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Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond


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THIS WEEKEND:

A Toute HeureMay 8 and 9: A Toute Heure opens its doors earlier for guests to enjoy a “community hour” menu, through Friday. This will include a special dinner menu which will include ATH’s burger. The restaurant will donate $1 from the sale of every burger to support community organizations. A Toute Heure, 232 Centennial Ave, Cranford.

May 8: Terre à Terre hosts a farm-to-table Spring Foraging Dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Chef Todd Villani and his culinary team have crafted an innovative multi-course dinner inspired by the vibrant flavors of spring. Anthony Bracco of Bracco Farms and Rob Nicolosi of Nicolosi Berkshire Pork will mingle with guests so they can meet their farmers. The dinner is $49 per person for a four-course meal. Terre à Terre, 312 Hackensack St, Carlstadt.

May 9: The annual Avalon Wine & Spirits Festival starts at 6:30 p.m. More than 200 wines, along with vodka, scotch and bourbon will be available for tasting. Local restaurants will provide hors d’oeuvres for the evening. Tickets are $45 at the door ($40 in advance). Call 609.967.3936 for details and tickets. Avalon Community Hall, 30th Street & Avalon Avenue, Avalon. 

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May 10: Pay a visit to America’s Grow-a-Row’s Farm-to-Fork Fundraiser from 5 to 10:30 p.m. at the Life Camp in Pottersville. Former Governor Christine Todd Whitman will make an appearance as the guest speaker. This unique fundraiser features local food artisans, a farm-fresh dinner and fine auctions. To participate or attend, visit americasgrowarow.orgLifeCamp, 67 McCann Mill Road, Pottersville.

May 10:  Unionville Vineyards’ Spring Wine Festival. Speakers tent will feature Jersey Bites’ own Deb Smith, mozzarella demonstrations from Fulper Family Farms, worldwide wine trivia, and career reflections from winemaker Cameron Stark. Bring chairs or a blanket, enjoy 90 acres of sprawling New Jersey farmland. Tickets include a wine tasting flight and Unionville logo wine glass. General admission: $20. Youth, 13-20 years old, and designated drivers: $10. 12 and under: free. Click here for tickets. Unionville Vineyards, 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes. 908-788-0400.

2014_poster_smMay 10: Spirit of the Jerseys History Fair will take place at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are partnering with I Run New Jersey to bring food trucks to the event, along with a 5k race in the morning. Participating food trucks include ahh! Le Cart, Chimney Cake Factor, Empanada Guy, Zinna’s Bistro and many more. Visitors will find a wide selection of foods from hot dogs to lobster to ice cream and cupcakes. Washington Crossing State Park, 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville.

May 10 and 11: Get Mom out to the winery this weekend! It is the annual Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend, and participating wineries throughout New Jersey will be having special events on Saturday and Sunday. Brought to you by the Graden State Wine Growers Association.

AND BEYOND:

May 13: Temple Beth Am is hosting a wine tasting at the Knoll East Country Club from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will feature a  fascinating lesson on sensory perceptions, as well as hors d’oeuvres, food stations and raffles. Tickets are $70 and need to be purchased in advance. To reserve your spot for this special event, mail your check to: Temple Beth Am PO Box 5305, Parsippany. 25 Knoll Lane, Boonton.

May 17: Chili-heads rejoice! Washington Street in downtown Toms River is the place for the 25th annual New Jersey State Chili & Salsa Cookoff. Cooks from all walks of life and skill levels bring the heat from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buy a tasting kit ($6 in advance, $7 at the event) and judge for yourself. But don’t show up late or you might miss some entries!

May 18: Collingswood has created a number of interesting food traditions, and the Porch Brunch and House Tour is unique. Starting with brunch at 11 a.m., guests can tour seven different homes along Harvard Avenue. New this year: restaurants will be cooking up a storm as the tour comes by. Brunch and tour is $28 per person. Call 609-238-5407 for brunch reservations.

May 18: Local restaurants come together for a Taste of Evesham, which will be held on Main Street in Marlton from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A cooking demonstration by Chef Eddie Berner, former guitar player for A Flock of Seagulls, is sure to entertain. Tickets range from free for kids under 4 to $15 for adults (includes wine and beer tasting).

May 24 and 25: Triple Oaks Nursery & Herb Garden in Franklinville is back with its annual Herb Festival. Learn about growing various kinds of herbs and sample different herb-infused nibbles. The event is free to attend. Call 856-694-4272 for information.

May 24 to 26: The Food Trucks Showdown returns to Monmouth Park Racetrack, featuring 26 of the best trucks in the NJ-NY-PA area. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Admission is $3, parking $4 and children under 12 enter for free. Join “Party Marty” from Rockin’ Country Thunder 107.1 on Saturday and then Sunday is Family Fun Day. Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport.

May 29: Unionville Vineyards, located in Ringoes will host its first ever BYOB: Bring Your Own Basket, Picnic with the Winemaker at 12:30 p.m. Winemaker Cameron Stark, formerly of Robert Sinskey and Merryvale, crafts, artisan wines which reflect local terroir as well as his superb craftsmanship. Ask those questions you’ve always wanted to ask (about grape growing or wine making or anything else you’ve been wondering about). Unionville Vineyards will offer the unique opportunity to share wine with the man who made it in a casual setting at the BYOB picnic. Brick Farm Market in Hopewell, NJ, will be offering specials for picnic lunches. Reservations are not required for this event. Please contact Stacy Brody, Operations Coordinator, with any questions. Unionville Vineyards, 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes. 908-788-0400. 

May 31: The Montclair Food & Wine Festival kicks off with a Grand Tasting at the Montclair Art Museum. Event tickets are $95 (general admission) from 7-9 p.m. VIP tickets are offered at $120 (6 p.m. early admission). The museum’s stunning galleries will be open to attendees for viewing. Approximately 30 restaurants from Montclair (and beyond) will be on hand with samples of choice bites. Tickets and details can be found here. Use promo code JerseyBites (case sensitive) for 10% off admission into any session! Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair.

May 31Jersey Fest featuring Food Truck Mash-Up. Specialty Food Trucks (15+), Beer Garden, Live Music, Family Entertainment, Great Vendors and Harness Racing. Free Admission and free parking. Meadowlands Racetrack, 1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford.

May 31: Uber-hopped IPAs and fire-breathing sauces come together for theHop Sauce Festival on Bay Avenue in Beach Haven. It’s a celebration of craft brews, hot sauces and local eats. The festival runs from 11AM to 7PM, and admission is $10 ($25 to sample beer).

June 9The Jersey Shore Partnership will host its Summer Celebration, the Foundation’s annual friend raising/fundraising activity in a huge open tent at Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook (overlooking Sandy Hook Bay). More than 450 guests are expected to attend the event representing elected officials, the educational community, corporations, not-for-profits and individuals from Cape May to Monmouth County to enjoy fantastic food prepared by New Jersey chefs with seafood contributed by Jersey coast fisheries. Local restaurateur Tim McLoone will be honored with the Tom Gagliano Leadership Award for his commitment to the Jersey Shore. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased in advance at jerseyshorepartnership.com.

June 21: Hot Rods and Food Trucks! Hundreds of cars, music, prizes, vendors, and fun for the whole family. Free admission for spectators! Plus an extreme Food Truck Showdown—come hungry and leave satisfied! Bay Boulevard and Grant Avenue, Seaside Heights.

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