I can’t help but feel that September is reminiscent of “back-to-school.” Perhaps it’s all the kids suddenly in Staples or the yellow buses that seem to have come out of hibernation — either way, it’s clear that time of year has returned.

This week, there are a few great foodie events sprinkled throughout Bucks County. They’re guaranteed to keep summer spirits high, and they’ll get you through anything, whether that be shuffling kids off to school or getting back to your weekly tasks.


Lovin' Oven

All-you-can-eat crab. Seats for Frenchtown’s Lovin Oven‘s Crabfest are filling up fast. The restaurant’s Crabfest 2016 is Tuesday, August 30 from 6 – 8:30 pm. Long family style tables will be filled with Baltimore style blue crabs from Metropolitan Seafood, sweet corn from Philips Farm, oven fried potatoes, and homemade ice cream sandwiches (Lovin’ Oven suggests: their oatmeal raisin cookies filled with The Bent Spoon Peaches and Cream ice cream).

Call 908.996.7714 to check availability and reserve your spot. The Crabfest is $50 per person. Lovin’ Oven is BYOB, so bring your favorite beer, wine or beverage.

* Lovin’ Oven is located in Hunterdon County, but we figured Bucks County residents love crab enough to take a little drive across county borders! 

Appetizer, Comfortfood & Kitchenette
Taco Tuesday! 
Come to Comfortfood and Kitchenette for comfort food and a classic movie on “Taco Tuesday.” Tacos are served family style with chips, homemade salsas, pickled veggies. There are endless tacos and a great flick, chef’s choice. Starts at 7 pm and it’s $25 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Call to find out what movie is playing at 215.847.5707 or check their Facebook page. Past movie choices include Caddyshack, and Blazing Saddles, to name a few.

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Mimosas for breakfast. A big cup of orange juice in the morning is one way to start the day. Add a splash of champagne and it’s even better. Looking for good, reasonably priced mimosas? The Hattery Stove & Still at the Doylestown Inn is still serving up $1 mimosa cocktails for breakfast. Their summer special will continue through Labor Day. Enjoy this delicious drink made with Florida orange juice and champagne from 9 am – 11 am.

Good news: General manager Alex Nelinson said that these mimosas will go nicely with just about anything on their breakfast menu.

Brian's

Weeknight’s at Brian’s. Itching for a good meal but don’t want to do the cooking? Come check out the “new” Brian’s in Lambertville on a weeknight and enjoy a great three-course prix fixe meal for just $45. The restaurant was recently renovated, creating more seating and a foyer. Brian’s is BYOB and cash/check only.

The menu changes daily to reflect seasonal, local ingredients. Past dishes included chilled cucumber soup with Blue Point oysters and fresh dill, or seared rare tuna and oxtail quinoa, with roasted wild mushrooms.

Mojito Cuba Caribe Cook-Off

Chef cook-off. One Thursday of every month, Mojito Cuba Caribe Restaurant in New Hope hosts a chef cook-off, similar to the very popular Iron Chef. This Thursday, September 1, starting at 6 pm, there will be a battle between two chefs. The chefs will each create three small plates of their choice, only using the same ingredient in their featured entrée dish.

Customers get to vote on each plate based on taste, creativity, and presentation. The choice to participate in this event is a fixed price $25 which includes six small plates (three by each chef), one house wine, domestic beer, or house mixed drink. Last month’s chef cook-off plates included tequila coconut lime wings, shrimp peach tacos, cilantro cream mahi mahi, mango pineapple crepes, jalapeño popper pasta, and butter almond scoop.

There’s also a chance to win a $10 gift certificate on your next visit to Mojito Cuba Caribe. The winning chef and winner of the gift certificate will be announced when the kitchen closes at 9 pm. Reservations are recommended so call 267.740.2900.

On the radar…

Garces Foundation BBQ, Matt Zugale

  • Third Annual Garces Foundation summer BBQ: Join Chef Jose Garces for a BBQ lunch at his property, Luna Farm, in Ottsville, Bucks County on September 10 from 1 – 4 pm. There will be live music, vodka workshops, herb seed plantings, guided hiking trails around the farm property, beer and specialty cocktails, BBQ food, and more. Tickets are $75 per person, $30 for children between the ages of five and 12, and free for children under five. Call 267.284.7905 for reservations and more information.

  • Newtown Beerfest: Tickets for the Newtown Beerfest are still on sale. The beerfest includes live music, food, and plenty of local breweries. This event is Saturday, September 17 so it’s coming up fast!

  • Jersey Shore dinner: Last chance to experience a Jersey Shore dinner at Hamilton’s Grill for the summer! On September 20 through September 22, enjoy a dinner of fresh Jersey tomatoes, Littleneck clams and mussels, 1/2 a steamed Maine lobster, chicken thighs, sweet sausage, potatoes, cole saw, Jersey corn and finish the night with homemade peach pie. The meal is $40 per person, and you can call or reserve your spot here.

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Running, BCFA website

Cross the finish line to support local food and farmers this Saturday, September 3, right through Delaware Valley University‘s scenic campus.

BCFA logoThe Bucks County Foodshed Alliance and the Bucks County chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local® will host their 2nd Annual Bucks County Foodshed 5K and 1-mile Fun Run. All proceeds benefit BCFA, an organization dedicated to building a strong and local food system in our community.

The course runs through comfortable terrain entirely within DVU’s rural campus — no public roads and no rough or grass paths. The campus has scenic views, everything from the working campus farms to the arboretum is enough to keep a runner motivated and moving forward.

DelVal's campus, BCFA website

DVU offers free parking on the main campus and runners can use the indoor toilet facilities in the Life Sciences building if needed. Runners will also be served refreshments.

The event is rain or shine but I wouldn’t worry: forecast for Saturday is currently a high of 81°F, sunny with 5-10 mph winds. Perfect running and walking weather. Register online here through September 3. The race is $30 and a nominal service fee applies. No refunds can be issued.

Other details:

  • Check-in/registration opens at 7:30 am
  • Fun Run sets off at 8:30 am and the 5K at 9 am
  • Race t-shirt provided for all 5K and Fun Run registrants while supplies last.
  • Awards given for overall male and female and top three males and females in eight age brackets:
    • 14 & under
    • 15-19 years
    • 20-29 years
    • 30-39 years
    • 40-49 years
    • 50-59 years
    • 60-69 years
    • 70+ years
  • All awards will be dispensed after the finish of the 5K — nothing will be mailed.

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