New Restaurant Alert: Pork Island BBQ to Open This Spring in Ocean City

Some exciting restaurant news was just recently announced: Pork Island BBQ will be opening up a brick-and-mortar location in Ocean City this spring!

The new spot will be located at a prime location on the corner of 34th Street and Asbury Avenue and the owners are hoping for a soft opening in March 2020 and a grand opening in April 2020.

Some of you may already be familiar with this Best of the Press award winner as this South Jersey catering company has been impressing the barbecue-loving crowd for quite a few years now. Pork Island BBQ has appeared at many events including food festivals, breweries, fundraising events, and even backyard BBQ parties.

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So, what can we expect to enjoy once the Ocean City location opens this spring? Plenty of delicious barbecue menu offerings and more! Here are some of the items the Pork Island BBQ team will be serving up:

Breakfast

  • Waffles and smoked sausage gravy
  • Pork Island Eggs Benedict, waffle rounds topped with their own smoked corned beef hash or pulled pork, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce
  • Breakfast sandwiches topped with their specialty smoked meats

Lunch/Early Dinner

  • Smoked barbecue items, including pulled pork, pulled chicken, pork ribs, brisket, and corned beef brisket
  • Six-ounce ground beef burgers
  • Smoked and grilled Italian sausage, peppers, and onions
  • Specialty pulled pork sandwiches, including The Porkster, which is a tempting pulled pork sandwich with pork roll, cheese, coleslaw, and barbecue sauce, and The JC Pig Daddy, featuring pulled pork, pork roll, cheese, bacon, coleslaw, and barbecue sauce
  • Sensational sides, such as their homemade three-cheese mac n’ cheese, Pork Island potato salad with chopped bacon and dill, custom barbecue sauces, and more

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In addition to welcoming patrons into their restaurant location to dine, Pork Island BBQ will still offer its off-site catering menu for parties and events.

Keep checking back for updates as to the soft opening and grand opening dates in the next few months and be sure to check out Pork Island BBQ’s Facebook page to see what is headed your way this spring in Ocean City!

Photos: Pork Island BBQ

Over the Bridge: 2019 Somers Point Restaurant Week (Nov. 1–10)

The 10th Annual Somers Point Restaurant Week, set to unfold Friday, November 1, through Sunday, November 10, promises spectacular lunch and dinner specials at participating restaurants around town.

From the tempting comfort food of Gregory’s to the Italian delicacies at Sal’s, you’re going to love what each and every participating restaurant has to offer during the 2019 Somers Point Restaurant Week. Diners can enjoy prix fixe two-course lunches for $12.19 and three-course dinners for $27.19 at various restaurants throughout Somers Point.

The participating restaurants include the following:

Each restaurant will offer its own special Restaurant Week menu for you to indulge in.

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Additional Restaurant Week events will include the following exciting activities:

Wine and Bites: Passion Vines of Somers Point will be hosting a special wine tasting and appetizer sampling on Saturday, November 9, from 2–4 p.m. Reservations are required and $25 tickets can be purchased by calling (609) 601-8463.

Jazzing Up Restaurant Week: The South Jersey Jazz Society will be taking part in the Somers Point Restaurant Week festivities by providing live jazz at various restaurants throughout the week. The list of musicians and participating restaurants are now posted online.

“Eat, Dine and Be Social”: Ready to enjoy dining out during Somers Point Restaurant Week and throw your name in the running for an extraordinary gift basket? Take a picture during your Restaurant Week dining excursion at the participating restaurant of your choice or Passion Vines, “like” the Somers Point Restaurant Week Facebook page, and then post your dining pictures on the Facebook page with the hashtag #SPRW19 to enter the contest. It’s that simple!

You can enter as many times as you like, but each entry photo must be from a different participating restaurant during Restaurant Week. A winner will be selected on Friday, November 15.

Start perusing the lunch and dinner menus today and make your reservations ASAP for the 2019 Somers Point Restaurant Week!

Excellent Ways to Embrace the Halloween Spirit in Ocean City

With Halloween just a few weeks away, you may be wondering how you can embrace the spirit of the holiday in Ocean City. Whether you’re looking for activities to enjoy with the kids or seeking out entertainment options for the adults, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from in Ocean City.

Ocean City Ghost Tours

The Ghost Tour of Ocean City provides an excellent way to get in the spirit of the spooky season. Based on the book, Ghost Stories of Ocean City, NJ, the Ghost Tour of Ocean City takes guests on a candlelight walking tour of Ocean City where stories of ghosts and unexplained occurrences fill the evening.

