Friday Foodstuffs 9.30.11: It’s Hungerstock! It’s Rocktober!

So leave it to Food Bank of South Jersey to put the rock in Rocktober.

Tomorrow at Campbell’s Field in Camden, the food bank will be throwing its first annual music festival to help raise money to help those in the area struggling with hunger. Hungerstock will kick off at 11AM, with tickets starting at $20. You can see the lineup of artists on the picture above, but the name that drew me right in was Patty Smyth. Mention Patty Smyth and Scandal with someone and invariably “The Warrior” is brought up in conversation. Personally, I’m more of a “Goodbye to You” fan. Agree to disagree.

Anyway, you can have this debate while you check out all the acts and enjoy the food and fun of Hungerstock. And best of all, you’re helping out families that really need help.

Lots of stuff going on this weekend. Let’s get right to it.

Oktoberfest much? This is the weekend for beer and sausage celebration. Tomorrow you have the Cape May Oktoberfest on Jackson Street, the Avalon Oktoberfest Block Party on 20th Street between Dune and Ocean Drives, Oktoberfest at the Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Oktoberfest at Ironstone Village in Medford, Oktoberfest at Historic Smithville, Oktoberfest at Renault Winery AND Oktoberphest at the Telford Inn in Mantua. Other than that, I can’t help you.

Other non-German things are going on this weekend as well, like Italian things such as the Old Tyme Italian Festival in Wildwood and the Italian Heritage Festival of Gloucester County at RiverWinds Ampitheater in West Deptford. Or, maybe something with a Latin beat, like the Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Philadelphia Avenue in Egg Harbor City. Or, maybe you want something that’s more Down Jersey, like a Chicken Pot Pie dinner at the Alloway Municipal Building, or the Cranberry Festival in Bordentown, or the big, boffo LBI Chowderfest.

If you need any other suggestions, there’s the Gourmet Foods in Designer Kitchens Tour in Toms River, the Fall Festival at Dutch Neck Village in Bridgeton, and Harborfest in Sea Isle City. Other than that, I can’t help you.

Here’s your cooking class schedule for the weekend:

Saturday: Everyday Cooking Spices at Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Sewell, Pies, Sweet and Savory at Nunzio’s Ristorante Rustico in Collingswood, Fall Favorites with All-Clad at Sur La Table in Marlton, Chef Paul Drew’s Big Night at Phillips Seafood in The Pier Shops at Caesars in Atlantic City, and Best of Class: Steakhouse at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort also in Atlantic City.

Sunday: Champagne Brunch and Girls’ Night Out: In Rome at Viking Cooking School, Pâte Choux at In the Kitchen Cooking School in Haddonfield, and Kids in the Kitchen: Fall Cupcake Decorating at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

And in the news this week…

With all the rain around here, we may be looking at fewer pumpkins this fall.

The shellfish beds along the Delaware Bay are slowly opening back up.

Not so friendly news for Friendly’s: they may be filing Chapter 11.

West Cape May heading towards offering liquor licences? Maybe.

Here’s a nice story about a farm in Cape May County that has a special group of workers tendsing the fields.

Here’s a not-so-nice story in Cape May County about the woman who was tying to keep her own chickens, but had to give them up.

Weber’s Candy in Bridgeton is sadly having to close its doors for good after 123 years.

And, if you want to help out a local startup brewery, check out Turtle Stone Brewing and how they are trying to raise funds for equipment.

Have a great weekend!



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