Bucks Food Calendar: August 12, 2010

We spent a long weekend in Kentucky, tasting good bourbon and visiting distilleries. What fun! But we are very glad to be in our ‘Old Bucks Home’ (sorry, Stephen Foster). I had forgotten just how much fried, salty food there is in the South. I know they must have fresh vegetables and fruit – it just doesn’t seem to make it to the restaurants. (Deep-Fried Dill Pickle Chips. I’m not kidding.) I’ll say it once again. We are very fortunate to live in Bucks County.

A big heads-up – the 62nd Annual Middletown Grange Fair starts on Wednesday, August 18th and goes through Sunday, August 22nd. It’s kind of our local county fair, and if you’ve never been, go. The food is…so-so, but the chicken dinner is a great deal (see last year’s post).

Ah, but this weekend. A little cooler, maybe some rain (okay by me). And so much going on. Where do I start? How about with wine…?

Check out the many events at local wineries every weekend. Every Friday evening, enjoy Friday Night un(Wine)d Concerts at The Market by Shady Brook at Del Val College (6 – 9 pm) or the companion event at Shady Brook Farm’s location in Yardley, also music and also 6 – 9 pm. Wine Tasting for Singles happens at Crossing Vineyards this Friday evening, as does their popular Summer Music Series, where you can picnic, sip wine and enjoy great music. For details see our full Food Events in Bucks County calendar.

On Saturday, be part of history (hopefully) at The Great Pennsylvania Wine Toast also at Crossing Vineyards. Thousands of people in more than 50 wineries across Pennsylvania will join the toastmaster, racing legend Mario Andretti, in an attempt to set a world record for the largest wine tasting ever conducted. The current record of 17,429 participants was set by more than 400 pubs across the U.K. in 2009. Entry tickets are $5.00 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Fund to Benefit Children & Youth. The event begins at 3:30, with the toast taking place at 4:00 pm under the watchful eyes of folks from the Guinness Book of World Records. There’ll be music and wine for the toast, including a commemorative glass for you to keep.

Every weekend, Phillips’ Fine Wines in Stockton holds beer tastings on Friday afternoons and wine tastings on Saturday afternoons (go to the Stockton Market first, then go get a sip or two!). Or ride the Grapevine Express Wine & Cheese Pairing on the historic New Hope-Ivyland Railroad on Saturday or Sunday this weekend (5 – 7 pm). Listen to Dixie Land music by the vines, too, at Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes, NJ, on Saturday afternoon from 1 – 4 pm.

Sunday also brings two more wine events. Music Under the Arbor takes place at Alba Vineyards in Milford, NJ in the afternoon (lunch at Lovin’ Oven in Frenchtown, then up to the vineyard?). Or maybe you need to learn more about wine first? Take A Dummies Guide to Wine Tasting at Crossing Vineyards Sunday afternoon.

Peaches, peaches, peaches at Manoff Market Gardens in Solebury. Come to Manoff’s for their annual Peach Festival, including hay rides, peach ice cream making and wonderful yellow and white peaches. Yum. 

And although it isn’t strictly about food, check out the 1st Annual Newtown Music Fest on Sunday, August 15th at Shady Brook Farm in Yardley. From noon to 10 p.m., the Newtown Corporation and Cambridge Sound Studios of Newtown will present a dozen bands along with food and beverages from Newtown restaurants, including the Temperance House, Joey G’s and the Green Parrot. Several Bucks County wineries will also be there selling wine by the glass and by the bottle.

As for farm markets and what is available this week, well, just about anything you can imagine. It’s August! All of the markets are listed below. Go check out a new one, and see what you find. Let me know where your favorite vendors are, and why.

For calendar details, read more here…

For more details on any of these events, check our Food Events in Bucks County calendar. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter too for more frequent updates. Have a safe and savory weekend.

Friday, August 13th:
Forecast – Scattered thunderstorms, 79°

  • Stockton Farmers’ Market, Stockton, NJ [11 am – 7 pm]
  • Goschenhoppen Folk Festival, Perkiomenville [12 – 8 pm]
  • Warrington Farmers’ Market @ Valley Square, Warrington [3 – 6 pm]
  • Ottsville Farmers’ Market @ Linden Hill Gardens, Ottsville [3 – 7 pm]
  • Beer Tasting @ Phillips’ Fine Wines, Stockton, NJ [4 – 8 pm]
  • Friday Happy Hour @ Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Pennington, NJ [5 – 8 pm]
  • Spaghetti Dinner @ Delaware Valley Fire Co., Erwinna [5:30 – 7:30 pm]
  • Friday Night un(Wine)d Concerts, Doylestown [6 – 9 pm]
  • Summer Wine Concert Series @ Shady Brook Farm, Yardley [6 – 9 pm]
  • Wine Tasting for Singles @ Crossing Vineyards and Winery, Washington Crossing [7 – 9 pm]
  • Summer Music Series @ Crossing Vineyards and Winery, Washington Crossing [7 – 10 pm]
  • Barbara Trent @ The Centre Bridge Inn, New Hope [7 – 11 pm]
  • Bob Egan @ Bowman’s Tavern, New Hope [8 pm-12 am]

