Foodie Things To Do This Weekend & Beyond

Pig Roast at the Vineyard, Friday, May 18th from 6pm-9pm. Unionville Vineyards, Ringoes, NJ. Succulent portly roasted pig with hors d’ oeuvres and a buffet provided by Ol’ West BBQ. Dinner includes an assortment of Unionville’s classic wines. A walk in the vineyard will be guided by acclaimed winemaker, Cameron Stark. He will explain how vine are nurtured and tended throughout the year. Live entertainment will be provided by singer, song writer John Sonntag. Tickets are $75 per guest and must be purchased in advance. For more information click or call the winery at 908-788-0400

Shot@Life Fundraiser, Friday, May 18th from 7pm-10pm. MOMS Club of Middletown-South will be raising funds to benefit Shot@Life at the Red Oak Diner & Lounge in Hazlet. The benefit will feature appetizers and desserts, cash bar and an amazing auction. Click here for more information.

Taste of Revel, Friday-Sunday, May 18th-20th. Revel Resorts, Atlantic City. Presented by FOOD & WINE and created in partnership with TRAVEL + LEISURE. This three-day epicurean extravaganza will feature exclusive experiences developed specifically for the 6.3-million-square-foot beachfront destination. For more information, click here.

Chili & Salsa Cook-Off, Saturday, May 19th from 11am-5pm. Come to one of the biggest events in Downtown Toms River to taste tons of chili and salsa. There will be live entertainment, vendors and crafts. For more information: Chili & Salsa Cook-Off

Food StockCommunity Food Drive, Saturday, May 19th from 12pm-4pm. Lunch Break, in Red Bank, will hold a food drive at the Red bank Middle School. There will also be food, fun and music.

Beer vs. Wine, Saturday, May 19th from 7pm-11pm. Held at Atlantic City’s famous Boardwalk Hall, this one of a kind event is a concept created to solve that age old question: Beer or Wine, which is the ultimate beverage and how do they pair with delicious foods? 15 American craft breweries and 15 American wineries will be showcased, all complementing  Atlantic City’s finest restaurants. For more information, click here.

11th Annual “Wine and Wildlife” Festival, Saturday, May 19th from 4:30pm-8pm. Enjoy a wine tasting featuring over 2 dozen different wineries, a beer sampling consisting of microbrews and a gourmet ‘picnic’ dinner. Hosted at the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, guests are given the opportunity to meet the ‘animal ambassadors,’ wander through the wildlife housing area, and enjoy the beauty of the Pinelands in the spring. There will be live music as well as several artists displaying their ‘nature-themed’ work at the Nature Center. For more information, click here.

South Jersey Food Swap, Saturday, May 19th from 3pm-5pm at The Sweet Life Bakery in Vineland. Swap goodies with some foodie friends. Swapping homemade, home grown, or foraged items. For more information, click here.

Glassboro Vintage South Jersey Wine Festival, Saturday & Sunday, May 19th & 20th from 12pm-5pm. The South Jersey Tourism Corp. and Glassboro Marketplace are proud to present the first ever wine festival featuring Outer Coastal Plain wines exclusively! This event is held on Rowan Boulevard. For more information and tickets, click here.

Red Bank Food & Wine Walk, Sunday, May 20th from 2pm-6pm. On the third Sunday of the month from May to August, sample wine and food from restaurants throughout the entire Red Bank Business District. Click here for details.

6th Annual Bluegrass & Barbecue Festival, Sunday, May 20th from 11am-5pm. Tuckerton Seaport. Kick off the summer with the down home sounds of bluegrass and the sweet smell of barbecue. Crafters, vendors, food, refreshments, family activities, demonstrations, decoy carvers, boat building and boat rides. For more information, call 609-296-8868.

Taste of the Nation, Sunday, May 20th from 2pm-5pm. Chef/owner Jim Weaver will be hosting the Taste of the Nation event as a launch party for his new book, Locavore Adventures: One Chef’s Slow Food Journey, at his restaurant, Tre Piani, in Princeton. One hundred percent of the ticket sales will benefit anti-hunger organizations. 2 to 5 PM; $85. For tickets and more information, visit

The Big Burger Bite, Sunday, May 20th. Be a Food Blogger for the day and tell us about your special spot for the best Jersey Burger. In honor of National Hamburger Month, our Jersey Bites writers will be heading out to their favorite Burger spot this Sunday, to indulge in a juicy Jersey Burger, and we would like you to participate and share your beautiful burger photos here our Facebook. No reservations required.

