Foodie Things To Do This Weekend & Beyond

Food Events in New Jersey

Westwood Restaurant Week, Thursday, October 4th – Sunday, October 14th. Lunch and dinner prix fixe menus available at many Westwood restaurants. Clickfor 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.

Cirque du Vino, Saturday, October 6th from 6pm-9pm. Hamilton. Benefiting the AFEW, the 8th Annual Wine Fest features domestic wines, imported wine and craft beers. This year also adopts a circus theme. Click to learn more.

Wine Harvest Festival, Saturday, October 6th from 12pm-5pm. Unionville Vineyards, Ringoes. Fun afternoon of grape stomping a la Lucy, children’s activities, wine tasting, food, vendors, vineyard & winery tours, & 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.

Avalon Seafood Festival, Saturday & Sunday, October 6th & 7th. Taste delectable treats from the sea at the Chamber’s Annual Seafood Festival.  Featuring fresh seafood vendors, chowder contest, live music, vendors and more.

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.

SHARE’s Oktoberfest, Sunday, October 7th from 12pm-4pm. Ridgewood. Celebrating 30 years of SHARE, Inc with an open event to the community. Enjoy some Bavarian delicacies, live music and more. Children will enjoy cookie/cupcake decorating, temporary tattoo station, bean bag games and other activities. There will also be a caricature artist, silent auction, tricky tray and beer tasting table. Click or call 201.670.9605 for more information.

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.

And Beyond…

2012 Super Tasting, Monday, October 8th from 5:30pm-9:30pm held at the Wine Library in Springfield. Over 700 wines to sample, variety of gourmet food and a dinner buffet, talk with the Wine Library staff and more.

Spanish/ South American Portfolio Tasting, Tuesday, October, 9th from 7:30pm-9:30pm held at Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa in Montclair and sponsored by Amanti Vino. Learn about and enjoy fin wines from T. Edward Wines for an event benefiting the Montclair Film Festival. 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.

Friday, Oct. 12th; Joseph Drouhin Burgundy Wine Dinner. Saturday, Oct. 13th; Wine sessions, tastings, cooking demos, grand tasting, ultimate wine and cheese pairing. Sunday, Oct. 14th; Champagne and bloody mary brunch.

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.

Cooking Demonstration, Saturday, October 13th from 11am-2pm. Sara Moulton will teach a demonstrations class of recipes from her book, Everyday Family Dinners, at Kings Food Markets in Short Hills (778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills). To register, click or call 973-463-6500.

Grand Harvest Wine Festival, Saturday & Sunday, October 13th & 14th, from 12pm-5pm. To help celebrate this bountiful time of year, the Garden State Wine Growers Association will once again host its Grand Harvest Wine Festival at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township. Live entertainment, wine tasting and more.

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.

Laurita Winery Harvest Festival, Saturday & Sunday, October 20th & 21st. New Egypt. Bring the family and friends. Enjoy live music, fine wines, good food, and shopping for handmade items from over 50 different artisans. Kids will enjoy pony rides, REX the pumpkin eating dinosaur and the playground. Vineyard wagon tours starting at 1:00pm. Click for more info.

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.

Chef Wars II, Friday, November 2nd. Egg Harbor City. You can be the judge as the Renault Winery chefs compete against the Joseph’s/ Tuscany chefs. Both teams will create award winning cuisine as they vie for your votes. For more information, call Renault Winery Resort & Golf at 609-965-2111.

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.

Six Flags Grape Adventure, Saturday & Sunday, November 3rd & 4th. Jackson. The event will feature NJ wineries offering nearly 150 locally produced wines for sampling and music. Schedule a time for the Safari Tasting Tour which includes a private tour and stop in the Wild Safari. (Theme park is not open during this event.) Click for tickets and more info.

Kosherfest | Tradeshow, Tuesday & Wednesday, November 13th & 14th. Secaucus. The perfect platform to connect with buyers and sellers from across the globe to find what your business needs to succeed. See hundreds of new certified-kosher products first-hand and meet thousands of qualified buyers face-to-face, all under one roof. Click for more information.

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.