Eating, Drinking and Cooking in South Jersey This Weekend (8/24-26)

You like crabs?

Oh, that was weak. Let me hear you…

DO YOU LIKE CRABS!?!?!?!?!

Much better. Now, while my hearing returns to normal, let me tell you about a couple of crab shindigs.

Saturday is the Cohansey RiverFest and Bridgeton Crabfest at Riverfront Park on Commerce Street in Bridgeton. It’s not just for the crab dinners (which they will have), or the beer garden (which will be there). This year there will be a series of cooking classes taking place throughout the day. This is part of the Heritage Cooking series that actually starts on Friday at the Bridgeton Outdoor Market. Even Mayor Albert Kelly is going to get into the act on Saturday with his own cooking demo. The festival runs from 10AM to 8PM, and admission is free – but it will be $12 for a crab dinner.

For more crabs, there’s the Claudia’s Crab Fest & Reunion on Sunday from 4PM to 8PM at the Margate Log Cabin. This is the annual fundraiser for The Claudia Fund, which benefits brain cancer research.

Friday is the 8th Anniversary of the opening of High Street Grill in Mount Holly, and what a better way to celebrate than to have an…8th Anniversary Beer Dinner! Where did they come up with the name? Anyways, the celebration starts at 7PM, the cost for dinner is $75 per person, and you need to reserve in advance. If you happen to be in Mount Holly around 7PM and you can’t get to the Anniversary Dinner, just head on over to the Mount Holly Library and Lyceum for a tomato tasting that cost only $5.

Friday is also the first day of the three-day Jersey Farm Restaurant Week being held at Finish Line Pub at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville. The food celebration of all things local is only $30 per person.

Moving on to Saturday (and right now I would love to move on to Saturday), it’s the annual Sunset Soiree at Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor and the Peach Festival at Malaga Camp in Newfield. Saturday is also the first of two days for the Chocolate and Vanilla Family Festival at the Camden Children’s Garden.

Sunday is stomping time; Grape Stomping Festival time, that is, at Renault Winery Resort and Golf in Egg Harbor City. It’s also the start of Wildwood Restaurant Week, and yes – they do have their restaurant week twice each year. During Restaurant Week, which runs through August 31, you can enjoy a 4-courses meal for $30. You could also choose to not enjoy the 4-course meal, but just remember that nobody likes a sourpuss.

If you plan to venture out of South Jersey this weekend…

How about a tour of Jackson Heights’ Little India on Sunday? Sounds like fun to me.

Here’s your cooking class schedule for the weekend:

Friday: Kids Can Cook (for kids ages 4 to 6) at Pinelands Library in Medford, Cooking Class at In The Kitchen Cooking School in Haddonfield, Tim Love’s Urban Western Steakhouse at Sur La Table in Marlton, and Date Night: Playing With Fire at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City.

Saturday: Late Summer Canning & Preserving Workshop at Sur La Table and French Steakhouse at Viking Cooking School.

Sunday: Gourmet Pizza on the Grill at Sur La Table.

And as always, you can see what’s happening in food events and cooking classes on our Food & Wine Events page and Cooking Classes page.

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