Well, here we are in the middle of August, at summer’s crescendo. How can you tell? The traffic over here at the shore. It’s not just on Friday nights anymore-it’s all over, at all times of the day, seven days a week. Which means everyone (including us) is headed out of the house, trying to get in those last few precious weeks of fun in the sun (or activities in the air conditioning) before the inevitable school year begins. Not to mention we’re headed for prime harvest time here in Jersey!
Speaking of which, it’s high time for you to get out to those farmer’s markets and food festivals, if you haven’t already, and join the fun. It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend, and we can’t think of a better way to spend it than by heading out to the Jersey Fresh Wine and Food Festival at Heritage Vineyards in Mullica Hill-which is going on both Saturday and Sunday, so take your pick. Just about every New Jersey winery was there last year, so it’s a rare and great opportunity to sample the local wines without driving all over the state (make sure you check out Amalthea and Bellview, the two wineries that are creating a buzz with the wine critics) . We’re just hoping the food is more exciting this year- last year, it was an amazing number of wines to sample, accompanied by just a few stands selling typical greasy festival offerings (such as burgers and cheesesteaks).
Now, tonight you can finally unravel the mystery of What? Blanquette de Limoux? What’s that? at Traino’s Wine and Spirits in Marlton. When you do, please let us know, because we have no idea, either. If you’re still “feeling fresh” on Saturday, check out the Farm Fresh Weekend: Some Like It Hot at the High Street Grill in Mount Holly. If you’re not feeling fresh, you can still go to the India Day Parade, starting at 11AM on the Boardwalk at States Avenue in Atlantic City. The parade goes to Tropicana, where there will be plenty of Indian food. Mmmm, Indian food…On Sunday, you’ve got a Chicken Bar-B-Q at the North Italy Club in Vineland, and the ACCC Clambake Open at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield.
And even though it’s in Philadelphia, we have to mention the Pennsylvania Dutch Festival that’s going on at the Reading Terminal through Saturday. After having eaten in Amish country recently, it was a reminder of how much wonderful food they produce.
And here’s the farmers’ market report…There still is a farmers’ market in Millville – it’s just in front of a bookstore. Chef Vipul Bhasin of Coriander in Voorhees will be having a cooking demonstration on Saturday at 10AM at the Burlington County Farmers’ Market.
And now for the cooking class rundown…. Tonight, you can learn the secrets of a French Steakhouse or be the Best of Class: Mediterranean Grill at the Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s; or throw a Summer Tapas Party at Sur La Table in Marlton. On Saturday, you can still catch the Mediterranean Grill class at the Viking Cooking School or maybe take your sweetie to a Date Night: In Paris. At Sur La Table, send the yung ‘uns to the Kids and Teens Ice Cream Workshop or to the Tweens: Under the Sea Favorites at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown. Or check out a Pizza Making Class at the Guy Fieri Cheesesteak Champion’s joint, Tony Boloney’s in Atlantic City. On Sunday, Viking is doing a Girls’ Night Out: In Honolulu and repeating their Best of Class:Paris session, In The Kitchen Cooking School in Haddonfield is running a Canning Workshop, Kitchen Kapers is letting Kids in the Kitchen, and you can Take Me Out to the Ball Game at Sur La Table.
Blogging Out Hunger
Less than a year old, the Burlington Township Food Pantry is helping fill a need, but monetary donations are needed.
And in the news this week…
Looks like Sonsie in Atlantic City has closed. Not surprised by this – never remember seeing that place with a lot of diners.
Of all the places that could have been hit by a SEPTA bus in Philly, why, oh, why did it have to be Monk’s???
One oyster project in Keyport needs to be removed due to pollution.
And sadly, we have to mention the passing of a South Jersey BBQ legend – Alexander ‘Butch’ Lupinetti. We had the pleasure of sampling his Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ at the NJ State Championships in 2008. Very good stuff.
Enjoy your weekend!
– John and Lisa