Friday Foodstuffs 6.3.11: Philly Beer Week Spills Over into South Jersey

It’s the beer fest so big that it cannot be contained in one city! Run…run for your lives!!!

Philly Beer Week, which kicked off yesterday, is a ridiculously large brew fest that spreads its suds all over the city and surrounding areas. You look at the schedule of events and your eyes just start to glaze over. I mean, I cannot get my head around all of the events you could possibly attend. You need a beer just to settle yourself down after pondering such a massive schedule. Well, here at EiSJ, we’re going to keep it simple and just talk about what beer-y events are happening on this side of the Delaware – and hopefully avoid the aforementioned glazing over of the ol’ eyeballs.

On Saturday starting at noon, Haddon Township is the place to be for a good ol’ fashioned pub crawl. The crawl will involve eight different locations:

Brewer’s Towne Tavern – 239 Haddon Avenue.
Cork – 90 Haddon Avenue.
The Irish Mile – 350 Haddon Avenue.
P.J. Whelihan’s – 400 Haddon Avenue.
The Pour House – 124 Haddon Avenue.
Taproom & Grill – 427 West Crystal Lake Avenue.
Tom Fischer’s Tavern – 18 West Cuthbert Boulevard.
Treno – 233 Haddon Avenue.

In addition, each location will feature a different brewery, such as Flying Fish at PJ Whelihan’s and Dogfish Head at The Pour House. A special treat will be awaiting you at Cork, where 15 different home brews will be available for you to sample.

And by all means, don’t try to drive! Trolley services will be provided for, free of charge, to the different locations.

In addition, Uno Chicago Grill in Maple Shade will be having beer events every day during Beer Week. Check out the schedule to see what is happening.

If beer is not your particular ilk, then I hope you like strawberries then, because this is your weekend as well! Let’s just count the strawberry festivals, ‘kay? There’s a Strawberry Festival (that’s one) at Sweet Life Bakery in Vineland that started yesterday and ends tomorrow On Saturday there are two more: in Wilbraham Park in West Cape May and at Dutch Neck Village in Bridgeton (two and three). And then it’s the second weekend for the Strawberry Festival at Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford (four!).

If you’re playing hard to get, and beer AND strawberries are not your particular ilk, there’s still lots more food-wise going on this weekend. The Holy Trinity Greek Festival in Egg Harbor Twp is going on now and runs through Sunday. Tonight is a wine trilogy, with a Wine Tasting Reception at Paulsdale in Mount Laurel, An Evening in Cape May Wine Country at Cape May Winery, and a Wine Pairing Dinner at Peter Shields Inn (which is also in Cape May). Tonight is the start of the first of three weekends that High Street Grill in Mount Holly will be serving its Fresh Off The Farm Prix Fixe Menu for $30 a person. High Street Grill will also be having another installment of Beer Wars (oops, beer again) on Saturday at 12PM.

Restaurant weeks down the shore get going starting this weekend, with the Flavor of Sea Isle City Restaurant Week and 7 Mile Restaurant Week kicking off tonight, and Cape May Restaurant Week beginning on Sunday. Check the websites for the list of participating locations.

More events? OK, on Saturday you have the Kite and Color Festival, a celebration of two Indian festivals in one, at the Buena Vista Camping Ground, the annual Day at the Farm in Pennsville, a Clambake / Barbecue at the Peace Lutheran Church of Galloway, a Wine Tasting in Moorestown, Under the Radar Wines tasting event at Passion Vines in Somers Point, and the Cape May Forum’s “Big Night” Gala at Cape May Winery.

On Saturday and Sunday, get yer wine groove on Bellview Winery’s 10 Year Anniversary Festival and at the first annual Jersey Shore Wine Festival at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood.

And on Sunday, you have the Jewish Community Fest & Kosher BBQ Cook-off at JCC Camp in Medford, an Italian Festival at Renault Winery, the Medford Art, Wine & Music Festival and an Oyster Sail on the Schooner A.J. Meerwald at the Bayshore Discovery Project in Port Norris (Bivalve).

Other than that, nothing’s really going on this weekend.

Here’s the farmers’ market report:

Our kindred spirit, Robin Shreeves of South Jersey Locavore fame (aka SJ LO), posted this week about the farmers’ markets that are opening this month.

Your cooking class schedule for this weekend is as follows:

Tonight: Date Night: In Rio de Janeiro at Viking Cooking School in Atlantic City.

Tomorrow: Teens Cake Decorating at Sur La Table in Marlton, Best of Class: Grilling and Classic Steakhouse at Viking Cooking School, and a Tapas Party! at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Sunday: SAVEUR Cooks: Texas Barbecue Picnic at Sur La Table and an Italian Alfresco Dinner Party at Viking Cooking School.

And in the news this week…

LandisMarketPlace in Vineland had its official grand opening this week, and they are saying that the market has been getting about 2,000 people per day so far. That’s impressive.

Two disturbing trends in Cumberland County: the closing of grocery stores, and the growing rate of obesity.

Tony Boloney’s Michael Hauke must never sleep. He’s one of the partners of a new Atlantic City food publication called Fork It!

So a guy goes to a restaurant…and gets a knuckle sandwich. It must be high season, because the looniness is starting.

And a happy 10th birthday to Surf Taco, who celebrated ten years this past weekend.

Enjoy your weekend!

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