Oyster Lovers and Wine Lovers in Cape May

Oyster Lovers and Wine Lovers in Cape May

Imagine a day filled with a delicious tasting of local oysters, including Cape May Salts, Cape Shore Salts, and oysters from the Sweet Amelia Oyster Farm. Now combine that with an amazing Sommelier Michael Craig of Washington Inn and Chef Lucas Manteca offering exceptional wine tastings and cooking demonstrations and you’re in foodie heaven.


When I learned that Cape May Forum was putting on a program to educate, display and deliver tastings of local wines and oysters I began to salivate.

To my readers and Instagram followers it is no secret that I love oysters. In fact it took only five minutes scrolling my Instagram feed to find not one, but two and  three recent oyster indulgences. Cape May has no shortage of places to enjoy Cape May Salts and other oysters.

Since we all know that South Jersey grows more than just tomatoes and the six wineries in the county are becoming a destination unto themselves, I had to jump on board and promote this event.

Wine and Oysters: Growing On The Garden State,” to be held at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry Terminal on April 25th from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The day begins with a continental breakfast followed by a series of presentations on the New Jersey Wine Explosion.

The panel of experts includes: Dr. Dan Ward, an expert on the growing of the wine grape; Dr. Gary Pavlis, who will talk about “Where We Are and Where We Are Going”; and John Cifelli, of the Garden State Wine Growers Association.


Following lunch, (which is included)  you will learn about the thriving “Cape May Oyster Industry: Why It’s Growing and Its Future.” Presenters include: Lisa Calvo, Aquaculture Coordinator at Rutgers; and Dr. David Bushek, Director of the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory.

Michael Craig, Owner/Sommelier of the Washington Inn and Darren Hesington, Winemaker, of Cape May Winery will talk about “The Art of Wine Pairing.” In addition, Lucas Manteca, Chef/Owner of The Red Store will present a live cooking demonstration. Of course, the audience will enjoy a tasting of the food and wines.

All of this, education, tasting and feasting for only fifty bucks! $50.00 for the program including lunch. For more information, click any of the links in the post today or call Myra Kurkowski at 215-740-2563

So all you wine and oyster lovers, come learn, eat, and enjoy a day at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.  New Jersey is growing more than tomatoes!

To register online for this great event just follow this link here.








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