wine and music

We can’t get enough of Hawk Haven Vineyard. Whether it’s their Sangria Sunday, their RootStock Music Series or simply their wine, Hawk Haven always gives us a good reason to come by. And that fun continues this weekend, with the two-day Cape May Wine & Music Festival.

1. The Wine. Want wine? You’ve come to the right place. In addition to their own Hawk Haven wines, the festival will feature vino by visiting wineries including Jessie Creek, Cedar Rose, Cape May, Bellview, Auburn Road, Natali, White Horse, and William Heritage. Admission includes a wine glass and samplings from each of the wineries. Once you decide on a favorite (or two), wines can be purchased by the glass or bottle.

2. Craft Beer Garden. Can’t stand wine? Fret not, there’s beer too. While beer isn’t included in the price of admission, it is available for purchase from several local breweries including Bucket Brigade, Cape May Brewing, Jersey Cider Works, Mud Hen and Slack Tide.

3. The Food. If the wine and beer weren’t reason enough to head to the Cape May Wine & Music Festival, the food would be. There’s something for everyone, with empanadas from Empanada Mama; gourmet cheeses and charcuterie from Barrel Room Kitchen; goodies from Jack Shack via their mobile unit, Hit the Road Jack; Caribbean inspired sandwiches and sides from Mermaid Mutineer; barbecue bacon-wrapped shrimp skewers and cucumber salsa from Jenni Mac’s Winey Snacks; pulled pork from Jersey Bill’s BBQ; or Mexican fare from the Taco Shop.

4. The Tunes. Tasty treats and lovely drinks are one thing. Add music though, and you’ve got yourself a real festival. Saturday is full of tunes, starting with Chris Gillin-Schwartz & The Ramble at noon; Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.; and a special guest at 3 p.m. On Sunday, the party starts with Hevee Levee at noon; Jeffrey Gaines at 1:30 p.m.; Bluebone at 3 p.m.; and Swift Technique at 4:30 p.m.;

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