Feeling the Blues in Hammonton
While music fans were enjoying the fabulous Dave Matthews Band Caravan in Atlantic City over the weekend, I enjoy the “blues” all the away across the county, at the annual Red, White and Blueberry Festival in Hammonton. I got there early on Sunday and it was already packed, with more people pouring in.
Hammonton bills its self as the “Blueberry Capital of the World” (check out the water tower, pictured) and the town puts on quite a show of blueberry creativity at the Festival, not to mention that the festival is free, with free parking and free trolley rides to and from the parking.
Where else would you find blueberry tea, blueberry jellybeans, blueberry ice cream, blueberry pie, blueberry cannolis and blueberry hot pepper jam?
There was also a classic car show and plenty of classic festival eats like cheesesteaks, sausage and peppers, pork roll sandwiches, funnel cakes and crabcakes. I don’t know how many people were there, but I bet at the peak of the day it rivaled the DMBV for attendance.
While the homemade blueberry pie at the festival looked temping, I couldn’t resist visiting Penza’s Pies at the Red Barn just up Route 206 on my Sunday drive. Having appeared on The Food Network, the world now knows what we have known for years, that these are the best pies on the planet. They are pricey (my five fruit pie, pictured, cost $22) but I weighed it and it was over three pounds!
All in all, it was a lovely Sunday morning spent enjoying the rural side of our diverse region.