First off, it’s next weekend, so if you’re thinking about going…start making your plans already!
Heh heh. Just having some fun. But really, the festivities are taking place next week, so let’s take a look at what you should know about this year’s version of the big boffo foodie event:
#1: It’s no longer a Food Network-only event
Not seeing the familiar circular logo of Food Network in the Food & Wine Festival displays? That’s because it’s no longer Food Network’s party to throw. There will be plenty of FN and Cooking Channel stars on display, including Paula Deen, Tyler Florence, Anne Burrell and Nadia G, but you also have Andrew Zimmern and The Cake Boss himself, Buddy Valastro. There will also be plenty of local chef talent on display. Check out all the personalities here.
#2: The cooking classes are filling up quickly
A number of the chefs will be holding cooking classes at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s, and many of the classes are already sold out. So don’t go next weekend thinking you’re going to get in to one – buy your tickets now!
#3: Jersey brews will get their due
Our own Gary Monterosso is hosting a New Jersey says “Drink My Beer” event Friday night from 10PM to midnight that will be fun and informative. He might not be as easy on the eyes as Nadia G, but his beer knowledge will more than make up for it. And then on Saturday, the Blues, Brews & BBO event will also feature Jersey beers.
#4: Meat Loaf is playing at The House of Blues
Of course he is. No truth to the rumors that Salt ‘n Pepa and Bob Mould’s band Sugar are making appearances as well.
#5: Wine lovers will like this year’s events as well
It seems like the Food & Wine Festival have beefed up their selections for wine tastings this year. Check the schedule to see which ones appeal to you.
#6: Enjoy yourself
It’s supposed to be fun, so have a good time! We will be there doing our press thing, and if you see us say hello.
Free wine with dinner? Now through the end of August, Ralic’s Steakhouse in Haddonfield is offering Free Winesdays.
A new eatery will try to help Audubon’s downtown revival – and it’s located where the last restaurant tried to help the town’s revival.
Here’s the Farmers’ Market Report
Jersey tomatoes are here! Picked some up at Red Top Farm Market in Vincentown earlier in the week, and Lisa got some lovely ones at our farmers’ market in town. Corn is still in good supply, and peaches are ripe and ready to go.
Blogging Out Hunger
Sister Jean’s Kitchen in Atlantic City is getting some much needed repairs.
And in other food news this week…
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program in schools will be expanded for the upcoming school year.
A very nice honor was bestowed by the state to William S. Haines, Jr, cranberry bog keeper extraordinaire.
If you’re looking to build a pizza parlor, be careful who you give your money to…like not this guy.
And a really sad note: The Tortilla Press lost one of their employees in an apparent murder/suicide incident. Say a prayer for the family of Michelle Johnson as well as the Tortilla Press family.