Spring is here…sorta. The east coast is getting slammed with late March snowstorms, and while it’s a bit unfair, we shouldn’t despair. I know there are little buds underneath all that white stuff.
Why? Because spring is here. Mother Nature is gearing up for a much needed season of spring produce, farmers markets and CSAs, wine releases and so much more. Here’s what’s going on this weekend (scroll through!):
1Last Chance for Restaurant Week!
Thurs, March 22
Delaware River Towns, PA and NJ
Today is your last chance to check out a new or favorite restaurant of the Delaware River towns. Our recommendation? Perhaps you’ll find time to check out Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville. They’re serving up entrees like braised short ribs, crispy duck confit, and grilled Atlantic salmon. Appetizers and desserts are included too! Their restaurant week special is $35 plus tax and gratuity. We don’t want to leave anyone out, so don’t forget that there are plenty of other (tasty) options for restaurant week.
Fri, March 23, 5 – 7 pm
Riegelsville Fire Company
333 Delaware Rd., Riegelsville, PA
Come and help support your local fire department and share a tasty meal too! All proceeds benefit the firefighting program of Community Fire Company #1, Station 42. This Friday, they’re serving up their fish fry. Enjoy!
3Food & Drinks at the Stone’s Throw
Fri & Sat, March 23 & 24, 11 am – 11 pm
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley, PA
It’s time to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring (despite the snow on the ground). The winter un-wined is over for the season at the Stone’s Throw (at Shady Brook Farm) but the fun and food isn’t ending. Enjoy locally brewed craft beer, Rose Bank Winery wines, and cocktails made with PA distilled spirits weekdays 11:30 am – 7 pm and Fridays and Saturdays 11:30 am – 11 pm. Tell them Bucks County Taste sent you!
This week’s happy hour specials include $3 drafts, shady mule’s for $7, select bottles and cans for $2 and ½ price appetizers like a cheese board, nachos, and homemade guacamole.
42015 Pinot Noir Release Weekend
Sat & Sun, March 24 & 25, 11 am – 5 pm
Alba Vineyard, Milford, NJ
The 2015 vintage is a true expression of Pinot Noir from the Alba Vineyard estate. The grapes are harvested at the peak of quality in mid-September, fermented in small lots to provide superior extraction of flavor and color, then aged in the highest quality French oak for two years, according to the winery.
As part of their tasting experience, they are pairing this wine with a warm salmon and asparagus tip puff pastry. The wine tasting is $15 a person, 21 and older.
5Riesling Release Weekend
Sat & Sun, March 24 & 25, 12 – 6 pm & 12 – 5 pm
Old York Cellars, Ringoes, NJ
Yes, another wine release. This time, at Old York Cellars. Be the first to try and buy the latest vintage of this classic semi-sweet Riesling from the vineyard. Sip and enjoy the perfect sweetness with notes of honeydew melon and golden delicious apple and a clean finish.
6Wrightstown Farmers Market
Sat, March 24, 10 am – 12 pm
Barn @ The Gathering
2324 2nd Street Pike, Wrightstown, PA
Spring holidays bring the family together for special meals. The good news is, you can get all of your shopping done at WFM this weekend. They have many seasonal ingredients that you’ll need, including fresh, sweet greens — salad mix, spinach, baby kale, fresh carrots and radishes with tops and so much more. Plus, you’ll want to pick up extra eggs for Easter and Passover. Brenda from Milk House Farm Market has dozens of blue eggs that are so pretty, you don’t even have to dye them!
7Matzoh Making Workshop
Sun, March 25, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse, Milford, NJ
Forget the supermarket matzah. Make your own at Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse in their wood-fired oven. I did this a few years ago and it was so cool! (See the post here). The matzah is made with Emmer Wheat (also known as Farro), some well water and a bit of salt. You then get to roll them out by hand and bake them on the hot stones of Bobolink’s oven.
With the intense heat stored in the hearth, they crisp up and get golden in seconds, little round matzot, which come out looking like they were baked on a hot rock in the Sinai.
This is very much a hands-on event, and even small children are welcome. This is an ideal event for grandparents and grandchildren to do together. Cost is $15 per person and you get to keep the matzoh that you make. Click here to register.
SAVE THE DATES!
Hamilton’s Grill Room (Sunday, May 20, 2018, 6 pm) Yikes. It’s been two years since we had a wonderful dinner at this favorite. Stay tuned for more details.