A chocolate championship tasting, a pig roast, a spring craft show and a murder mystery — there is still plenty of events to take in as the second week of Cape May’s annual Spring Festival gets underway.
The festival, which kicked off April 25, continues through Sunday, May 4, and includes a full roster of fun outdoor and indoor events to celebrate spring.
“Just like the first weekend, the second weekend of Cape May’s Annual Spring Festival is jam packed with great events to shake off any remaining cobwebs of winter,” says Susan Krysiak, spokeswoman for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), which organizes the annual festival along with the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May. “Visitors can sample chocolate desserts on the Chocolate Championship Tour & Tasting, take a private homes tour, join the Friends of the Cape May Lighthouse for a pig roast, take a wine tour, a ghost tour, a trolley tour, or any of over a dozen fun tours, activities and events.”
Many events take place on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, located at 1048 Washington St., with free parking available. For a complete schedule that includes other ongoing events, go to CapeMayMAC.org.
Chocolate Championship Tour & Tasting
Making its festival return is the Chocolate Championship Tour & Tasting 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3. You are the judge as you taste some of the area’s most irresistible chocolate concoctions. Visit participating historic inns and bed and breakfasts to sample their signature desserts and vote for your favorites and decide who will take home Cape May’s “Chocolate Champion” title. Those who turn in completed evaluation cards will get recipes by email.
Adult tickets are $20; children ages 3 to 12 are $15.
‘Pork & Pints’ 2nd Annual Friends of the Lighthouse Pig Roast
Join the Friends of the Cape May Lighthouse for this traditional pig roast 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge, located at 569 Seashore Road in Erma.
Enjoy beer, prizes, raffles and live music, all while supporting the educational mission of the lighthouse. Tickets are $20 before May 2 and $25 at the door (if available). Call 609-884-5404, 800-275-4278 or go to CapeMayMAC.org.
Murder Mystery Dinner/Luncheon
Join the Impromptu Players who will set the scene for a new original mystery, “Revenge is Sweet,” at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom, located at 1048 Washington St., 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3.
Enjoy a four-course dinner as you contemplate the clues, interact with the cast and help solve the mystery. Tickets are $50 per person. A three-course murder mystery luncheon will also take place 1 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Tickets for the luncheon are $35 per person.
Spring Festival Crafts & Antiques Show
The Emlen Physick Estate, located at 1048 Washington St., will transform into an outdoor marketplace as vendors from throughout the Northeast display their wares at the annual Spring Festival Crafts & Antiques Show, taking place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3.
Admission and parking is free.
Private Homes Tour
Step inside Cape May’s private residences — not normally open to the public — for a special spring homes tour featuring everything from the Victorian era to the 21st century. Tours take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children 3 to 12.
The Dr. is In
Meet Dr. Emlen Physick on his Estate’s grounds at 1048 Washington St. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. Opt for a guided tour of his house with its new theme in 2014, “Dr. Physick Throws A Party.” Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 to 12.
Ghosts of Lighthouse Trolley Tour
Embark on a trolley tour through parts of West Cape May to the lighthouse, with tales of ghostly activity throughout. Participants will be met at the lighthouse by a costumed keeper who will relate a ghostly tale inside the lighthouse with time available to climb.
The tour begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop. The tour takes place 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children ages 3 to 12.
Spring Festival at Beach Plum Farm
To celebrate the start of spring, Beach Plum Farm in West Cape May will host its first Spring Festival 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4.
The featured dish will be grilled lamb prepared by Chef Jimmy Burton of the Rusty Nail with farm-fresh produce, in addition to kid-friendly choices. Local Cape May Brewery beer and refreshments will be served. Plenty of family fun activities are on the agenda for the day, including live music, hayrides through the farm, a scavenger hunt, s’mores roasting and more.
During the month of May, Beach Plum Farm is open for one-hour guided tours 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. The Beach Plum Farm stand is open with fresh produce and herbs for sale beginning noon to 4 p.m. Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to noon Sundays.
Beach Plum Farm is located at 140 Stevens St., West Cape May. Go to CapeResorts.com/BeachPlumFarm.
Cape May Time Capsule Trolley Tour
Experience Cape May’s history up close, through the eyes of those who lived it, in a special new tour featuring characters from the past who visited, lived and worked in Cape May. Costumed historical interpreters will bring to life the town’s Victorian heritage 11:15 a.m. Sunday, May 4. Admission is $22. (Save $2 on combination with Sunday’s Murder Mystery Luncheon at 1 p.m.)