Foodie Things to Do this Weekend and Beyond

The “Jazz It Up Wine Festival”
is set to go for Sept. 3 – 4 at Allaire State Park in Farmingdale, NJ … Hurricane Irene has not affected our plans and we are looking forward to another memorable event … See You There!Bayshore Community Hospital Foundation to Hold 3rd Annual Wine Tasting to Benefit Cardiac Services Programs next Thursday!

2nd Annual Bets, Brews & BBQ at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport. Sept 3 & 4, 11am to 5pm. Come early and enjoy a full day of feasting on slow-cooked, smokin’ good offering from the area’s best BBQ restaurants and competitive teams plus craft beers, crafters, vendors, entertainment and activities for the kids plus thrilling thoroughbred racing. Vote for your favorites and enter to win some very tasty prizes.

Natali Vineyards Wine Stock Farm Festival 2 DAYS ~ 8 BANDS (FREE ADMISSION)  September 3rd and 4th.  Click for more information.

Bayshore Community Hospital Foundation invites you to its 3rd Annual Wine Tasting fundraiser next Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. to benefit the hospital’s Cardiac Services Programs. The event will feature premium wines from around the globe. The event’s steadfast co-chairs, Fern and Peter Esposito and Mary and Dr. Elias Lehaf have once again graciously offered their time to organize this event. The 3rd Annual Wine Tasting will be held at the newly renovated Addison Park in Aberdeen, N.J. Tickets are available for $125 each, reserve yours today by calling the Bayshore Community Hospital Foundation at (732) 497-1790

34th Annual Greek Festival, September 8-11, 2011 Bring the family and feast on Greek specialties, pastries, ouzo, live entertainment, folk dancing, rides, games & more at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church at 721 Rahway Avenue in Union, NJ. The festival entrance is free, and parking is $1. Visit website for more information.

Back to School Snacks, Monday, September 12 How to get your kids to eat healthy and make snack for and by themselves? Author May Fridel, A Passion for Spices, will be showing the kids how to prepare easy and healthy after-school snacks at Savory Spice Shop, 138 E. Broad Street, Westfield from 6-7:30pm for $10pp. Call Savory Spice Shop to reserve your spot at 908.264.8947. Classes are limited to the first 20 people.

The 2011 Summit Wine and Food Festival in Summit, NJ, Sept. 9, 10 & 11. features Food Network & Bravo celebrity chefs, Sommeliers, top winemakers and wineries in one of the best festivals of its kind. Come join us for a gathering that represents the summit of the epicurean arts in America. Chef’s demonstrations, wine expert seminars, wine tastings, food and wine dinners, mixology cocktail, spirits and beer presentations are all on the menu. Click for more Details.

26th Annual NJ Oktoberfest Sept. 17th with family activities including lumberjack contests, pie-eating contests, a magic show, and pony rides will be held at the Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg. In addition to authentic German beers, there will be an Oktoberfest menu including roasted pig and lamb, knockwurst, weisswurst, potato pancakes, Black Forest cake, and strudel. Noon to 9 PM, rain or shine; free admission. Click for more information or call 973-827-5996 ext 2.

WMGK’s 1st Annual Brew Blast on the Battleship New Jersey, Sept. 17th Sample over 50 of the finest craft beers in the nation on the tented deck of one of our nation’s most revered battleships, The Battleship NJ. WMGK’s House Band will be playing live. TICKETS: $45. Each ticket includes a voucher entitling the holder to a free Battleship tour FOOD: Authentic Oktoberfest Franks, Sausages and Artisan Cheeses will be provided by Dietz & Watson. Participating beers and brands include: Brooklyn Lager & Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin, Flying Fish Octoberfish, Great Lakes Oktoberfest & Great Lakes Elliot Ness, Harpoon Octoberfest and Pumpkin, Lagunitas, Long Trail Harvest,Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale & Ommegang Hennepin,Shiner Bock & Oktoberfest, Shipyard, Sierra Nevada Tumbler, Sixpoint, Stoudts, Troegs, Unibroue, Victory, Weyerbacher. Click for more info.

Canning 101, Monday, September 19, Is your garden overflowing with juicy Jersey tomatoes? Before the weather cools off, preserve your fruits & veggies at the peak of their flavor with simple techniques. Chef May Friedel will also demonstrate how to make delicious chutneys, pickles, and even preserved lemons. Bring your produce and cans to Savory Spice Shop, 138 E. Broad Street, Westfield from 6:30 – 8pm for $15pp. Call Savory Spice Shop to reserve your spot at 908.264.8947. Classes are limited to the first 20 people.

New Jersey Restaurant Week. Sept. 18 – 25th. Follow the link for participating restaurants.

Boulevard Five72, Kenilworth will host a farm dinner at Dreyer’s Farm on Sept. 18th to benefit the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative. 3:30 PM; $125 plus tax and gratuity. For tickets, call 908-709-1200.

Farm to Table Wine Tasting Event, Saturday, September 24 Eat and Drink For a Reason is a nonprofit organization that merges the foodie and the philanthropist in us all. Adam & Alicia Winters invite you into their Scotch Plains home for a unique culinary fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Specialized Hospital. Food & Wine to be donated by Savory Spice Shop, Cool Vines and Bayberry Caterers and Alan’s Orchard. Visit website for ticket purchases and information.

Cooking Lesson: Christine Nunn, owner and chef at the FABULOUS Picnic restaurant in Fair Lawn (See Our Review) is doing a cooking demonstration at the Upper Saddle River Library on September 21 from 6-7:30.  Event is open to all Library cardholders in Bergen County, free but reservations are required.

WRAT’s Asbury Park Beerfest Saturday, October 8th. Conventional Hall, Session 1 -12:00PM-4:0PM Session 2 – 6:00PM-10:0PM $25 In Advance $30 At The Door Ticket. $10 Designated Driver Ticket. Click for more information.