Eating, Drinking and Cooking in South Jersey This Weekend (7/27-29)

I know we just posted about the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, but it bears mentioning again. If you’re still hemming and hawing about going or not, I’d make up you mind one way or the other: many of the events are sold out already. We will be roaming around down in Atlantic City and getting in as much of the festival as we are allowed to get into with our media passes. Should be a fun time.

If you’re not going to be anywhere around Atlantic City, it’s yet another fun weekend for seafood festivals. Saturday has two events that have become very much a part of the southern shore scene: the Seafood Festival at St. Mary’s Episcopal in Stone Harbor, and the Merchants in Venice Seafood Festival in Ocean City. And once again, you don’t have to choose one or the other; do lunch in Stone harbor and dinner in Ocean City. Problem solved…and you’re welcome.

For Sunday, we go very local. Wenonah has its annual Cluck ‘N Claw at Wenonah Lake, and there is also a Clam Bake at the Moose Family Center in Paulsboro.

Your restaurant week update: Farm Fresh Collingswood Restaurant Week ends Friday, SJ Hot Chefs’ Farm to Fork Week ends Saturday, and Bordentown’s Farm to Feast Restaurant Week begins Sunday.

The Pine Barrens Festival at the Church of the Holy Eucharist in Tabernacle is going on right now (well, maybe not right now if you’re reading this at 3AM), but it will end on Saturday – regardless of when you read this.

Then you have the Gloucester County 4-H Fair and NJ Peach Festival at the 4-H Fairgrounds on Route 77 South in Mullica Hill. It’s the state’s peach celebration. If you miss this one, don’t worry: there’s plenty more where that came from in August!

And just to end the list…on Sunday, it’s the Ethnic Food Fair & Gift Auction at the Annunciation Orthodox Christian Church in Brick.

And if you care to venture out of South Jersey this weekend…

I know that we focus on food-related events here (gee, being a food website, I never noticed that before, John), but the first Catalpa Music Festival on Randall’s Island in NYC is this weekend. Along with all of the musical acts (of which there will be many), there will also be a Taste of NYC area where a number of well-known eateries will be serving the music-loving masses. Serious Eats: New York mentions a few, including Momofuku. Now really – how many music festivals have a place like Momofuku serving up food?

Here’s your cooking class schedule for the weekend:

Friday: Tame the Flame: Everyday Grilling at Sur La Table in Marlton.

Saturday: Sushi Making at the M. Allan Vogelson Regional Branch Library in Voorhees, Date Night: Sultry Summer Steakhouse at Sur La Table, and Seafood on the Grill at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Sunday: AC Food and Wine Festival: Frank Pellegrino Jr. at Viking Cooking School in Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City (still tickets available for now).

And next week, it’s the Fun Food Cooking Camp and Fun Food Baking Camp for kids at Lower Cape May Regional High School in Lower Twp.

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