After the sun no-showed at Sunfest we’re a little curious as to what the organizers of Harbor Days and Winefest had to provide to coax the shy little fellow out for this weekend’s events. In any case, the sun is going to get increasingly lazy and start setting earlier and earlier – which means everyone trying to squeeze a last bit of summer fun out of 2011 should go in well-armed with information.
Consider us your Q, except we’re not really providing secret agent gear, just info on plentiful wine, cheap food and family-friendly entertainment (though in this case the three aren’t mutually exclusive.)
Starting Friday, September 30 @ 11 a.m. and continuing through Saturday @ 7 p.m. at the Inlet, the sixteenth annual Winefest provides your “in” to local and regional wineries, craft brewers and the regular assorted arty craftsy stuff that goes along with it. There will be music, there will be food and there will be Bird Dog and the Road Kings playing. It’s a relaxing, fun event that costs $25 at the gate, and less for the kids. There’s a designated driver program the provides for free sodas for regular admission price.
Harbor Day at the Docks is this Saturday from 10 to 4 off Sunset Avenue at the commercial harbor. Admission is free and highlights Ocean City’s maritime traditions – seafood cooking, commercial and sport fishing, scallop harvesting and, of course, fish cleaning. You’ve got to have the fish cleaning, because you need the solid fundamentals down before you reap the rewards. Any grandfather will tell you that.
Ocean City Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday and ends on Oct. 16, where a bunch of local restaurants will offer a fixed-price menu and are generally pretty awesome. Price levels have been expanded this year to between $10 and $40 allowing more restaurants to participate. The full listing of participating restaurants is here. No tickets, armbands or special hats required, but reservations are probably a good idea.
Once full of wine and your favorite Ocean City fare the rest of the time is up to you. With daylight coming more and more at a premium it’s well worth it to make your schedules earlier and earlier.