Taste of Manasquan, Sunday, May 20th from 12pm-4pm. Sample a variety of cuisine from more than 20 local eateries. Live entertainment and free shuttle. To benefit the Manasquan Food Pantry and the Manasquan Chamber of Commerce. For more information, click or call 732-223-8303.

Taste of Evesham, Sunday, May 20th from 1pm-4pm on Main Street in Marlton. Sample amazing food from some of the best local restaurants. There will also be beer and wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, and live music. For more information, click here.

And Beyond…

Grand Tasting XVIII, Monday, May 21st Held at the Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange, to benefit the Jersey Battered Women’s Service. This JBWS signature gala is a sampling of signature dishes prepared by notable local chefs and restaurants. The evening will also include a variety of spirits, raffles, and an auction. For tickets, click here.

An Evening in Memphis, Tuesday, May 22nd from 6pm-9pm. The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape offers amateur chefs and food enthusiasts alike the opportunity to learn how to prepare three- and four-course dinners. Explore different sauces for pork, chicken and assorted sides, including slaws, biscuits and desserts. Savor the flavors of historic Beale Street BBQ joints with a sampling of dry and wet rub ribs. For fees and to register, call 609-343-4829, or visit

Livingston Kings: Grand Re-Opening Celebration, Wednesday, May 23rd from 12pm-2pm. Join Chef Bill Zucosky, executive chef of Strip House at Livingston’s Westminster Hotel, as he creates a Kings-inspired twist on one of his signature dishes from noon to 2 pm. A portion of the day’s proceeds will benefit the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW). Click here for contact info and directions.

Balls with Attitude Competition, Thursday, May 24th from 6pm-8:30pm. Greater New Jersey Society for Healthcare Food Service culinary competition. Savory meat, vegetarian, futuristic, all balls qualify. For more information, click here.

Pizza Slaughterfest 2012, Saturday, May 26th from 10am-9pm. The annual Tony Baloney’s pizza eating competition and celebration with feature over 100 vendors, a beer garden, and live music. Tony Baloney’s in Atlantic City, a Jersey event not to miss. Click here for more information.

Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars, Sunday, May 27th. Join us for the first ever Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars! The top food trucks in town (and out of town) will be rolling in to serve up their delicious dishes and try to earn your vote for People’s Choice. JS Food Truck Wars

Wine Tasting Benefit, Friday, June 1st from 7pm-11pm. Stafford Township PBA and Rt. 72 Buy Rite Liquors present their annual wine tasting fundraiser, all proceeds benefit the Southern Regional Scholarship fund. There will be over 100 wines to taste, a buffet style dinner and unlimited draft beer. For more information, click here.

Garden State Beer Expo, Saturday, June 2nd. Two sessions: 12pm-3:30pm & 5:30pm-9pm. Come sample some of the best brews available in the great Garden State at the PNC Bank Arts Center. Tickets are available online or at Spirits Unlimited locations. Click here for more information.

22nd Annual SummerFest, Saturday, June 2nd from 11am-7pm. Point Pleasant Borough. Enjoy five bands and a huge childrens section. For adults there will be a beer and wine diamond complete with waitress service! More than 30 food vendors and 100 craft vendors will fill the park. Plus special performances by the local dance academy, boot camp instructor, childrens parade and more!

Apple Farm Arts & Music Festival, Saturday, June 2nd from 11:30am-8:30pm. Elmer, NJ. Enjoy live music on two stages, a variety of food vendors, and a beer/wine tent available, a juried crafts fair including ceramics, basket-weaving, jewelry and more plus fun children’s activities in a beautiful country setting. For more information, click here.

Jersey Shore Wine Festival, Saturday & Sunday, June 2nd & 3rd from 12pm-5pm. The BlueClaws host the annual wine fest at FirstEnergy Park. Sample a variety of award-winning wines from throughout New Jersey. Enjoy live musical entertainment throughout both days, crafters, vendors, and food, plus a play area for the kids. For more information, click here.

