Foodie Things to do in NJ this Weekend and Beyond!

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Chruch – Wine, Beer and Cheese Tasting :Friday, April 29, 2011. With ten different vendors in attendance, this event is sure to be a hit. Sample a variety of wines, beers, and cheeses, as well as an assortment of appetizers, desserts and coffee. The event is taking place at St. Joseph’s Halloran Hall in Lincoln Park, NJ.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Susan Leeds at (973) 696-0369

The Mill at Spring Lake Heights: Friday, April 29 (101 Old Mill Road, Spring Lake Heights) 29 from 6:30-8:30.  They are offering a sampling from the following breweries: Erie Brewing Company, Beach Haus Classic American Pilsner (a NJ owned brewery), Blue Point Brewing Company, Cricket Hill (a NJ brewery), Brooklyn Brewery, Flying Fish, Sierra Nevada,Sam Adams.  This is a casual event where company reps will be on hand to answer questions about their products.  Bottles only as The Mill doesn’t have a draft.  Tickets are $20 (+ tax) in advance or $25 at the door.  Call 732.449.1800 to purchase tickets

Taste of Asbury Festival: Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Asbury Park.  Rain date is Sunday, May 1.  Growing in deliciousness each year, Taste of Asbury Park 2011 features your favorite go-to restaurants from the thriving Asbury Park restaurant scene: Old Man Rafferty’s, Synaxis, Munch, Lailia’s, Bond Street Bar, Belmonte’s, Stella Marina and Brick Wall plus newcomers FISH, Brando’s, DJ’s Delight, Asbury Blues and Johnny Mac.  New this year, A Taste of Asbury Park will offer sips too, as it debuts a spectacular new VIP Wine Tent sponsored by Living In Media to complement the many good tastes visitors can enjoy all day long. Sample from more than six of New Jersey’s finest wineries, including Unionville and Auburn Road Vineyards. For more information click here.

Shad Fest 2011: April 30-May 1, 2011  Shad Fest 2011 Lambertville, New Jersey: 12:30-5:30 pm both days – no fee for admission – rain or shine! Each year the festival highlights our region’s arts community, the City of Lambertville, the Delaware River, and of course, Lambertville’s favorite fish, the Shad.

Slow Food Northern: Annual Meeting & Local Foods Picnic Lunch On Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 1-4 PM . $12 SLOW FOOD members. $18 non-members, $37 non-members (includes meeting and $25 membership) BUY TICKETS NOW. 1-2:00PM Local Foods Picnic & Social Hour. 2-4:00PM Annual Meeting–DETAILS BELOW. 4-5:00PM Tour Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, if you like

Looking ahead:

Mother’s Day Cooking Demo: Monday, May 2, 2011. Signature Kitchens, Inc in Hawthorne will be hosting a cooking demo with Chef Blazena Federer. The demo includes a three course meal prepared by the chef. Tickets are $65 per person. For more information, please visit:

Chef’s Gala to Benefit Table to Table: Thursday, May 5, 2011 Drew Nieporent is the guest of honor at this event which is being held to support the Table to Table organization. Guests will have the opportunity to try a number of dishes prepared by award winning chefs including Anita Lo from Annisa, David Burke of David Burke Towhouse, and Peter Kelly of Xaviars, among others.  For more information, please visit:

Whole Foods Market Edgewater – Strawberry Smackdown! Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May is national strawberry month, one of the tastiest on the calendar! Whole Foods in Edgewater will be hosting a competition to create the ultimate strawberry dish. The public is encouraged to try their creations and vote for their favorites. Each person who votes is automatically entered to win a strawberry themed prize as well as a Whole Foods gift card!

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Fun food fact of the day: Coca-Cola was originally green.

Candida Sadigh, Assistant Editor. Born in Montreal, Canada to an Italian mother and a Persian father, Candida comes from an obscenely large family. Needless to say she grew up surrounded by lots of great food. While she has always been passionate about trying new foods and enjoying favorites, she only began to try her hand at cooking a few short years ago. Her adventures in the culinary arts have drastically enhanced her appreciation for a good meal and, especially, for a creative menu.
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