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Fall Flavors

September 20, 2011

By Brianne Harrison Moore

The weather’s getting cooler and generally more bearable, and harvest time is just beginning, which means this is the perfect weekend to enjoy some food and wine festivals all over the state.

Starting down south, Cape May is hosting its annual Food and Wine Celebration through September 25. This weekend’s events include winery tours and tastings, a Fisherman’s Wharf tour, Scotch tasting dinner, and classes at the Cape May Wine School. While you’re sampling, check out the Cape May Forum Chatauqua at the Shore, which is hosting a series of food-related events exploring the politics of food in the 21st century. For more information on the Food and Wine Celebration, visit capemaymac.org. For more info on the forum, call 609.770.2626 or visit capemayforum.org.

In Central New Jersey, Natirar Enterprises and HauteLife are hosting Meet at Natirar on September 23 and 24. For two days the 500-acre estate will be given over to a social and epicurian experience that kicks off with Table at the Farm, a chef’s dinner set in The Farm at Natirar and featuring a menu created and executed by renowned chefs. For tickets and information, call 212.684.1955 or e-mail info@meetatnatirar.com.

Enjoy wines from six of the state’s finest vineyards at the Grand Harvest Festival on September 24 and 25. The event, which raises money for NORWESCAP and The ARC, will be held at Alba Vineyard in Milford and will feature wine tastings, food, vendors, kids’ activities, live music, vineyard tours, and tethered hot air balloon rides. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Visit albavineyard.com for more info.

Heading north, Howling Wolf Farm will teach you how to forage for food during their Foraging for Life lesson on September 23. Learn how wild foods can become a part of your meals and even your medicines. Cost is $20 per person and no RSVP is necessary. Please arrive at 2:45 to prepare. The event will take place at the Farm located at 25 Swayze Mill Rd. in Blairstown.

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