Foodie Things To Do This Weekend & Beyond

Food Events in New Jersey

Montclair Fall Food Classic, Friday, October 26th from 12pm-2pm. A seasonal light lunch will be served from a menu devised by two of NJ’s finest restaurants, the Orange Squirrel and Osteria Giotto, to benefit The Salvation Army hot meal program at the Citadel in Montclair. Admission will be by ticket only. Tickets available from The Salvation Army, 13 Trinity Place, Montclair NJ 07042; contact Michele Kroeze telephone 973-744-3312 ext. 4651 or email

Haunt for the Hungry, Friday -Sunday, October 26th-28th and October 31st. Wharton, NJ. If you are looking for a great Halloween thrill, this “haunted” attraction is it. We are including this event in our list because the proceeds will benefit The Interfaith Food Pantry of Morris County. Click for details.

Spoon-a-Thon: A Food Day Celebration, Saturday, October 27th from 12pm-4pm. Montclair. Taste soups from Montclair restaurants, tour the house, visit the historic kitchen where soups will be prepared the way our ancestors did, meet the newest members of the Montclair Historical Society (the chickens!), visit the up-and-coming farm. Live music and lots of fun. Click for more information.

Fall Wine & Beer Festival | Vintage South Jersey, Saturday & Sunday, October 27th & 28th from 1pm-6pm at Cambell’s Field on the Camden Waterfront. This event will showcase some of the best wines on the east coast, as well as great local craft beer, gourmet foods and live music by The Funktion and Motor City Revue. Click for more details.

Crantoberfest, Sunday, October 28th from 11am-5pm at the Cranbury Buy Rite. Enjoy 40+ beers, wine and liquor to sample, live music, local food vendors and more. This event is also charitable. Click here for more information.

Chocolate Lovers | Grand Opening Celebration, Sunday, October 28th from 1pm-5pm. Princeton. Enjoy free chocolate tastings, refreshments, and treats. This is a good event for kids, if they dress up they get a free goodie bag. Click for location.

Tropicana’s Restaurant Week, Sunday, October 28th – Thursday, November 1st. Indulge in Atlantic City’s finest dining options! Click for a list of participating restaurants and their restaurant week specials.

And Beyond…

13th Annual YCS Festival of Flavors, Monday, October 29th from 6pm-9pm. Held at the Park Ridge Marriott. Over 35 restaurants will showcase their signature dishes. Wine, beer and spirit samples will be served by vendors. You will hear the sounds of soothing live music by John Moultrie Jazz Trio while sampling tastings and taking chance at our elegant raffle of over 50 baskets and live auction. All proceeds benefit the children in the care of Youth Consultation Service. For more information, please call Kathy at 201-678-1312 x128.

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week, Thursday – Sunday, November 1st – 11th. This is a wonderful opportunity to re-visit your favorite restaurants and try new ones. Scheduled for November, it’s the perfect time to gather your friends and enjoy the Jersey Shore’s great restaurants. Participating restaurants will offer a three course menu for $20.12 or $30.12 with three appetizer, three entrée and three dessert choices. From November 2nd-11th you can enjoy the special menu at participating restaurants. Click for details on the below events.

Thursday, November 1st: “From Gourmet to Homemade” | Kick Off Party

Saturday, November 3rd: The Great Jersey Shore Burger Contest

Monday, November 5th: Black Trumpet Wine Dinner

Wednesday, November 7th: Sushi & Saki

Saturday, November 10th: Burgers, Bloodies & Brews

Sunday, November 11th: The Wines, Cheeses and Pastas of Italy

Wine & Chefs Tasting, Thursday, November 1st from 6pm-9pm. The Mill, Spring Lake Heights. Enjoy a variety of wines and spirits, and sample tastings from some the area’s best restaurants and caterers! Bring friends and enjoy the great atmosphere and music. This event benefits Michael’s Feat. Click for tickets and more information.

Spooky Spirits Cocktail Class, Thursday, November 1st at 7pm. This holiday themed cocktail class with complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be held at Liberty House, Liberty State Park, 78 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City. Tickets are $40. RSVP at 866-683-3586.

