Foodie Things to Do this Weekend and Beyond

New Jersey State Ice Cream Festival. If you love Ice Cream, have we got an event for you. Vote for Peoples’ Choice & Best Local and Best National flavors! Purchase your tasting kit ~ Buy tickets in advance and save! $6.00 up to 7/15/11 – $7.00 at event.  The kit includes a card with your tickets for tasting and ballots for voting. For more information:

The 12th Annual Blues Festival at Sickles Market! Saturday, July 16. Little Silver. 11:00am – 4:00pm Celebrate summer and locally grown blueberries with fun activities for the entire family. Kids will enjoy face painting and food tastings, while the whole family can enjoy the fun of our traditional blueberry pie-eating contest for kids and the Sickles Employees! Sickles Market, 1 Harrison Ave, Little Silver, NJ

3rd Annual Bradley Beach Lobster Festival, July 16th , 12 – 8 pm Features food, music and fun for the entire family. 5th Avenue Beach Pavillion, Bradley Beach. Rain Date: 7/17. Info: 732-776-2999.

Barrel Trail / Walk in the Vineyard Wine Trail Weekend. July 16 & 17, 2011. The Garden State Wine Growers Association’s Wine Trail Weekends give you the opportunity to plan special day trips to New Jersey’s wineries. Create your own New Jersey Wine Trail! Start and finish wherever you like, and visit the wineries in the order that you choose. For more information:

Summer Sunday Cookouts from Tommy 2 Scoops, July 17th 3pm – 7pm. Jersey City. Enjoy the FUN at Tommy 2 Scoops! And COOL OFF with some Yummy GELATO & Sorbet! $11 adult, $7 child (Includes 2 Main Items, 2 side items, & drink) Questions? 201.360.0791.  Check out their Facebook Invite.

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week: Special Event. Thursday,  July 21, 2011 Celebrate New Jersey grown fare under the twilight sky. A lakeside evening with hors d’oeuvres and a 4 course meal paired with wines.  6:30 pm The Mill, Spring Lake Heights. Outside Terrace, Lakeside.  (Rain date: Thursday July 28, 2011) Tickets: $100 plus tax and gratuity. From the Kitchen of Executive Chef Matt Giarratano.

SJ Hot Chefs will feature special “Farm to Fork “ menus starting on July 17. The South Jersey Independent Restaurant Association, most commonly known as SJ HOT Chefs, will host their 5th Annual Farm to Fork Week, a tribute to local farmers. Throughout the summer, the Farm to Fork campaign will host cooking demonstrations, dinners, and “Feasts in the Fields”, beginning with Farm to Fork Week from July 17th through July 23rd. During Farm to Fork Week, participating restaurants will create four-course menus, ranging from $25-$35, featuring the finest locally grown products and ingredients. (Please see below for a full list of participating restaurants).

Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour. When: July 29-31, 2011. Robert Mondavi Discover Wine will invite event attendees to explore the senses with an Essence Station, designed to help guests recognize the subtle aromas and flavors of wine. Cooking demonstrations with local chefs and wine experts will complement displays on Robert Mondavi’s legacy in American winemaking, tastings of wines from Robert Mondavi Winery, Robert Mondavi Private Selection and Woodbridge, and an iPad station where visitors can send themselves information on what they’ve experienced. Where: Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, Bally’s Casino, Atlantic City. (609) 398-4450 Cost: FREE!

Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival:  July 28 – 31. Too much great info to list. Check out the events, personalities and details here.