7 things you gotta do in Bucks this weekend (Nov 17-19)

This week’s theme? No, it’s not all about Thanksgiving (gotcha!). While we are certainly heading into the holiday season (Peddler’s Village lights up, holiday bazaars, etc.), we’ve also got other delicious fun going on in Bucks and nearby New Jersey counties. Enjoy the weekend!

Events are listed in chronological order

1Grand Illumination

Fri, Nov 17, 6:15 pm
Peddler’s Village
Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska, PA

Enjoy a day at Peddler’s Village and watch the spectacular lighting of the village at 6:15 pm this Friday, enjoy the window decorations and then warm up with a peppermint mocha latte at Casa Casale. Also while you are there, check out the Peddler’s Village Gingerbread House Competition and display.

2Bucks County Brewery Music & Spiked Cider

Fri, Nov 17 and Sat, Nov 18
Bucks County Brewery
31 Appletree Lane, Pipersville, PA

The music is playing and they’re pouring drinks at the Bucks County Brewery. Joe Hutchinson is back in the house. He’s a fan favorite and plays a ton of songs that you can dance to. That’s on Friday, and on Saturday, Mike Brille will perform. He’s known for a few Irish tunes in his sets.

And guess what? New this weekend: BCB will be spiking hot cider from nearby Solebury Orchards with rum to warm your bones while you groove to the tunes. See what else is on tap.

3Special Keg Tapping at The Stone’s Throw

Sat, Nov 18, 12 pm
The Stone’s Throw
931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley, PA

Stop by the Stone’s Throw at Shady Brook Farm for a special keg tapping of Troegs “The Mad Elf” beer, this Saturday, November 18 at 12 pm. This beer comes once a year, and it is a spicy Belgian with notes of cherries.

4Holiday Bazaar

Sat, Nov 18, 10 am – 3 pm
Frenchtown United Methodist Church
16 Third Street, Frenchtown, NJ

Swing by the holiday bazaar at the Frenchtown United Methodist Church. They’ll have crafters vendors, Christmas white elephant, bake sale, soup lunch and soup-to-go at $7/qt.

5Holiday Appetizer Party

Sat, Nov 18 and Sun, Nov 19
Villa Milagro Vineyards
33 County Rd., Phillipsburg, NJ

It’s the holiday season, so there’s always some party you need to go to, someone’s coming over, or the office is having yet again, another celebration.

Get some ideas on how to make great appetizers at Villa Milagro Vineyards (just across the river). Enjoy a small plate of tasty tidbits made from recipes in their vineyard cookbook. While you are there, sample some of their wines, including their special holiday wines: honey wine, Mi Carinoand Thanksgiving wine, Gracias as well as their popular blush wine Rosita. The party is from 12 – 5 pm, it’s $10 and you can buy your tickets here.

6How Sweet It Is: Pairing Wine & Chocolate

Sun, Nov 19, 2 pm
Crossing Vineyards and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Rd., Washington Crossing, PA

Enjoy a “sweet” afternoon filled with tips on how to pair your two favorite foods: wine and chocolate. This class includes instruction, wine tasting, tour and your personal assortment of Pierre’s Chocolates. Cost is $35 per person. Call 215.493.6500, ext. 19 or buy online.

7Farmers Markets in Bucks County and nearby

For a full listing of farmers markets in Bucks County and nearby, CLICK HERE.

Stop by your area market to pick up everything for the upcoming holiday.

Farmers Market Shopping ListDid you know…?

Think it’s too cold for fresh, local produce? No way. Here’s what you’ll find at your local farmers market. Click here for a convenient shopping list to take to the market:

Veggies and fruits: Apples, arugula, beets, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, romanesco, cabbage, purple Napa cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, celery, collard greens, dandelion greens, escarole, fennel, garlic, ginger, hakurei turnips, kale, baby kale, kohlrabi, mizuna, mustard greens, cabbage, pears, pie pumpkins, potatoes, lettuce, lettuce mix, onions, shishito and green peppers, radishes, winter radishes, salad mix, scallions, shallots, spinach, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, tatsoi, turnips, winter squash.

Nov 16 2017 farmers market collage; photo credit Lynne Goldman

The Wrightstown Farmers Market: In addition to shopping the market for all your holiday needs, this week the market does their annual Market Appreciation Day. Over half a dozen freshly made soups, baked goods, coffee – all FREE! Produce and products are donated by the market’s wonderful farmers, producers and vendors. Don’t miss this! It will also be the last day of the regular season market. The Wrightstown Indoor Winter Market will take place every 2nd and 4th Saturdays through April at the Gathering in Penns Park, just down the road.

Milk House Farm Market will have fresh chickens and ducks, raised happily on pasture. Purely Farm still has some delicious turkey available for your Thanksgiving table.

And…don’t forget about host/hostess gifts for friends and family you are visiting. Check out all of the vendors with gift ideas in mind: Coffee Scoop, Marie’s Soaps, Offbeat Gourmet, Masey & Leigh, Owen Moon Pottery, Mediterra, and more.

The Doylestown Farmers Market: The roots are out in full force – carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes and more. Also the brassicas are in their seasonal glory – Brussel Sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages. Other cold weather greens like Swiss Chard, kale and collards are available as well. This is sadly the last market of the season!  

Also at area farmers markets, you’ll find vendors who can help you prepare for Thanksgiving, which is right around the corner. This includes fresh and local Thanksgiving or holiday turkeys. Learn more about where to get your Thanksgiving turkey this year by checking out our turkey guide.

Bucks County Taste Dinner Club Upcoming Events

Liberty Hall Pizza collage _Dec 3 2016Liberty Hall Pizza Night!
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 6 – 8 pm

Liberty Hall Pizza, Lambertville NJ

Join friends (old and new) at Liberty Hall Pizza in Lambertville, NJ in December — before the holiday craziness begins! We held this event last year and it was a huge hit. Great food (and lots of it) and good company. For the full menu and to register, CLICK HERE.

In the works…

The Farm Cooking School – We just scheduled this yesterday. Save the date for a five-course meal sourced from Roots to River Farm and other nearby farms. Chefs Ian Knauer and Shelley Wiseman will also demonstrate some of the dishes before we eat! Saturday, April 7, 6 pm. Details to follow. SAVE THE DATE!

James & Jamie – Local restaurateur and chef James Seward (Bowman’s Tavern, Bowman’s North) and Jamie Hollander (Jamie Hollander Gourmet) are teaming up to make us one wonderful dinner. (Winter 2018)

Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm (Winter 2018)

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