Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

Food Events in New Jersey

September 14thAmateur Chili Cook-Off – The Grape Escape Winery in Dayton, NJ presents the second competition in their chili cook-off. The four amateur chef finalists will prepare chili, which you get to help taste and judge! A $40 ticket to the event will also get you Postino Restaurant food and tastings of wine and chocolate.

September 14th – 15th: Fall for New Jersey Wines Trail Event: The smell of ripening apples, the hints of red and orange in the tree line, tell us that it’s time to head for the hills to pick pumpkins and applies and to taste great wines along the Vintage North Jersey wine trail. Many wineries are beginning harvest and vineyards are filled with the aroma of future vintages as their grapes reach maturity. Watch – or even join in – as “crush” begins.  “Crush” is the harvest, crush-destem and beginning of fermentation of 2013 vintage wines. If you are lucky, you may even taste juice as it runs from the press into fermentation vats! See your future wines in the making along the Vintage North Jersey wine trail.

September 16th: The Academy of Culinary Arts will hold an open house for those interested in learning more about the Culinary Arts Training Program offered through Atlantic Cape Community College’s Continuing Education Division, 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House. The open house will feature a meet and greet with ACA representatives, information about the program and a tour of the kitchen.  Classes begin Monday, Sept. 30, at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; and Monday, Nov. 18 at the Cape May County Campus.  For additional information about scholarships and training, contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or

September 20th: The Summit location of Kings Food Markets celebrates its Grand Re-Opening with a Pasta Cutting Ceremony at 11am and tastings and in-store events including Cooking Studio demonstrations and nutritionist consultations. Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson and other members of the community will be in attendance. Event runs until 4pm. King’s Food Markets, 784 Springfield Avenue, Summit,

September 21st:  Alfresco at the Farm in Morristown 5pm to sundown. Live Music~ Gourmet appetizers featuring Urban Farm Produce~ Pizza by Millie’s of Morristown~ Desserts by The Artist Baker and Strawberry Fields New for 2013: Children’s activities, a garden themed silent auction and family photos on the farm! You won’t want to miss this DELICIOUS and FUN way to support Grow It Green Morristown in our mission to serve the Greater Morristown Area. Tickets: Adults 40.00, children 20.00

 September 21st:  Festival of the Sea, Point Pleasant Beach. 10am to 7pm. Rain date is September 22, 2013. This street fair is located in the heart of downtown Point Pleasant Beach on Arnold and Bay Avenues. Vistors sample dishes by the area’s finest restaurants serving everything from Lobster, Steak, Chowders, Pasta, Desserts and everything in between. Hundreds of Arts and Crafts vendors display their crafts. Free Shuttles run from noon until 7pm. They stop on Broadway and Baltimore Avenues, Broadway and Ocean Avenues, Ocean and Arnold Avenues, and the Train Station. One also leaves from Point Pleasant Boro High School on Beaver Dam Rd. and drops off on Lincoln Avenue, so there is plenty of FREE on street parking. For more information please call 732-899-2424

September 21 – 22ndHighlands Festival at Waterloo. The Highlands Festival at Waterloo is a “Celebration of All Things Local” including home-grown FOOD! food vendors will be asked to source local food and clearly state where it comes from. Chef run workshops, locally produced food products and more at this weekend long, family friendly event.

September 21 – 22ndJersey Skyline Wine Festival With a perfect view of the NY skyline as a vantage point more than a dozen of the finest New Jersey wineries will be on hand at Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park for the inaugural Jersey Skyline Wine Festival, promoted by the Garden State Wine Growers Association. Paid attendees receive a complimentary wine glass with their admission ticket which is $25 at the gate and $20 in advance ordered through

September 22nd: The Morris County Sunday Supper is returning to the Hyatt Morristown from 4 – 7.   A night of farm-to-table tastings from local gourmet chefs and farms. In addition to the gourmet tasting, the night will feature a silent auction, open bar, and live music. Details on the Sustainable Morristown website: .

