Eating, Drinking and Cooking in South Jersey This Weekend (5/18-20)

If there’s one thing that we have in abundance, it is wine festivals. This weekend alone we have two brand spankin’ new wine celebrations for you to go out and sample what Jersey wine is all about.

Glassboro has been doing a bit of building these past few years, attempting to make their main drag a destination. Food and wine festivals will certainly be a part of the gameplan, and this weekend is the first annual Glassboro Vintage South Jersey Wine Festival at Glassboro Marketplace on Rowan Boulevard. Vintage South Jersey will be holding events throughout the year that focus on wineries in the Outer Coastal Plain designation (that would be us here in South Jersey). It’s a two-day event (Saturday and Sunday) from 12PM to 5PM, and the cost us $25 per person.

Want something closer to the shore? We can handle that.

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is making their foray into Jersey wine festivals this weekend with their Pour into Summer Wine Festival on Taylor Avenue in Beach Haven on LBI. Many of the wineries appearing in Glassboro will also be here. This is also a two-day event, also from 12PM to 5PM, and the cost will be $15 per person.




The other really big event going on this weekend is The Taste of Revel down in Atlantic City. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will have a number of special food events involving Revel’s elite gaggle of chefs. It also seems to be involving Maroon 5 and The Black Keys as well. Some of the highlights include:

* the Kickoff Bash with Revel Chefs and Michel Richard’s Pastry Party on Friday

* seafood with Alain Allegretti, steak with Marc Forgione, paella with Jose Garces and beer and cheese with Robert Wiedmaier on Saturday

* a Pig Out on Sunday

That would be plenty for a weekend…but we have more!

We have to mention it again that this Saturday is the first South Jersey Food Swap at Sweet Life Bakery in Vineland from 3PM to 5PM. If you want to swap, you got to sign up and bring something.

Want to learn how to forage for your food? On Friday there will be a Foraged Flavor! event with author Tama Matsuoka at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Facility in Cape May Courthouse. The foraging fun starts at 6PM, and the cost ius only $5 a person.

The first of the strawberry festivals will be taking place on Saturday. It’s the annual Strawberry Festival & Vendor Fair at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Oaklyn from 11AM to 3PM. In Toms River it’s the annual Chili & Salsa Cook Off on Washington Street from 11AM to 5PM. The tasting kit is $7, and get there early before people start running out of chili. Just trust me on this one.

And there’s plenty more wine to be had on Saturday. How about Sushi, Sake & Wine with Izakaya’s Michael Schulson? Sure – just head to Vintage: A Wine Boutique at The Water Club in Atlantic City. The event is from 4PM to 5PM and is $49 per person, but make sure you call ahead for reservations. The Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association will hold their annual Wine Tasting Benefit from 5:30PM to 8:30PM for $50 per person. And, in Medford it is the Cedar Run Wine and Wildlife Festival from 4:30PM to 8PM. The cost is $60 per person.

Sunday’s got some fun things happening as well. It’s the annual Porch Brunch & House Tour in Collingswood. Seatings at 11AM and 1PM, and the cost is $25 per person. You must…MUST…call in advance to purchase your tickets. At Tuckerton Seaport, it’s the Bluegrass & Barbecue Festival from 11AM to 5PM. And on Main Street in Marlton it is the Taste of Evesham from 1PM to 4PM. The cost is $15 per person with beer sampling and $10 without sampling.

If you care to venture out of South Jersey…

Philly is the place to be yet again! So much to choose from this weekend; I’ll pick three:

The Italian market on 9th Street is having its Street Festival this weekend. I don’t even want to think about how good this will be.

How about a Sunday river cruise with wine? Check out the Philadelphia Vino Voyage.

Want to drink some beer and tour historical cemeteries? Take a look at Beer Baron to Homebrewers: Tour the Past. Taste the Present. Learn about brewers in history as you sample Flying Fish beers. The tour is on Saturday from 1PM to 4PM, and the cost is $25. You must purchase your ticket in advance.

Here’s your cooking class schedule for the weekend:

Friday: Girls’ Night Out: In Rome at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City.

Saturday: Dia Doce Cupcakes and Indulgent Italy at Sur La Table in Marlton, Best of Class: Sushi Maki and Steakhouse Workshop at Viking Cooking School, and Date Night: Grilled Tapas at The Culinary Arts Center at Burlington County College in Mount Holly.

Sunday: Sushi Workshop and Elegant Spring Dinner Party at Viking Cooking School, and Cooking at College at The Culinary Arts Center at Burlington County College,


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