Foodie Things To Do This Weekend & Beyond

Italian-American Festival, Thursday- Saturday, July 12th-14th from 6pm-11pm. Freehold Raceway. Enjoy major rides, games, crafters, entertainment and of course great food, hosted by the Italian-American Association of Monmouth County. For information, contact Cheryl Scuorzo, 732-536-5832.

137th Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel | Italian Festival, Thursday- Monday, July 12th-16th. Hammonton, NJ. The longest running Italian festival in the United States features Italian food stands, gardens, concerts, fireworks, live entertainment, carnival and more! Click for more details.

The Feast of Mount Carmel, Thursday-Monday, July 12th-16th. Berkeley Heights. Several days packed full of international foods, top musical entertainment, amusements and fun for family and friends. The feast day promises a variety of fun, with a midday parade through Plainfield Avenue to the Church of the Little Flower! The event will also culminate with an impressive fireworks display.

NJ State Barbeque Championship, Friday – Sunday, July 13th-15th. Wildwood, NJ. Come witness barbecue teams from around the country show off their skills in a quest for the best. Don’t miss the live cooking demonstrations, special displays, and much more. The Anglesea Blues Festival is held in conjunction with the NJ State BBQ Championship.

Pour-a-Palooza, Saturday, July 14th from 12pm-4pm. Held at the Pour House in Westmont. An Outdoor Craft Beer Festival with 30-plus breweries and music. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Click or call 856-869-4600.

South Jersey Caribbean Festival, Saturday, July 14th from 12pm- 8pm. Experience the crafts, sounds, and flavors of the region’s Caribbean community. Enjoy a day of Steel Drum music, Jerk Chicken and fun on the Camden Waterfront. Click for details.

4th Annual Lobster Fest, Saturday & Sunday, July 14th & 15th. Held at the boardwalk in Bradley Beach between Fourth and Brinley Avenues on Ocean Avenue. Hosted by the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce, this two-day event features seafood galore, children’s entertainment, music, beer and wine, and crafts. Come early, stay late on both days. Call 732-897-1111 for details.

New Brunswick Restaurant Week, Saturday, July 14th- Saturday, July 28th. TWO full weeks of local restaurants offering special deals to participants. Get out and explore downtown New Brunswick. Click for a list of participating restaurants and their offers.

Red Bank Food & Wine Walk, Sunday, July 15th from 2pm-6pm. Purchase a wristband for $25/person and spend the afternoon strolling through the beautiful riverfront town while sampling food and wine from Red Bank’s fine food establishments. Click here for details.

Summer Walk-Around Wine Tasting, Sunday, July 15th from 3:30pm-5pm. Pluckemin Inn, Bedminister, NJ. Come enjoy 40-50 wines with the refreshing flavors and textures that are perfect for Summer. You’ll enjoy hors d’oeuvres from our culinary team, the opportunity to purchase wines on a first-come, first-served basis, and special offers to stay and enjoy dinner. Just $30 per person!

Sundaes on Sunday, Sunday, July 15th from 12pm-6pm. Kennedy Park, Somers Point. An all-you-can-eat ice cream festival featuring kids activities, crafters, food vendors, live entertainment, and more. Click for more information.

Latin-American Festival of Folklore Raices de America, Sunday, July 15th at 10am. Held at Exchange Place in Jersey City. A multicultural event with dance, music and food from different countries of Latin America. Dances like Caporales, Morenada, Tinkus, Tobas, Bol; San Jaunito, Ecu; Mariachis, Mex; Cumbia, Col; Shajchas, Baile de las tijeras, Marinera, Peru; Cueca, Chile; salsa, Puerto Rico and more. Several groups of Folk music.

And Beyond…

Cooking Demo, Wednesday, July 18th from 11am-1pm. Bob Sickles Sr.’s Blackberries, taught by Chef Carol Maxwell of Sickles Market, Little Silver, will be held at the Taste & Technique Cooking Studio, 597 River Rd, Fair Haven. Tickets are $55, or $99 for two. Demo includes goodie bag and lunch. For tickets, call Sickles Market at 732-741-9563.

Cape May County Chicken Barbecue, Thursday-Saturday, July 19th-21st. 4-H Fair and delicious BBQ Chicken! Held in Cape May Court House. Click for more information.

