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THIS WEEKEND:

July 18 and 25: At 6:30 p.m., Haddonfield’s In The Kitchen Cooking School welcomes Chef Natalie Stone for hands-on cooking classes. The July 18 class offers Italian holiday favorites and more cooking classics will be featured on July 25. $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 PressNunzio’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.

AND BEYOND:

July 24: Fascino Restaurant in Montclair will host a 4-course Wilde Farm Wines dinner at 7 p.m. Loren Grossman’s Wilde Farm Wines of Forestville, California will be paired with Chef Ryan DePersio’s tasting menu. The cost is $65 per person, plus tax & gratuity. Fascino Restaurant, 331 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, 973-233-0350.

July 25: Chef Bryan Gregg of Escape Montclair will be celebrating New Jersey corn with a one night, 5-course dinner showcasing the freshest produce in the Garden State. Cost is $65 per person plus taxes and gratuity. Menu and details available online. Escape Montclair, 345 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, 973-744-0712. 

July 31 to August 3: Check out Highlands Business Partnership’s 20th annual Clamfest at Huddy Park in Highlands. The four-day event features fresh seafood, live entertainment, rides, games, prizes and more. Thursday: 6 to 10 p.m., Friday: 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday: 12 to 11 p.m., Sunday: 12 to 8 p.m. Admission and parking is free. Huddy Park, 70 Waterwitch Avenue, Highlands, 732-291-4713. 

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.

FTTDAugust 16, 17: Four Sisters Winery of Belvidere is home to Vintage North Jersey’s first annual Wine and Food Festival. Taste some of the best wines North Jersey has to offer along with samples of the finest cheeses, breads, produce, sauces, and more. The event beings at 12 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 at the gate, or can be purchased in advance online. Four Sisters Winery, 783 County Road 519, Belvidere, 908-475-3671. 

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.

Sweet Escape

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 [email protected] for more details. Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union. 

August 31: The 30th annual ScanFest, Scandinavian Festival, will be held at Vasa Park at Budd Lake. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., experience some of the best the Scandinavian culture has to offer with ethnic food, performances and artisans. Tickets are $14 at the gate for adults, $13 for seniors, and children under 12 are free. Vasa Park, 1 Vasa Drive, Hackettstown.

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 dozens of North Jersey’s top chefs. There will also be a silent auction and chances to win great prizes. The Terrace at Biaggio’s Restaurant299 Paramus Road, Paramus, 201-652-0201.

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