Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

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.

14 Annual Keyport Country Jamboree and Chili Fest, October 8 & 9, 11 am – 6 pm Event will take place at West Front Street. Admission and parking are free. Contest to judge the best chili, homemade cakes, pies, and jams. Live music and entertainment. Link to event details

Greek Agora Festival in Cherry Hill, Octboer 6 – 9th, between 11am and 1am.  “Agora Greek Festival” South Jerseys premier authentic Greek Food & Wine festival, where the tradition of Greek beliefs, the best food this side of the Acropolis, delicious wines and great entertainment are celebrated.

River Horse Oktoberfest Saturday, October 8th from 1pm to 6pm…..the rain date is Sunday, October 9th from 12pm to 5pm. Local Beer, Live Music and Food. All the bases are covered! No Cover Charge – Pay As You Go. Beer proceeds benefit Twin River Town Projects, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that funds various community outreach programs/projects in the area like the New Hope, Lambertville, and Solebury Parks and Recreation Departments. Lambertville/New Hope Kiwanis, a non-profit civic organization that has been supporting people in need since 1923 including families in need, the local food pantries, volunteer rescue squads and The MS society of Central Jersey.

Italian Street Festival Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 7th -9th Grant Avenue, Seaside Heights. 732.477.6507.4PM to 10PM (Friday), 10AM to 10PM (Saturday), 10AM to 8PM (Sunday). Free admission. The Italian festival features performers straight from Italy. Savor a weekend of delectable Italian specialties, arts and crafts, entertainment, and a parade that is bound to delight young and old alike. The festival begins Friday at 4:00 p.m. and continues through Sunday. The Columbus Day Parade starts at 1:00 pm Sunday on the Boulevard.

Our Lady of the Lake Church in Verona, NJ, hosts its second annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday from 6 to 11pm. The event takes place at Our Lady of the Lake, at 32 Lakeside Ave (across the street from Verona Park). Complete with a variety of German fare, from wursts to sauerkraut to German chocolate cake. And of course, beer!

Garden State Wine Festival at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry October 8-9 – The Association’s only southern Wine Festival held on the beautiful grounds of the Cape May–Lewes Ferry Terminal in Cape May. Taste over 200 wines from approximately 21 New Jersey wineries. Bring a chair or blanket and sit along the bay and listen to music or peruse the vendor corridor. Visit for tickets. Or call the Cape May–Lewes Ferry Terminal 800-643-3779 for Ferry and Festival combo tickets.

The West Cape May Annual Lima Bean Festival is the one event you must attend. Great food, quality vendors, antiques, entertainment and fun. Come out and celebrate West Cape May’s farming heritage. You will never think of legumes the same way again. Located in Wilbraham Park from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Rain date October 9. Call Diane Flanegan at 609-884-9325 for information.

Souper Sunday Chili Chowder Cook Off at Morey’s Piers- Sunday, October 9th Join the fun and excitement as talented chefs from throughout the tri-state area compete for the glory of the BEST CLAM CHOWDER & CHILI awards. Enjoy the festive boardwalk atmosphere as contestants use their finest ingredients to prepare winning dishes. The competition features three divisions for Chili, New England Clam Chowder and Manhattan Clam Chowder.

Seafood and Music Festival in Wildwood- Saturday, October 8th The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce will host this FREE street fair from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Atlantic Avenue between Wildwood and Schellenger Avenues. Live music, crafters, food vendors, pie eating contest, clam chowder contest and much more! Two stages of FREE musical entertainment will feature Frank Bay and Swing City Blues Band, The Rocktologists, The Good Tymes Band, Large Flower Heads and Bandstand. A Kids Korner with kid activities including pumpkin painting, face painting, bounces and cotton candy will take place from noon to 4 p.m. 609.729.4000 or

OctoberFest Under the Sea. Bring a friend and enjoy the evening…with the Philadelphia skyline as a backdrop and the 550,000 gallon Shark Realm as the stage, it is sure to be an exciting evening for a worthy cause! Tickets are $85.00 per person and are available at: R.S.V.P. at or write for more information. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Rea’s Harvest Country Fair on October 15, 2011 at Rea’s Farm, Bayshore & Stevens Streets, West Cape May. Rea’s Country Harvest Fair offers a unique setting on a down to earth working farm that was once one of the largest farms in Cape May county. County fair atmosphere with pony rides, family hayrides, contests and games for kids and adults. Unique food vendors, antiques, art and crafts and high quality flea market dealers. The fun begins at 10:00AM till 5:00PM. Rain date October 16. Vendors and visitors call 609-884-4522 or 609-408-3219 for 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

The Fantastic Fall Hot Pepper Harvest On Friday Oct 21, the EARTH Center will offer a garden/cooking workshop entitled, The Fantastic Fall Hot Pepper Harvest from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave. South Brunswick. The workshop aims to introduce attendees to the love of hot peppers and will feature some great recipes.. growing considerations and of course, ways to cool the burn…Registration is required by Wednesday Oct. 19. The program fee is $20. The size of the class will be limited, so register early to insure a space. For more information contact the Ag office at 732-398-5262.

Tour CHEESE ROOM AND TASTE SOME RAW CHEESES… Saturday, October 22nd from 10-11:30 am Take a walk into our cheese room, visit our caves, meet our cheese maker Kelly Harding and sample grass-fed raw milk cheeses while discussing the health benefits of using grass-fed raw milk in cheese making. We will taste each one of the raw cheeses we make here at the farm as well as cheeses from around the world. $20 to register, please email The Class will end just in time for lunch and this is when you can stop by the stand out front and enjoy a farmstead grilled cheese prepared on the spot by Chef Sacchitello. Taste the flavors of our raw milk cheese straight from the cave and see how the depth of flavor changes with the addition of a little heat.

Locals Feeding Locals – a Taste of Autumn Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 5:00 – 10:00PM Giamano’s Restaurant, 301 Main Street in Bradley Beach 07720 Locals Feeding Locals is the third event Giamano’s has sponsored to raise funds for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. This taste of autumn will be an evening to experience the finest Italian dining on the Jersey Shore. Ticket cost is $50 per guest and may be reserved by calling 732-918-2600. Seats are limited.

Wine and Cheese Tasting Fundraiser to Benefit Holiday Express will be held in the Sickles Market greenhouse, Little Silver, New Jersey, on Friday, November 4, 7-10 p.m. Once again Sickles Market will dress up its greenhouse in magical holiday style, serve spectacular gourmet foods, artisanal cheeses and pour premium wines. The event – which is denim casual – will offer live entertainment by some of the best talent from the Holiday Express band; a silent auction brimming with rare, collectible wines; and a live auction that includes the hugely popular Wine Crawls – progressive tours of some of the Jersey Shore’s best private wine cellars. Plus so much more! Last year’s event was sold out so attendees are urged to reserve tickets as soon as possible. Tickets are $125 and sponsorships are available. To reserve tickets or make a sponsorship please call Tori Sickles at 732.741.9563. Or, purchase online at