Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

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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 to 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 the Grand Tasting as well as the Gala! And check out our coverage of the sessions on Sunday, June 1, to find discount codes for 25% off the cost of each seminar.  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: Morgan’s Farm Organic Farm Stand in Cedar Grove kicks off its summer season on May 31, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and runs through November 1. All proceeds support the garden and maintenance for the Morgan MuseumMorgan Farm and Museum, 903 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove.

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

image001June 1: Bergen Community College hosts its First Annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival, featuring a wide- variety of mobile eateries (20, in fact!), an all-day concert and raffles! Come on down at 11 a.m. and stay until 8 p.m. Rain or shine. Free admission. Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, 201-301-1298. 


June 6: Do you love Argentine wine? The Grapeful Palate in Morristown is hosting a luxurious dinner event at The Grand Cafe, featuring Pulenta Estate wines of Argentina, on Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m. An hors d’oeuvres reception will be followed by entrees featuring scallop ceviche, pan-seared Arctic char, fusilli with sage-basil pesto, and grilled Argentine steaks, each paired with a select Pulenta Estate wine. The meal concludes with coffee and a banana-mango crepe with dulce de leche. $88 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 973-540-9444 or email for reservations. The Grand Cafe, 42 Washington Street, Morristown, 973-540-9444.

June 3 and 7: Tuesday, June 3 marks Opening Day for the Montclair Farmers Market at its new location on South Park Street, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the Walnut Street location reopens for the summer (or just keeps on keepin’ on, for those of you who went over the winter!) on Saturday, June 7, at 8 a.m. The market runs every week until October and vendors carry only Jersey-grown items. South Park Street, Montclair, on Tuesdays, and 25 Depot Square, Montclair, on Saturdays.

June 9The Jersey Shore Partnership hosts 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

June 12: The semi-annual Lambertville NiteFare is back, with a wide variety of exciting activities. The event will feature cuisine from Lambertville’s top restaurants, Philadelphia-area food trucks, a Yards Brewing Company Beer Garden, and live entertainment all night long. The NiteFare is a free, public event that will take place on four blocks of North Union Street in Lambertville. Parking is available for $10 per vehicle at the New Hope Solesbury School at West Bridge Street. More info is available online.

June 16: Escape Montclair is ready to undergo a kitchen takeover by welcoming acclaimed Greek chef and cookbook author Peter Minakis for the evening. Chef Bryan Gregg welcomes Minaki into his kitchen for a five-course Escape to Greece dinner. Cost is $68 per person and seating is limited. Reservations can be made at 973-744-0712. Escape Montclair, 345 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair.


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.

July 20 to 25: Collingswood’s Farm Fresh Restaurant Week starts on July 20 and will feature several of area restaurants including: Tortilla Press, Nunzio’s Ristorante, and more. Restaurants will include discounted specials on their most popular dishes. Check online for more information.