Tents and tables cover the grassy, waterfront lawns of Lake Lenape Park East
for a two-day celebration of good eats and sips at the South Jersey Wine & Food Festival. Vendors work alongside students from the Academy of Culinary Arts to prepare fresh cuisine and stage cooking demonstrations, while winemakers pour samples to throngs of attendees. An outdoor wine garden provides a designated space to sip and dine while socializing, and guests can peruse hand-crafted gifts to take home to a loved one or someone they just owe a favor to.
Though most of the festival is unstructured, one of its core events is an amateur wine competition, where judges sample guest submissions of red and white wines designated as sweet and dry hybrids, vinifera, and soft or stone fruits. Live music from Atlantic City lounge singer Beth Tinnon and a steel band provide a lively soundtrack throughout the two-day shindig.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
Sahl's Father Son Farm is almost 150 years old. The corn maze is a much newer tradition but already a marvel of produce and local pride. Every year, the giant maze is shaped like a different South Jersey icon: Lucy the Elephant, the Philadelphia Eagles' logo, the Battleship New Jersey, and more. The view from inside the maze, however, is reduced to tall corn walls, wrong turns, and dead ends. For the sake of families, kids, and adventurers, the maze is divvied up into three levels of difficulty—City Slickers, Redneck Challenge, and Hillbilly Mayhem—that allow for exploration of all types, from casual meandering to tactical navigation. When guests make their way out of the maze, they'll find open-air activities such as hayrides, pumpkin patches, pig races, and playgrounds.
Home to a rousing lineup of award-winning wines, Sharrott Winery's passionate staff helps make the nuanced art of drinking wine more easily accessible. Located on 35 rolling acres, the winery and vineyard crafts a host of varietals from start to finish—tending to rows of grapes and fermenting the juices at their on-site facility. Samples of nectars such as the silver medal-wearing dry riesling or the trio, a grape trifecta that results in smooth notes of vanilla, lilac, and fresh cherries, are available inside the spacious tasting room, which overlooks the vineyard so grapes can mature before guests' very eyes.
Martial arts at Hammonton's iLoveKickboxing.com is a great workout that will leave you feeling Zen.
While you're enjoying this club, be sure to check out their amazing restaurant for a tasty meal.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this club — they'll love the scene here as much as mom and dad.
Patrons will appreciate the detailed and easy-to-follow MMA classes at this establishment.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Work your body into fighting shape as you train in martial arts at iLoveKickboxing.com in Hammonton.
Runners race down the road, leaving splashes of color behind them and on one another. Such is the scene at every Sparkle Me Wild, a color run event incorporating a whole lot of sparkle.
During the 5K race itself, they arm their runners with packets of pure color, made from a mix of glitter and dyed, organic cornstarch.
Though Sparkle Me Wild is a fun way for families to cut loose together, it also supports local charities, as well as GO FAR (Go Out For A Run), a national charity that fights childhood obesity.