Lots to Eat, Drink and Think About at the Cape May Food & Wine Celebration

What could be better than ten days of great food and local wine down in Cape May? How about adding great topics of discussion?

Starting later this week, the Cape May Food & Wine Celebration will be getting underway, offering special events going on throughout Cape May’s restaurants and wineries. Having attended some of last year’s events, I can say that it is most certainly worth your while to make the trip down (heck, it’s always worth it to make the trip down to Cape May when it comes to food) and partake in some of the offerings.

Here are some of the highlights of what’s on tap for this year’s celebration:

* Well, of course there’s going to be events involving the local wineries. As if. Anyways, on Saturday you have the Harvest Food & Wine Tasting at the Carriage House on the Physick Estate. Once again, Cape May Winery and Seaside Cheese Company are co-sponsoring the event, so you will be able to sample their wines and cheeses during the evening. The fun begins at 6PM and is $85 per person. The event was pretty packed last year, so don’t wait too long to get tickets. The following weekend will be a Cape May Wine Weekend, which includes a Friday night wine dinner, a wine tour on Saturday, and a wine class on Sunday. For the whole shootin’ match, it’s $135 per person.

* The restaurants in Cape May will be busy as well. Special gourmet lunches are being offered on September 18-20 for $25 per person. You like beer with dinner? A Beer Tasting Dinner will be held on September 20 at 6PM for $65 a person. You like Gary Monterosso? Well, he’ll be there talking about the beers that he has matched up with each course. More of a scotch person? OK, fine – go to the Scotch Tasting Dinner next Saturday. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Cape May food celebration without their Chef Dine-Arounds, which take you to a different restaurant with each course. There will be three different dine-arounds (September 18-20), each starting at 6PM. The cost is $125 per person.

For the full schedule of events, check out the Cape May MAC website.

Now, along with all of these events, the Cape May Forum will be holding as series of lectures and events as well from September 15-25. The theme of their event is “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? The Politics of Food in the 21st Century”. The focus will be on the thoughts and ideas of how we move forward with the ways in which we produce our food.

There are so many interesting events being offered by Cape May Forum over these 11 days, and here are some that I picked out just to give you an idea:

* Thursday September 15 – At VFW Hall on Congress Street, a local version of “Chopped”, based on the TV show, will be held at 4PM. Later in the day, you can attend a lecture on “The Politics of Favor” at the Nature Center, or go to Lucky Bones and enjoy a Shore Slam where “It’s All About The Food”.

* Friday September 16 – Attend a cooking class about Kid Friendly Cuisine from 6PM to 9PM, or go see Chef Aaron McCargo at Copper Fish on Broadway do a cooking demo with Chef Geoff Johnson.

* Saturday September 17 – Attend a lecture held by Amy Cotler, author of The Locavore Way, at 10AM, which will then be followed by a panel discussion. Later on, take a tour of Beach Plum Farm in West Cape May.

* Sunday September 18 – Engage in a panel discussion about food policy and world hunger, and then go to Historic Cold Spring Village see how the soldiers during The Civil War prepared and preserved food.

And this is just the first weekend!

I could go on and on, but better for me to just give you the link to Cape May Forum’s website so that you can pick and choose which events interest you most.

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