South Jersey Nibble: Jersey Fresh Wine Festival in Columbus on September 26th and 27th

Jersey Fresh Wine FestivalThere’s nary a weekend where there isn’t a beer or a wine festival going on in South Jersey these days. And that’s a good thing, because it gives you ample opportunity to sample what our little region is producing these days (which keeps getting better). This weekend, at the relatively-new Burlington County Fairgrounds in Columbus, the Jersey Fresh Wine Festival will be holding sway.

How many wineries will be there? Eleven, according to the information provided. And the majority of them will be from the South Jersey region: Amalthea, Chestnut Run, DiMatteo, Plagido’s, Sharrott, Tomasello, Valenzano and Wagonhouse.

A number of food vendors will be there for the weekend, including Brother Bear BBQ. Farms and other artisan vendors will be on site as well, including Hank Sauce and Hlubik Farms.

The festival will be open from 12PM to 5PM on Saturday and Sunday, and tickets are $25 if you buy them in person. Online you can purchase tickets for $20.

South Jersey Nibble: Dine Out for Hunger on September 15th

We all, in some way or another, like to be helpful. We also have our regularly-scheduled obligations that need daily attention. Sometimes, these two factions can try to pull us in two different directions.

But what if we could work on both at the same time? And by work, I mean enjoy a meal? After all, we all have to eat, so why not eat and help out those who are struggling to feed themselves.

Dine Out for Hunger

Tomorrow is the Food Bank of South Jersey’s Dine Out for Hunger event, and restaurants throughout Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties are participating. To see the list of restaurants, click here to go to the Dine Out for Hunger page. And then tomorrow, all you have to do is:

  1. Go to the restaurant of your choice.
  2. Let your server know you are “dining out for hunger.”
  3. Enjoy your meal.

Each participating restaurant will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Food Bank of South Jersey.

So go out tomorrow, enjoy a night at one of our many fine dining establishments, and be of service to others who need some help. People are still hurting – there still a need.

Five Nibbles for the Weekend: Savor. Latino. Heritage. Sea. Beach.

* Stone Harbor is holding its annual celebration of food, wine and beer this Saturday. Savor September will be happening on 96th Street from 12PM to 8PM, and there is no admission fee. Stomp some grapes. Sample wines and beers. And, be still my beating heart, there will be a cheesesteak competition.

* Lake Terrace in Lakewood will be the place for the first annual Garden State Latino Cultural Festival. The festival will be on Saturday from 11AM to 5PM. Food, music and dance will be celebrated from Mexico, Central and South America.

* If you can’t make it to Lakewood, the Burlington County Ampitheater in Westampton will once again be the location for Hispanic Heritage Festival on Saturday from 3:30PM to 8PM.

* The Festival of the Sea returns to Point Pleasant Beach this Saturday. It has become a huge event, and a favorite of those who love their seafood. Taste food items prepared by the twenty-five area restaurants that will be part of the festivities.

* All this activity for Saturday is all well and good, but what about Sunday? Chef Mike’s ABG is throwing an Endless Summer Beach Party from 2PM to 6PM. Chefs from the area will be seving up some tasty nibbles, and they will be joined by local wineries and brews. Tickets for the event are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.