free (must pre-register).

March

3/1-7Atlantic City Restaurant Week
Over 60 restaurants in the AC area participating!
Restaurants throughout Atlantic City.
$15.09 for lunch, $33.09 for dinner.

3/213th Annual OCVTS International Chef’s Night Out
Local restaurants provide a gourmet dining experience
Poland Spring Arena at the Ritacco Center – 1245 Old Freehold Road, Toms River. 732.240.6414 x3339.
Tickets purchased in advance.

Hors d’oeuvres, Flying Fish beer tasting and an Irish music concert
Appel Farm Arts and Music Center – 457 Shirley Road, Elmer. 856.358.2472.
Starts at 6PM. Admission: $45 (includes concert).
3/12Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala
Black tie fundraiser for the Academy of Culinary Arts; food prepared by 40 local restaurants as well as by ACA students
Bally’s Atlantic City – 1900 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City. 609.343.5674.
Admission: $200 (tickets purchased in advance).
Scheduled to be a bi-annual contest for wing supremacy
Grand Marketplace – 4340 Route 130 North, Willingboro. 609.877.0101.
Admission: $10 to enter as a contestant.
Enjoy Irish music and plenty of Irish eats
Laurita Winery – 35 Archertown Road, New Egypt. 609.758.8000.
Admission: free.


– John

One thought on “Festivals of Food – Winter 2009

  1. You make me want to live in Jersey! What a great list. And (sorry, I have to say it again)…Muskrat Dinner?? Whoa. +Jessiea.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

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