Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

Food Events in New Jersey


JUNE 2nd-9th: Cape May: Cape May Restaurant Week. Known for its variety of fine dining experiences, from casual sit-down to formal dining, Cape May, NJ will showcase its best restaurants for the eight-day event, with restaurants offering fixed prices that make our culinary adventure both affordable and tempting.


JUNE 6th:  Holmdel: Italian Essentials: Wine & Entertaining with Victor Rallo

Dearborn Market is thrilled to include an evening with Victor Rallo in their new series of Home & Garden Workshops for the months of May and June. “Italian Essentials: Wine & Entertaining with Victor Rallo” will take place on Thursday, June 6th from 7pm- 9pm in their garden center. To coincide with the launch of a new book, restaurateur, wine connoisseur, and television personality Vic Rallo, along with his co-author, Anthony Verdoni, will discuss their favorite Italian Wines and how best to enjoy and entertain with them. Guests will sample rosé, white, & red wines, an assortment of authentic Dearborn antipasti & cheeses, and purchase their brand new book, 21 Wines. Beautiful Italian Specialty baskets will be raffled throughout the evening.

The cost of the evening is $20 and space is limited, so guests are encouraged to purchase spots by calling 732.264.0256 or online at Copies of Vic and Anthony’s new book, 21 Wines ($45), will be available for purchase at Dearborn prior to and during the event.  To purchase tickets, click here.

JUNE 7th: Morristown: Five Course Tasting Dinner at The Artist Baker

A five course tasting menu of locally sourced foods will be prepared by Chef Andrea Lekberg at her boutique bakery located in downtown Morristown to raise funds for Slow Food Northern New Jersey‘s School Vegetable Garden Program.  Gary Tonucci, the chapter’s wine enthusiast, has selected the New Jersey wines to pair with each course.  Gary will provide information about the wines being served and viniculture in the state.

Please note that both vegetarian and vegan options will be available upon request.   Tickets are $80 for Slow Food Members and $85 for non-members.  Please book soon as space is limited by purchasing tickets online.

seafood2013JUNE 7th-9th: Belmar: 27th Annual Belmar Seafood Festival

Visit Belmar for all things seafood during the New Jersey Seafood Festival June 7th 4-8pm, June 8th 11am-8pm and June 9th 11am-6pm. Held at Silver Lake Park, 5th & Ocean Ave, there are tents from top NJ restaurants, a beer and wine garden, children’s activities and live music. Click for more information.

LOGOJUNE 8th: Allendale: Nosher-Rye Deli Fundraiser

Nosher-Rye, the New York-Style deli, will be hosting a series of Borscht Belt comedy and trivia nights to be hosted by stand-up comic Esther Goodhart, a.k.a. Oriental Beauty.  The series will kick off on Saturday, June 8th at the 51 West Allendale Ave. eatery with two shows:  6-8PM and 9-11PM.

Patrons pay $20 as a cover and may choose from a price fixe menu ranging from $15.95-$17.95 for three courses.  Nosher-Rye’s over-stuffed sandwiches have a cult-like following among deli enthusiasts who clamor for their house-prepared pastrami, corned beef and chopped live,r and other traditional kosher-style favorites.  Goodhart promises to have guests laughing “their tuchases off” with her schtick (she’s a Korean who converted to Judaism, and her humor blends Asian and Jewish/Yiddish flavor) to salute Catskill’s greatest comics. The event will raise funds for Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels.  Reservations are required:  201-784-1818.

stone Harbor seafood festivalJune 8th and 9th Stone Harbor Seafood Festival. Saturday Noon to 8pm. Sunday Noon to 6pm. The best in Stone Harbor Seafood from local restaurants. Enjoy the Stone Harbor Chamber of Commerce Beer Garden, a Clam pitching tourney, children’s activities, crafts, and boats and jetskis on display.

JUNE 8th: Asbury Park: Asbury Park Blues & Brews Festival. 12-8pm.  Enjoy six great bands, a beer garden, vendors, crafters, art and above all, Music! Click for more information.

Jersey Shore Wine Festival:Saturday and Sunday at FirstEnergy Park

June 8th and 9th: Lakewood BlueClaws 3rd annual Jersey Shore Wine Festival
at FirstEnergy Park. The festival celebrates New Jersey wines and the many varietals produced in the area. In addition to wine tasting, the festival features live musical entertainment, crafters, vendors, and food.  The event runs each day from 12 noon to 5 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate for adults 21 years and older. A two-day ticket option is also available for $25. Those under 21 years of age or designated drivers are free.
For more information, call 732-901-7000 option 2 or click here.
Six Flags brew ha haJune 15:  Six Flags Great Adventure hosts their second annual Craft Beer Festival Saturday, June 15 with samplings from local breweries, an all-you-can-eat meal and special comedy show featuring Don Jamieson at 8pm in Showcase Theater! Sample award-winning beers, enjoy live entertainment and participate in the Best of NJ show brewery awards! General Information

