Foodie Things to do in NJ This Weekend and Beyond

“Warhol Wine Bar” Fundraiser at MAM – Friday, June 3

Sharon Sevrens, proprietor of Amanti Vino, in conjunction with Montclair Art Museum has creating a wine tasting event to celebrate the “Warhol and Cars” exhibition currently on display at the museum. Guests will enjoy generous tastings of a variety of imported wines as they explore the museum’s galleries. This event will take place on Friday, June 3, from 7pm to 10pm.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Jennifer Scallon: (973) 259-5143

Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Fest – June 3-5

Every year Michael Arnone brings New Jersey a taste of the Louisiana bayou with his Crawfish Fest. From June 3rd through the 5th the Sussex County Fairgrounds will be packed with vendors selling crafts, bands playing live music, and of course fabulous food.

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Annual Greek Festival By The BayJune 3-5

Enjoy a variety of Greek specialties including gyros and souvlaki at the Annual Greek Festival By The Bay in Perth Amboy. The festival will also feature authentic Greek Dancers as well as games and prizes for children.

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1262326_red_strawberriesWest Cape May Strawberry FestivalSaturday, June 4

Everyone’s favorite summer fruit is being honored with its very own festival in West Cape May. The festivities will of course include a variety of strawberry-themed dishes as well as seafood, barbeque, and Jersey fresh produce. There will also be live entertainment and a number of vendors selling antiques, handmade jewelry, and art.

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The Jersey Shore Wine Festival Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5th, will include sampling of a variety of award-winning wines from throughout New Jersey. There will also be live musical entertainment throughout both days, crafters, vendors, and food, plus a play area for the kids. FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, both inside and outside. The event will be held from 12 noon – 5 pm each day. Ticket Information: Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the event. Everyone with paid admission will receive a free souvenir wine glass. Click here to order tickets online or call 732-901-7000 option 2.

PVO-logoNewStrawberry Day & Pig RoastSaturday, June 4

Strawberries and more strawberries! Peaceful Valley Orchards in Pittstown is hosting a Strawberry Day featuring great food, pick-your-own fruits and veggies, kids face painting, farm animals, and rain barrel painting. The Master Gardener will be giving a talk about issues facing green-minded gardeners.

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Riverfest June 3 – 5

Marine Park in Red Bank is holding a food and music festival featuring live performances and more than 24 local restaurants offering a variety of dishes. There will also be a variety of vendors, gourmet cooking demonstrations, and fun activities for kids.

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MitsuwaJapanese Gourmet Fair June 2 – 5

Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater will be hosting a Japanese Gourmet fair featuring a variety of “Bonne Bouche” from Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu in the south. Stop by this weekend for an authentic taste of Japan!

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tasteofwestwoodTaste of Westwood Sunday, June 5

The Westwood Public Library will be hosting the Third Annual Taste of Westwood from 6pm to 9pm. It will feature delicacies from a number of local restaurants as well as showcase merchants and professionals, boutiques, and arts and crafts that are unique to Westwood.

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Belmar’s Seafood Festival: Friday June 10 – Sunday June 11th. Free Admission. New Jersey’s Top Restaurants, Craft Beer and Wine, Children’s Activity Tent and Live Music. Free shuttle from Belmar Marina, Downtown Belmar Train Station and Festival.

Food For Thought Benefit Monday, June 13

The Mansion at Bretton Woods will be hosting a dinner to benefit the work of the Mental Health Association of Morris County. The event will take place from 6pm to 9pm.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call: (973) 334-3496 ext. 102

All-American BBQ Fundraiser Thursday, June 9

BrightsideThe Bright Side Manor is hosting a fundraiser on June 9th from 6pm – 8pm featuring a tasty lineup of barbeque brisket, chicken and a number of vegetarian options. All proceeds will benefit the Bright Side Manor Assisted Living Residence in Teaneck.

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Fun food fact of the day: The world’s oldest known recipe is for beer.

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.