Ladies, Mark Your Calendars

Japan is celebrating girls this Saturday, and so is Mitsuwa.

Did you know that this Saturday is “Girls’ Day”?

It is in Japan, where it’s called Hinamatsuri and is marked every March 3 with a festival that celebrates the health and happiness of females of all ages.

It’s being celebrated this Saturday, March 3 at Mitsuwa, the Japanese uber-market located at 595 River Road in Edgewater.

Traditionally, the dish served at this celebration is chirashi sushi, a colorful array of fishes splayed over sushi rice, and it will be featured at Mitsuwa as well.

A tip for newcomers to both Mitsuwa and Girls’ Day celebrations: Located in the food court at Mitsuwa is Cafe Akira, where to-go packs of chirashi sushi will be on special for $14.90. Quantities are limited.

For information, call 201-941-9113 or visit


There’s a new festival planned for this spring in Cape May.

The first Sip Into Spring Festival will take place from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, May 12 at the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street in Cape May.

Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, the event will spotlight wines, craft beers, cocktails and a variety of foods from local vendors that include Empanada Mama, Seaside Cheese, Crespella and Matt’s BBQ. Gardening workshops are planned as well as seminars set for 1 pm and again at 2:15 pm called “Slicing & Dicing: Watermelons and More,” with chef Joseph Poon; tickets are $20.

While admission to the grounds is free, there will be a charge for certain activities, as well as for food and beverages.

For information, call 609-884-5404 or visit

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