  • Festival takes place in the Catered Picnic Grove at Six Flags Great Adventure
  • General session:4:30 – 8:00pm
  • Season Passholder Early Entry 4:00 – 4:30pm
  • Theme park admission requires a separate entry ticket – Theme park operating hours are 10:30am- 9:00pm
  • Outside alcohol is not permitted
  • Pets are not permitted (excluding service animals)
  • Six Flags offers picnic table seating for over 1000 guests – blankets, chairs, pop-up tents and large beach umbrellas are not permitted  Click for Tickets and more info

NJ Beer FestNJ Beer & Food Festival takes place at Crystal Springs June 14-15. This weekend-long celebration of craft beers also coincides with Father’s Day June 16 making it the perfect destination with something for everyone: beer lovers, golfers and families, with two top US ranked spas and the Biosphere indoor/outdoor pool complex as well. The two days of beer fest events include the “NJ Chefs & Brews” walk-around reception on Friday 6/14 (8-11pm, $95), with six chefs serving food paired with six New Jersey and New York beers. Participating chefs include Timothy Fischer and pastry chef John Sauchelli of Crystal Springs, Mike Carrino of Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastrolounge (Montclair), John Halligan of Park Steakhouse (Park Ridge), Carlo Carbonara of Bottagra (Hawthorne) and Eric Levine of Morris Tap & Grill (Randolph). On Saturday 6/15, the ” Beer and BBQ Fest” tasting event gives attendees the opportunity to try 135 beers from 50 breweries including many craft brews from New York and New Jersey paired with delicious barbeque in a picturesque outdoor setting (3pm-7pm, $75 early bird, $85 after June 1st).

Also on Saturday 6/15 starting at 9am golfers will have the chance to participate in the “Brews & Birdies” golf tournament on the resort’s award-winning Wild Turkey and Ballyowen courses. Tastings of craft beers will be available on six holes of the course ($195 for golf and beer tastings). Other activities include a free outdoor grilling class Sat. 6/15 10-11am by Crystal Springs chefs in the resort’s lovely Chef’s Garden and free daily tours of the wine cellar, which is the deepest, most extensive collection in the Northeast US situated in over an acre of underground space and featuring some of the most prized bottles, rare vintages and perfect score 100-point wines.

All weekend, the resort’s two main restaurants, Crystal Tavern and Restaurant Latour, will each be serving special tasting menus paired with craft beers. Crystal Tavern features a three-course “Highlands” menu while Restaurant Latour offers an eight-course tasting menu in addition to a three-course prix-fixe and a five-course vegetarian Garden Menu.

On Sunday 6/16, the beer festival will wrap up with a special Father’s Day Lunch 12-4pm in the Chef’s Garden, a beautiful outdoor restaurant surrounded by a lush garden full of herbs and vegetables used in the resort’s restaurants. Three chefs will each prepare a course that will be paired with a different craft beer ($70 inclusive of food and unlimited beer; lunch menus sans beer will be offered to those under 21).

Reservations for all events can be made at or by calling 973-827-5996 x 3.

June 23rdHolmdel:  Italian Food Festival 11am – 7pm, Dearborn Market’s first-ever Italian Food Festival will take place tented outside in the garden center. Enjoy delicious, Italian-American cuisine like homemade sausage, peppers & onions, porchetta, cured meats, cheeses, gelato, cannoli, zeppoles, and samplings from some of our favorite Italian Specialty vendors. Enjoy good food & family fun with live music, face painting and pony rides. More information is available by calling 732.264.0256, or online at

June 26th: Brooklyn Brewery Beer Dinner… Brooklyn all the way!!  Morris Tap & Grill. Menu:  Welcome Beer, Brooklyn Weiss | 1st Course Sheepshead Bay Spicy Clam Strips with Garlic Foam, Bacon and Corn &
Brooklyn Summer Ale | 2nd Course Lundy’s Crab stuffed Shrimp with Sugar Snap Peas, Butter Lobster Meat on Sweet Pea Risotto & Brooklyn Scorcher | 3rd Course Bay Ridge Prosciutto and Burrata Pizza Roll with
Arugula Salad and Fennel, & Brooklyn Sorachi Ale | 4th Course Five Spice Rubbed Pork Loin and Coney Island Waffle Style Chips & Brooklyn Blast | Dessert The Brooklyn Bridge (surprise) with Brooklyn Monster Ale
$65 exc. tax & tip email to to register with your credit card information.

June 29 and 30thSangria Sampler Wine Trail There is nothing like a tall, cool glass of Sangria on a hot, sweltering summer day.  Travel the Vintage North Jersey wine trail to experience a wide range of mouth watering sangrias.  From tropical white wine sangrias to deep fruity sangrias, you will learn a wide range of Sangria styles that you can make for your next summer party.  Vintage North Jersey wineries located in Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon and Mercer counties will blend up their best Sangria recipes for you to sample.  They will also offer recipes to help you mix your own at home.  It’s a Sangria sipping adventure along the Vintage North Jersey wine trial.  For more information: