Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Harvest Treats for Food and Wine Lovers

By Brianne Harrison

It’s just about harvest time in New Jersey, and food and wine lovers will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate autumnal abundance this weekend.

Starting on Saturday, Sept. 19 and running through the 27 is the 13th Annual Cape May Food & Wine Festival. This week-long foodie’s delight will feature a Gourmet Marketplace at the Cape May Winery, a chef’s cook-off, People’s Choice Chowder Contest, a beer-tasting dinner, cooking lessons, and, of course, meals and special offers at the area’s best restaurants. While you’re in the area, you can swing by the Carriage House Tearoom & Café at the Emlen Physick Estate for the Cape May Harvest Food & Wine Tasting on Saturday. The café will be serving a sampling dinner inspired by local products, co-sponsored by the Seaside Cheese Company and Cape May Winery. Representatives from both companies will be available to discuss their offerings and appropriate pairings. The four-course dinner will start with hors d’oeuvers and will be paired with wines from Cape May Winery.

If you like to have a little entertainment with your wine, Valenzano Winery is hosting WineFest, the state’s largest blues, jazz, and wine festival this Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy live entertainment, wine and cheese tastings, and helicopter rides over the pine barrens. Some of the top crafters from around the state will also be there, so you can get a nice head start on your holiday shopping. For more information, visit localwineevents.com or call 609.268.6731.

Love a good craft beer? Trump Marina invites beer lovers to toast the end of summer at their Craft Beer Fest on Saturday. A $25 ticket allows you to sample featured beers like Jack’s Pumpkin Spice, Victory Fest Beir, Magic Hat #9, and offerings from 25 micro-brews. Send the summer of ’09 off in style as you enjoy live music, good beer, and delicious food.

Those looking to give back as they dine out have three upcoming events to choose from. From September 20 to the 26, The Bernards Inn will participate in the Great American Dine Out. A portion of the inn’s proceeds from this period will go to Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending childhood hunger in America.

Head to the Renaissance Plaza in Flemington on September 21 for The Culinary Affair, an evening of wine, beer, entertainment, and delicious food from restaurants in Hunterdon, Somerset, and Warren counties. This event benefits the Hunterdon Hospice and Visiting Health and Supportive services.

Finally, the Women on the Move luncheon will take place September 22 at Dogwood Hills Farm in Locust. This luncheon raises money for the New Jersey Chapter of the National MS Society. To learn more, call 732.660.1005 or visit nationalMSSociety.org/NJM.

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