Foodie Things to do This Weekend and Beyond

New Jersey State BBQ Championship in North Wildwood. July 8 – 10 All the meat you can eat! There will be live demos, a wing eating relay, Blues bands and tons more. More info here

ShrimpFest – July 8 -10 Come on down to Joe Palaia Park in Ocean township for the annual ShrimpFest. With more than 25 restaurants in attendance, there’s sure to be no end to the yummy treats. For more information, please visit:

Terhune Orchards Blueberry Bash in Princeton July 9 – 10, 2011.

July 10th – Red Bank Food and Wine Walk 4 – 7 pm This summer, sundays heat up with the Red Bank Food and Wine Walk. Come sample wine and food from restaurants throughout the entire Red Bank Business District. The dates for summer are as follows: Sunday, July 10th and 24th, 2011 Sunday, August 14th and 28th, 2011 For a list of participating restaurants, please visit

New Jersey’s Farmers’ Markets are in full bloom. To find a Farmers’ Market near you check out the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Website.

Looking ahead:

The Food Network is airing a new show called Tough Cookies about Susan Adair and Linda Brand as they run Crazy Susan’s Cookie Co. in Ocean City, NJ Monday, July 11th. ,

Asian Tea Experience – Japan and China July 12th – 6:30 pm. Presented by tea expert and historian, Judith Krall-Russo. Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 124 Symmers Drive, Manalapan. Info:732-431-7220

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.

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 FestivalJuly 28 – 31. Too much great info to list. Check out the events, personalities and details here.