Friday Foodstuffs 7.29.11: Festivals Galore!

The funnest food weekend of the year in South Jersey has arrived! Or so it seems- there’s lots to do this weekend, whether you’re going all out for the  Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival (which began Thursday night and won’t stop it’s celebrity chef hobnobbing or opportunities to eat until Sunday evening), or you’re looking to just unwind at a smaller event. Despite Lisa’s sudden, raging cold and Julian’s tummyache, we’re going to do our best to check things out in AC this weekend and report back on our experiences (though we’re lying low today).

Several other festivals have begun this week and are reaching fever pitch this weekend… The Pine Barrens Festival at Church of the Holy Eucharist  in Tabernacle, continues tonight and wraps up Saturday, while both the Puerto Rican Festival in Vineland and the Gloucester County 4-H Fair and NJ Peach Festival at the 4-H Fairgrounds  in Mullica Hill runs through till Sunday.

Looking for more low-key events? There’s still plenty going on. Today is Crabulous Crab Day at The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor. Tomorrow, there’s the Cluck & Claw Picnic at Wenonah Lake in Wenonah, an Extreme Cupcake Tasting at The Cookie Club  in Toms River, Food & Fun Along the Jersey Shore at the Franklin Twp Library & Community Center in Franklinville, BBQ & Blues in the Park,  at the Municipal Parking Lot in Mount Holly, a Spiked Lunch  at Phillips Seafood in Atlantic City, and Burgundy’s Finest Reds at Passion Vines  in Somers Point. And Sunday is the Ethnic Food Fair & Gift Auction at the Orthodox Christian Church of the Annunciation in Brick Dinner in the Orchard  (Food provided byBlueplate) at Holtzhauser Peach Farm in Mullica Hill,  Jamaican Independence Family Day at Millcreek Park in Willingboro, and  Harry’s Oyster Bar & Seafood at Bally’s in Atlantic City is having a Crab Fest starting at 3PM .

 

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

A new market in Camden had its debut this week.

 

Cooking classes, cooking classes!…

Tonight: Desserts at Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies, From Sea to Table with Ben Sargent at Viking Cooking School  at  Harrah’s in Atlantic City.
Saturday: A Dash of Soul with Roger Mooking  andKelsey’s Favorites with Chef Kelsey Nixon  atViking Cooking School, French Fruit Desserts at Sur La Table in Marlton,  Date Night Summer Magic atIn the Kitchen Cooking School  in Haddonfield.

Sunday: Southern Italian Classics with Chef Luke Palladino and Girls’ Night Out: In Rome at Viking Cooking School in Atlantic City, Kids in the Kitchen at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.
Blogging Out Hunger

State officials were on hard this week as the Food Bank of South Jersey Hope Mobile made a stop in West Deptford.

A restaurant in Pitman is already preparing for its annual free Thanksgiving dinner event.

 

And in the news this week…

The state legislature now has until March 31 2012 to pass legislation regarding direct wine shipping and retail wine shops.

As the population in South Jersey becomes more diverse, so does the produce being grown here.

We have three restaurant closings of note to report: Izzie’s Eatery in Medford (which we were hoping to go to soon), Catelli’s in Voorhees (which is looking to reopen in the fall at the Voorhees Town Center), and the Denny’s on Brick Boulevard in Brick.

Meanwhile, a new Amish market broke ground this week in Hopewell Twp., with plans to open in the fall.

A voluntary recall of several thousands of pounds of chicken, some of which was being sold in New Jersey, was made by Pilgrim’s Pride this week.

A great story about a chef that’s helping former prisoners learn cooking skills. And another one about a garden being grown by special needs kids.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

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