Saturday, August 14th:
Forecast – Sunny, 83°

  • Doylestown Farmers’ Market, Doylestown [7 am – 12 pm]
  • Perkasie Farmers’ Market, Perkasie [8 am – 12 pm]
  • Indian Valley Farmers’ Market, Telford [8:30 am – 12:30 pm]
  • Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market, Plumsteadville [9 am – 12 pm]
  • Wrightstown Farmers’ Market, Wrightstown [9 am – 1 pm]
  • Stockton Farmers’ Market, Stockton, NJ [9 am – 3 pm]
  • Peach Festival @ Manoff Market Gardens, Solebury [9:30 am – 4:30 pm]
  • Goschenhoppen Folk Festival, Perkiomenville [10 – 6 pm]
  • Wine Tasting @ Phillips’ Fine Wines, Stockton, NJ [12 – 5 pm]
  • Music In The Vineyards @ Unionville Vineyards, Ringoes, NJ [1 – 4 pm]
  • Second Saturdays in New Hope [3 – 9 pm]
  • Chicken BBQ Dinner @ Bensalem Presbyterian Church, Bensalem [3:30 – 4:30 pm]
  • The Great Pennsylvania Wine Toast, Washington Crossing [3:30 – 5:30 pm]
  • Grapevine Express Wine & Cheese Pairing, New Hope [5 – 7 pm]
  • Supper & Live Jazz by Kindle Cafe, Lambertville [6 – 9 pm]

Sunday, August 15th:
Forecast – Isolated Thunderstorms, 83°

  • Breakfast Buffet @ Plumsteadville Fire Co., Plumsteadville [7 am – 12 pm]
  • Breakfast @ Riegelsville Fire Company, Riegelsville [8 am – 12:30 pm]
  • Yoga+Brunch by Kindle Cafe, Lambertville [9 – 11:30 am]
  • Saucon Valley Farmers’ Market, Hellertown [9 am – 1 pm]
  • Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market, Flemington, NJ [9 am – 1 pm]
  • Stockton Farmers’ Market, Stockton, NJ [10 am – 3 pm]
  • Newtown MusicFest, Yardley [12 – 10 pm]
  • Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration, Morrisville [1 – 4 pm]
  • Music Under the Arbor @ Alba Vineyards, Milford, NJ [1 – 4 pm]
  • A Dummies Guide to Wine Tasting @ Crossing Vineyards and Winery, Washington Crossing [2 – 5 pm]
  • Grapevine Express Wine & Cheese Pairing, New Hope [5 – 7 pm]

Monday, August 16th:
Forecast – Isolated Thunderstorms, 85°

  • 94 Cents Cookie Night @ Chubby’s Dairy Barn, Plumsteadville [6 – 9 pm]
  • Sweet Corn and Tantalizing Tomatoes, Doylestown [7 – 9 pm]

Tuesday, August 17th:

  • Langhorne Farmers’ Market, Langhorne [3:30 – 6:30 pm]
  • Beach Bash, Doylestown [7 – 9 pm]
  • Tomato Canning Class, Doylestown [7 – 9:30 pm]

Wednesday, August 18th:

  • 62nd Annual Middletown Grange Fair, Wrightstown [10 am – 10 pm]
  • American Legion Meals on Wednesdays, Quakertown [11:30 am – 9 pm]
  • The Farmers’ Market @ Playwicki Farm, Feasterville [4 – 7 pm]
  • Complimentary Beer Tasting @ the Copper Leaf Grill, Buckingham [5 – 9 pm]
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Benefit @ La Stalla, Newtown [6 – 9 pm]
  • Tomato Canning Class, Doylestown [7 – 9:30 pm]

Thursday, August 19th:

  • 62nd Annual Middletown Grange Fair, Wrightstown [10 am – 10 pm]
  • Capital City Market, Trenton, NJ [11 am – 2 pm]
  • Healthier Hearts Farmers’ Market, Trenton, NJ [12:30 – 5 pm]
  • Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market, Flemington, NJ [3 – 7 pm]
  • Lower Makefield Farmers’ Market, Yardley [3:30 – 6:30 pm]
  • New Hope Farmers’ Market, New Hope [3:30 – 7 pm]
  • Springtown Farmers’ Market, Springtown [4 – 7 pm]
  • 94 Cent Ice Cream Cone Night @ Uncle Dave’s Ice Cream, Yardley [5 – 9 pm]
  • Lobster Night @ The Centre Bridge Inn, New Hope [6 – 10 pm]
  • Sizzling Summer Grilling – Fish and Seafood, Doylestown [7 – 9 pm]
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