Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

Food Events in New Jersey


September 20 to 22: On Friday, September 20, 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. The ceremony will include remarks from Kings Markets President & CEO Judy Spires, Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson and Store Manager Ken Rizzie. Event runs until 4pm. And as part of its “Act Against Hunger” initiative, Kings will mark the occasion by making a $1,000 donation to St. Teresa’s Loaves & Fishes, a local non-profit committed to ending hunger in the Summit area. Nutritionist Shari Bilt Boockvar, MS, RD, will offer complimentary consultations on Friday and Saturday. Finally, Cooking Studio Demonstrations and special tastings will take place between 11am and 4pm, Friday through Sunday. 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.

September 25th: Classic Cake Academy: Wednesday, September 25. 7-9 pm.  Classic Cake 480 Evesham Road Cherry Hill. Chef Robert Bennett celebrates one of the most popular fruits of the season. From Apple Tarts to Applesauce Cake to Caramel Apples – watch, learn and taste the fruits of his labor. Must register to attend. Seating is limited. Sign up in the store; by phone at 856-751-5448; or by email

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.

September 28th: Taste of Medford and Business Expo:  Noon-3 pm at Kirby’s Mill, 275 Church Road in Medford. This event showcases Medford as a place to visit, to dine and to do business. More than a dozen Medford restaurants will showcase their foods. Local candy, snack and beverage providers will also participate. Local business will offer information, discount coupons and other promotional items.

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.

October 17th: “A Taste of the Good Life” Food and Wine Tasting Featuring more than 20 restaurants from Hudson, Essex and Passaic Counties At the People Who Make a Difference Gala Celebrating Planned Parenthood of New Jersey’s 85th Anniversary Gala from 6-9 pm At the Newark Museum. For more information on purchasing tickets, check out their Facebook event page.


October 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.

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!

October 28th: Signature Chefs Auction Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Drive, Farmingdale.  Bring together top local chefs showcasing their culinary masterpieces, a generous sampling of fine wines and spirits, fabulous entertainment and a lively auction featuring one-of-a-kind packages, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for a Signature Chefs Auction. This event, which helps raise much needed revenue for the March of Dimes, pays tribute to the culinary excellence of local chefs and caterers in the Central Jersey area.

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