Foodie Things To Do This Weekend & Beyond

Saint Sebastian’s Italian Feast, Wednesday – Sunday, August 26th. Montclair, NJ. The 5 day event features a wide variety of fine Italian foods such as zeppole, sausage and pepper and cheese steak sandwiches, oven brick pizza and all the Feast favorites. Plenty of rides for the kids and adults as well as games, novelties, nightly entertainment will include the talents of local Italian favorites, Tommy Scala and award winning Sinatra idol, Eric DeLauroe. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. More info.

Vodkalicious | Cocktail class, Thursday, August 23rd at 7pm. Held at Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren. Learn how to make some great vodka cocktails and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $40, RSVP at 866-683-3586.

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.

Canning Workshop II | Low Acid Pressure Cooker Canning, Saturday, August 25th at 9am. Whole Foods Market, Paramus. Chef Central will be partnering with Whole Foods Market in presenting our annual canning workshops. Each session begins at Whole Foods Market, where we will discuss how/when to purchase  fresh produce for canning. Students will then come to the Chef Central Culinary Center in Paramus where licensed commercial canner and Chef Central Culinary Director Jim Edwards will work with them in prepping equipment and produce,followed by several hours of hands-on canning. Students will leave with all critical information on home canning as well as samples of their work. Click for tickets and details.

Bridgeton Crabfest and Beer Garden | Cohansey RiverFest, Saturday, August 25th from 10am-8pm. An all day event in conjunction with the Cohansey RiverFest. Food vendors, crab dinner, beer garden, cooking demonstrations, craft vendors, music and much more.

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.

Sharrott Winery Harvest Festival, Saturday & Sunday, August 25th & 26th from 12pm-5pm. Celebration of the grape harvest. Enjoy live music on their field overlooking the vineyards. On Saturday they will have the Matt Noffsinger Band. On Sunday they’ll have Midlife Crisis. Food will be available as well as craft vendors. Of course there is the wonderful wine tasting. Admission to the festival is $10 per person, $8 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online.

Grape Stomping Festival, Sunday, August 26th from 12pm-5pm. Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City will host this fun event. Enjoy wonderful food including their “world famous sausage & peppers” and more, beer and wine, crafters, entertainment, activities for kids and of course grape stomping where you get to meet Lucy! Click for more details.

Sustenance on the Farm Dinner, Sunday, August 26th from 5pm-8pm. Morristown, NJ. Fosterfields resident farmer Rob Kibbe will provide a farm tour. The chefs will prepare an elegant farm-to-table six-course dinner centered around Fosterfields, vegetables, grass-fed meat and poultry as well as School Lunch Farms heirloom vegetables. Vegetarian and Vegan options are available. Learn more about this great event and fundraiser.

Wildwood Restaurant Week, Sunday – Friday, August 26th-31st. Enjoy delicious courses from local Wildwood restaurants fro just $30. Click here for more information.

And Beyond…

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 for more info.

St. Bartholomew/ UNICO Italian Festival, Friday – Monday, August 31st – September 3rd. 4:30pm – 10:30pm each day. Held at 2032 Westfield Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ. This family feast features nightly live music, rides, games, and Italian food including favorites like pizza, pasta, zeppoles, clams, mussels, and calzones. This years entertainment features live music by the Mike Aramondo Band. 908.322.5192

Feast of St. Joseph, Friday – Monday, August 31st – September 3rd. Saint Joseph Church, Lodi, NJ. The festival will be celebrating it’s 98th Anniversary this year. This family event features traditional Italian festival food, exciting nightly entertainment, thrill rides, and games of chance. 973.779.0643

Linden’s September to Remember | Street Festival & Classic Car Show, Saturday, September 1st from 11am-7pm. Street festival, classic car show, eating contests, dozens of vendors, food, games, Chuck Leonard deejay-ing in front of City Hall, face painting, kids’ activities, lots more.

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.

West Cape May Jersey Tomato Festival, Saturday, September 1st from 9am-5pm. Featuring Jersey fresh grown tomatoes, Tomato jewelry, tomato soups, tomato tacos & all things tomato, fine vendors, South Jersey Artists, handmade jewelry, and stained glass. Located in Wilbraham Park. Call 609-884-9325 for information.

Jazz It Up Wine Festival, Saturday & Sunday, September 1st & 2nd from 12pm-5pm. Allaire State Park in Farmingdale. Sponsored by the Asbury Park Press, the event will once again feature over two dozen GSWGA wineries, sampling nearly 300 different, locally-produced wines along with great live jazz music, craft and food vendors and the ability to tour Allaire State Park’s historic 19th century village. Click for more details.

