7th Annual Cape May Food and Wine Festival 2003
Cape MayThe seventh annual Cape May Food and Wine Festival, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC), features five days of activities, tours and events for everyone from the novice chef to food connoisseurs. The Cape May Food and Wine Festival takes place throughout Cape May from Saturday, Sept. 20 through Thursday, Sept. 25.
The Cape May Food and Wine Festival features the Restaurant Relay Race, the Gourmet Tasting and Restaurant Tour, the Gourmet Marketplace and Peoples Choice Chowder Contest, the Festival Lobster Bake, five Chefs Dine-Arounds, Gourmet Luncheons as well as tastings, seminars and classes.
The Food and Wine Festival kicks off 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 in the Savannah Key Ballroom at the Marquis de Lafayette Hotel, 501 Beach Drive, with the Festival Lobsterbake. The Craig Bros. Lobsterbake Co. presents a seashore traditionlobsters, clams, mussels, corn on the cob, Cape May barbeque beans, watermelon and more. The cost is $45 per person, with a cash bar available. This event is limited, so reserve early.
Restaurant Relay Race
The festival continues Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on the Promenade in front of Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Drive at Stockton Place. Teams from Cape Mays restaurants will race against the clock and each other in a relay race of restaurant gamesWho can set the fastest table, fold the fanciest napkin or race through an obstacle course and deliver a cocktail without spilling a drop? The competition ends with a head-to-head match of Cape May chefs in a timed cook-off.
Gourmet Tasting and Restaurant Tour
Learn the ins and outs of fine dining Cape May-style on the Gourmet Tasting and Restaurant Tour, a three-hour self-guided tour, on Sunday, Sept. 21 from noon to 3 p.m., as more than 12 restaurants serve samples of their house specials. Admission to the tour is $20 or included in the Full Festival Package.
Eat, drink, learn and be merry from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 in the Gourmet Marketplace at Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Drive at Stockton Place. The Gourmet Marketplace will include food and beverages, samples, product information, items for purchase and the Peoples Choice Chowder Contest during which local chefs compete for the prize of best chowder. The Gourmet Marketplace will also feature Cape May Salt Oysters sample these specialty oysters grown off the coast of Cape May by Atlantic Capes Fisheries, Inc. Cape May Salts boast a taste and quality like no othersucculent, firm, salty and clean. Admission to the Marketplace is $7 in advance and $10 at the door. A Gourmet Tasting and Restaurant Tour and Marketplace combination ticket is available for $25.
The festivities continue Sunday with a Food and Wine favoritethe Chefs Dine-Arounda five-course gourmet feast, with each course served in a different Cape May restaurant. Each night features a different theme and combination of restaurants. Wine is served with each course. A free trolley shuttle between restaurants is provided. All Chefs Dine-Arounds begin and end at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.; parking is free and on site. Chefs Dine-Arounds are $100 per person. Space is very limited; reserve early.
On Monday, Sept. 22, Cape Mays restaurant professionals will be at the Isaac Smith Grove of the Cape May Winery for an evening of wonderful wines from a selection of distributors and delicious hors doeurvres catered by the Washington Inn. The Professionals Wine Tasting is a new event for the 7th annual Cape May Food and Wine Festival and is from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $30 per person.
Food and Wine Festival Gourmet Lunches are offered Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 22-24. Lunch-goers have their choice of two restaurants on each day. Lunches will feature signature dishes and are at noon. The cost is $20 per person.
Cape Mays Food and Wine Festival is more than eating and drinkingit also features the following tastings, seminars and cooking classes:
Individual tastings, seminars and cooking classes are $25. A full package for the Food and Wine Festival, which includes admission to the Gourmet Tasting and Restaurant Tour, The Gourmet Marketplace, three days of intimate classes, tastings and seminars and a limited edition cookbook containing recipes featured in this years classes, is $150.
The 7th annual Cape May Food and Wine Festival is presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) (609) 884-5404.