Foodie Things to do in NJ This Weekend and Beyond

Twin Light Taphouse Summer Kickoff Party in Highlands: June 25, $10 gets you in the door and 1 free beer, straight from a freshly tapped firkin.  The Blue Point Brewery Dry Hopped Hopitcal Illusion firkin is not all it you’ll be sipping.  With that cover charge, you’ll get to experience a variety of delicious food for a special New Jersey Craft Beer party price and even more, beer specials all day long.  There are more than 20 bottles and cans to select from also and a full wine and liquor list as well. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

LafayetteLiberty Hot Dog Festival – June 25-26 Olde Lafayette Village is the place to be this weekend with music, food and craft vendors, and hog dog tastings a ‘plenty. There will be a hula hoop contest for kids and a hot dog eating contest for those with bellies of steel. There are prizes to be won for the top three contenders.

For more information, please call: 973-875-2068

Summer Walk-Around Wine Tasting – Sunday, June 26 Reserve your seats early for this annual treat. The Pluckemin Inn in Bedminster is opening its doors for a seasonal wine tasting event replete with hors d’oeuvres and 30-40 wines to sample.

For more information, please call: 908-658-9292

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ElijahsPromiseChef’s Night – Monday, June 27 Enjoy a sumptuous dinner that benefits a great cause! Chef’s Night will take place at the Palace at Somerset Park from 6-9PM. This dinner will benefit the Elijah’s Promise Culinary School, and institution which provides an intensive training program for those interested in the food service industry.

For more information, please call: 732-545-9002 ext. 126.

DiPaolosFrancis Ford Coppola Wine Dinner – Tuesday, June 28

DiPaolo’s Italian Ristorante in Penns Grove will be hosting a dinner and wine tasting in honor of Francis Ford Coppola’s California winery. There will be a guest speaker, 6 course dinner, and prize giveaways.

For reservations, please call: 856-299-4645.

Salt Creek Grille Princeton’s 3rd Annual Wine & Dine Festival. Thursday, June 30, 5-9 PM:Take happy hour to the next level, with food and drinks for a great cause! Sample Salt Creek’s finest food, unlimited wine & beer samplings, and the musical stylings of Billy Hill and Latin jazz band 3-D. Free giveaways, silent auction sponsored by Wegmans, and more, plus 94.5 PST will be broadcasting live! A portion of all proceeds to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County. $60 per person in advance, $75 at the door. Call 609-419-4200 or More information:

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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.