Pig Skin Pig Roast Family Tail Gate, Sunday, September 2nd from 1pm-5pm. Get ready for the NFL Season Opener while benefiting seven local food pantries as the Southern Ocean Community Foundation along with the Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce partners for some great bbq, fixings, prizes and team spirit. Held at the Doc Cramer Field in Manahawkin. Click for more info.

Scandinavian Fest, Sunday, September 2nd from 10am-6pm. Vasa Park, Budd Lake, NJ. An all-day celebration of Scandinavia at its best – where you’ll discover the customs, history, food and ethnic variety of the six Nordic nations: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Click for more details.

Hoboken Italian Festival, Thursday – Sunday, September 6th – 9th. This is the 85th year of the feast in Hoboken. The origin of the feast dates back over 800 years in Molfetta, Italy. The procession through the streets is how we honor that tradition. Enjoy the feast fun! The vendors, the entertainment and the procession, but the real highlight of the feast has to be our famous fireworks. Click for more info.

35th Annual Greek Festival, Thursday – Sunday, September 6th – 9th. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Union, NJ. Enjoy the tastes and sounds of Greece under the tents, rain or shine! Homemade foods such as mousaka, pastitsio, roasted lamb, souvlaki and gyro as well as homemade pastries including baklava, loukoumades, and galaktonbouriko. Live music, Folk dancing, zeibekiko contest, and free dance lessons! Greek Import Boutique. Don’t forget to bring the kids to the rides and games!

An Evening in the Vineyards | Wine Tasting Fundraiser, Friday, September 7th from 6pm-9pm. CentraState Healthcare Foundation sponsors this event. The event will feature a sampling of more than 70 wines from around the world, craft beers and unique spirits, all coordinated by Max’s Beer, Wine and Liquor. Great Restaurants, Freehold, will provide catering. Proceeds will support the Linda E. Cardinale Multiple Sclerosis Center. Click for more details.

Lavallette Heritage Day Festival, Saturday, September 8th from 9am-5:30pm. Free Admission, Held at Philadelphia Avenue and Bay Blvd. 200 outdoor booths, Food Vendors, Entertainment, Children’s Games, Live Bands, Antique Car Show and the Ocean County String Band.

Edison’s Fall Family Spectacular, Saturday, September 8th from 2pm-11pm. Papaianni Park (Municipal Complex) will be transformed into a giant outdoor festival with fire works, over 100 merchandise and craft vendors, kids’ activities, great festival food, local merchants and civic groups and live music and entertainment. Come hungry and enjoy the pizza, zeppoles, sausage and peppers, popcorn, cotton candy, shish ka bob, kettle corn, BBQ and more great food along the street.

Feast of San Gennaro at the Jersey Shore, Saturday & Sunday, September 8th & 9th. Downtown Belmar. The festival will feature plenty of Italian foods, wines, games and activities, starting with the traditional procession of the statue of San Gennaro, benefiting The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Look for eating contests, dancing, games for young and old, live entertainment and exciting special guests. Click for more info.

Seafood in Seaside Festival, Sunday, September 9th from 10am – 7pm. Grant Ave, Seaside Heights. Mouth watering seafood specialties from local restaurants. They will be serving a variety of seafood, such as, sushi, clams, shrimp, calamari, crab cakes, seafood kabobs, and blackened scallops just to give you a sampling of what will be offered. The festival features all day musical entertainment from bands such as local favorite, Shorty Long. Shoppers will be able to browse artists and crafters merchandise and a flea market with over 80 vendors.

Beach Plum Festival, Sunday, September 9th from 9am-4pm at Island Beach State Park. The celebration will include beach plum picking and jelly making demonstration, arts and craft show, food and entertainment, children’s games, bird banding demonstration, environmental and non-profit exhibits, and a kayak raffle. Click for more info.

Philadelphia National Candy Gift & Gourmet Show, Sunday – Tuesday, September 9th-11th. Atlantic City Convention Hall. America’s largest trade show dedicated to the retail confectioner, is sponsored by the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia. There will be confectionery, snack, ingredients, display, packaging, and equipment companies from around the world. The who’s who of confectionary professionals in attendance. Educational seminars to expand your horizons. Click for more info. and register.

