Eating, Drinking and Cooking in South Jersey This Weekend (4/26-28)

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Is it really spring? Like really really? We keep on getting the head fake of warmer temperature only to have Ol’ Man Winter dunking in our collective grills with a blast of cold air. Well, to that I say hack the bum and send him flying into the front row seats. (It’s the basketball playoffs, after all – when things get a bit rougher). And while he recovers, get yourself out to the Cape May Spring Festival and enjoy a number of food and drink events going on from now until May 5. The events include a special Cape May Wine Trail on Saturday from 12PM to 5:30PM, which includes tastings at Natali, Hawk Haven and Willow Creek as well as lunch at Aleathea’s at The Inn at Cape May. Next Saturday is the annual Chocolate Championship Tour and Tasting that takes you throughout the town to a number of the beautiful inns. The tasting runs from 1PM to 3PM.

Friday night is a Food Flight, and a Taste of Italy one at that, at Fitzpatrick’s Deli & Steakhouse in Somers Point. The dinner starts at 6PM and costs $50 per person. Make sure you reserve ahead of time.

Then on Saturday it’s the big boffo Somers Point Bayfest on Bay Avenue. The admission is free and the food vendors will be plentiful.

Saturday is also the day (or should I say night) of the Spring Beer Fest at Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville. The beer lineupo they will have looks impressive. The beer fest runs from 5PM to 9PM and it is $35 per person.

And all weekend long is the Pinelands Reserve Wine Trail Spring Trolley Tour, with tours at 11:30AM, 1PM and 1:30PM. The cost is $30 per person, and it is strongly suggested that you call and reserve your tickets in advance.

If you care to venture out of South Jersey…

It’s the annual Shad Fest in Lambertville this weekend!

And in Philly it’s the Craft Beer and Oyster Fest at Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House.

Here is your cooking class schedule for this weekend:

Friday: Date Night: Paris in Spring at Sur la Table in Marlton and Teens and Tweens: Asian Delights at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Saturday: Gardening 101: Secrets from an Organic Farmer at ExtraordinaryED in Collingswood, Frozen Flavors: Ice Cream & Gelato and Date Night: Wine Country Cuisine at Sur la Table, Celebration Brunch at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, Light Latin at Kitchen Kapers, and the first class of Fundamentals of Fine Cooking II at The Culinary Arts Center at Burlington County College in Mount Holly.

Sunday: Inspired by the Hit Movie Julie & Julia – Mastering French Cuisine and Date Night: In The City at Viking Cooking School, Brewing & Cooking with Coffee and Italian Family Favorites at Sur la Table, and Cupcake Corner: Under the Sea at Kitchen Kapers.

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