Friday Foodstuffs 10.7.11: Plenty to Wine About in Cape May This Weekend

Let’s take a moment to think about what makes Cape May so great, shall we?

All the wonderful restaurants.

Beautifully restored Victorian period houses and hotels.

Not a Snooki in sight.

A martini at The Brown Room in Congress Hall.

Strolling around during Christmas.

And there is always – ALWAYS – something special going on, regardless of the time of year.

While most shore towns are packing things up for the offseason, Cape May keeps on a-chuggin’. This weekend, you have Victorian Weekend in town as well as the Garden State Wine Festival out at the Cape May- Lewes Ferry Terminal. The wine festival brings more than 20 of the state’s wineries together for two days of tasting fun. The tickets are $25 for one day and $35 if you want a two-day pass.

In addition to the tastings on dry land, you can take a Sunset Wine Lovers Cruise on the ferry itself tomorrow night from 6PM to 9PM. The cost is $39 a person., but you need to reserve ahead of time, so call 800.64FERRY to reserve your tickets.

For the Victorian Weekend, you can start off with the Beer Dinner at The Mad Batter tonight at 7:30PM. The theme is German beer (it’s still Oktoberfest time), and the cost is $65 per person. On Saturday, get your walking shoes and chocolate groove on for the Chocolate Championship Tasting and Tour taking place in locations throughout Cape May. Saturday is also the day forWest Cape May’s famous Lima Bean Festival at
Wilbraham Park.

If all that chocolate doesn’t wear you out on Saturday, you can come back for more delcious punishment on Sunday by attending the Fudge Fantasy being held at The Inn of Cape May at 2PM. The cost is $25 per person. In the mood for something stronger? Then take a short trip up the Parkway to Wildwood for the Souper Sunday Chili and Chowder Cook Off being held at Morey’s Pier at 1PM.

With Monday being Columbus Day and all, there are also plent of Italian-themed events taking place. Seaside Heights has its annual Italian Street Festival on Grant Avenue. Ther festival starts later this afternoon and runs through Sunday. The Golden Inn Hotel & Resort is having an Italian Wine Weekend, so get a sitter for the kids, and go hide away for a weekend with food, wine and the ocean for background enjoyment. There will also be an Italian Festival on Saturday at KIX McNutley’s in Sea Isle City.

Now how much would you pay for this weekend? But wait -there’s more!

Tonight is the beginning of the Deerfield Township Harvest Festival in Rosenhayn. The festival will go through Sunday. The Agora Greek Food & Wine Festival at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill got started yesterday, but the food will not stop coming until Sunday.

On Saturday, you have the Apple Festival at Kirby’s Mill in Medford, the Seafood and Music Festival in Wildwood, and the Harvest Celebration being hosted by Impact Harvest in Vineland. Saturday also kicks off the South Jersey Pumpkin Show at the Atlantic County 4-H Fairground in South Egg Harbor and the Indian Summer Weekend in Ocean City.

For Sunday, you have a Feast in the Fields at Spinalle Farm in Waterford Works (seriously – how often do we get to mention Waterford Works?). The cooking will be done by Elements Cafe in Haddon Heights.

And now, the Farmer’s Market Report…

Sadly, many of the local farmers’ markets are starting to close for the season. Some are still going strong, though, so get out therr an enjoy them!

Here’s your Cooking Class schedule for the weekend:

Tonight: Date Night: Special Occasion at the Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City.

Tomorrow: Men in the Kitchen at Nunzio’s Ristorante Rustico in Collingswood, Girls Night Out: Pan Asian at The Culinary Arts Center at Burlington County College in Mount Holly, New York Steakhouse at Viking Cooking School, and Autumn Five Star at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Sunday: Southern Specialties from the hit movie “The Help” and Date Night: In Sicily at Viking Cooking School, Pâte Brisée and Never Fail Tart Shell at In the Kitchen Cooking School in Haddonfield, Kids in the Kitchen – Piece of Pizza at Kitchen Kapers, and Vegetarian Cooking for Non-Vegetarians at The Culinary Arts Center at Burlington County College.

Blogging Out Hunger

Food deserts in South Jersey farmland area – sad but true.

Food desert in Atlantic City – also sad but true. The upside? More importance placed on community gardens.

1760 – not a special year, but a special amount of food poundage collected in Ocean City from their most recent food drive. Well done.

And in the news this week…

How about our good friend Robin ‘SJ Locavore’ Shreeves going to the White House this past week!

All the shellfish beds have now been reopened in Jersey, and oyster season has been extended.

Speaking of shellfish…the expansion of the Bayshore Discovery Project down in Bivalve continues with the opening of the Shipping Sheds Restoration project.

An article this week from a Star-Ledger writer about Flying Fish and its controversy with the Turnpike over its Exit Series. That’s so 2009.

And I’ve been watching this every day: a new hot dog place is opening up right here in Forked River. Opening day is tomorrow!

Have a great weekend!

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