The Fifth Annual Crab Cake Festival & Shore Chef Cook-Off August 20th and 21st. Monmouth Park, 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport. The event will feature New Jersey crab cakes and seafood from NJ restaurants, with chefs competing for Best Crab Cake and Best of the Rest. Along with thoroughbred racing there will be live entertainment and crafts to buy. Noon to 5 PM; $3 grandstand admission allows admission to the Cook-Off area. Advance tickets are not required, and food prices will range from $5 to $15. Check out the fun on YouTube.
A five-course Farm to Table Dinner sponsored by Slow Food Northern NJAugust 21st, will be held at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Rd, Morristown. Chef Andrea Carbine from A Toute Heure in Cranford will prepare a dinner centered on Fosterfields’ heirloom vegetables, grass-fed meat, and poultry. Chef Diane Pinder of Donna & Company Artisan Chocolates will present dessert. Sustainable and organic wines will be paired with each course. Live music will be provided by the Cabin Jazz All-Stars, and farmer Rob Kibbe will conduct a horse-drawn hayride tour. The proceeds from this Sustenance on the Farm Dinner will benefit Fosterfields’ educational farm programs for schoolchildren and the Slow Food Northern NJ School Garden Program. For more information, call 908-451-0051, and for tickets log on to www.sustenanceevents.com.
Grape Stomping Festival at Renault Winery. Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28. Come enjoy the time honored tradition of grape stomping and welcome in the harvest season.This is your chance to make your own wine the old fashion way and take home the fruits of your labor!! Meet Lucy, bring a camera, bring the whole family! Beer and wine garden, wonderful food including our world famous sausage and peppers, Jersey fresh seafood and much, much more…call 609.965.2111 for more information. Noon – 4 PM RAIN or SHINE. FREE admission – FREE Parking.
Summer Farm Fest, August 28th, will be held at Hlubik Farms, 92 Georgetown-Chesterfield Rd, Chesterfield. 5 to 9 PM; $30 in advance, $35 at the door; includes all food, entertainment, and soft drinks. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets are available at the farm and at High Street Grill, 64 High St, Mount Holly.
Rib Rock at PNC Bank Arts Center August 28th. Headliners: The J. Geils Band, B. B. King and Gary Clarke Jr. Action on the Festival Stage starts at 3 p.m., In between acts, emcee Chef James Conroy, from QVC, will be entertaining the crowd with “low and slow” barbecue techniques and cooking demonstrations, interviews with the chefs, and audience participation contests and activities. Among a wide array of crafters and vendors, Jersey Shore-centric attractions in the festival arena include fortune telling by Madame Marie, meet and greet with the team from Weird NJ, and trims by the Shore’s Bikini Barbers, “Where it’s Summer All Year Round.”
Taste of the Quarter benefiting the United Way, August 29th will be held at the Tropicana Casino and Resort, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, featuring dishes from more than fifteen restaurants throughout the Quarter and Tropicana. 6 to 9 PM; $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at the IMAX box office on the third floor of the Quarter and at www.ticketmaster.com, via phone at 800-745-3000, or at the United Way office. Ages 21 and up
Wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres to benefit the Bayshore Community Hospital’s cardiac services programs. September 8th, 6:30 to 9:30 PM; $125. For ticket information, call the Bayshore Community Hospital Foundation at 732-497-1790 or e-mail email@example.com. Addison Park, 150 Rt 35 N, Aberdeen,