Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

Food Events in New Jersey


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. Tickets available at 

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 12th: Kirby’s Mill Apple Festival 275 Church Road Medford  9 to 4- fresh apple cider donuts while you wait

October 13thCrystal Springs Resort will host its first Harvest Festival at Green Valley Farms at Crystal Springs. Held on Crystal Springs’ own organic farm in partnership with the Sparta Famer’s Market, the Harvest Festival will welcome more than 35 local farmers and producers with everything from fruit and vegetables to handicrafts to artisanal cheese and meats. for more details. (135 Route 94, Vernon, NJ).- 11AM – 4PM


October 17th: Cru vs. Brew is the brainchild of Sharon Sevrens and Amanti Vino (her acclaimed boutique wine, spirits and craft brew store). Present at the event: three superstars of the wine + beer world: Robert Sinskey, Steve Matthiasson, and Garrett Oliver. The 5-course menu is from Ariane Duarte of CulinAriane. Best of all? It’s a benefit for Intensive Therapeutics, a Scotch Plains, NJ nonprofit organization that provides occupational therapy services to children with special needs.

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 19th & 20th: Chatsworth Cranberry FestivalThe Cranberry Festival is a celebration of New Jersey’s cranberry harvest, the 3rd largest in the United States, and offers a tribute to the Pine Barrens & Local Culture. The main attraction is the diverse showing of many artists & craftsmen, some of which will also be demonstrating their crafts as well as displaying them for sale. Admission to the festival is FREE.

October 24th: An Evening of Hot Chili & Cool Brew at the Newark Museum Taste the finest local, domestic and international beers from more than 25 breweries and sample 12 varieties of meat and vegetarian chili, along with other delicious treats. For a donation of $125 (Pint Level Individual Sponsorship) or $50 for a general admission (all but $15 of each ticket is tax deductible), guests can sample unlimited beers and chili, hot dogs, cornbread and desserts. Participants will have exclusive access to the historic Ballantine House – once home of the famed beer and ale brewing family – and the exhibition Ming to Modern: Elevating the Everyday in Chinese Art. Tickets (restricted to purchasers 21 and older) may be purchased by calling (973) 596-6559;

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