Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

Roots & Wings’ Oktoberfest, Friday, October 28th at 7pm. Roots & Wings, an organization dedicated to helping former foster children, will host Oktoberfest, its largest and most popular fundraiser.  The event will include a German biergarten, dinner, entertainment, and silent and live auctions, and is expected to draw more than 300 people. For more information: Roots & Wings

Pama Pomegranate Liqueur Party, Jeffrey’s of Westwood, Friday, October 28th from 7pm-9pm. Jeffrey’s of Westfield will be fully transformed into a haunted house, with staff in costume and their entire menu Halloween-themed. Festivities throughout the weekend include the Pama Pomegranate Liqueur Party on Friday, a costume contest on Saturday, and a kids costume contest on Sunday. For more information please call: 908-232-4517

Wine & Food Classic, Friday, October 28th from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Join the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties, in partnership with Canal’s Bottlestop Route 70 Marlton, for the 2nd Annual Wine & Food Classic, benefiting Y programs that support a healthier and more active lifestyle for children.Guests will enjoy more than 700 of South Jersey’s finest selection of wines and dishes prepared by premium chefs. A limited number of tickets will be sold for a V.I.P. reception, featuring premium wine and menu selections. For more information call: 856-234-6200

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Somerset. Friday & Saturday, October 28 & 29 from 10am to 6pm, & Sunday, October 30, 10am to 5pm. The festival will feature crafts including functional and decorative pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, wood, metal, furniture, home accessories, photography and fine art. Gourmet foods and seasonal favorites—including candies and chocolates, hearty soups, artisan breads, jams and dips, syrups, and olive oils—will be available to sample and purchase from dozens of specialty food purveyors. For more information:

Beer Festival, Somers Point Fire Department Sta. 2. Saturday, October 29th from 1pm-4pm, VIP 12-1pm. Come help benefit the men and women of 2 House. VIP is $50 and includes exclusive beers. General Admission is $35. They will be serving 20 to 30 different crafts brews and there will be food vendors from some of your favorite local eateries!  For those who want to attend and don’t want to drive home the Pier 4 is offering a 10% discount on rooms with a copy of your ticket to the event! For more information: Facebook Event

Halloween Costume Party and Beef & Beer, Saturday, October 29th from 8pm-Midnight. Bettin’ On A Cure is hosting their annual party and fundraiser at St. Mike’s Mutual Club in Gibbstown, NJ. There will be a costume contest, a DJ, buffet dinner and dessert, unlimited beer and soda, raffels and more. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Tickets at the door will be $5 more. For more information: 609.617.1036 or Fb Event

Tewksbury Harvest Festival, Saturday, October 29th from 11am-4pm. Christie Hoffman Farm, Califon, NJ. The festival will feature hot-air balloon rides, pony rides, hayrides, handmade crafts, classic car show, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, face painting, live music, exhibitions, pig roast, contests, and prizes. $20 admission includes ALL activities, plus free pumpkins, cotton candy, and popcorn. For more information: Tewksbury Fest

Halloween Fest & Street Fair, Ridgefield Park. Saturday, October 29th from 10am-5pm. Main St. will become an open air pedestrian marketplace with live entertainment, festival foods, local merchants and restaurants displaying their specialties and a variety of family activities. Kiddie Rides, face painting, games, activities and much more! For more information: Ridgefield Park Halloween Fest

Halloween Wine & Brewfest, Sunday, October 30th from 12pm-6pm. Enjoy a grown-up Trick or Treat at Meet, Drink and Be Scary. Wines, Champagnes and Craft Beers take the place of candy as you stroll the stations at Kean University’s Harwood Arena. Come in costume and you’ll be rewarded with your choice of a souvenir pilsner or wine sampling glass! Prizes given for the funniest, scariest and best costume! Also take in The Star-Ledger Travel Show where you’ll be eligible to win lots of door prizes including free trips. TV’s will be on to show the football games! Tickets are only $15 per person and include 10 sampling tickets (use 1 per beer sample, use 2 per wine sample). Tickets at the door are $20. For more information: Brewfest

And Beyond…

Garrett Oliver: A Tasting & Signing, Amanti Vino, Montclair. Tuesday, November 1st from 7pm-9pm. Come meet Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver, editor-in-chief of the new Oxford Companion to Beer. Copies of the ultimate beer guide will be available for purchase and signed by Garrett. Attendees will enjoy tastes of The Companion Ale, a Brewmaster’s Reserve beer created to commemorate the book’s publication, and brewed in an old style called “wheat wine,” a wheat-based equivalent to barley wine. For more information: Amanti Vino

