Eating, Drinking, and Cooking In South Jersey This Weekend (8/2-8/4)

So, here’s the last of the weekend roundups we will be posting directly on the site. For those of you who don’t know yet, after August 5th we go to a subscription model and will be dropping this weekly goody (along with the Sunday Edition) into the email boxes of our subscribers.

It only seems like a year ago we were saying ‘Wow – it’s August already?’ And you’d be right. The summer just zooms on by, independent of your opinion about that.


Sadly, please note that Saturday’s Summer Beerfest  at High Street Grill in Mount Holly has been cancelled. Here’s their note on Facebook this week:Due to unforeseen circumstances the Summer Beerfest has been canceled. If you have already purchased tickets please return them for a refund of your money. If you are bummed, check out our Anniversary Dinner with lots of great beers.” That very Anniversary Dinner is Friday, and features a 4-course meal (with goodies like Viking Village Scallops or Duck Confit Rillettes) paired with your choice of either Hope Family Wines, or craft beers such as Goose Island or Unibroue, all for $75 per person. You need to make a reservation to go however, so call ASAP.

If you’re a strictly a wine lover and looking for something special to do , check out this little event at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield: an educational wine tasting and appetizer pairing with wine maker Chris Cameron from Broken Earth Winery. Nibble on goodies like Pepper Seared Tuna in a Watermelon Box with Seaweed Salad and Hoisin, or mini crab and sweet corn fritters, while tasting Broken Earth wines and learning all about the wonders of the fermented grape. Begins at 5:00 p.m., cost is $39 per person, and reservations required.


At the Collingswood Farmer’s Market on Saturday, there’s a Peach Pie and Cobbler Contest beginning promptly at 10AM. And you might happen to recognize one of the judges…none other than Lisa (she’s the shorter, cuter one). Stop over and say hi, if you’re there.

Meanwhile, if you live in our neck of the woods (those woods being the Pine Barrens), this Saturday is the Lacey Shore Fest at the Lacey United Methodist Church in Forked River. The highlight of the event is the BBQ Cook Off, but there will lots of stuff going on for the whole family. The Shore Fest runs from 12PM to 4PM.

The annual Salem BBQ Fest on Main Street is back for another year. The fun begins at 8AM and goes to 4PM.

For Saturday night, you have the annual Wings ‘N Water Benefit Auction at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor. The food is provided by the Washington Inn in Cape May. The event starts at 6:30PM and tickets start at $60.


It will be a party on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City at the annual Atlantic City Puerto Rican Parade kicks off at noon. Plenty of music, dancing, and food to be had.

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

Head out to the Annual Highlands Clam Festival, a huge 4-day event (it begins today and runs until Sunday) packed with rides, music, games and lots o’clam shucking! And, incidentally, we will be filming a little segment there on Saturday for a syndicated morning TV show. And, yes, this is after Lisa’s judging stint in the morning in Collingswood…what can I say, we get around. We’ll be posting all about it next week, so stay tuned!

And here’s this week’s cooking class schedule:

Friday: Italian Grill at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City.

Saturday: Southern Specialties from the hit movie “The Help” (wonder if chocolate pie is on the menu?) and Titanic Dinner Party at Viking Cooking School.

Sunday:  Argentine Steakhouse at Viking Cooking School.


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