Cape May Restaurant Week, From June 3rd-June 10th. Known for its variety of fine dining experiences, from casual sit-down to formal dining, Cape May, NJ will showcase its best restaurants for the eight-day event, with restaurants offering fixed prices that make our culinary adventure both affordable and tempting. For more information, click here.

Opening Day: Ventnor International Farmers Market, Wednesday, June 6th from 3pm-7:30pm. St. James parking lot. In celebration of opening day there will be, in addition to local foods, arts & crafts, live broadcasting from 96.9, local musicians, demonstrations and a guest speaker. Please be green and bring your own shopping bag.

An Evening With George Taber, Friday, June 8th from 6pm-9:30pm. Unionville Vineyards. Tickets are $15 per guest and advance purchase of tickets is strongly recommended. George Taber is a wine expert and world famous author of the novel “Judgment of Paris”,  the book in which the movie “Bottle Shock” was based on. George will make a presentation about his first hand experience at the 1976 wine competition in France and offer a special wine tasting presentation with acclaimed winemaker Cameron Stark where they will make comparisons of wines grown in different wine regions around the world. For more information about this event, and for tickets, click here.

LBIfest 2012, Saturday, June 9th from 11am-6pm. A day-long event featuring local artists and crafters, retail vendors, family fun, live entertainment and delicious local eats from your favorite restaurants. Held at Bay View Park and Long Beach Township Municipal Complex. Click here for more information.

Farm-to-Fork Fundraiser, Saturday, June 9th from 5pm-10:30pm. Brady Life Camp in Pottersville, NJ. There will be a farm fresh meal catered, live entertainment, 50/50 and live and silent auctions. Proceeds go towards America’s Grow-a-Row’s mission to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce. For more information and to be a sponsor, please visit: America’s Grow a Row

New Jersey Irish Festival, Sunday, June 10th. Join us for live entertainment on two different stages, Pipe & Drum Band Competition, Catholic Mass, Food Vendors, Craft Vendors, Irish Step Dancing, Family Activities, 50/50 Raffle and a full day of live Thoroughbred racing. 42nd Annual Irish Festival

Chef’s At The Shore, Thursday, June 21st from 5:30pm-9pm. Historic Gardner’s Basin. In conjunction with Professional Chefs Week, the fundraiser attracts local chefs from casino and regional restaurants. Enjoy some of the area’s finest foods. Proceeds from Chefs at the Shore benefit the Atlantic City Aquarium and the Professional Chefs Association (PCA), the latter of which uses the funds to support its education and scholarship programs. For more information, click here.

North Wildwood Italian American Festival, Friday-Sunday, June 22nd-24th. Friday: 4pm-10pm. Saturday: 10am-10pm. Sunday: 12pm-6pm. Takes place along Olde New Jersey Ave., North Wildwood. Annual celebration of Italian-American heritage, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Features vendors, food and live entertainment. FREE to attend!

BrewFest at the Ballpark, Saturday, June 23rd. Two sessions: 12pm-4pm & 6pm-10pm. Held at the Lakewood BlueClaws Stadium. There will be over 100 styles of beers to taste. There will be local, regional, national, and international brews. There will also be giveaways and a live broad casting from the WRAT. For more information and tickets, click here.

Blueberry Festival, Saturday, June 23rd from 10am-4pm. Celebrate all things BLUEBERRY at the 29th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival. Great family fun. Enjoy blueberry picking, live country music, exhibits & demonstrations, lectures & tours, great food and an array of children’s activities. Enjoy the famous pie eating contest. Whites Bogs Road, Browns Mills, NJ. 609-893-4646

“Rythm at the Shore” Music Festival, Saturday & Sunday, June 23rd & 24th. Formerly the Jazz and Blues Festival, this Point Pleasant Beach festival features great music, food and wine. This is an admission FREE event. Wine tasting at a nominal fee. For more information, click here.

Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, July 26th-29th. Festival will enjoy four days of events, tastings and celebrity chef appearances that showcase the city’s abundant culinary offerings.