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Delicious Weekend

August 16, 2011

By Brianne Harrison Moore

Need a snack break? Whether you’re a seafood fanatic, a wine lover, or a dedicated locavore, there’s something happening this weekend that’s sure to satisfy.

On August 20, the EARTH Center in South Brunswick is throwing open its doors for Garden Field Day. Spend the day touring the gardens, tasting Jersey Fresh produce, and learning more about how the EARTH Center is educating Middlesex residents. Bring your gardening questions and have them answered by experts, and if you’re feeling generous, bring something to donate to Middlesex County’s Emergency Food Distribution Network. The event runs from 1-5 p.m. at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. For more information, visit co.middlesex.nj.us/extensionservices

What’s more evocative of a summer at the shore than crab cakes? On Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21. Monmouth Park will host the New Jersey Crab Cake Festival and Shore Cook-Off. Watch local chefs compete for the best crab cake award, and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. Taste classic dishes, like catfish and clam chowder from favorite local restaurants while enjoying live entertainment and thoroughbred racing. The cook off will be held at Monmouth Park Racetrack. 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport. Visit monmouthpark.com for more information.

Those looking for a laid-back way to help a good cause should head to Natali Vineyards on Sunday for their Blues & Salsa Fundraiser. The $25 admission includes access to food vendors, a complimentary wine tasting, and a concert featuring Mamabo Machine and The Jeffhouse Blues Band. Proceeds from the event will benefit Center for Community Arts’ volunteer-run radio station, WCFA, which broadcasts jazz and community-generated programming to Cape May listeners. The concert starts at 3 p.m. at Natali Vineyards, 221 N. Delsea Dr., Cape May Court House. Visit wcfa.org for more information.

And finally, the weekend wraps up with a Sustenance on the Farm Dinner at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morristown. Take a horse-drawn tour of the farm followed by a dinner highlighting the farm’s heirloom vegetables and grass-fed meat and poultry, prepared by Chef Andrea Carbine, owner of A Toute Heure in Cranford. Cabin Jazz All-Stars will perform throughout the meal, and proceeds benefit Slow Food Northern New Jersey. The dinner is $155 per person and will start at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 21 at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Rd., Morristown. Visit sustenanceevents.com for more information.

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