An Evening in Normandy, Culinary Workshop, Tuesday, September 11th from 6pm-9pm. Culinary Workshops Offer Taste of Global Cuisine at Atlantic Cape. The home of Taillevent, chef to kings and author of France’s first cookbook, this region, located near the coast and its abundance of lush orchards and dairies, dictates the cuisine that is rich with seafood, butter, cream, fruit and meat. The menu will include Moules Normande, Veal Calvados, Pear and Camembert Salad, and Creamy Apple Tart for dessert. To register, call 609-343-4829 or visit

Living Social’s Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival, Saturday, September 15th. Brooklyn, NY. I don’t normally post NY events but this one is big and for a great cause! Unlimited 5-ounce tastings of craft beer, top-notch food trucks, DJ dance party, art, games, and more—all at Skylight One Hanson. A portion of all proceeds will go to benefit Move For Hunger. There are two sessions: 12-4pm & 6-10pm. Click here for all the great details.

Sickles on the Road: Discover the Best of Edible Princeton, Saturday, September 15th from 9am-6pm. Spoil yourself this fall and join Sickles On The Road for a day of culinary discovery in Princeton! Hosted by Kirsty Dougherty, On The Road Tour Director and Sickles’ Chef Carol Maxwell, this is an insider’s look at the burgeoning culinary scene of Princeton and a chance to try your hand at mozzarella cheese making! More info. here.

Point Pleasant Festival of the Sea, Saturday, September 15th from 10am-7pm. Presented by the Asbury Park Press is a street fair located in the heart of downtown Point Pleasant Beach, on Arnold & Bay Avenues, where visitors sample dishes by area’s finest restaurants (from clam chowder to lobster to steak); wine garden, arts & crafts, pony rides, antiques, health, business and non-profit booths, kiddie games and live entertainment.

Fall Family Festival, Saturday, September 15th from 9am-4pm. JFK Blvd. & Promenade, Sea Isle City. Sand Sculpting: Demonstration & Contest, 9am to 12pm; Seaside Market & Food Court, 9am to 4pm; Children’s Activities and Live Music, 10am to 3pm.

Atlantic City Seafood Festival, Saturday & Sunday, September 15th & 16th. A two day extravaganza of fun, food and entertainment celebrating the treasures of the Atlantic Ocean while highlighting our sea side city. The festival will offer event goers the opportunity to treat their taste buds to a large variety of dishes prepared by area restaurants and culinary personalities. Click for more details.

WineFest 2012, Saturday & Sunday, September 15th & 16th from 12pm-5pm. Held at Valenzano Winery in Shamong, NJ. Sample award winning, local, wines from seven New Jersey wineries, while enjoying live entertainment. There will also be local restaurants providing food and cheese tastings, try grapes right from the vine, children’s activities, helicopter rides and much more.

Delicious Orchards Apple Fest, Saturday & Sunday, September 15th & 16th. Colts Neck, NJ. Applefest is fun for all ages! Some of the things planned are: Live Music, Antique Car Show, Free Food Samplings, Clown Entertainment, Fun Games and more.

Great Grape Harvest Celebration, Friday, September 21st. Renault Winery. Enjoy a cooking of the goose dinner. This is a multi course tasting menu featuring various wine tastings. This event is highlighted by the rare opportunity to taste the grape, the juice and the wine. For more information and to RSVP, call 609-965-2111.

QUE by the SEA, Friday – Sunday, September 21st – 23rd. Grant Ave, Seaside Heights. The highlight of the event, the Barbeque State Championship will exemplify good, old-fashioned American fun. This competition will feature contestants from throughout the tri-state, who provide the best overall BBQ in four categories including chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket. Large food vendors will be selling tasty barbeque specialties along Grant Avenue, artists and crafters, as well as retail vendors will contribute to the experience of the event. All day musical entertainment includes Seaside Heights’ favorites, Little Bit of Heaven and Shorty Long to name a few. Beer will be available for purchase. Click for more details.

Greek Festival, Friday – Sunday, September 2st – 23rd. St. Barbara, Toms River. There will be authentic Greek food and Greek pastries, loukoumades, Souvlakia, and Gyros. There will also be drinks, dancing by GOYANS and youth groups, music, rides and games. Click for more info.

Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration, Saturday, September 22nd at 10am. A vibrant street festival featuring live music, family and children’s entertainment, dozens of craft vendors, food and more. Along Sunset Lake from New Jersey to Miami Aves. during the day. Cap off the day with  a live concert and fireworks display at the beachfront. Click for more information.

Jersey Shore Wine Weekend, Friday – Sunday, October 12th – 14th. Asbury Park, NJ. From the creators of Jersey Shore Restaurant Week comes four great events to enjoy wine and food. Learn more about the event details here.