Meet the Winemakers | Cocktail Reception, Friday, July 20th from 6pm-9pm. Held at Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City. 10 local New Jersey wineries will have their premium vintages for tasting, meet and talk with each winemaker and gain insight to their secrets to wine making. Their will be hors d’oeuvres, carving station, pasta station and much more. Click for more info.

Ice Cream Festival, Saturday, July 21st from 11am-5pm. The 10th Annual New Jersey State Ice Cream Festival held in Downtown Toms River hosts ice cream eating contests, ice cream tasting and voting, games, rides, vendors, and food. For more information, click here.

NJ Crab Festival, Saturday, July 21st at 11am. Ice House Restaurant, Wildwood. There will be crabs, a beer garden, crabs, kids activities, crabs, live music, and more crabs. Click for more details.

Northern NJ Wine MeetUp | Swine & Wine III, Saturday, July 21st from 6pm-9pm at The Tree Tavern, Wanaque, NJ. Join the Northern NJ Wine Meetup Group and their annual pig roast. The menu includes roasted pork, hamburgers, salads, desserts, side dishes and of course WINE! Click for more details.

The Tastes of New Jersey | NJ Farm to School Network, Sunday, July 22nd, from 12pm-4pm. Two opportunities to learn about and savor the foods on New Jersey. Tula Restaurant in New Brunswick will host a five course tasting menu featuring locally grown foods. Evelyn’s Restaurant in New Brunswick will host an outdoor garden a la carte selection of food drinks, local community groups, farmer’s markets and more. Click for more details.

South Jersey Farm to Form Week, Sunday, July 22nd- Saturday, July 28th. More than 30 South Jersey restaurants converge to present a week-long showcase of local farms and their freshest ingredients. Check out our article here.

Farm Fresh Collingswood | Restaurant Week, Sunday, July 22nd – Friday, July 27th. his event includes Collingswood restaurants that choose to offer a farm fresh theme during this week—a prix fixe menu event incorporating local items from the Collingswood Farmers’ Market and the local agricultural region. Click for more details.

Women on the Move Luncheon & Tasting, Monday, July 23rd from 12pm-3pm. Celebrating New Jersey women of achievement at Branches, West Long Branch. Guests will enjoy the best of area restaurants and bakeries including Dauphin Grille; Park 33; Readies Café, and Bake Cupcakery and the opportunity to sample wine courtesy of The Wine Group and hand-crafted beers and sodas from The Brewer’s Apprentice. The event also includes an auction of luxury goods and services. For more information or reservations, call the Arthritis Foundation, New Jersey Chapter, 732-283-4300, extension 306.

New Jersey Peach Festival, Thursday – Sunday, July 26th-29th. Mullica Hill, NJ. A peach bake-off, educational displays, the sale of fresh juicy peaches & peach products. It’s so peachy, you just have to be there! Also enjoy live music and carnival rides. Features the crowning of the New Jersey Peach Queen and the awarding of the New Jersey Governors Cup for the best box of peaches.

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

Hot Air Balloon Festival, Friday- Sunday, July 27th-29th. The Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. From twice daily mass ascensions of over 100 special shape and sport hot air balloons, to headlining concerts, non-stop family entertainment, hundreds of crafters and vendors, great food, fireworks, a balloon glow, a 5k run and more, the festival is jam-packed with stuff to do. This year there will be a special Breakfast with the Balloons VIP ticket available for Sunday. Click for more info.

Cluck n’ Claw | Wenonah Lake Association, Saturday, July 28th from 4pm-8pm. All you can eat crabs and chicken. We will also have corn on the cob and birch beer. Please bring a family sized side dish or dessert to share. Click for more info.

Soulsational Music & Wellness Festival, Saturday, July 28th from 11am-8pm, Veterans Park, Bayville. This event is dedicated to honor, learn, teach, share and explore the many healthy modalities, practitioners, organizations and businesses devoted to health and wellness. Food, great vendors and wonderful music. Learn more here.

Rutgers Gardens | Open House Festival & Wine Tasting, Saturday, July 28th from 10am-4pm. New Brunswick. Enjoy lively and informative tours of the Rutgers Gardens, a Wine Garden, Culinary Garden, Ask the Expert clinics, Farmers Market, Vendors, and Children’s Activities. Click here for more information.

Tomato Hoedown, Saturday, July 28th from 11am-4pm. Sunset Farm in Andover Township. Fun family day full of live entertainment, food, and shopping. There will be barn dancing, tomato toss/fight, raw food demo and music. There will also be vendors featuring: antiques, arts and country type crafts, food and resellers. There is something for everyone. Free entry.

