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Harvest Season

September 21, 2010

By Brianne Harrison

Happy fall! It’s time to put the hot summer behind us and revel in autumnal splendor. Fall fun and seasonal goodies are at the center of many of this weekend’s festivals.

Tewksbury will celebrate its 12th annual Harvest Festival on Saturday with pony and hay rides, hot air balloons, a classic car show, a petting zoo, face and pumpkin painting, a homemade pie contest, craft vendors, and more. Dance to live music from the Bonnie Boland Band and check out some of the fun events. Admission is $20 per car and includes a coupon for door prizes. Proceeds benefit the Tewksbury Rescue Squad and the Tewksbury Library. The festival will run from 12 to 5 p.m. at Christie Hoffman Farm Park at 108 Fairmount Rd. West.

For the oenophiles out there—this weekend boasts three wine festivals for you to choose from. On Saturday, Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes will host a Harvest Boot Camp, which will start with a continental breakfast and move on to grape harvesting and crushing, followed by lunch and a wine tasting. The event is $25 per person; call 908.788.0400 to reserve your spot.

Also on Saturday is the “Wine for Wildlife—Rock for Refuge” Wine Festival at Natali Vineyards in Cape May Court House. Ten dollars gets you a glass of wine, a vineyard tour, and a chance to enjoy some live music, food, and a raffle. Funds raised from the event will support Gulf Coast volunteer groups as they continue to monitor, protect, and restore wildlife habitats impacted by the oil spill. Visit for more info.

All weekend long, Alba Vineyard will be hosting its Annual Harvest Weekend Wine Festival. Sample wines from around the world and take a tour of the vineyard, a hot air balloon ride, or a cruise in a carriage. The festival will also feature local bands and activities for children. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door; children are free. Proceeds benefit NORWESCAP and The ARC of Warren County.

Last, but most assuredly not least, is Stone House at Stirling Ridge’s Farm Dinner, a harvest repast that will feature some of the finest foods local producers and Stone House’s own garden can provide. The menu includes garden vegetable soup, stuffed roast pork, sautéed bitter greens with sweet leeks, and peach crostada,, all served with Hopewell Valley Wines. A very fitting end to the summer season! To reserve your spot, call Stone House at 908.754.1222 or e-mail

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 3, 2010 12:54 pm

    Thanks! great post , Jack

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