Eating, Drinking and Cooking in South Jersey This Weekemd (5/17-19)

Been a busy week with the prize-giving and such, so let’s get right to what’s going on this weekend…

Saturday will be quite the busy foodie day around South Jersey. The Big Teplitzky Challenge is back for another year at Teplitzky’s at The Chelsea in Atlantic City. It’s the firefighters vs the police to see who can take on the Big Teplitzky breakfast. The Indian King Tavern Museum in Haddonfield is having its 2013 Beer Tasting – 3 Cheers for 300 on Saturday as well, but you need to call to see if there are any tickets left!

The temeratures are starting to warm, but it will be chilly, erm, chili in Toms River on Saturday. It’s the New Jersey State Chili & Salsa Cookoff on Washington Street from 11AM to 5PM. Tasting kits are $7 a person, and don’t get there too late, because some of the competitors will start ot run out of chili. You have been warned.

You like outdoor bars? Roasted pig? Bowling? Well then – how about the Spring Fling at Pinsetter Bar & Bowl in Merchantville. The fun begins at 2PM. At 7PM Saturday night, enjoy the Handcrafted at Perkins Center fund raiser in Collingswood. Regional beers, sodas and spirits will available to sample. Tickets are $45 per person.

Hankering for a little local wine? You got not one, not two, but three weekend wine festivals this weekend.

Festival #1: The2013-wine-logo Glassboro Vintage South Jersey Wine Festival at Glassboro Marketplace on Rowan Boulevard is back for a second year. All of your favorite South Jersey wineries will be there. The cost to taste is $25 per person.

Festival #2: LBI has its Pour Into Summer Wine Festival going on at the Taylor Avenue Ballfield in Beach Haven for $15 a person. The festival is part of the Soar into Summer LBI Beach Opening festivities.

Festival #3: It’s the Laurita Spring Festival at Laurita Winery in New Egypt. The party goes until 9PM on Saturday and 7PM on Sunday. Admission is free.

Also happening on Saturday and Sunday is the Bordentown Street Fair along Farnsworth Avenue. The fair runs from 9AM to 4PM both days.

For Sunday, you have the kind of variety that I love about South Jersey. You got the Bluegrass & Barbecue Festival at Tuckerton Seaport, the Porch Brunch & House Tour in Collingswood (call for tickets), a Taste of Evesham along Main Street in  Marlton, and an Oyster Sail with Raw Bar on the AJ Meerwald down in Bivalve.

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

Philly has two really big festivals going on this weekend where I think you will be able to find good eats being served: the Italian Market Festival and the Asian-American Heritage Festival.

Get a taste of the Himalayas a little closer to home: a Momo Crawl is taking place on Sunday in Queens.

Here is the cooking class schedule for the weekend:

Saturday: Petite Sweet Treats, Knife Skills with Wusthof and Date Night: Spring in Tuscany at Sur la Table in Marlton, and Spring Fling Cocktail Party and Steak, Roast and Chop Workshop at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City. These will also be a special Lil Chefs cooking event at the Ocean County Mall in Toms River at 1PM.

Sunday: Croissant Workshop and Seafood Grilling Workshop at Sur la Table and Easy Summer Dinner Party at Viking Cooking School.

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