September 23rdFBCC Culinary Classic – The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties presents their 22nd Annual Culinary Classic at The Mill at Spring Lake Heights. The event will raise awareness and funds for hunger in the New Jersey community, especially with regard to the increased need post-Hurricane Sandy. Dozens of popular restaurants from the Jersey Shore will be present to offer samples of signature dishes, wine, cocktails and local craft brews. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit the event Facebook page.

October 26th: Fall Foodtruck Festival at Raceway Park. Monster trucks, drag races, BMX exhibitions, classic cars, boulder climbing, live entertainment, and of course FOOD TRUCKS in Englishtown, NJ!

September 28th: “Grape Expectations: a unique food & wine event with a “Twist” to benefit The Montclair Public Library. Featured guest will be Eric Asimov, wine critic for The New York Times. Mr. Asimov will lead a Wine Master Class for a small group from 6:30-7:30 and will make remarks and answer questions at the main event beginning at 7:30.  Top local chefs contribute dishes inspired by the novels of Charles Dickens so it will be a delicious and enjoyable event for a great cause. For tickets and information, visit  or e-mail Montclair Public Library Foundation Administrator, Anita Peterson

September 28th: Food Trucktoberfest at Monmouth Park. Usher in the fall with a special Oktoberfest Celebration…Food Trucktoberfest featuring a German Beer Garden presented by The Star-Ledger! Your favorite mobile eateries from Food Truck Wars are BACK to help showcase brewers’ Oktoberfest creations. Enjoy live music provided by an Oompah Band, unique German brews, as well as all of your favorite food trucks! As part of Food Trucktoberfest: all fans wearing lederhosen receive FREE Grandstand admission!

September 28th: The Big Brew Beer Festival Fall-Fest. The Morristown Armory 430 Western Ave. Morristown, NJ 07960 Session 1 1:00 pm-4:30pm (VIP extra hour 12pm-1pm) Session 2 7:00pm-10:30pm (VIP extra hour 6pm-7pm) Discounted advance tickets are available online at: 

October 5th & 6thLBI Chowderfest – 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the annual LBI Chowderfest. There will be unlimited chowder tasting, live music, a food court, a merchant market, and beautiful views of the bay! General admission tickets are $20 ($10 for kids) and may be purchased online.

October 12thUnionville Vineyards Fall Harvest Festival will be their biggest and best festival yet, with more areas to taste wine and food, two exciting regional rock’n’roll talents, new demonstrations and pairing classes, the return of the grape stomp, opportunities to interact with the winemakers, and plenty to keep kids of all ages happy and interested.
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October 12th: Point Pleasant Beach Chowder Fest.  Located on Inlet Drive overlooking our beautiful Manasquan Inlet from 12-6pm. Food, Live Music, Beer Garden, Arts & Crafts, and of course Chowda! Rain Date 10/13/2013.  For more Information  732-899-2424. Presented by The Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce.

PrintOctober 19th & 20th: The Chili & Beer Challenge at the Last Fling Pumpkin Sling After all that slingin’, you’re likely to be hungry and thirsty. Here’s the perfect event to whet your whistle and your appetite – the Chili & Beer Challenge. This friendly competition offers those inspired to cook with savor and spice, or brew lagers, ales, wheats and ryes a chance to shine. And those wanting to do more than just savor the flavors, you’ll be able
to get into the action by sampling the offerings and then helping to select the “People’s Choice” winners.

Forks & Corks to benefit the Algonquin Arts TheartreNovember 18th: Jersey Bites Presents Forks & Corks to benefit the Algonquin Arts Theatre at the Mill, Spring Lake Heights from 6 to 9pm. This event will showcase deliciously diverse cuisine from the area’s most popular restaurants along with a cast of renowned wines and beers.  $65 per person. Entertainment: The Paul Marino Band Dress: Business Attire Sponsorship Opportunities contact Teresa Staub Development Director, 732-528-4336or