Eating, Drinking and Cooking in South Jersey This Weekend: The Cinco de Mayo Edition (5/3-5)


Seems like only a year ago it was Cinco de Mayo time.

Once again, it’s time to dust off your sombreros and drink heartily. And, just maybe, fit in some Mexican taste treats as well. Can I offer some suggestions? Thanks.

All this weekend is going to be a Cinco de Mayo Weekend Festival at La Esperanza in Lindenwold. The, food, the music and the firewater will be flowing. Festivities include a midnight toast on Saturday and a fiesta on Sunday.

Big Wave Burritos in Cape May will be throwing a Cinco de Mayo Party on Friday starting at 5PM. In addition to the fun and food, there will be a big wave burrito challenge. FYI – it’s a very big burrito.

Saturday is the 2nd annual Cinco de Mayo celebration at Landis MarketPlace in Vineland from 12PM to 6PM. And with Las Lomas involved in the food being served, you know it’s going to be good.

On Saturday and Sunday, Bellview Winery in Landisville will be holding their annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration from 11AM to 5PM. They will have sangria to sample, along with food from Casona in Collingswood and sweets from The Sweet Life Bakery in Vineland.

On Sunday, you got many choices. Los Amigos in Atlantic City gets things started at 11:30AM with their Cinco de Mayo Celebration, which will have all the food, drink and music you can handle. Hemingway’s in Cape May will be seving up the tacos and tequila for just $10 at their Cinco de Mayo Party starting at 12PM. On Laurel Street in Bridgeton, there will be a Cinco de Mayo Culture Festival from 1PM to 8PM. And then Chef Anthony Micari at The Ebbitt Room in Cape May will have a special Cinco de Mayo dinner for $75 a person. Having recently sampled Chef Anthony’s handiwork (more on that at a later date), expect really good things there.

If none of these appeal, you can always just go to your local mom and pop Mexican joint and devour some ethnic fare cooked with love.

And if that doesn’t appeal, I give you the stink eye and offer these other options for the weekend…

You like oysters? Tall ships? Burlington? Combine your passioin for all three with the Oysters Overboard and Sail on the AJ Meerwald at Cafe Gallery. You can sail on the AJ Meerwald at 3PM, then it’s dinner from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. At the Adventure Aquarium in Camden it’s a Wine Tasting Experience fundraiser for the South Jersey Eye Center from 7PM to 10PM. The cost is $85 per person. If you like you wine on the Jersey side, it’s a Wine Dinner – Keeping It Local at The Mad Batter in Cape May. Dinner is at 7:30PM.

A fine mix of events will be enticing you this Saturday. Ocean City has its annual Spring Block Party on Asbury Avenue from 9AM to 5PM. At 12PM, it’s the reborn Toms River Food Fest on Washington Street. Both events are free for admission. New this year, and not free, is the Wine Festival on the Battleship – the Battleship New Jersey in Camden to be more precise. Plenty of South Jersey vino will be available. Out in Pennsville, Obis One will be conducting tours of their farm from 12PM to 4PM. Two things ot know about Obis One: they grow organic black garlic and the farm has been a working farm since 1670. Not impressed? Well…what were you doing in 1670? I thought so. After your fram tour, wander on over to the Salem Friends Meeting House Annex on East Broadway for the annual Salem Friends Pot Pie Dinner. Seatings are at 4PM, 5PM, 6PM and 7PM.

Saturday is also the opening day for two South Jersey food icons: the Collingswood Farmers’ Market and Uncle Dewey’s Outdoor Barbecue Pavilion in Mitzpah.

Saturday and Sunday is the Do AC Boardwalk Wine Promenade. 150 wines served at seven locations along the Boardwalk. Sounds like a plan to me. The cost to sample is $85 per person.

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

It’s Maifest at Brauhaus Schmidtz in Philly on Saturday from 12PM to 8PM. Maifest answers the gastronomic question: why wait for Oktoberfest?

Here is your cooking class schedule for the weekend:

Friday: Cinco de Mayo and Classic Steakhouse at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City,  An Evening in Thailand at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, and Date Night: Cocktail Party at Sur la Table in Marlton.

Saturday: Souffles Mastered, Sushi 101 and Restaurant Secrets: Perfect Fish at Sur la Table, Best of Class: Italian-Inspired Dinner at Viking Cooking School, and Springtime Crepes at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Sunday: Cinco de Mayo and Elegant Spring Dinner Party at Viking Cooking School, and Mother’s Day Macarons at Sur la Table.



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