Foodie Things to Do this Weekend and Beyond

Asbury Park Oyster Fest, September 9th – 11th. Stretching over three days and turning water-lined Lake Avenue into one long funway of oysters, restaurant samplings and non-stop music. With children’s rides and amusements, over 100 crafters and gift vendors, cold beer and wine stops, Oysterfest connects Asbury’s two exciting shopping & dining districts; the downtown and beautiful oceanfront boardwalk.  More information here.

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.

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.

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. Governor Christie and Lt. Governor Guadagno have declared the week of September 18-25, 2011 as NJ Restaurant Week, and New Jersey Restaurant Association, the statewide business organization representing NJ’s eating & drinking establishments is proud to sponsor this statewide event with restaurants in every corner of the State offering multi-course lunch and dinner specials for $19.00 or less and $35.00 or less respectively. Thank you for supporting NJ restaurants this week and everyday!. 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.

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.

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.

Bloomfield Harvestfest, September 24 & 25th, Bloomfield’s biggest celebration. Two food courts serving festival and ethnic food favorites. For more information click here.

Baykeeper’s Annual Clambake September 25th,  Fort Hancock Chapel on Sandy Hook in New Jersey. Festivities run from noon to 4pm with registration beginning at 11:30am.  Fun in the sun, good food, good friends, music, seining and a toast to some of Baykeeper’s hardest working friends and allies.  Click for more info.

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.

Organized Crime, Fine Dining, Baseball and Laughs at Trenton Thunder Stadium. “The Falsetto’s Murder” dinner theater on October 15 at 7:00 pm in the Yankee Club & Conference Center at Waterfront Park. Tickets are $49 each and include a gourmet dinner menu and a performance of the regionally-renowned show. Seating is limited and can be reserved by contacting the Thunder 609-394-3300 ext 116 or tickets can be purchased online right here. LIMITED SEATS REMAIN

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