First off, you still have today and tomorrow to take advantage of Cape Ann Restaurant Week and get a terrific three course meal for only $25 per person.
On Saturday, The Wine ConneXtion in North Andover will be hosting a grand tasting event to celebrate their first year in business. They will be pouring more than 50 hand-selected wines from all over the world with some great one-day special pricing on selected wines. The Food Network’s Tommy Grella, now director of restaurants for Salvatore’s, will be serving up culinary treats for a fun-fillled afternoon of food and wine. The tastings run throughout the afternoon, but if you want a spot for the food demos, RSVP to email@example.com.
Also on Saturday is an event we are looking forward to, the 28th Annual Essex Clam Festival, which runs from 11:00 to 4:00 at Memorial Park in Essex. (Rain date is Sunday.)
The highlight of the day will be the Clam Chowder Tasting, a competition that pits area restaurants against one another to determine who serves the best chowder on Cape Ann. Several local restaurants are expected to serve up their favorite chowder recipes starting at 12:00 and ending at 2:00.
The chowder will be judged by Legal Seafoods President & CEO Roger Berkowitz, Senator Bruce Tarr, Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Essex Town Selectman Jeff Jones, Chamber President Kathy Low, Amy Harnois of TD Bank, and local personality Ed Collard. The public will also have the opportunity to sample and vote on their favorite chowder. In addition to the chowder competition, there will be live entertainment, arts and craft tables, and children’s activities.
Lastly, we wanted to remind you that sign up for the Cape Ann Fresh Catch November season is underway. They’ve enhanced the weekly options, so you might be interested in taking a look.
Here are a few more weekend picks from a couple of our North Shore Bloggers Consortium pals:
The unstoppable Joey C has his picks here on Good Morning Gloucester.
The wonderful Jane Ward has some great ideas, including Flying Pumpkins over at Food and Fiction.
Choices from all over New England at The Two Palaverers.
Fabulous Abby shares her picks at 5th Joy.
Seth, our man in Lynn tells us what’s rockin’ there this weekend on Lynn Happens.