Friday Foodstuffs 9.16.11: Hier Kommt Oktoberfest in South Jersey!

Last year around this time, I mentioned that the number of Oktoberfest events in South Jersey was expanding. Little did I know that this year there would be an explosion of Oktoberfest. So if you’ve been waiting to get yer beer-n-bratz-n-oompahpah thing going on, your time has arrived!

Let’s start with this weekend since it’s, well, this weekend. Iron Hill Brewery in Maple Shade is going to celebrate Oktoberfest from tomorrow until the cows come home, which will be October 9th. Expect plenty of German food and beer to be available on their menu and tap, respectively. Golden Nugget in Atlantic City keeps it going with their own Oktoberfest on The Deck from 12PM to 6PM.

Next Saturday, the celebration moves to Merchantville. The Blue Monkey Tavern is throwing their own Oktoberfest party from 5PM to 8PM. The cost for tickets is $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Then things start to get busy. Really busy. Uber busy.

On Friday September 30, it is the annual Oktobeerwinefest at the Wedgwood Country Club in Turnersville. Plenty of food, wine, beer and Gary Monterosso will be had that night. Tickets are $20 if you buy ’em now, and $30 if you buy ’em at the door. Artisan’s Brewery & Italian Grill in Toms River will be having their own Oktoberfest celebartion as well, and trust me – the menu that night will be anything but Italian.

The next day, October 1, gives you the choice in location between Cape May (on Jackson Street from 10AM to 5PM), Palmyra (at the Palmyra Cove Nature Park from 1PM to 5PM – but you must buy your tickets in advance), and Medford (at Ironstone Village from 3PM to 7PM). Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City has their Oktoberfest celebration the following day. And on both days, there will be Oktoberfest happening at Historic Smithville in Galloway Township from 11AM to 5PM.

Then we take breath. Then we mention a few more.

Resorts Casino in Atlantic City is having their Oktoberfest on the weekend of October 15 and 16. The Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield will be holding a German Beer Festival on October 16 from 11AM to 3PM. Sea Isle City will be throwing theirs on October 22 (details forthcoming). And finally, Trump Taj Mahal in AC will have thier Oktoberfest weekend on October 29 and 30.

Ach du lieber!

Yeah, you said it, Fritz! And that’s only the half of it.

Just suppose you like doing your oompahpah-ing at home with your friends. Far from me to judge how you spend your time; in fact, if this is what you had in mind, here are some upcoming cooking classes geared for a German celebration…

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing is offering a German Cooking class on September 27 from 6PM to 9PM for $65 per person.

The Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s will have not one, not two, but drei cooking classes: an Oktoberfest class on October 1 and 16, and a German Party Food class on October 5.

And finally, an Oktoberfest! class at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown will be taking place from 6:30PM to 8:30PM on October 15.

So…what else is going on? Let’s check the weekend schedule.

The Cape May Food & Wine Celebration and the Wings ‘n Water Festival at The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor got started today. Wing ‘n Water runs all weekend, and the Food & Wine Celebration runs through the 25th.

This weekend is the big boffo Winefest 2011 at Valenzano Winery in Shamong. Tickets will cost $20 at the door.

Beer and seafood. Don’t mind if I do, you say, hand it over right now. Heh heh…no. But you can seek out both on Saturday. For the seafood, you have the massively popular Festival of the Sea in Point Pleasant Beach, crabs and crab races at the Lower Alloway Creek Crab & Craft Festival in Hancock’s Bridge, and crabs and bowling pins at Crab-A-Palooza at Pinsetter Bar & Bowl in Pennsauken.

For you beer-drinking pleasure, you have WMGK’s Brew Blast on The Battleship New Jersey in Camden from 1PM to 5PM. Tomorrow night is the Craft Beer Festival at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Atlantic City. Gary Monterosso will be there, cleverly disguised as a beer expert. I will be there as well, cleverly disguised as a food blogger.

Saturday will also be Fiesta at the Farm, with the food provided by Tortilla Press in Collingswood, and farm provided by Duffield’s Farm Market in Sewell.

On Sunday, get out to the farm again for Feast in the Fields at the Burlington County Community Agricultural Center in Moorestown. Doing the cooking will be  La Esperanza (Lindenwold), Coriander (Voorhees) and Elements Cafe (Haddon Heights). At the Collingswood Community Center, it will be the Vegetarian Society of South Jersey 25th Anniversary and International Food Festival from 2PM to 7PM.

And…Sunday is beginning of NJ Restaurant Week! Check the listing to see which area restaurants will be participating.

Here’s your farmers’ market report…

An applesauce workshop will be taking place tomorrow morning at the Blackwood Farmers’ Market.

Check out the cooking class schedule this weekend:

Saturday: Essential Knife Skills at Sur La Table in Marlton, Best of Class: Paris and French Steakhouse at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, Preserving the Fall Harvest at Cape May County Library in Cape May Court House, and Mushrooms! at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Sunday: Sushi 101 at Sur La Table, Making Rugelach! at Kitchen Kapers, and Italian Alfresco Dinner Party at Viking Cooking School.

Blogging Out Hunger

There will be a food drive this weekend in Mantua, hosted by Little Miss Mantua herself.

And in the news this week…

Apple picking in full swing? Fall must be on its way.

How to survive as a mom and pop grocery store: find a niche.

Crabbing in Atlantic City? Of course.

Enjoy your weekend!


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