Wine & Cheese Tasting, Friday, November 2nd at 7pm. Sickles Market in Little Silver will dress up their greenhouse in magical holiday style, serve spectacular gourmet foods, artisanal cheeses and premium wines and present live entertainment by some of the best talent of Holiday Express. Don’t miss a better-than-ever silent auction and much more. This event benefits Holiday Express. Click to learn 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.

Harvest Wine Festival, Friday, November 2nd from 7pm-10pm. Held at Short Hills Hotel & Spa. With over 150 wines to taste, this is an event not to miss. There will also be delicious hors d’oeuvres, tips from expert wine connoisseurs, live music 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.

Beers on the Boards, Saturday, November 3rd. There will be two sessions: 12:30pm-4pm and 6pm-9:30pm at Martell’s Tiki Bar, Point Pleasant Beach. A craft beer tasting festival on the boardwalk! With over 25 breweries and an all day buffet. Local NJ breweries like East Coast, Kane, Carton and Cricket Hill will join regional favorites like Yards (PA) and Sixpoint (NY) and breweries from across the country (along with a handful of unique imports) to offer a tremendous variety of beer flavors. Buffet to include some cool beer inspired fare and different beer/food pairings to sample. Click for tickets and more info.

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.

Presidential Wine Tasting, Sunday, November 4th from 4pm-6pm. Montclair. Set politics aside and taste some of the wines our past presidents favored. JoAnn LoGiurato of Dancing on Grapes leads this 2-hour event. $55 per person for the general public; $50 for members. Click for more information and to make reservations.

Savor Borgata Restaurant Week, November 4th- 9th. Atlantic City. Enjoy special three-course prix-fixe menus at Borgata’s finest restaurants.

Savor Borgata, Saturday, November 10th from 8pm-10pm. Atlantic City. Sip, savor and celebrate with world-class chefs Wolfgang Puck (Wolfgang Puck American Grille), Bobby Flay (Bobby Flay Steak), Michael Mina (SEABLUE), Michael Schulson (Izakaya), Stephen Kalt (Fornelletto), Geoffrey Zakarian (The Water Club), Thaddeus DuBois (Borgata Executive Pastry Chef), and restaurateurs Greg and Marc Sherry with Chef Romeo DiBona (Old Homestead Steak House). Taste an array of all the cuisine they do best, paired with some of the finest wines the country has to offer. Click for tickets and more info.

Savor Borgata Day Events, Saturday, November 10th. Atlantic City. There are seven culinary events happening throughout Borgata on the 10th. From tastings to demonstrations from some of the best chefs you’re sure to find something you’ll like. Click for tickets and more information.

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.

Buddy Valastro Live | Homemade for the Holidays Tour, Monday, November 26th at 7:30pm. Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank. Candy canes, carols, and the Cake Boss. Celebrate the holidays this season Buddy style! TLC’s Cake Boss Buddy Valastro brings a special holiday show the entire family will enjoy. Sharing the holiday traditions and stories from his family at Carlo’s Bakery, Buddy presents an all new show full of holiday spirit and jingle bell rock, demonstrating the techniques that have made him the most famous cake artist in the country. Click for more details and tickets.

Love at First Bite, Wednesday, December 5th from 6:45pm-8:15pm. Held at WannaBee Chef’s cooking studio in Cresskill, NJ. This special cooking class/mixer is for singles over 40. The cost is $60 per person and will include a winter inspired menu with cooking demonstration and hands-on instruction from Culinary Institute of America-trained Chef Rama Ginde. Participants will have an opportunity to speak directly with relationship and matchmaking expert Julianne Cantarella to have their burning relationship questions answered. The event is BYOB and will be limited to the first 15 men and 15 women who register. Click or call 201-503-0335.

The Big Brew Beer Festival, Saturday, December 8th. Somerset. VIP session available, general admission is from 4:30pm-8:30pm. This is a fun-filled event with over 100 craft beers, live music, games, beer pong tournament, entertainment and more.

An Evening with Paula Deen, Saturday, December 8th at 6pm. Atlantic City. Everyone can agree there is just one name that comes to mind when you think of down home Southern cooking and that is Paula Deen. The American icon will host an Evening with Paula Deen at Tropicana Casino & Resort. Click for tickets and more information.