Foodie Things To Do This Weekend & Beyond

Bergenfest 2012 Party & Expo, Thursday, September 27th from 5pm-9pm. Held at the Sheraton in Mahwah. Over 30 Bergen restaurants will be providing samples of signature dishes. There will also be live music, belly dancers and giveaways. Click herefor more information and tickets.

Kathleen King Book Signing & Demonstration, Thursday, September 27th at 6:30pm. In celebration of Kathleen King’s new cookbook, BAKING FOR FRIENDS: Over 120 scrumptious recipes from Southampton’s favorite baker, Chef Centralwill host a demo, book signing and Q&A with Kathleen at their Paramus, New Jersey location. Guests attending will have the opportunity to meet the author, enjoy a free baking demonstration and taste some of Tate’s delicious sweets.

Roseland Greek Fest, Friday- Sunday, September 28th-30th. Enjoy Live Greek music, cooking demonstrations, fresh authentic Greek food, dancing, private wine tasting and much more.

Sea Isle City Harborfest, Saturday, September 29th from 11am-4pm. Harborfest will feature delicious seafood, live music by the Daisy Jug Band, a clam-eating contest, nautical displays, a blessing of the fleet by local religious leaders, and a vendors market featuring crafts, fashion apparel and collectibles. Click for more info.

The Chester Lions Oktoberfest Fundraiser, Saturday, September 29th from 12pm-8pm. Keeping with tradition, the Oktoberfest will focus on celebrating traditional music, native dress and a special Oktoberfest beer only available for a short time. There will be a nice selection of German food as well. Click here for more details.

Italian Festival, Saturday, September 29th. Enjoy the many great shops at Smithville while experiencing everything Italian.

Golden Nugget Beer Festival:

Craft Beer Festival – Saturday, September 29th from 7pm-10pm. Sample over 200 varieties of craft beers paired with chef-inspired cuisine and live entertainment. Tickets are $49, buy online.

Oktoberfest on the Deck – Sunday, September 30th from 12pm-6pm. Join the Beer Maidens on The Deck for traditional Oktoberfest fare and craft beer while overlooking the Marina. Tickets available to purchase food, retail, etc. on day of event.


Apple Festival at Dearborn Market, Saturday & Sunday, September 29th & 30th from 11am-4pm. Kick off fall with Dearborn Market with lots of fresh apples and the kick off of their pumpkin picking and hay rides. There will also be plenty of kids activities. Click for more info.

Bloomfield HarvestFest, Saturday & Sunday, September 29th & 30th 11am-6pm. Bloomfield’s biggest celebration featuring vendors, live entertainment, two food courts of festival and ethnic foods, children’s activities and amusements and more. Click for more info.

Grand Harvest Festival, Saturday & Sunday, September 29th & 30th from 12pm-5pm. Held at Alba Vineyard & Winery in Milford, NJ. Six of New Jersey’s finest wineries will provide samples. There will also be great food, vendors, crafters, children’s activities, and live entertainment. Click for more information.

Le Taste of France Show + La Soiree, Saturday & Sunday, September 29th & 30th at Pier 54, New York. The most renowned French food personalities and skilled chefs from New York’s top restaurants will join forces and prepare a comprehensive guide to the diverse offerings. Besides French food & drink the show will have a French flea market, live music by popular French musicians, wine tastings, the classic French game of pétanque, artwork by modern French artists, and even a French bulldog show and contest to choose the cutest French bulldog! Le Soiré will be the best chance for attendees to meet and interact with the participating chefs and personalities. A portion of the proceeds from Le Taste of France will go to benefit Action Against Hunger. Click for more details.

Jersey Fresh Wine Festival, Saturday & Sunday, September 29th & 30th from 12pm-5pm at the Burlington County Fairgrounds. Enjoy live music and wine tasting from over 15 of New Jersey’s finest wineries. Click for more info.

Chowderfest, Sunday, September 30th from 11am-4pm in Beach Haven, LBI. This family fun festival features live music, activities and unlimited Chowder tasting with the opportunity for each ticket holder to vote for their favorite red and white chowder. The event is nestled in Beach Haven surrounded by beautiful views of the bay and plenty of year end discounted shopping. It has become a tradition for family and friends to gather together to say good bye to summer and welcome in the fall.