The tours are held every Friday and Saturday night in October, in addition to tours on Mischief Night and Halloween, and depart from 9th Street and Asbury Avenue. The cost is $18 per adult/kids 13+; $12 for children ages 4–12. You can find out more about these spine-tingling ghost tours and purchase tickets on the Ghost Tour of Ocean City website.

Fall Brunch Featuring Discussion About the Jersey Devil (Oct. 20)

If you’re from New Jersey or well-versed in the folklore of the area, you are certain to be familiar with the story of the Jersey Devil. On Sunday, October 20, at 12:30 p.m., attend the Ocean City Historical Museum‘s Fall Fundraising Brunch at Clancy’s by the Bay in Somers Point. The guest speaker will be Galloway Township historian Ken Sooy who will entertain and inform the crowd with the myths and legends that exist regarding the Jersey Devil.

Guests will be treated to a brunch buffet during the event. Tickets are now available at the Ocean City Historical Museum for $28 for museum members and $32 for all other guests.

Halloween Parade (Oct. 24)

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Every October, Ocean City residents and visitors put on their most creative costumes to attend and participate in the Ocean City Halloween Parade along Asbury Avenue. This year, the 72nd Annual Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Ocean City, will take place on Thursday, October 24, from 7:15–8:15 p.m. between 6th and 11th Streets.

Parade-goers will enjoy floats, marching bands, costumed participants, and so much more! Those who register and participate in the parade will be judged and have the opportunity to win prizes if they rank in the top spots for their individual event category.

 

Things to Know About the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party

In just a few days, the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party will be in full swing. As you prepare to shop and dine the day away, here are some things you should know about one of the most popular Ocean City events of year:

When and Where?

The 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party will take place on Saturday, October 12, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., along Asbury Avenue between 5th Street and 14th Street. This is a rain-or-shine event and free to attend.

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What Types of Vendors Will Be on Hand?

The vendors you’ll find at this year’s Ocean City Fall Block Party will be selling handcrafted items, clothing, home decor items, jewelry, artwork, bath and body products, holiday decor, and so much more.

Will There Be Food Available for Purchase?

You bet! In addition to being an event for shopping options galore, the Ocean City Fall Block Party is the prime location to grab all of your favorite food items. From soups to sandwiches to pizza to baked goods, no matter what you crave for refueling in between vendor table stops, you’re likely to find it at this year’s Block Party. Food will be offered at individual vendors along Asbury Avenue as well as at the local restaurants.

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Will There Be Live Entertainment?

Absolutely! Live entertainment will be unfolding along Asbury Avenue throughout the day. Look for the following live entertainment to unfold on Saturday:

  • Tidal Wave Band (10th Street)
  • Pennsport String Band (13th Street)
  • Cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes (City Hall)
  • And more!

What Else is There to Do?

If you’re looking for even more reasons to attend the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party in addition to shopping and dining, there are other activities taking place throughout the day and evening, including the following:

  • Pony rides at the Ocean City Tabernacle during the event hours (6th Street and Asbury Avenue)
  • Fireworks display over the ocean by the Ocean City Music Pier at 9 p.m.

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Where Can I Park?

I’m not going to lie. The city gets a bit crowded during this popular event but don’t worry, parking is definitely doable. And, best of all, parking is free at all metered spots and municipal parking lots, including the Transportation Center lot (9th Street and Haven Avenue), 700 block of Central Avenue lot, and 800 block of Central Avenue lot.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

The main thing to keep in mind is that you will likely leave with a lot of new purchases, so make sure you can carry everything. There are plenty of big items to purchase along the Block Party route, so be certain to have a game plan in place for how much you can carry and where you’re going to put it when you buy it. With so many fabulous vendors and unique items, your shopping bags will definitely fill up quickly at this year’s Ocean City Fall Block Party!

 

 

Fundraising, Fitness, and Food Events to Unfold in Ocean City This Weekend

The shoulder season in Ocean City is spectacular for so many reasons. Not only is the weather beyond gorgeous but the events which fill the calendar are impressive, to say the least. This weekend is no exception. From a fundraising walk to a fundraiser festival, you’ll have plenty to do in Ocean City the weekend of September 28-29.

Health, Fitness, and Wellness Expo (September 28)

It’s the perfect time to start thinking about getting healthy and with the helpful advice you’ll gather at the free Health, Fitness, and Wellness Expo on Saturday, September 28, you’ll be well on your way to healthy living. The expo takes place from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center, located at 6th Street and Boardwalk. More than 30 vendors will be at the event offering helpful advice, information, and more. Plus, there will be fun and healthy activities, including Zumba, ballroom dancing, and other exciting events.

Walk for the Wounded (September 28)

The Walk for the Wounded is held to raise funds and awareness for Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization which aids wounded military members and veterans by helping these heroes and their families with emotional and financial needs. This walk will take place on Saturday, September 28, with registration at 8:30 a.m., speeches at 9:30 a.m., and the walk kicking off at 10 a.m. Find all of the details here.

