Weather lore says that if March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb. I’ve heard that this is an old Pennsylvania saying, and in the 19th century it was used as a prediction contingent on a year’s early March weather.
With all this end-of-month rain, I’m thinking March is definitely coming in like a lion. At least there are plenty of indoor activities happening in and around the Bucks and Hunterdon County area. This week, warm up with a soup cook-off, a cooking dinner and demo, fresh market produce, and a local food drive to help feed the hungry. Keep reading for more things to do!
Hunterdon Rotary Soup Cook-off
Your favorite and local restaurants compete for the best soup in Hunterdon County, NJ today! Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children 5-8 years old and under five are free. All the proceeds will go to the food banks of Hunterdon County so come on out for a fun evening of soup sampling to see what the restaurants have to offer and vote on your favorite soup! The cook-off is hosted at the Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, NJ.
Cooking Demo & Dinner
Head to the Plumsteadville Inn this Wednesday to watch Chef Dennis Matthews demonstrate how to make multiple dinners out of one main ingredient. This main ingredient is ground beef, so the four dishes will be meatloaf, Salisbury steak, beef tacos and chili. Wine will be served with each course and you will get the recipes to take home as well. It’s $45 per person all-inclusive. Call 215.766.7500 for more information and to make reservations.
Fresh Connect Bucks County
Fresh Connect Bucks County is a free farmer’s market bringing fresh, healthy food to our hungry neighbors in Bucks County, providing much-needed food to the 57,000 Bucks County residents facing hunger, 32% of whom are children, according to Fresh Connect. They arrive every Thursday at 11 am at the Intersection of 611 & 412 (previously Thompson Auto), Ottsville, PA. They also arrive by 12 pm on Fridays in Bristol, PA. Check out their site for more information and how you can receive fresh produce.
If you’re ready to start buying all local, all the time, check out our local food guides for the Delaware River Valley area. Includes beer maps, wine maps, CSAs, cheesemakers, and more!
Operation Helping Hand Food Drive
The Bucks County Opportunity Council and United Way of Bucks County have joined forces for Operation Helping Hand (OHH), a county-wide food drive. In 2017 OHH gathered 47,309 pounds of nonperishable food, partnering with 246 schools, local businesses, and other collection sites for the benefit of 31 local food pantries. The goal this year? To collect 67,000 lbs of nutritious food.
This year the food drive is on March 15. To get started, register your business or organization now to participate. Already signed up? Download the 2018 Food Drive Toolkit and the the Healthy Food Guidelines to get started.
For the full food calendar, scroll down or click here.
The 5th Annual Bucks Bacon & Beer
Sunday, April 22, Noon – 4 pm
Hard to believe but this year will be the 5th Bucks Bacon & Beer! This popular annual event is co-sponsored by Bucks County Taste and Triumph Brewing Company, and will feature bacon, sausage, artisanal cheese, and other delectable foods from local butchers and purveyors, including local breweries and distilleries in Bucks County and nearby.
Tickets on sale NOW. Don’t wait. We always sell out. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets: $40 for Noon entry, $35 for 2 pm entry.
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Bucks County Taste Dinner Club
Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm (Sunday, March 25, 2018) We are thrilled to once again bring the Bucks County Taste Dinner Club to the Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm. Chef Josh Homacki will create a wonderful, seasonally inspired meal for us in this intimate dining space. If you haven’t been to the Inn’s restaurant yet, mark your calendar. This is one of the best kept secrets in Bucks County — although increasingly not a secret! Make a weekend of it and stay at the Inn. For more information about the Inn, click here. For more information and the full menu, click here. Tickets are going fast! Don’t wait too long!
The Farm Cooking School – 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.
Hamilton’s Grill Room (Sunday, May 20) We’re thrilled to be back at Hamilton’s Grill Room (it’s been 2 years!) this spring. Weather permitting, we’ll be out in the courtyard where chef Mark Miller will create a memorable meal just for us. Mark your calendar!
For more details on any of these events, please go to our full calendar, Food Events in Bucks County.
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