Bucks Food Calendar: March 11, 2011

Spring, spring, spring! At the risk of bringing on a March snowstorm, I am thrilled to welcome signs of spring. What are they – in food terms? Read on.

Spring holidays. Lenten Fish Fry suppers start at several locations today – the Riegelsville Fire Co. and the Columbia Fire Co. in Lambertville – and will continue right up to Easter. The Stockton Farmers’ Market has fish and chips on Fridays too. On a similar note, many folks celebrated Fastnacht this past Tuesday by eating yummy donuts. This tradition, observed by many Pennsylvanians of German descent, is about using up fat and sugar before Lent.

This coming Thursday is the greenest of all green Spring holidays, St. Patrick’s Day. Many restaurants and bars are of course celebrating this. Too many for me to research and put on the calendar! Go out and enjoy!

Next weekend, will be the Jewish holiday, Purim. While the story is definitely Jewish, many of the customs – dressing up in costumes, imbibing adult beverages, and eating good food – will remind others of Carnival. Who knows? Jews have lived in many countries and cultures over the last two thousand years. Maybe it just looked like too much fun to ignore. If you’re into making the holiday’s famous cookies, Hamentashen, look up my post from last year. There’s a recipe and photos of each step. Hag Sameach (happy holiday)!

Another sure sign of Spring? Ice cream parlors all over the county are reopening. Yippee! oWowCow Creamery in Ottsville, Chubby’s Dairy Barn in Plumsteadville, Dilly’s Corner in Centre Bridge and Uncle Dave’s in Yardley, to name a few. If I haven’t mentioned one of your favorites, see our post on ice cream places in Bucks County, and give them a call to see if they are open yet.

To market, to market. This Saturday, the Wrightstown Farmers’ Market will hold one of it’s winter mini-markets from 10 to 11 am at its regular location, 2203 2nd Street Pike, next to the Wrightstown Township Municipal Building (just north of Newtown). Pre-orders are encouraged but not necessary. See their website for information. (If you are coming from Richboro via Route 232, know that 2nd St. Pike is closed for the next month between Worthington Mill Rd. and Swamp Rd.)

The New Hope Farmers’ Market will also have a winter market this Thursday, March 17, at their new location, just next to the Eagle Diner on Route 202 (same location as the New Hope Flea Market). The market will be open from 3:30 to 6 pm. Come on by!

Coming up next weekend, is the 2nd Annual New Hope-Lambertville Restaurant Week, starting Sunday, March 20 through Friday, March 25. Participating restaurants are offering great deals. The week-long promotion includes a $29.95 Prix-Fixe Fine Dining or $19.95 Prix-Fixe Casual Dining at 27 restaurants in both New Hope and Lambertville. Visit the New Hope Chamber website for more details.

Save-the-date. Saturday, April 16th yours truly will be the featured guest and guide at a Spring Farm-to-Table Dinner at Crossing Vineyards in Washington Crossing. Just spoke last week with the caterer at the winery, Emily’s Café & Catering, to plan the menu. It is going to be delicious, filled with locally sourced food (yes, even in April!). The five-course gourmet meal will of course be paired with Crossing Vineyards’ internationally-acclaimed wines. For more details and to sign-up, go to their website.

For more details on any of these events, please go to our full calendar, Food Events in Bucks County. Have a lovely, warm weekend – and don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead. Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday.

Friday, March 11:

  • Stockton Farmers’ Market, Stockton, NJ [11 am – 7 pm]
  • Beer Tasting @ Phillips’ Fine Wines, Stockton, NJ [4 – 6 pm]
  • Fish Fry @ Riegelsville Fire Company, Riegelsville [5 – 7 pm]
  • Lenten Fish Fry @ Columbia Fire Co., Lambertville, NJ [5 – 7:30 pm]
  • Friday Wine & Music @ Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Pennington, NJ [5 – 8 pm]
  • Spaghetti Dinner @ Delaware Valley Fire Co., Erwinna [5:30 – 7:30 pm]
  • Barbara Trent @ The Centre Bridge Inn, New Hope [7 – 11 pm]
  • Kindle Cafe Supper Club @ Rojo’s Roastery, Lambertville, NJ [7:30 – 9 pm]
  • Opus One Wine Dinner with Roger Kissling, Stockton, NJ [7:30 – 10 pm]
  • All That Jazz – Jazz Night @ Crossing Vineyards, Washington Crossing [8 – 10 pm]

Saturday, March 12:

  • Stockton Farmers’ Market, Stockton, NJ [9 am – 3 pm]
  • Wrightstown Winter Farmers’ Market, Wrightstown [10 – 11 am]
  • St Patrick’s Day Celebration @ Crossing Vineyards, Washington Crossing [12 – 6 pm]
  • Wine Tasting @ Phillips’ Fine Wines, Stockton, NJ [12 – 6 pm]
  • Beer Tasting @ New Hope Beverage, New Hope [3 – 7 pm]
  • Second Saturdays, New Hope [3 – 9 pm]
  • Dinner @ Cafe Blue Moose, Buckingham (address provided with reservation) [7 – 9 pm]

Sunday, March 13:

  • Breakfast Buffet @ Richland Twshp Fire & Rescue, Quakertown [8 am – 1 pm]
  • Stockton Farmers’ Market, Stockton, NJ [10 am – 3 pm]
  • Ham Dinner @ Sellersville Fire House, Sellersville [11 am – 5 pm]
  • St Patrick’s Day Celebration @ Crossing Vineyards, Washington Crossing [12 – 6 pm]
  • Winter Wine Concert Series @ Shady Brook Farm, Yardley [1 – 4 pm]
  • Pairing Wine and Chocolate @ Crossing Vineyards, Washington Crossing [2 – 4 pm]

Monday, March 14:

  • Evening in the Colonial Kitchen @ Cock n’ Bull, Lahaska [5 – 9 pm]
  • Wine 101 – Class #2 – Types of Wine, Washington Crossing [6:30 – 8:30 pm]

Tuesday, March 15:

  • 2-for-$25 Tuesday @ Vintage Grille, Doylestown [4 – 10 pm]
  • Kitchen Knife Skills and More, Horsham [6:45 – 9 pm]

Wednesday, March 16:

  • Pierogy Wednesdays @ St. Anne Ukrainian, Warrington [9 am – 12 pm]
  • American Legion Meals on Wednesdays, Quakertown [11:30 am – 9 pm]
  • Complimentary Beer Tasting @ the Copper Leaf Grill, Buckingham [5 – 9 pm]

Thursday, March 17:

  • New Hope Winter Farmers’ Market, New Hope [3 – 5 pm]
  • St Patrick’s Day Party @ Pineville Tavern, Pineville [4 – 11:30 pm]
  • Pasta Dinner @ New Hope-Solebury High School, New Hope [5 – 6:30 pm]
  • Sushi Night in the Wine Cellar – The Inn at Lambertville Station, Lambertville, NJ [6 – 10 pm]

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