Ocean City Chili and Chowder Festival (September 28)

Love chili? Love chowder? Well, you’re going to adore the Ocean City Chili and Chowder Festival taking place on the Music Pier at noon following the Walk for the Wounded event on Saturday, September 28. In addition to unlimited samplings of chili and chowder prepared by the members of the Ocean City Restaurant Association, you’ll be able to vote for the best firehouse chili prepared by firefighters from the three Ocean City fire stations in this friendly battle for the best culinary dish. The cost is $15 per adult and $5 per child. All of the finer details can be found in the recent OCNJ Happenings article.

Ocean City Half Marathon (September 29)

Runners take your mark and get ready for the Ocean City Half Marathon on Sunday, September 29. This will be the 10th year for the Ocean City Half Marathon where participants will hit the ground running at 8:30 a.m., including those taking part in the 10-mile walk/run. The event will also include a 5-kilometer race. Event registration is still open, so if you would like to enter the competition and have yet to sign up, you can do so until 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 26. You can find all of the details online.

Whether walking, running, or dining for a great cause, make sure you spend the upcoming weekend in Ocean City!

 

Fall-Themed Products and Sales Are Abound in Ocean City

As we welcome in the first day of fall today and say goodbye to summer, we can celebrate the changing of the seasons with some spectacular seasonal sales and fall-inspired products offered by many Ocean City establishments. From end-of-summer sales to autumn-themed donuts, you’ll be glad that fall has arrived.

Here are some of the seasonal products, sales, and events you’ll find throughout Ocean City:

  • Spoon & Sip: Apple pie and pumpkin pie flavor frozen yogurt treats.
  • Nauti Donuts: Fall-inspired donuts and espresso drinks, including pumpkin cake donuts, pumpkin spice lattes, and pumpkin caramel lattes. And, be sure to try the Great Pumpkin donut, a pumpkin spice donut topped with sweet cream cheese icing and salted caramel drizzle.
  • Rauhauser’s: Fall-themed candy, such as the autumn deluxe mix, a sweet candy corn combination.
  • Two Poppy Seeds (Stainton’s): This new Stainton’s vendor is selling local handmade ornaments for your purchasing pleasure. After all, Christmas is only a few months away.
  • Beachin’ Bakery: Registration is now open for the Kid’s Halloween Cookie Class on Saturday, October 19, from 11 a.m.–noon. The cost is $25 per child and you can contact Beachin’ Bakery to reserve your spot.
  • Hoy’s 5&10: End-of-summer sales are now going on at Hoy’s 5&10. Stop by their 7th Street and 34th Street locations for some spectacular savings.
  • Soma Cafe: Visit Soma Cafe for some sensational comfort food offerings to start the fall off right, including the dairy-free “cream” of broccoli soup. This savory concoction is made with coconut milk instead of heavy cream and nutritional yeast in place of cheese for a dairy-free menu item that all can enjoy.

Welcome in fall by taking advantage of one or more of the previously mentioned items and happy first day of fall to all!

Ocean City Chili Chowder Festival Set for September 28

Beef chili, vegetarian chili, mild chili or out-of-this-world spicy chili…however you like it, you are bound to find your ideal chili at this year’s Ocean City Chili Chowder Festival on September 28, 2019.

But, that’s not all that will be served up at this year’s festival on the Music Pier from noon–4 p.m. The other half of the festival includes robust and flavorful chowder offerings, from seafood to vegetable and other savory dishes.

An admission fee of $15 per adult and $5 per child enables you to enjoy all-you-can-eat samples of chili and chowder prepared by Ocean City Restaurant Association members. With each admission ticket, you’ll also grab a bottle of water to put out the fire from all of the zesty samplings.

On that topic, don’t miss another excellent part of the Ocean City Chili Chowder Festival which is the chili competition between Ocean City firefighters from the three firehouses on the island. Firefighters from the 5th Street headquarters, 29th Street station, and 45th Street station will engage in a little friendly cooking competition as each station competes to have their chili voted to be the best by Chili Chowder Fest attendees.

In addition to enjoying a day sampling chili and chowder and seeing who wins for the best firehouse chili in the Ocean City Fire Department Chili Cookoff, you’ll be helping the Ocean City Fire Department to raise money for the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit raises money to contribute to many local organizations to help those in need.

Don’t miss this extraordinary culinary event where you can sample delicious chili and chowder and help the Ocean City Fire Department raise money for their foundation at the same time. Tickets are now available at the Ocean City Fire Department headquarters located at 550 Asbury Avenue and the 29th Street fire station at 2901 West Avenue.