1. 20th Annual Lobsterfest

Mail-in orders must be post-marked May 29! The event is NEXT Saturday, June 6 from 4 pm to 9 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA

“But you said this article was about things you gotta do this weekend, not next weekend,” you may be protesting. Here’s the thing you’ve gotta do: buy your tickets to Lobsterfest. Mail-in orders must be postmarked by Friday, May 29. You can still order online after Friday, May 29, but the prices go up from $30 to $35 — and it’s not unheard of for tickets to sell out.
Lobsterfest 2015
Lobsterfest is an annual event (this year is the 20th anniversary) that benefits the Trinity Youth Group’s Mission Philadelphia projects. This year they’ll have lobster or smoked organic ribs from More than Q, corn on the cob, cole slaw, plus a whole bunch of carnival food like hamburgers and hotdogs. The Nina’s Waffles food truck will be there to provide a sweet ending to your meal. Besides eating, there are crafts, games, pony rides, face painting, silent auction and live music. BYOB!

2. Opening Day of the Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market

Every Saturday (May 30-Oct 31) from 9 am to 12:30 pm at the Plumsteadville Grange, Keller’s Church Road & Route 611, Plumsteadville, PA

By now, you may have picked up on the fact that we love local food, and the spring season is so much fun because every weekend, another farmers market is opening for the season, bringing with it all the goodies we dream about all winter long.

This weekend, the star is the Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market at the corner of Keller’s Church Road and Route 611 in Plumsteadville.

Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market

The fresh produce you might find this weekend includes arugula, asparagus, bok choy, broccoli raab, carrots, chard, fennel, garlic scapes, green garlic, hakurei turnips, herbs, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes (white and sweet varieties), radishes, ramps, red spring onion, rhubarb, scallions, spinach, strawberries (!!!) Blooming Glen Farm strawberries, photo credit Lynne Goldmanand sweet pea shoots. Plus eggs from free-range chickens, grass-fed and pastured meats, preserves, specialty foods, baked goods like breads, cakes, cookies and pastries, cheese and yogurt, cider and juice, homemade sauces, locally roasted coffee, and interesting crafts from local artisans.

For a full list of farmers markets in our area, see our post here.

3. Carversville Day

Saturday, May 30 from 10 am to 3 pm at Carversville Square, Aquetong & Carversville Roads, Carversville, PA

Carversville is a great little village tucked away in the winding back roads of Bucks County. Every year, the town hosts Carversville Day, a day filled with food and fun, laden with traditions like the annual Carversville Pet Parade, a white elephant sale, a cookie contest, and more.

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There will be craft vendors, a plant sale, a moon bounce, live music…. they’ve got it all. Oh, and the fare includes crab cakes, tacos, and fresh-squeezed lemonade, which we would go for even without all of the extra fun activities.

4. Eat, Bark & Bid Farm-to-Table Dinner to benefit Lulu’s Rescue

Saturday, May 30 from 5 pm to 9 pm at the Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA

 Eat Bark Bid

This night sounds fabulous: a farm-to-table dinner cooked up by Max Hansen Kitchen (oh so good), an open bar, live & silent auction, music from New Hope Collective, and even visits from some four-legged guests. The fun benefits Lulu’s Rescue’s continuing efforts to rescue all healthy and loving dogs from death row and break the cycle of animal homelessness through spay/neuter, education, and outreach efforts.

Click here to buy your tickets, or if you can’t make it, follow this link to make a donation and show your support for this worthy cause!

5. Chalfont Fire Company’s Annual Chicken Barbecue

Sunday, May 31 from 11 am to 4 pm (or until sold out) at the Chalfont Fire House, 301 North Main Street, Chalfont, PA

Chalfont Fire Company hosts a Chicken Barbecue every year to help support their fire-fighting efforts (they’re a volunteer fire company). This year’s menu: ½ Barbequed Chicken, Linda’s Baked Beans, MJ’s Pickled Cabbage, apple sauce, roll and butter, and home baked goodies. Drive through and take-out ONLY.
Chalfont Fire Company Chicken Barbecue

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For more details on any of these events, please go to our full calendar, Food Events in Bucks County.

The bad news is that Vintage Grille in Fountainville is closing on May 31. The kind-of good news is that they are going out with a bang. This coming weekend, beginning on Friday, May 29, the restaurant is offering a 3-course prix fixe “Potluck Menu” ($30). The choices will change throughout the weekend depending on what’s in the fridge. The prix fixe will feature mostly items from their current menu. If you’ve got a favorite, just let them know and they will be happy to accommodate you. Reservations are greatly appreciated. Call them at 215.348.4850 or click here to reserve. [Note: Word is that a “pub” type restaurant will be going into the space.]

If you are a fan of smoked salmon, then you’ve probably seen and tasted local chef Max Hansen’s Atlantic smoked salmon, sold in area stores under the brand, Max & Me. It has a delicate, smooth taste with just a bit of sweetness. Ever wonder how it’s done? In this 2 minute video, Max explains the process from his salmon-smoking headquarters in Carversville, where he smokes over 1000 lbs. of salmon a week. The video also shows you how to smoke your own salmon, using a hot smoking method on the stovetop with a wok. You can also find some of Max’s smoked salmon recipes on his website here, or get a copy of his cookbook, Smoked Salmon, Delicious Innovative Recipes (Chronicle Books, 2003) which includes 60 recipes, from starters to main dishes (available on Amazon). You can find Max & Me smoked salmon at these locations in Bucks, Mercer and Hunterdon counties.

Grub Shack collage; photos courtesy of Grub Shack_1000x333

You know Organnon’s, the organic grocery store in Wrightstown, but have you experienced the Grub Shack? In Carousel Village, just steps away from Organnon’s and Owowcow Creamery, is a great food truck that serves delicious, all organic/non gmo sandwiches, grass-fed beef burgers, hot dogs, and salads, including many vegan and vegetarian choices. They’ve just opened for the season, with hours on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. See their Facebook page for more info and updates. [In the photo above, from left to right: Buffalo Chicken Blue Grilled Cheese; Vegan Burrito; Green Goddess Grilled Cheese. Photos courtesy of the Grub Shack and Organnon’s.]

Blooming Glen Farm strawberries, photo credit Lynne GoldmanStrawberries are here! They’ve been spotted at the Milk House Farm Market in Upper Makefield and Terhune Orchards in Princeton. Do yourself a big favor and enjoy these local sweeties before they’re gone. In fact, do a taste test: go to the supermarket and buy a box of those big, pretty strawberries from California. Then get a box of local strawberries and compare. You will probably never buy the supermarket kind again. I know it’s a short season, and people want to eat strawberries at other times of the year, but really? Is it worth it? Next week we’ll be publishing the 2015 update to our popular post, Pick-your-own strawberries in Bucks, so stay tuned.

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