The Epicurean Palette, Sunday, October 30th from 1pm-4pm. Fundraiser held at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton. Deliciously woven throughout the beautifully landscaped sculpture park, this crowd pleasing event is renowned for featuring more than 20 of the finest area chefs and the extraordinary culinary offerings they prepare as well as a robust selection of great wines, craft beers, and exclusive spirits from regional purveyors. New this year is a decadent twist as GFS introduces artisan chocolate by our region’s finest chocolatiers. Click for more details.

Clean Water Action’s 40th Birthday | Wine & Chocolate Tasting, Sunday, September 30th from 1pm-4pm. Held at the Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson. There will be wine tasting, chocolate tasting, hors d’oeuvres, charity auction and more.

And Beyond…

A Taste of Bergen | The (201) Restaurant Week Party, Monday, October 1st from 7pm-10pm. Sample dishes from Bergen County’s top restaurants. Enjoy beer, wine and cocktails. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Westwood Restaurant Week, Thursday, October 4th – Sunday, October 14th. Lunch and dinner prix fixe menus available at many Westwood restaurants. Click for a list of participating restaurants.

Lunch Break’s Fall Gala, Friday, October 5th from 6pm-10pm at Two River Theater in Red Bank. Enjoy wine and beer tastings, food by Red Bank Flavour, a special guest entertainer, live and silent auctions, raffles, and a presentation. Click for more info and tickets.

Robert Irvine Live, Friday, October 5th at 8pm. Red Bank, NJ. This show, with Chef Robert Irvine (Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible) is a high-energy, multimedia and multi-sensory theatrical experience. More than just a cooking demo, “Robert Irvine Live” is an interactive culinary show that provides multiple opportunities for audience participation while witnessing the challenging nature of the TV show come to life right before your eyes. Click for more details and tickets.

Italian Street Festival, Friday – Sunday, October 5th – 7th in Seaside Heights. 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.

RHO Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 6th at 3pm. This is a cultural event that will be held at Rho Waterfront in Trenton celebrating the German culture with authentic German food, German beers, live entertainment, and more! Click here for more info and tickets.

Medford Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 6th from 3pm-7pm. Held at Ironstone Village. Enjoy a beer garden, food, live music, entertainment, local vendors and more.

Howell PBA Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 6th from 1pm-6pm. Support the Howell PBA with this fun event for the whole family. There will be unlimited beer and wine, all you can eat food and drink, authentic German cuisine and brews, family fun, music, raffles, prizes, kids entertainment and more.

Lima Bean Festival, Saturday, October 6th in West Cape May. Get your bean on with lima bean t-shirts from Flying Fish, lima bean chili, lima bean taco soup, lima bean jewelry, lima bean stained glass, lima bean birdhouses, lima bean pottery and this year a special treat- lima bean ice cream from Bliss of Cape May. Almost 100 vendors will also sell barbeque, turkey legs, crab cakes, smoothies, flowers, produce, collectibles, antiques and art… and of course fresh lima beans! Click for more info.

Historic Smithville Oktoberfest, Saturday & Sunday, October 6th & 7th. There will be over 100 Juried Crafters, an International Food Court, Music, Kids Activities, non- Profit organizations and more… All of this is on top of the over 60 shops, Carousel ride, Train ride, Paddleboats, 7 eateries, and antique arcades that are already located at the Village year round.

Cape May Wine Festival, Saturday & Sunday, October 6th & 7th from 12pm-5pm. Enjoy live music and sampling of some of the best local wines. Click for more information.

Harvest Fest, Saturday & Sunday, October 6th & 7th from 10am-5pm. New Jersey Botanical Gardens, Ringwood State Park. A fun-filled family weekend! Hayrides, pumpkin painting, face painting, storytellers, tasty food, music and dancing, fun photo ops, Garden tours and lots more! Plus an Autumn plant sale and an Artisan craft fair with many hand-made items. Click for more info.

