Friday Foodstuffs 8.6.10: I Hope You Like Peaches, Because…

…there are a lot of peachy events going on this month. Seriously, like a lot a lot. Like you-need-to-use-both-hands-to-count a lot. And-that-may-not-be-enough a lot. Y’know…a lot!

OK, you can take this dead horse away now; I’ve clearly beaten it enough.

But you get the idea. It’s August, so it is all about the peaches here in South Jersey. So I better not see you buying a peach this month that’s not from Jersey, ‘kay? Right. Now, let’s get to the events…

We can start with tonight, and the annual Peach Social being thrown by the Bordentown Historical Society from 5PM to 8PM. The cost is $5 per person. Tomorrow is when it really gets to be peach heaven in South Jersey. At 10AM, you got your choice: you want to do the Peach Festival at Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church on Greentree Road in Washington Township, OR, do you want to do the Peach Festival at Dutch Neck Village in Bridgeton? Or maybe you want to sleep in and catch the Peach Festival at the Mount Laurel Meetinghousefrom 4:30PM to 7PM. The 10AM festivals are free, and the Mount Laurel one is $5 per person and $3 for kids ages 4 to 10. There’s also going to be a Peach Party tomorrow at the Collingswood Farmers’ Market, which will include a peach cooking demo from Chef Mark of Tortilla Press and a peach pie baking contest.

Now that’s just this weekend. Trust me, there’s more.

On Monday, there’s a Peach Festival. It’s being held at the First United Methodist Church on 5th and National Avenue in Asbury Park. The festival will be from 5PM to 7PM, and the cost is the oddly specific $5.25 per person.

On Tuesday, there’s a Peach Festival. This one is being held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church on Washington and Ocean Streets in Cape May, and will go from 9AM to 2PM. This festival has been a regular on the calendar for many years. Tuesday is also the start of the Just Peachy menu that will be available at the Tortilla Press in Collingswood and the Tortilla Press Cantina in Pennsauken. The cost of the meal will be $25 per person, and will be available for three days only.

Even beyond next week, you have a Peach Party at the Burlington County Farmers’ Market, an Old Fashioned Peach Social on the 22nd at the Newfield Public Library on Catawba Avenue. You also have a Peach Festival at the Malaga Camp Meeting in Newfield as well on the 28th. Admission is free for both.

AND, just to round it all off, The Pop Shop in Collingswood is celebrating the peach all this month. Enjoy peach milkshakes, peach pie in a pancake (weekends only), peach waffles and peachy keen iced tea.

So, if you really don’t like peaches, I suggest that you leave Dodge and wait for all this to blow over.

OK – there’s actually lots of non-peach stuff going on as well.

The Atlantic County 4-H Fair will be running until Saturday at the David C. Wood 4-H Fairgrounds on Route 50 in South Egg Harbor. Tonight is also a good night for wine: The Wines of Anna Spinato and Ca’Momi will be celebrated at Traino’s Wine and Spirits in Marlton, and the Mays Landing Country Club will be the place for Uncork A Cure, a special wine tasting and dinner to help support the National MS Society.

On Saturday, all the power chords will be hit: BBQ, seafood and beer. The annual Salem Main Street BBQ Festival will be happening at Market Street and MLK Park in, well, Salem. For the seafood lover in you, there’s the Seafood Fest at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Stone Harbor as well as Crabfest at Lacey United Methodist Church right here in Forked River. And for beer, High Street Grill’s Beer Wars gets down to the final two.

On Sunday, enjoy the food and music of the Puerto Rican Parade and Latin Music Festival in Atlantic City.

And now, the farmers’ market report…

Chef Ted Iwachi from Ted’s On Main in Medford will be having a cooking demo at the Burlington County Farmers’ Market tomorrow.

For those of you who suffer from that rare combination of ‘food lover’ disease and ‘staying inside on beautiful summer weekends’ disease, we can help. Today, enjoy the following cooking classes: Classic Steakhouse and Best of Class: Grilling from Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, Apron Strings for kids ages 6 to 9 at the Evesham Library, and Celebrate Julia Child! at Sur La Table in Marlton.

Saturday brings a plethora of cooking class and demo options: Date Night: Gourmet Delight and Best of Class: Grilling at Viking Cooking School, Eating Local: Sensational Seasonal Desserts at Sur La Table, a Japanese Tea Ceremony at the M. Allan Vogelson Regional Branch Library in Voorhees, a Pizza Making Class at Tony Boloney’s in AC, Date Night at In The Kitchen Cooking School in Haddonfield, and Cooking for Couples – European Starters at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

And for Sunday, you again have two choices from Viking: a Thai Dinner Party and Best of Class: Mediterranean Grill. You also can let the Kids in the Kitchen at Kitchen Kapers.

Blogging Out Hunger

Pepsi and ShopRite are teaming up to help local food banks get $10,000. Check out the Pepsi Refresh Project.

The Camden County Library System’s food drive continues until tomorrow.

And in the news this week…

Have you checked out SJ Magazine’s Best of List for food yet? What do you think?

Landis Avenue in Vineland continues its work towards being a foodie destination. Construction on the Landis MarketPlace could be starting next week, with a possible January opening. And the Hispanic community is making its presence felt as well.

And speaking of Landis Avenue, great to see Stephen and Jill from Sweet Life make the 40 Chefs Under 40 list on Mother Nature Network.

Alcohol is being served for the first time on the boardwalk in Wildwood. But thankfully, it won’t be served 24 hours a day.

I guess we couldn’t get through the entire AC Food & Wine Festival without an incident like this happening. Lots of work still ahead for Atlantic City.

Think the dining scene in Cape May is stagnant? Check out this article about the new places that have opened this year.

Moorestown Mall is getting a nice injection of new eateries, including Elevation Burger.

Kudos to Assemblywoman Celeste Riley for her help in retaining state funding that helps the oyster industry in the Delaware Bay. She has also introduced a bill to help local wineries and smaller grape growers.

And kudos to the Rutgers Food Innovation Center in Bridgeton for their current project of getting more Jersey-grown foods into school lunch programs.

The five-year ban on lobstering is off the table…for now.

This is all kinds of cool: an oyster nursery that was created with the help of members of 4-H. And you thought the 4-H Club only surfaced during county fairs.

And good luck, again, to Chef Peter Fischbach this weekend as he competes in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans. Last year he and his sous chef, Chef Erik Weatherspool of Bistro 44 in Toms River, came in second place.

Enjoy your weekend!

– John

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