Farm to Feast | Bordentown City Restaurant Week, Sunday, July 29th- Thursday, August 2nd. Bordentown City’s “Farm to Feast” Restaurant Week brings local produce from local farmers to local restaurants. Click for more details.

28th Annual Peach Festival, Saturday, August 4th from 10am-4pm, Dutch Neck Village, Bridgeton. There will be lots of crafters, live entertainment, pony rides, food, fresh peaches, peach desserts and more.

An Evening in Our South Jersey Garden, Culinary Workshop, Tuesday, August 7th from 6pm-9pm. Culinary Workshops Offer Taste of Global Cuisine at Atlantic Cape. Learn how to get the most out of your farmers market or garden co-op. Receive tips on preparing locally grown eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes, and end the night by making strawberry-rhubarb pies and blueberry desserts. To register, call 609-343-4829 or visit

Chocolate Fair, Thursday, August 9th from 6pm-8pm at the Long Beach Island Historical Association’s Museum. Many stations of luscious chocolate treats- Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream of Beach Haven, Country Kettle Fudge of Bay Village, Cand Treats from Kapler’s, Home-baked Chocolate Delights, Layer Cakes, Cupcakes, Brownies, Cookies, etc.  Beautiful Chocolate Fountain for dipping Bananas, Marshmallows, & Pound Cake.  Tickets sold at Door.  Proceeds go to Maintenance of Museum. 609-492-0700

Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Fest, Saturday, August 11th from 11am-8pm. Held at the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, an all-day festival featuring local and regional craft beers to wash down favorite summer picnic foods. Click for more details.

Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off, Saturday & Sunday, August 18th & 19th from 12pm-5pm. Monmouth Park. Shore Chefs compete for the best crab cake award and the coveted People’s Choice Award. Taste fare from your favorite local restaurants. Crab cakes, fried catfish, and clam chowder bread bowls are just a few of the favorites. More information.

10th Annual Seafood Festival, Saturday & Sunday, August 18th & 19th from 11am-5pm. Bellview Winery, Landisville, NJ. Delicious seafood prepared fresh by local vendors along with great live music. Attractions include selected crafters and gourmet food vendors, cigars, massages and of course, wine tasting under the wine tent! Saturday also features an extensive American Car Show. Click for details.

Red Bank Food & Wine Walk, Sunday, August 19th from 2pm-6pm. * LAST RB food & wine walk for this summer! Purchase a wristband for $25/person and spend the afternoon strolling through the beautiful riverfront town while sampling food and wine from Red Bank’s fine food establishments. Click here for details.

Buffalo’s 2012 Spicy Wing Challenge, Saturday, August 25th at 3pm. Buffalo’s Chicken Shack, Wood Ridge, NJ. They’re back and the challenge is expected to be bigger, better and if you can believe it, Hotter this year. As always, they issue the challenge to those that can both stand the heat and eat some wings. Winning is just as easy this year as it’s been every other year, just eat more than person next to you! Click for registration and details.

Chili Cooks Against Cancer, Saturday, August 25th from 11am-6pm. West Windsor. The ICS Sanctioned contest includes three chili categories – Red Chili, Verde (green) Chili and Salsa ICS Sanctioned contest includes three chili categories – Red Chili, Verde (green) Chili and Salsa. Chili Lovers? Come out and taste Chili or volunteer to be a judge, either way you’ll have a wonderful time. Kids Activities and Live Entertainment as well as beer! Click for details.

Great Tomato Tasting, Wednesday, August 29th from 3pm-dusk, Pittstown, NJ. This event includes the very popular tasting of over 60 heirloom and hybrid tomato varieties, chef demonstrations, guided educational wagon tours of the farm’s research plots, tastings of honey, basil, apples and peaches, professional advice offered by the Hunterdon County Board of Health Staff on stink bugs, mosquitoes and black flies – pesky insects near and dear to local residents, and “square foot” gardening demonstrations for those interested in small, productive gardens. Click

BBQ & Craft Beer Festival, Saturday & Sunday, September 1st & 2nd. Monmouth Park. Ribs, pulled pork, brisket – it’s all back and better than ever, served up by some of the Garden State’s best BBQ joints. In addition, cool off with a cold one in the beer garden. More information.