Cape May Food and Wine Festival

Posted 09/18/05
CAPE MAY, N.J. - The ninth annual Cape May Food and Wine Festival, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts features gourmet lunches and hands on cooking lessons this week, as well as the colorful restaurant relay race.

Sunday, September 18

  • 12:30 p.m. on the Promenade in front of Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Drive at Stockton Place, with the Restaurant Relay Race. Teams from Cape May’s fine restaurants will race against the clock and each other in a relay race of restaurant games. Cheer for your favorite servers as they attempt to set the fastest table, fold the fanciest napkin and race through an obstacle course delivering a cocktail without spilling a drop.
  • Following the Restaurant Relay Race, some of the area’s finest chefs will compete in a cook-off during which competitors receive a basket of mystery ingredients. Each chef must create a dish from these items in just 15 minutes. Special guest judges will have the pleasure of sampling the dishes and choosing the victor.
  • The Gourmet Marketplace . from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Cape May Convention Hall. Cape May’s finest restaurants, shops and other sponsors will provide food and beverages, samples, product information and items for purchase during this culinary celebration. A highlight of this event is the People’s Choice Chowder Contest, during which local chefs compete for the prize of best New England and Manhattan clam chowders. Admission to the Marketplace is $7 in advance and $10 at the door.

Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 19-21

  • The Cape May Food and Wine Festival features individual tastings, seminars and cooking classes at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. This year’s courses include “Signature Dishes of the Washington Inn with Mimi Wood,” classes on wines with Pacific Wine Partners and Benziger Winery, and others about herbs, edible flowers, pastries and more.

Monday-Thursday, Sept. 19-21

  • Food and Wine Festival Gourmet Lunches are offered Sunday through Wednesday, Sept. 18-21. Lunch-goers have their choice of two restaurants on each day. Lunches will feature signature dishes and are at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. The featured restaurants include the Blue Pig Tavern in the Congress Hall Hotel, Merion Inn, Washington Inn, A Ca Mia, and the Pelican Club.

Thursday, September 22

  • The five-course Beer Dinner at Aleathea’s Restaurant, 7 Ocean St., features a different beer with each course. Beer guru Gary Monterosso will be on hand to talk about pairing different brews with food. The beer dinner is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 and costs $65.

Call the MidAtlantic Center for the Arts (609) 884-5404 for more info or tickets.

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