Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond


Sunday, October 20 – Friday, October 25. SJ Hot Chefs Presents Fall Harvest Week South Jersey chefs will showcase seasonal fall ingredients like ripe Macintosh apples, fresh garden kale, butternut squash and delectable sweet potatoes in memorable four-course menus priced from $25 -$35.
Hosted by the South Jersey Independent Restaurant Association, known as the SJ HOT Chefs, Fall Harvest Week invites the community to savor the bounty of local farmers and fishermen. 40 participating restaurants will offer specially created farm-to-table-inspired menus featuring seasonal offerings from local farms and seafood from Barnegat Bay.
For a list of participating restaurants or more information on Fall Harvest Week or SJ Hot Chefs, please visit

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; visiting

Thursday, October 24th – Saturday, October 26th Come to Dubh Linn Square’s Halloween Weekend Frightfest, and enjoy Walking Dead-themed karaoke, a costume contest and a pumpkin pie eating contest! Saturday night will include a 70s themed monster dance party! This event begins at 9 p.m. on all day at 167 U.S. 130 in Bordentown Township.


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! Event features 30 gourmet food trucks, live music, FREE monster truck rides, BMX Freestyle Stunt Show, Rock Crawl Exhibition – Fun for the whole family.


October 26th: Glassboro Craft Beer Festival. Enjoy an array of the best regional and national craft beers from 25 breweries, delicious food and life entertainment by Almost Fab! All attendees have access to food & merchandise vendors, live music, sponsor tables and more during the entire event. Doors open at 12:00 noon for the VIP program and the regular fest begins at 1:00 pm. All taps will close at 5:00 pm. Your ticket will be scanned at the entrance, where you will receive your tasting cup.

October 26th: Octoberfest with NJ Beers. Come to this “good old-fashioned beer garden” at the Atlantic Bottle Company, 648 N. Albany Ave. in Atlantic City from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be representatives from many of New Jersey’s great Breweries. Chef Kevin will be making homemade Bratwurst and Pierogis!

October 26th: Old Tyme Harvest FestivalCelebrate all things autumn and Halloween at Middle Township’s 14th Annual Olde Tyme Harvest Festival. The Middle Township Recreation Department will host the event to be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Mechanic Street in Middle Township. Crafts, food vendors, hayrides,carnival rides, games and live music will top the bill.

October 27th: Oktoberfest at Trump Taj Mahal. Enjoy non-stop entertainment direct from Germany, Canada and the U.S.A. as well as shopping and authentic food from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Trump Taj Mahal Grand Ballroom, 1000 Boardwalk in Atlantic City.

October 27th: The Haddon Heights Farmers’ Market October Harvest Fest. Come to this local craft beer and wine garden at the Haddon Heights Farmer’s Market, Station and Atlantic Ave., Haddon Heights from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be live music, more vendors than ever before, wine pre-tasting and more! This fun-for-the-whole-family event is a great way to celebrate official last day of the Haddon Heights Farmers’ Market season.


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.

apple-tart-47906722October 29th: Fall Pies Baking Class will teach you the secrets of baking and much much more. Chef Deb Barrett will guide you through several dough recipes that create the most heavenly pies. This demonstration takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 778 Morris Turnpike in Short Hills. Cost is $65 per person.

November 1st: Orale Mexican Kitchen Day of the Dead Costume PartyEnjoy this traditional Mexican costume party and contest on Friday, November 1st from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy DJ “Dancing Tony,” live music, face painting, drink specials and dancing. This party will take place at 341 Grove St. in Jersey City.

November 6th: Escape Montclair Snout-to-Tail Charity DinnerEscape Chef Bryan Gregg is partnering with Robert Ubhaus, Chef Owner of Rob’s Bistro, and Chef Ben Del Coro of Fossil Farms to host jointly a five-course, Roaming Acres wine pairing dinner on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7PM. The cost of the dinner will be $95 per person with 50% of the proceeds being donated to Carol G Simon Cancer Center of Morristown. Seating for this event is very limited,  call (973) 744-0712 to reserve.

November 7: The Third Annual Long Branch Chef’s Challenge 6:00 PM at Ocean Place Resort and Spa. $75. per person. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Kay Guadagno Memorial Fund at Monmouth Medical Center. Our competing chefs will be judged by a professional panel and all attendees will have an opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice too!! Also there will be a Tabletop competition which will be judged by DesignNJ but you will have a chance to vote your People’s Choice!! For tickets call or email the Chamber office (732-222-0400 or (cash, checks and credit cards accepted).

forks&corks-finalNovember 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

December 3rd: TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Unleash your wild side in this game tasting on Tuesday, December 3rd from 6:30 – 9:00.  Held at newly opened Terre à Terre ( in Carlstadt, NJ.  With a menu focused exclusively on locally grown and sustainable foods, Chef Todd Villani will prepare a multi-course wild game tasting, featuring local bison, duck, lamb, and venison. For more information, pricing, and reservations, call 201.507.0500 or visit