Friday Foodstuffs 7.22.11: How hot is it? It’s soooooo hot that…

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As I write this, no later than 11AM, the Weather Channel”s current conditions for the Jersey Shore are “Sunny, 95 degrees, feels like 111.” So what else is there to do than to get into some air conditioning (or sit in your freezer), and start rolling out some jokes about the heat:

  • Campbell Soup Co. has just  changed the directions on its cans to “Just pour and eat.”
  • The birds are picking up the worms with potholders.
  • Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying hard boiled eggs.
  • The cows are giving evaporated milk.
  •  Satan called. He wants his weather back.

The ironic thing is that, this weekend, there are LOTS of outdoor events. Because of the ridiculous heat, this weekend I’ve divided up events into “indoor” and “outdoor”. So, if you’re determined, just make sure you stay in the shade and drink LOTS of water. And if you feel dizzy and sick, get the heck into some air conditioning STAT!

Here are the Outdoor listings for the brave:

The Burlington County Farm Fair  at the Burlington County Fairgrounds in Springfield Twp. and the Cape May County 4-H Fair & Chicken Bar-B-Que in Cape May Court House continues today and wraps up on Saturday.

On Saturday you’ve got  Red Wine and Blues at the Tuckerton Seaport and  Woolwich Tomato and Wine Festival at Locke Avenue Park in Woolwich Twp. The Cool Jazz and Blues Fest at Laurita Winery  in New Egypt begins and runs through till Sunday.

On Sunday (the heat is supposed to break by then): The Puerto Rican Festival in Vineland begins and runs through till next

On Monday, the Pine Barrens Festival at Church of the Holy Eucharist  in Tabernacle begins and runs until next Saturday.

Here’s the indoor events for the air-conditioning-inclined:

Tonight: Farm Fresh Collingswood Week at participating restaurants in Collingswood wraps up-last chance this year!

Saturday: Wine for the Cure at Cedarvale Winery  in Logan Twp.;  Cheese Tasting Party at Carriage Trade Cheese Shoppe in Medford; NJ Crab Festival at the Ice House Restaurant in Wildwood; Sunset Soiree at
The Wetlands Institute  in Stone Harbor; and both Farm to Fork Week (at participating SJ Hot Chefs restaurants in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester) and Belgian Independence Week  at Cork in Westmont wraps up.

Sunday: Iron Cupcake Challenge at Pinsetter Bar & Bowl in Pennsauken.

 

Here’s your farmers’ market report for the week…

Peaches are arriving! And you still have time to sign up for the Peach Pie Baking Contest at the Collingswood Farmer’s Market on Saturday.

 

…And the Cooking Class Schedule this weekend:

Tonight: Date Night – Off the Hook at Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences  in Loveladies, Grilling Seafood at Sur La Table  in Marlton.

Saturday:  Best of Class: Sushi Maki   and Surf and Turf Workshop at Viking Cooking School at  Harrah’s  in Atlantic City,

Sunday: Celebrating Summer at Sur La Table, Crazy for Carnivals! (Kids class) at Kitchen Kapers  in Moorestown, Pizza Workshop at Viking Cooking School.

 

Blogging Out Hunger

The mobile food truck from The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties goes to 13 different locations every month.

 

And in the news this week…

Local silliness, Part One: Officials in Brigantine were getting tough with those ice cream vendors making noises with their bells and music…until some sanity entered the picture.

Local silliness, Part Two: Flying the American flag over your diner in Middle Twp – OK. Flying something that kinda looks like the flag but isn’t – not so OK. And so, the banners came down.

While the BYOB question rages on in Ocean City, another dry town is heading for a battle over the possibility of liquor licenses.

Cape May Brewing is already getting popular with the locals.

Catelli Restaurant in Voorhees is closing its doors on Sunday, but plans to open at a new location in the fall.

And how about this: a man poses as a Food Network celeb chef and collects $10,000 worth of tickets for a phony event in Salem County. Something tells me that he will not be appearing next week in AC.

Have a great weekend!

 

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