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July 11 to 13: What’s better than barbecue and blues? North Wildwood has both, and is home to the New Jersey State BBQ Championship & Anglesea Blues Festival. See who has the best barbecue skills with teams competing from all over the country. You can even try some of their barbecue while experiencing some of the best blues acts from around the area. Admission to the event is free. 201 New Jersey Ave, North Wildwood.
July 11, 18, 25: On three Fridays in July at 6:30 p.m., Haddonfield’s In The Kitchen Cooking School welcomes chef Natalie Stone for hands-on cooking classes. July 11 features the menu from Stone’s appearance on Rocco’s Dinner Party on the Bravo Network. The July 18 class offers Italian holiday favorites and more cooking classics are featured on July 25. The cost is $75 per class. Call 609-206-4511 to register. In The Kitchen Cooking School, 10 Mechanic Street, Haddonfield.
July 19: Ice House Restaurant in Wildwood hosts the New Jersey State Crab Festival. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. and features a beer garden, fresh blue claw crabs and a crab race for kids. Also, donate to the event’s Crabby Fundraiser with proceeds benefiting Lunch with Lynch. A $5 donation enters you for a chance to win $1,000 at the Crabby Fundraiser Crab Race at 7 p.m. Ice House Restaurant, 4415 Park Boulevard, Wildwood.
July 20 to 25: Collingswood’s Farm Fresh Restaurant Week starts 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.
July 20 to 26: More than 40 eateries in Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington counties are set to participate in this year’s SJ Hot Chef’s Farm to Fork Week. The week features four-course summer-themed meals for $35, with some restaurants preparing a $25 menu. For a full list of SJ Hot Chef’s restaurants, click here.
July: Freshly-harvested Australian black truffles will be incorporated into Restaurant Latour’s “Grazing” tasting menu all month long. The restaurant at Crystal Springs Resort is the only restaurant in New Jersey that offers this type of truffles. Crystal Springs Resort, 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, 973-827-5996.
August 9: The Just Jersey Food Truck Festival heads to Randolph at the County College of Morris. From 10 a.m to 6 p.m., enjoy a fun-filled day featuring 20 of the top gourmet food trucks in the area, a beer garden, live music, and other activities. Admission is $5 for adults and kids under 12 are free. County College of Morris Parking Lot 1, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph, 973-927-2794.
August 16: The EARTH Center’s Garden Field Day takes place at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park in South Brunswick. A variety of events are scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. including garden tours, live music, samples of local produce from Middlesex County farmers, and a Backyard Garden Contest where guests are welcome to bring their biggest tomato, pumpkin or pepper. Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick, 732-398-5262.
August 24: Sweet tooth, anyone? Kean University is the place to be for the NJ Confection & Dessert Tasting Expo. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy workshops for all ages along with sweet samplings and goodies that will be for sale. A Sweet Demonstration Stage will feature baking demonstrations from award-winning bakers and sweet entrepreneurs. General admission tickets are $35 and VIP tickets are available for $65. Contact info@NJDessertTastingExpo.com for more details. Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union.
October 20: The second annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gourmet Gala returns to The Terrace at Biaggio’s Restaurant in Paramus. Guests will experience an upscale night of dancing, spirits, and food from 25-30 of the premier chefs in North Jersey. There will also be a silent auction and chances to win great prizes. The Terrace at Biaggio’s Restaurant, 299 Paramus Road, Paramus, 201-652-0201.