Foodie Things to do in NJ This Weekend and Beyond!

Third Annual Great American Bake Sale:  Saturday, May 7,  From 10AM – 3PM Little Achievements in Roxbury will be hosting their third annual Great American Bake Sale. The bake sale to benefit Share Our Strength, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger.  For more info, please visit:

Jersey Burger Day: May 7th is our self-proclaimed Burger Bites Day. Since May is National Burger Month we here at Jersey Bites have decided to spread out and sample some of the best Jersey has to offer.  Our team members will be picking their favorite places to get their burger on, and we invite you to get in on the Patty Party. Whether your burger is vegilicious or double beef with a side of pork, we want to hear about it. Facebook and Twitter (#jerseyberger) will be our “Burger Bites” headquarters for the day. Tune in, upload a pic of your burger destination and give us a peek at what you decided was your ultimate Burger Bite. If you need help finding a place for a great burger, check out the results of New Jersey Monthly’s Best Burger Competition.

Mother’s Day Early Lunch Cruise: Sunday, May 8  Come down to the Lincoln Harbor Marina and take your mother on a lovely cruise around the harbor. An early lunch will be served, buffet-style. There will also be an interactive DJ and dancing. A late lunch cruise is also available. For more info, please call: (201) 333-8600

Mother’s Day Luncheon Buffet: Sunday, May 8, The Four Sisters Winery in Belvidere, NJ will be hosting a Mother’s Day buffet with live music, wine by the glass and tour of vineyards and wine cellar. For more information, please visit:

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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! For more information, please visit:

Fight Cancer with Your Fork – Featuring Susan Silberstein, Ph.D.: May 20, 2011 – 6pm-9pm, Jersey Shore Arts Center. 66 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ. . Light Refreshements by Dean’s Health Foods. Violin Concert by Ocean Grove Violin Academy.  Tickets $20 advance register online.

Susan Silberstein, Ph.D. is the Founder/Director, Center for Advancement in Cancer Education Author of the Books Hungry for Health and Hungrier for Heath Nationally-Recognized Lecturer on Nutrition and Cancer Creator of the video, Breast Cancer: The Diet Connection Editor of Immune Perspectives and Global Woman Magazines Phi Beta Kappa and Fulbright Scholor.  Learn what science says about diet and cancer prevention! Learn over a dozen advantages of using nutrition in a cancer treatment program! Learn the best foods and beverages for fighting cancer! Learn how to create an inner environment unfriendly to cancer! For more information, you can use these contacts: Phone: 732-775-1919. Email:

Dessert Wars: Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 from 6-8pm at Branches Catering in West Long Branch. Area bakeries, caterers, pastry shops and restaurants will compete in the Jersey Shore’s first ever “battle of the batter”… Click for more information.

Great New Jersey Hot Dog Showdown: Monmouth Park, Oceanport May 28 & 29. Do you relish great hot dogs and burgers? Kick off the summer by munching on the best hot dogs and burgers from across the Garden State at the Great New Jersey Hot Dog Showdown. Decide which ones cut the mustard and cast your vote. Sample them all, vote for your favorites and enter to win great prizes. Live entertainment, crafters and plenty of fun for the kids plus the ultimate in thoroughbred racing.  Admission included in Monmouth Park entry fee. Food prices vary. or 732-222-5100 for details.
Fun food fact of the day: In an authentic Chinese meal, the last course is soup because it allows the roast duck entree to “swim” toward digestion.

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.