Eating, Drinking and Cooking in South Jersey This Weekend (9/7-9)

And just like that, it’s time for fall to change the festivals and events about which we can talk. No more strawberry and blueberry fun; it’s now time for Jersey apples to take center stage.

Two apple festivals are taking place this weekend. Let’s start down in Mullica Hill, shall we? (As if I’m giving you A choice. This is my trip and you’re just along for the ride MWAHAHAHAHAHA! Sorry.) It’s the annual Apple Festival at Mood’s Farm Market from 10AM to 4PM. They will serving up apple cider donuts as well as having a donut eating contest. Even though I’m not in favor of eating contests on the whole, eating a lot of apple cider donuts has some appeal. Admission is free, by the way.

On Saturday and Sunday, Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford is having its Apple of My Eye Festival. Apple picking, hayrides, food and music are on the bill…along with pumpkins! Geez, we’re already talking pumpkins. Wow. Admission is free, by the way.

For the rest of what’s going on this weekend, it’s just a cavalcade of culinary and cultural cacophony and stuff. Get your biker shorts and helmets on for the South Jersey Tour des Farms bike ride starting at 8AM on Saturday at the Jack Allen Memorial Early Country Living Museum on Landing Road, in Vincentown. Admission is not free, by the way – it’s $50 per person and $80 per couple. The annual Wood Street Fair in Burlington runs from 9AM to 4PM on Saturday as well, and there will be tasty baked breads and gingerbread men available. Geez, we’re already talking gingerbread men. Wow. Admission is free, by the way. Kirby’s Mill is the new location for the annual Taste of Medford food celebration, and that will also be happening on Saturday from 12PM to 3PM.

The first Oktoberfest celebration of 2012 in South Jersey will be going on at Geraghty’s Pub & Restaurant in Burlington this Saturday. Sessions are $30 a person and will be happening from 1PM to 3PM and 3PM to 5PM. So just grab some gingerbread men at the Wood Street Fair and then head on over for some brews. Geez, we’re already talking Oktoberfest…well, OK, it actually does start in September. More Oktoberfest celebrations are coming, and we will be posting about that soon.

Saturday and Sunday will be smokin’ in Mount Holly. It’s their annual BBQ & Blues in the Park held at the Municipal parking lot. The event is from 11AM to 5PM both days.

And then on Sunday, it’s a celebration of seafood, wine and beach plums. Beach plums? Yes – you heard me, so knock it off until we get to where we’re going (remember, it’s my trip).

If you like your seafood in the great outdoor by the sea, you have the Seafood in Seaside Seafood Festival on Grant Avenue in soon to be “Jersey Shore”-less Seaside Heights from 10AM to 7PM. Admission is free, by the way. If you prefer your seafood in the comfort of the air-conditioned indoors, you have the Seafood Festival at The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees from 10:30AM to 1:30PM. The cost is $29.95 per person and $9.95 for kids ages 10 and under.

The wine portion of the day will be taken care of by the Biondi Santi Wine Dinner that’s being held at Caffe Aldo Lamberti in Cherry Hill. The Reception at 3:30, and dinner will be served at 4:30. The festivities are $150 per person.

And finally – the beach plums. It’s the annual Beach Plum Festival at Island Beach State Park from 9AM to 4PM.

Sunday is also the start of Kids Restaurant Week at The Tortilla Press in Collingswood. The kids have been in school a week and they’re already complaining, so take them out for a nice meal and shut ’em up. Just kidding, but do take them anyway.

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

This weekend is the big Oyster Fest in Asbury Park; beer, wine, oysters and music…that’s about all you really need in life, right?

Well, there’s meat.

And if you need some of that, you got Meatopia going on at Randall’s Island on Saturday.

Here’s your cooking class schedule for the weekend:

Friday: Date Night: Delicious Tuscan Supper at Sur La Table in Marlton and Date Night at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City.

Saturday: French Dinner Party at Viking Cooking School and Vegetarian Cooking for Non-Vegetarians at The Culinary Arts Center at Burlington County College in Mount Holly.

Sunday: Gluten-Free Baking at Sur La Table, Thai Taste Explosions at Viking Cooking School, and Kids in the Kitchen: The Cupcake Corner at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.



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