Friday foodstuffs 9.24.10: Can You Dig It? Yes I Can!

Well, it will be Saturday tomorrow, but we won’t be in the park…and it won’t be the 4th of July, either. But it still served as an excuse for me to post a Chicago video.

We will be digging it…literally. The whole family will be participating in Slow Food South Jersey’s Dig It! event down at Seventeen Farms in Tuckahoe as a way to show our support for local farms. We hope that some of you will be coming out and lending a hand. If not, there will be lots of other food events to dig this weekend.

As a matter of fact, this weekend is one of those where there are so many things going on that it would hard to not find something that would tickle your taste buds. I’m going to start off by getting ethnic with you. St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Toms River is having its annual fall Greek Festival. The festival started yesterday, and will continue through Sunday. Further west in South Jersey, but further east on the globe, St. Anthony’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Medford will hold its annual Egyptian Festival today through Sunday. And then we head back to Europe, mix in some American influence, and presto – you have the Pizza-Pasta-Pastry Italian Food Festival tomorrow on Washington Street in Toms River.

If all this worldly travel is making you long for some good ol’ American comfort food, have no fear – you will be taken care of as well. Today is the kickoff of the Que by the Sea barbecue competition at Seaside Heights, and that will run through Sunday. Barbecue will also be on the menu at the BBQ-n-Chili-n-Cheesesteak Cook Off on Landis Avenue in Vineland tomorrow.

All this food getting you thirsty? Not to worry. Tonight will be The Great Grape Harvest Celebration at Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City. For tomorrow, you have Wine for Wildlife at Natali Vineyards in Cape May Court House as well as the Bottling Party at Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant in Maple Shade. Tomorrow you can also enjoy the Sunset Wine Lovers Cruise on the Cape May – Lewes Ferry. Heritage Vineyards is having its Grand Finale Concert – Wine and Beer Tasting tomorrow and Sunday, and then there’s the Cape May Wine School at The Washington Inn on Sunday.

And to fill in the gaps, here’s the rest of your weekend schedule:

Saturday – Woodstown Fall Festival in Woodstown, the Apple Festival at the Schoolhouse Museum in Forked River, the Fall Festival in Mays Landing, and the Spirit of Chesterfield Festival throughout Chesterfield.

Saturday and Sunday – Margate Fall Funfest By The Bay and the Commercial Township Seafood Festival in Mauricetown.

Sunday – the Potluck Picnic at Cooper River hosted by the Vegetarian Society of South Jersey and the start of Collingswood Restaurant Week.

In the cooking classes this weekend, you have Date Night: Special Occasion at the Viking Cooking School in Atlantic City and Friday Night Out: Recipes from LA’s Top Chefs at Sur La Table in Marlton tonight. Tomorrow, there’s a Chocolate Workshop at Sur La Table, learn the cooking techniques at a Chicago Steakhouse at Viking Cooking School, or learn the Cooking Fundamentals for Couples at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown. Those three schools will also be conducting a class on Sunday: Gluten Free Baking at Sur La Table, Kids in the Kitchen – Easy After School Snacks at Kitchen Kapers, and Date Night: Italian Dinner at Viking Cooking School.

Blogging Out Hunger

The Food Bank of South Jersey is celebrating 25 years of service by going mobile…with food and with hope.

Starting on Monday, The City of Ocean City and the Atlantic City Utilities Authority will be holding their Fall Food Drive.

And in the news this week…

The dry, hot summer is making the winemakers excited; the farmers – not so much.

Birthdays celebrated in school in Waretown will be missing something starting this year: the cake.

Mill Street Pub in Mays Landing suffered a damaging fire earlier this week.

And one more article on the new Top Chef winner, Willingboro’s own Kevin Sbraga.

Have a great weekend!

– John

2 thoughts on “Friday foodstuffs 9.24.10: Can You Dig It? Yes I Can!

  1. Might have to check out the Potluck for Vegetarian's at Cooper River. Thanks for posting that.I'm having a giveaway on my blog…leave a small comment to try and win.

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