What fun! Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn participated in the first NJ Wine Festival of the season last weekend…the ‘East Coast Slow Food & Wine Festival’ which was hosted by Hopewell Valley Vineyards, about 15 miles from us in Pennington, NJ. The Festival was a great fit because of our comittment to seasonal food which is locally grown & is (for the most part) organic. The festival featured 5 NJ Wineries which offered tastings and wine for purchase. Chef-owned restaurants were on hand to provide seasonal and freshly prepared offerings. Local, artisinal ice-cream shoppe, ‘The Bent Spoon’ scooped amazing ice creams and sorbets to our hearts content! There were samples of NJ award winning wines, cooking demonstrations, cook book authors, seminars on organic farming, bee keeping, honey making, cheese making, wine seminars & winery tours! Small local farms were on hand selling items such as honey, jams, jellies, & organic produce. There was live music, sunshine & refreshing cool breezes! Michael Colameco, (radio personality & Channel 12 TV Chef) did a cooking demo and showed his technique for making crabcakes. Gary Pavlis (the 30 Minute Wine Expert) and Maureen Petrosky of ‘Wine Club’ fame brought wine education to an whole n’other level! This event has grown out of the slow food food movement & it highlights the season’s locally grown vegetables, fruits, meats, etc.
We encourage you to attend a ‘Wine Festival’ this Summer and taste the best of NJ Wines!…Spend the day and maybe plan to meet up with friends you haven’t seen in awhile! Bring a chair, pack a lunch and slow down for the day!…its what Summer was made for. ENJOY!! Most importantly Drink Responsibly (assign a designated driver) and Drink Local! For Upcoming Festivals visit the NJ Winegrowers Website or do a wine tasting at a winery near to you…
*** The Slow Food movement is a non-profit which was formed in 1986 in Italy and was formed in response to the opening of the the first McDonalds in Rome. The organization currently has about 100,000 members worldwide in 45 countries. SLOW FOOD promotes a philosophy of pleasure & protects ‘small’ food producers who make artisinal and quality products. Their belief is in countering the effects the ‘industrial’ and ‘fast food’ culture. They also work diligently towards protecting traditional food & wine heritage.