Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

Cape May Wine Week: Sparkling Wines, Friday-Sunday, December 9th-11th. Triple your enjoyment by combining a wine tasting dinner, winery cellar tour & tasting, and a wine school class. This weekend-long event is sure to leave you feeling relaxed and well. For more information: CM Wine Week

Gingerbread Wonderland & Craft Show, Saturday, December 8th – Sunday, December 11th from 9:30am-5pm. Guests young and old marvel at the creativity, skills, and sense of optimism that characterizes this charming exhibit of over 200 editable structures. Held on weekends in conjunction with the Gingerbread Wonderland exhibit, the Holiday Craft Show is a great place to find hand-made holiday gifts from local crafters. For more information: Gingerbread Wonderland

Christkindlmarkt, Saturday & Sunday, December 10th & 11th from 10am-4pm. Tuckerton Seaport. An old-fashioned Christmas featuring holiday crafts and gifts under huge heated tents. Sip hot mulled cider, enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire, sing-a-long with strolling carolers, children’s rides, horse drawn cart, entertainment, decoy carvers, quilt making, crafters, vendors, food, refreshments plus wine tasting by Valenzano Winery. “Gingerbread Contest!” For more information: Tuckerton Seaport

Feast of the Seven Fishes, Saturday, December 10th & 17th at 11:30am. A cooking class will be held at Phillips Seafood, Pier Shops at Caesars, 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City. Tickets are $65 including a chef demo, wine, and lunch. Call 609-348-2273 for reservations, or log on to

‘Rockin Around The Vines’ Festival, Saturday & Sunday, December 10th & 11th from 12pm-5pm. Do some holiday shopping with a glass of wine in your hand, and great live music in the all at Natali Vineyards. There will be over 25 local vendors selling all kinds of unique LOCAL holiday gift items. Enjoy a wine tasting of 5 wines for $5, or just purchase wines by the bottle and sit under the heated tent and enjoy another great local band. Natali will have some great holiday wine baskets on display for sale. FREE Vineyard and barrel room tour at 2:30pm both days. For more information: Natali Vineyards

Whoville Feast, Sunday, December 11th from 11:30am-1:30pm. “Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near” Roastbeast on a Bun, Suess Spuds and Cindy Lou Who Cider are just some of the Grinchy grub being served at Liberty Hall’s Whoville Feast. Reservations required. For more information: Liberty Hall Museum

And Beyond…

Cheese Tasting & Wine Sampling, Monday, December 12th from 6pm-8pm. Pre-holiday tasting at The Serenity Cafe in Toms River. There will also be plenty of cheese on hand for your holiday shopping needs. For more information or to RSVP: 732-270-2088 Serenity Cafe

Land to Sea: Cooking with Marilyn, Wednesday, December 14th. Join Marilyn Schlossbach for a demonstration and dinner at Langosta Lounge. Take a culinary journey inspired by the vacation cuisine featured at her restaurants. Following the demonstration and Q&A session, enjoy the exquisite meal side by side with the restaurateur. “Land to Sea” will benefit the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Tickets are $50. For more info or to make reservations, please call 732-455-3275.

Cocktail Class, Thursday, December 15th at 7pm. Spiked Dessert Coffees: Keoke Coffee, Irish Coffee, and B-52 Coffee. Held at Stone House at Stirling Ridge, 50 Stirling Ave, Warren. The event will include appetizers and take-home recipe cards. Tickets are $30 with a reservation, $35 at the door. To reserve, call 866-683-3586.

Toad Hall Wine Tasting: The Hallmark Wine Series, Friday, December 16th at 5:30pm. Join Alan Hallmark, Rat’s Restaurant’s resident wine expert on the third Friday of every month as he makes fine wine both approachable and fun. Topic of Discussion: Tuscany: From Straw Basket to Super Tuscans. $10 per person, which will be applied toward your meal should you choose to dine at Rat’s following the tasting. Space is limited. Please call Rat’s Restaurant at (609) 584-7800 to reserve your place.

Sparkling Holidays at Four Sisters Winery, Saturday & Sunday, December 17th & 18th from 11am-6pm. Sparkling wine punch will be served with holiday cookies. Many holiday gift baskets and other items will be available for purchase. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and wine cellar tour.