Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

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July 25 and 26: Multiple restaurants in South Jersey will be showcasing special $35 dinner menus and featuring local food products during South Jersey Hot Chefs’ Farm to Fork week wrap-up.  For details, participating restaurants, menus and reservations, visit

DSCN2758July 26 to August 2: The 77th Annual Warren County Farmers’ Fair featuring the Hot Air Balloon Festival begins this Saturday, July 26, and runs through Saturday, August 2. Throughout the week-long event, there will be plenty of food, rides, prizes and much more. Admission is $7 for adults, and $4 for children ages 5 to 12. Kids 4 and under get in for free, and parking is free. 1350 Strykers Road, Phillipsburg, 908-859-6563.

July 26: The Manahawkin Food Truck Showdown takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Shoppes at Manahawkin Mart. The event includes food trucks from all over New Jersey, New York, and the Philadelphia area including Empanada GuyOink and Moo BBQ and Hoffman’s Ice CreamShoppes at Manahawkin Mart, 657 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, 609-597-1017.


Spuntino Interior_Image 4_medJuly 29: Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas hosts an Italian farm-to-table night starting at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 7 p.m. Guests will experience locally grown ingredients in a six-course dinner which includes paired wines, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. All net proceeds and money raised from a silent auction will go toward Table-to-Table. Tickets are $80 per person and can be purchased at the restaurant or by calling 973-661-2435. Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, 70 Kingsland Road, Clifton, 973-661-2435.

July 31: Terhune Orchards is the spot for the 3rd annual Sustainable Fare for Sustainable Jersey dinner event. The event features a seven-course farm to table meal prepared by nine well-known NJ chefs. Cocktails begin at 5 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Each course is sourced from within the state and paired with Terhune Orchard wines. All proceeds go to benefit Sustainable Jersey, a local non-profit. Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, 609-924-3210.

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 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.