Crab Cake Dinner, Tuesday, November 1st. Mud City Crab House will be hosting the 1st annual crab cake dinner to benefit David’s Dream and Believe Foundation.  They will be hosting 2 seating’s, 5: 30 and 8, in the dining room, each seating accommodating approximately 75 people.  The night will consist of dinner, wine & beer cash bar, and an auction.  Tickets can be purchased at Mud City Crab House for $35.00/ticket.  The meal will consist of family style appetizers, soup or salad course, a crab cake dinner, (there will be a non-seafood option), and dessert. Mud City Crab House 609-978-3660

Wine and Cheese Tasting Fundraiser to Benefit Holiday Express, Sickles Market greenhouse, Little Silver, NJ. Friday, November 4 from 7-10 p.m. 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

Restaurant Week at Cork Genuine Food & Drink, Westmont, NJ. On November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th they will have celebrity chefs cooking a special 4-course $35 menu created with the help of Cork’s chef Anthony Marini. For details please visit:

Wednesday, November 2nd: Master chef Olivier de St Martin, born and raised in Champagne, France, is the owner of Caribou Café & Zinc Restaurants in Philadelphia and winner of the Food Network’s “Chopped.” He will be creating a bistro menu featuring French comfort foods and cultural dishes.

Thursday, November 3rd: Chef Jim Coleman, cookbook author and host of PBS’ long running “Flavors of America” will be providing a menu inspired by flavors of America. Coleman was a longtime chef of the 4 star Rittenhouse Hotel and then the Normandy Farms Hotel in Blue Bell, Pa.

Friday, November 4th: Chef Philippe Chin from Paris, France, a celebrity and master chef, will be providing a menu.  Philippe is well known for is cross culture cooking inspired by his Chinese Father and his French mother. Philippe had a restaurant in Philadelphia and most recently in Augusta, Georgia.  He was featured numerous times on the Food Network.

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week: Various locations. For more details and tickets for the events below, please visit:

“The Kick-off Party” The Breakers Hotel, Spring Lake. Thursday, November 3rd. Great Jersey Shore chefs prepare their favorite “Comfort Foods” including: Wine Bar, Cheese Station, Pate Bar, Desset Bar.

Great Jersey Shore Burger Contest, Saturday, November 5th at Bar A, Belmar. Taste and Vote for the Shore’s Best Burger.

“Great Chefs Cook Italian” Spring Lake Manor, Spring Lake Heights, Monday, November 7th. “Chopped” champ Matthew Zappoli of Tre Amici, Top 25 Zagat rated Piccola italia chef/owner Brian Gualtieri and legendary Joe Leone prepare a 5 course meal paired with Italian Wines.

Sushi and Sake Night at 709, Point Pleasant Tuesday, November 8th. A sushi, sake and white wine tasting.

“Souper Happy Hour” The Mill, Spring Lake Heights. Wednesday, November 9th. “Soup and Sammy”….delicious harvest soups paired with savory mini sandwiches.

The After Party “Cocktails and Cupcakes” Watermark, Asbury Park. Thursday, November 10th. Killer after dinner cocktails, make your own cupcakes and dance the night away.

Charley’s Craft Beer & Comedy Night Charley’s Ocean Grill, Long Branch. Friday, November 11th. Sample craft beers and delicious appetizers and enjoy some of the Shore’s top comedians.

“Burgers, Bloodies and Brews” at Harpoon Willy’s, Manasquan. Saturday, November 12th. Enjoy your choice of burger with a Bloody Mary or Shinerboch Beer.

A Taste of Italy at Undici. Sunday, November 13th. This popular event features tastings of over 50 Italian wines paired with delicious cheeses, meats and pastas from the regions of Italy. Spirits table.

March of Dimes: Signature Chefs Event, Monday, November 7th at 6pm. Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale, NJ. Tickets are just $100 each and entitle you to one of New Jersey’s premier food and wine tasting events. The event also features a live and silent auction and the opportunity to network with several of New Jersey’s business and community leaders. Your ticket price is tax deductible and supports the mission for stronger, healthier babies. Please call 732-859-5595 for tickets or additional information.