Oktoberfest at Jersey Boys Grill, Sunday, October 7th from 12pm-8pm. New Milford, NJ. This year’s event will be the biggest Oktoberfest in Bergen County. Enjoy all you can eat and drink. Beer, wine, sangria and authentic German food, as well as live music. Click for tickets and more info.

Grape Stomping Wurst Festival, Sunday, October 7th from 12pm-5pm. Renault Winery, Egg Harbor City. This is the last chance to stomp grapes for the season. Renault chefs will also prepare German food. Fun for the whole family. Click for more info.

Food Network NYC Wine & Food Festival, Thursday – Sunday, October 11th – 14th. The sister festival to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE. The festival will bring together the world’s greatest chefs, winemakers, spirits producers and personalities to educate palates and entertain patrons in high style—all while helping to fight hunger. For event information, click here.

Farm to Table Oktoberfest, Friday, October 12th at 5:30pm. The Promise Culinary School , Suydam Farms, The Pale Ales and other local friends are pairing local brews with seasonal food to benefit Elijah’s Promise. $50.00 donation for ticket is required for event. Join us in the greenhouse on Suydam Farms in Somerset. For more info. and tickets, click here.

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.

9th Annual SJ Pumpkin Show, Friday – Sunday, October 12th-14th. Salem County Fairgrounds, Woodstown. The South Jersey Pumpkin Show and Festival is one of the largest and best in New Jersey. Come out and enjoy live bands, great food, contests, Fall Home Show, over 150 craftsmen, NJ Largest Baked Pumpkin Pie, Amusement Rides and Pumpkin Baking Contest and more.

Our Lady of the Lake Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 13th from 6pm-11pm. Verona, NJ. The Oktoberfest festivities begin with a ceremonial beer tapping, followed by German music, great food and other live entertainment. There are also raffle baskets, 50/50 tickets and the Kinderfest. For tickets and more info, click here.

Porktoberfest, Saturday & Sunday, October 13th & 14th. Philadelphia, PA. Pig out on a plethora of porcine pleasures—and toss back some tasty German beer while you’re at it—with this seasonal Adventure: entry to Porktoberfest: an Oktoberfest-themed afternoon filled with all-you-can-eat pork barbecue, live music courtesy of CTO Entertainment, games, and more.

Brielle Oktoberfest, Wednesday, October 17th from 6pm-9pm. Held at the Brielle Fire House, there will be samplings from local restaurants, seasonal beer, door prizes, music, oh and BYOB too! Click for more info.

Amanti Vino’s Oktoberfest, Friday, October 19th from 7:30pm-11pm. Held at the Wellmont Theatre, Montclair. All you can eat food, wine and beer plus live entertainment. Click for more information.

HarvestFest, Saturday, October 20th from 11:30am-5pm. Downtown Toms River. There will be lots of kids activities, live entertainment, pumpkin decorating, fall dessert contest, a beer garden, football games on large screen TVs, food and merchandise vendors and more.

Cranberry Festival, Saturday & Sunday, October 20th & 21st from 9am-4pm. Chatsworth. Paying tribute to the 3rd largest cranberry harvest in the United States, this annual festival is filled with lots of great food, baked goods, crafts, vendors, and more.

3nd Annual Wine & Food Classic, Friday, November 2nd from 5pm-9:30pm. Join the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties for the 3rd Annual event. This year’s event benefits the Y’s Community Support Campaign that provides services to children and families in Burlington and Camden counties regardless of their ability to pay. 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 tickets, click here.

Coffee & Tea Festival Atlantic City, Saturday & Sunday, November 3rd and 4th. The event will offer two days of programming including tastings, classes, lectures and demonstrations from well-known industry professionals and pioneers. Chocolates and other sweet treats will offer a wonderful compliment to the spectacular collection of coffees and teas. Click for more info.

Queen of Hops Awards Ceremony, Thursday, November 15th at 6pm at The Copper Mine Pub in North Arlington. Taste the homebrews, meet other women home brewers and celebrate women in craft beer. You’ll also have the chance to get free swag and meet the judges. For more information about the Queen of Hops contest, click here.