Eating, Drinking and Cooking in South Jersey This Weekend (10/5-7)

They’re at it again down in Cape May. Once again, there’s a big festival weekend going on there, and it includes a number of exciting food events. This time, it’s the Victorian Weekend from October 5 to 9, and if you want to get all gussied up in your best Victorian duds, by all means do so. If you like chocolate, beer, champagne, wine, or all of the above, there’s an event just for you:

* Gary Monterosso is back doing his beer tasting thing, and this time he’s bringing chocolate, too! The Inn at Cape May will be having a Beer & Chocolate Tasting, hosted by Gary, on Saturday from 2PM to 4PM.

* Saturday is also the day for the Chocolate Championship Tour and Tasting, where you get to view some Victorian splendor and taste some chocolate splendor as well.

* Fudge Kitchen will indulge you with a Fudge Fantasy this Sunday from 2PM to 3:30PM at The Inn at Cape May.

* Before you go comatose with fudge, how about a pleasant Champagne Brunch Walk at 10AM on Sunday? Mimosas and a Southern cooking at The Chalfonte Hotel will await your arrival.

* And don’t forget the wine tours going on at the Cape May Winery!

Enough for you this weekend? And that’s just Cape May! Cast your eyes toward what else if going on this weekend…

Big festivals: we got ’em.

The Agora Greek Food & Wine Festival at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill has been going on since Thursday and won’t stop until Sunday. The Deerfield Township Harvest Festival started today and also runs through Sunday. There will be a dessert baking challenge on Saturday. Seaside Heights is having their annual Italian Street Festival on Grant Avenue through Sunday. At Historic Smithville, it’s their annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday and Sunday. On both days you will also have the Wine Festival at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry as well as the Cranberry Festival on Farnsworth Avenue in Bordentown. And from Saturday to Monday, it’s the Indian Summer Weekend at Ocean City.

For great one-day festivals, you have the very unique Lima Bean Festival at Wilbraham Park in West Cape May on Saturday from 9AM to 5PM. Avalon is throwing their Seafood Festival starting at 10AM. At Kix McNutlety’s in Sea Isle City, it’s their annual Italian Festival from 10AM to 5PM. If you don’t like the seafood in Avalon, wait an hour then head to Wildwood for their Seafood and Music Festival on Atlantic Avenue from 11AM to 7PM.

The Resurrection Parish in Delran is having its annual Fall Festival, which features the cooking stylings of their famous Polish Kitchen, on Saturday from 12PM to 8PM. Sunday is also the day for the Pig Roast at Whiting Volunteer Fire Company (hello, Whiting!) as well as the Crab Fest at Verga Fire Company in West Deptford (hello, West Deptford!). Uncle Dewey’s in Mitzpah (hello, Mitzpah!) is having its own Pig Roast from 2PM to 6PM on Saturday as well. And finally on Saturday, quench your thirst with Oktoberfest at Ironstone Village in Medford, OR, check out the Oktoberfest event being put together on Saturday by Gerard’s and Hickory Hog in Point Pleasant.

On Sunday, it’s a Grape Stomping “Wurst” Festival at Renault Winery Resort and Golf in Egg Harbor City.

And don’t forget: on Monday, it’s the opening of Jim’s Lunch in Milville!

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

It’s a Pumpkin Smash at City Tap House in Philly on Sunday from 1PM to 6PM. 25, count ’em, 25 pumpkin beers on tap, and a pumpkin eating contest to boot.

Here’s your cooking class schedule for this weekend:

Saturday: Fall Cocktail Party at Sur La Table in Marlton, Date Night at The Culinary Arts Center at Burlington County College in Mount Holly, and an Italian Seafood Dinner at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City.

Sunday: Basic Knife Skills at The Culinary Arts Center at Burlington County College, Southern Specialties from the hit movie “The Help” at Viking Cooking School, Gnocchi Workshop at Sur La Table,  Kids in the Kitchen: The Cupcake Corner at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown, and Fundamentals of Baking I at The Culinary Arts Center at Burlington County College that runs through October 28.

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