Friday Foodstuffs 9.9.11: We Move Forward

Sunday is, of course, the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and most of us who dabble in this writing stuff probably feel some obligation to talk about the events of that day. Did I know people who lost their lives on that awful day? Yes, I did. I worked for a company that lost 35 people. Gone but never forgotten.

I have to admit that I have been watching more programs on 9/11 this time around than in previous years, but these shows have a common theme: they were all about the rebuilding of lower Manhattan, not the destruction. Even with the events of that dreadful day in September ten years ago, and with the debate over how Ground Zero would be rebuilt, we eventually moved forward. A fitting memorial is there. Skyscrapers are heading towards the sky.

I once got a simple but profound piece of advice from someone some time ago when I had been suddenly hit with adversity: feel it, but don’t wallow in it. So yes, I will feel the sorrow, anger and frustration again on Sunday – and then I will move forward. And our site, which admittedly was on the slow side recently, will move forward as well.

So with that, let’s look forward and see what’s going on this weekend.

Get up early on Saturday and break out the bikes for the South Jersey Tour des Farms, which starts at 8AM at the Jack Allen Early Country Living Museum on Landing Road in Vincentown. Staying in Burlington County, the Wood Street Fair in Burlington goes from 9AM o 4PM. And with the end of the summer comes the beginning of apple season, so why not head to Mood’s Farm Market in Mullica Hill for their Apple Festival from 10AM to 4PM.

Saturday is also a great day if you enjoy wine and beer. Bellview Winery in Landisville is having its Harvest Party starting at 11AM, and admission is $5 a person. Geraghty’s Pub & Restaurant in Burlington is holding its Fall Beer Festival, with sessions at 12PM and 2:15PM. Each session is $20. Sample the wineries around Cape May by going on the Cape May Wine Trail starting at 12PM. High Street Grill is having a 9-10-11 BeerFest for $40 a person from 1PM to 4PM. And…Cape May Brewing will be having another open house from 12PM to 4PM.

If that wasn’t enough for you, we also have the Taste of Medford in Freedom Park and the Ukrainian Cultural Festival at St. Stephen Ukrainian Catholic Church in Toms River going on tomorrow as well.

On Sunday, while you honor those we lost on 9/11, enjoy your freedom being an American by going to the Beach Plum Festival at Island Beach State Park or the Seafood in Seaside Seafood Festival on Grant Avenue.

Sunday is also the start of the Philadelphia National Candy Gift & Gourmet Show at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The convention runs through Tuesday, but it is an industry event so it’s not open to the general public. 

Here’s your cooking class schedule for this weekend:

Today: Date Night: French Dinner at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s in Atlantic City and Great Restaurant Recipes of San Francisco at Sur La Table in Marlton.

Tomorrow: Southern Italian Grill Class at Nunzio’s Ristorante Rustico in Collingswood, Global Fish Recipes Every Cook Should Know at Sur La Table, Endless Summer Bartending Class at Carolina Blue Smokehouse and Taproom in Pitman, Game Day Munchies at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown, and Best of Class: Cocktail Party and Steak, Roast and Chop Workshop at Viking Cooking School.

Sunday: Homemade Fruit Pies Workshop and Celebration Dinner Party at Viking Cooking School, Chocolate Obsession at Sur La Table, and Comfort Foods at Kitchen Kapers.  

Blogging Out Hunger

Food assistance for those who suffered “extreme material losses” due to Hurricane Irene will now be available in New Jersey.

Burlington County is extending its food drive through to September 15.

Viking Village in Barnegat Light made a donation of 2000 pounds of canned tuna to local food banks.

Hungerfest is coming! October 1 is the date for the music festival being held at Campbell’s Field in Camden.

And in the news this week…

Not been a good time to be a restaurant at The Pier at Caesras: two eateries, Game On! and Trinity Irish Pub suddenly closed their doors. And then this post from Grub Street Philly about the lawsuit involving the Stephen Starr restaurants and the landlord of The Pier. From what I have read in the past, the relationship between Starr and The Pier has never been great to begin with, so this is not a surprise. 

More good news on the local beer front: another of the South Jersey microbrews, Tuckahoe Brewing, should be open by the end of the year. Yay!

And…doughnut dumping? That’s just not right.

Enjoy your weekend, and take time for rememberance. And keep moving forward.


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