South Jersey Nibble: Elktoberfest in Forked River on September 27th

It’s a rare treat to be able to talk about a food event in my own neck of the woods, but here goes:


This Sunday is the first annual Elktoberfest, hosted by the Lacey Elks (Get it? Elktoberfest? Elks?). The traditional German food for the event is being provided by the Forked River Butcher Shop, AKA The German Butcher, AKA “The Best of the Wurst” (their joke, not mine). Bad jokes aside, we have made many a journey to The German Butcher and can almost guarantee that the lineup of bratwurst, sauerbraten, spaetzle and other treats will be wonderful.

Music for the event is being provided by two bands, one of which is Polkadelphia who call themselves the #1 polka band in Philly. They say that they take Beatle and Radiohead songs and polka-itze them. Could be brilliant. Also entertaining the folks will be Bernie’s Orchestra, which also has an accordian player – so I would expect some more polka music out of them as well.

Elktoberfest will run from 11AM to 7PM.


South Jersey Nibble: 410 Bank Street in Cape May Having Restaurant and Customer Appreciation Weeks

IMG_5453 (3)Just over thirty years old and still well-regarded, 410 Bank Street in Cape May is having special dining weeks during the early fall season. The restaurant is having two separate restaurant weeks, with a three-course prix fixe menus for $35. Week one was last week, but you can still take part in the second week, which will run until September 26.

After this week, 410 Bank Street will have two weeks of Customer Appreciation (September 27 to October 1 and October 4 to October 8). Diners will receive a free amuse-bouche as part of their meal.

Then on October 10, it is a special Mardi Gras celebration with oysters, filet mignon and complimentary masks and beads.

410 Bank Street will have its last night of the 2015 season on October 25.


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).