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: The Makers Festival in Manahawkin on September 19th

Love this graphic from Bunkerfish!

Love this graphic from Bunkerfish!

The summer season is over, and the locals along the shore are coming out of their bunkers and enjoying the still-warm weather. It seems altogether fitting and proper that a celebration of all things locally handcrafted would be taking place now. It is the first annual Makers Festival, and it will be held this Saturday from 10AM to 6PM at Beach View Farms in Manahawkin.

For those with a thing for art, clothing, jewelry, and other homemade crafts, the lineup of vendors looks intriguing. By last count, there will be over sixty handmade vendors and at least five vintage vendors (the vendors may not be vintage themselves, but their items are). There will also be handcrafted music, as seven different bands will be playing live throughout the event – hopefully not all at the same time.

But this a food site, so we gotta talk about the handmade viands that will be available for your eating pleasure. The Schwee Tea Co. will be bringing its smoothies and vegetarian/vegan cooking skills, along with LBI’s Living on the Veg restaurant. El Swell is now closed for the summer, but you get one more shot at sampling their Mexican fare on Saturday. The WooHoo (and how could you not like a place with this moniker), fresh off their first summer season on the island, will be on hand to serve up their fun take on burgers, sammies, salads and other nibbles. And yoga teacher Crystal Dawn Froberg will be making organic vegan sweet treats under her Passion Flour heading (she will also be offering yoga classes during the event, making her a dual threat).

If that wasn’t enough for you, you have to go to the Makers Festival website and check out the Rustic Drift Biergarten. It is one of a kind, and it makes its debut on Saturday. Just go look…I’ll wait…

(drumming a bit on the desk…humming…)

Cool, right?

On tap at the Biergarten will be Pinelands Brewing, Tuckahoe Brewing, Forgotten Boardwalk and Flying Fish, as well as Angry Orchard and The Traveler Beer Co.

Since Beach View Farms is a real working farm, there will guided farm tours at 11AM, 2PM and 4PM. You can sign up for tours online or in person at the event.

The festival is free to attend, but there is a $10 charge for the Biergarten (but you get a glass and one free beer).

The Mac n Beer Is Here in Collingswood

Hey there everyone…the mac is back! And it brought its friend beer, too!

For those who attended the Mac-Off events in Collingswood Mac Beer for FB twittera few years ago, you know how madly popular they were.

How popular were they?

So popular that the event kept moving to a larger space. The last location used, the Scottish Rite Ballroom, will be the first location for the new version of this event. This time around, not only will you be able to sample mac and cheese creations from a number of South Jersey’s top restaurants (Tortilla Press, IndeBlue, and Blueplate – just to name a few), but you will be able to pair them with local brews. Flying Fish will be the main beer component, but look for other Jersey micros as well.

So here are the details: The Mac n Beer Is Here! will be taking place on Thursday, April 23 from 5PM to 9PM. Tickets are $35 a piece, and it is highly recommended that you buy them ahead of time. A limited amount of tickets will be available at the door. Unlike previous Mac-Offs, this is a 21 and over event (no kids, please). The proceeds will benefit Collingswood Foundation for the Arts and Crossroads Programs.