Eating, Drinking and Cooking in South Jersey This Weekend: Father’s Day 2013 Edition

Sunday is Dad’s Day, and being a Dad IMG_2857I feel like I can speak on this subject. The best thing about Father’s Day is not that we get one day of recognition for the year; it’s that we get reminded by a larger group of people how wonderful it is to be a father – and sometimes we forget that. Thank you Julian, and thank you Lizzie, for giving me this wonderful gift. I am truly blessed.

We Dads get special dinners on Father’s Day as well, and every restaurant will be doing something special. Here’s just a few ideas…

The Tortilla Press in Collingswood will be having brunch specials and all-day options for Dad. Real men don’t eat quiche? They would if it was a Collingswood Farmers’ Market quiche. If not, you got your steak and eggs and don’t have to feel that you manhood will be challenged.

For the casual Dad, Ponzio’s in Cherry Hill will be having three days of specials for Dad. You get your soup or salad, entree, two veggies and dessert for $25.99 per person. Snapper soup? I’d be all over that action. Or, maybe Dad wants to be outside for a Father’s Day Barbecue, such as the one being thrown at Bellview Winery from 11AM to 5PM.

For the Dad that likes a little schwank, you have The Madison in Riverside. They will be serving their Father’s Day dinner on Sunday from 2PM to 7PM. Or, perhaps, you want the elegance of Ram’s Head Inn in Galloway, which will be having a three-course prix fixe meal for $29.95.

IndeBlue in Collingswood will be having a special Father’s Day brunch from 11:30AM to 3PM. Enjoy three courses, and a complemntary beer. Free beer? Nice.

Speaking of beer, Iron Hill in Maple Shade is giving dads four courses with four beers for $50 on Sunday from 12PM to 2PM. Four beers? Nice.

Not so much into the beer? OK – how about a Bloody Mary? Get a complimentary one with your steak and eggs breakfast at Robin’s Nest in Mount Holly.

And finally, check out the special Father’s Day menu being offered at Blackbird and West Side Gravy in Collingswood for brunch. Brunch will be served from 10AM to 2PM.

Other stuff going this weekend? Heh heh – there’s always other stuff!

Blueberries already? Yep. It’s a Blueberry Festival this weekend at Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford. Join them Friday and Saturday from 3PM to 8PM. Friday is also the beginning of the three-day LBI Thank You Fest all  around Long Beach Island.

The Somers Point Fire Company will be the place this Saturday for a Jersey Gumbo Cook Off and Musicfest, which will run all day and cost you $20 a person. The cook off will involve over 20 different area chefs making their rad gumbos.

There will be a Tea Tasting on Saturday at the Tea Corner Square inside the Swainton Station Gift Store. The tasting will be from 10AM to 12PM.

Cape May will have its annual Harbor Fest along Delaware Avenue from 10AM to 5PM. Pleanty of seafood, and a beer garden, will be enjoyed.

Up in Jackson, it’s the return of the Brew Haha Craft Beer Festival at Six Flags Great Adventure from 4:30PM to 8PM. The cost is $50 per person, and $40 for season pass holders.

Ice House Wildwood is back with its Wine Festival at Ice House, which will take place on Saturday from 6PM to 9PM. The cots is $25 per person.

And…Sunday is the beginning of Wildwood Restaurant Week, which will run through June 21. They’re offering four courses for $30.

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

…don’t try to get a reservation for the final day of Le Bec Fin in Philly this Saturday. They’re booked solid.

Here’s your cooking class schedule for the weekend:

Friday: New York Steakhouse at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City.

Saturday: Courtyard Cocktail Party and Best of Class: Grilling at Viking Cooking School, and Cooking for Two – Date Night at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Sunday: Celebration Brunch and Grilling Fish at Viking Cooking School.


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