July 18th, 19th, 20th: Cape May County 4-H Fair & Chicken Bar-B-Que – The Cape May County Board of Agriculture has three fun-filled days planned for you and your little ones. The fair will run from 12-9 PM each day, with the chicken barbeque beginning at 5 PM. Entertainment includes livestock exhibits, live music, amusement rides and games.
July 19th: Crabulous Crab Day – You won’t leave this festival without extensive knowledge of crabs, and a belly full of them! The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor will host this fun day, from 9:30 am – 3 pm next Friday. Enjoy a crab cake cook off, crab cooking lessons, a crabbing tournament and crab trivia.
July 19th: Cuba Libre National Daiquiri Day – Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar in Atlantic City will celebrate National Daiquiri Day and Ernest Hemingway’s birthday (a noted Cuban rum enthusiast) with special Papa Pilar rum cocktails and surf n’ turf menu additions. Try out “The Hemingway” cocktail or play it safe with steamed mussels and crab cakes. To make a reservation call (609) 348-6700.
July 20th: New Jersey State Ice Cream Festival – Xfinity will sponsor the 11th annual NJ State Ice Cream Festival this year in downtown Toms River, from 11:30 am – 5 pm on July 20th. The fair involves ice cream tastings, games, rides, food, and entertainment, with a more detailed schedule to be posted soon on their website. Who doesn’t love ice cream?
July 20th: Grand Opening of Amanti Vino’s Vinoteca – UPDATE – EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED – Montclair’s boutique wine shop, Amanti Vino, will have a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of it’s Vinoteca at 2 pm on Saturday. The Vinoteca is a charming outdoor area for guests to sip wines purchased at the store. The opening will include music by the Jazz House Kids, free food, and fabulous wine!
July 20th: 3rd Annual Taste of Bordentown – Visit Farnsworth Avenue in Bordentown City to sample Bordentown’s finest eateries. Tickets are $10 a person and may be purchased in advance, online. The tasting event will run from 1-5 PM.
July 20th: NJ State Crab Festival – Ice House Restaurant, 4415 Park Blvd., Wildwood. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. “Crabby” fun for all ages! Blue Claw crabs! Beer Garden, “must try” crabby bloody mary! Vendors and exciting things for the kids including a crab race at 6 p.m. Live outdoor entertainment all day.
July 20th – 21st: Barrel Trail and Wine Tasting Weekend – This weekend is the perfect weekend for Jersey Wine enthusiasts to hop in the car, sip, and spit at wineries across the state. Wines tasted will primarily include barrel tastings of future vintages. Participating wineries include 4 JGs Winery (Colts Neck), Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery (Pilesgrove), Sharrott Winery (Blue Anchor), Heritage Vineyards (Mullica Hill), Laurita Winery (New Egypt), Ventimiglia Vineyard (Wantage) and Westfall Winery (Montague). Visit the New Jersey Wine Trails website for more information.
July 23rd: Veggiecation Kids Cooking Class – Whole Foods of Madison will host a free kids cooking class on Tuesday from 4 – 5 PM. Recipes will be veggie and health focused and are sure to get your youngsters excited about eating healthily!
July 25th – 28th: Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival – Headlining talents include: Robert Irvine, Rocco Dispirito and The Neely’s. Join us this summer at the Atlantic City shore for four days of fabulous foods, winning wines and celebrity chefs at the 2013 Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. View Food & Wine Event Schedule This Years Celebrity Appearances Purchase and Event Package
July 31st- Food Truck Mash-Up Fun and trendy food trucks will make their inaugural visit to Bergen County on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 4 to 10 p.m. at Overpeck Park’s Amphitheater in Ridgefield Park, N.J. Sponsored by Holy Name Medical Center, the Food Truck Mash-Up will showcase more than 20 food trucks selling a variety of delicious foods from Thai to Puerto Rican barbeque to healthy wraps and unique desserts. Holy Name Medical Center will be promoting wellness and living a healthy lifestyle. Admission and parking are free of charge.Live music will be performed by School of Rock all-star and house bands, Bergen native Heather Brave, and 5 Track Mind. Heather’s debut EP, Simply, is now available on iTunes, featuring all self-written songs. For more information visit http://www.northjerseyevents.com/
Month of July: Nationwide Cheese Pairing Contest – Tenaya Darlington, author of Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese and acclaimed cheese enthusiast, has announced a month-long, nationwide cheese pairing contest. Even better, your cheese plate entry must represent your state! Submit a photo of a cheese plate featuring local cheeses or a dish you created involving a cheese from your state. There will be a winner from each of the 48 contiguous states and each will win a copy of her new book, as well as inclusion in a winners post on her blog. Visit her blog for full details.