Eating, Drinking and Cooking in South Jersey This Weekend (10/19-21)

Wine wine wine all you want…there will be plenty to sample this weekend.

Over the past few years, there has been a considerable increase in the number of wine festivals in the South Jersey region. And that’s a good thing, as Jersey wineries get better and better. This weekend there are three two-day wine festivals that will be showcasing South Jersey wineries.

First off, how about the first annual Autumn Wine Festival at Manahawkin Lake Park on Route 9 in, well, Manahawkin. Ten of the region’s wineries will be there to sample: Amalthea, Plagido’s,  DiMatteo, Tomasello, Sharrott, Wagonhouse, Cream Ridge, Auburn Road, Coda Rossa and Renault. The festival will be from 12PM to 5PM on Saturday and Sunday, and the cost is $15 per person.

Many of these same wineries will be available to sample at the Waterfront Wine & Food Festival at Lake Lenape Park in Mays Landing. Not the first year for this festival, but still a relatively new event of the food calendar. And it’s not just wine that will be on display: there will be food to taste along with cooking demonstrations. Like the Manahwkin wine event, this will also be taking place on Saturday and Sunday from 12PM to 5PM. Admission is $25 per person and $30 per couple.

If you just want to focus on one winery, Laurita in New Egypt will be having its annual Harvest Festival from 12PM to 9PM on Saturday and 12PM to 8PM on Sunday. Admission is free.

OR, there’s the Italian Festival at Bellview Winery in Landisville from 11AM to 5PM on Saturday and Sunday for $10 a person. Yes, there will be Italian food served…as well as a game of bocce.

Arrive in Style will be having an October Wine Tour & Dinner in Cape May this Sunday starting at 11:30AM. Leaving from the Deptford Mall,  at 11:30AM, you will go to Cape May Winery, Natali Vineyards, and Jessie Creek Winery before ending up at Cucina Rosa for a three-course dinner. Tickets are $125 per person.

Here’s the rest of your weekend food fest schedule:

Saturday is quite the busy day. There’s the AppleFest at Gandy Farmstead on Tyler Road (AKA Route 616) in Greenfield, the Chili Cook-Off Contest at the First National Bank of Elmer parking lot starting at 11AM during the Harvest Festival in Elmer, Sea Isle City’s Octoberfest at Excursion Park, Meet Ilegal Mezcal, A Hand Crafted Tequila tasting at Passion Vines in Somers Point, and the annual Oyster and Ham Dinner at St Paul’s United Methodist Church in Paulsboro for $20 per person ($17 for takeout).

AND, how could one forget the two-day Chatsworth Cranberry Festival on Route 532? The festival will run from 9AM to 4PM on Saturday and Sunday, and the admission is free.

If you care to leave South Jersey this weekend…

How about the Grub Street Food Festival in NYC this Sunday, with a long and impressive list of participating eateries.

And here’s your cooking class schedule for the rest of the weekend:

Saturday: Celebrating FOOD & WINE: Easy Autumn Dinner Party at Sur La Table in Marlton, an Elegant Dinner Party at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, and Delicious Autumn Fare! at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Sunday: French Dinner Party at Viking Cooking School, Tuscan Harvest at Sur La Table, and Kids in the Kitchen: Delicious Desserts at Kitchen Kapers.

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