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THIS WEEKEND:

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Through August 9: Bloomfield Restaurant Week will take place from August 3 to 9. The week features prix fixe meals of $30 or less for lunch and/or dinner. Participating restaurants will also raffle away gift certificates for guests. For more information on the participating restaurants, click here.

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 9: Emlen Physick Estate is the home of the 3rd Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with live music and entertainment throughout the day. Plenty of crab can be washed down with craft beer from various local breweries. Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, 609-884-5404.

August 10 to 16: Cherry Hill Township’s first-ever restaurant week takes place from August 10 to 16. Guests can enjoy specially selected three-course dinner menus for either $25 or $35 per person. Select restaurants are also offering two-course lunch menus for $15 or $20. Visit here for more information, or follow @CHRestaurantWk on Twitter.

August 10 to 17: Caldwell Restaurant Week will be held from August 10 to 17. Featuring prix-fixe menus and specials at participating restaurants, the week will showcase the diverse collection of restaurants in the Caldwell area. For more information, click here.

AND BEYOND:

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. 

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August 16 and 17: Four Sisters Winery of Belvidere hosts 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 onlineFour Sisters Winery, 783 County Road 519, Belvidere, 908-475-3671. 

August 17: Monmouth Park holds its first Home Cookin’ Amateur Crab Cake Contest. The competition will allow home and amateur chefs to test their skills as part of the Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off. The top entry will be named Home Cookin’ Champion. Visit here to register your recipe. Monmouth Park, 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, 732-222-5100.

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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.

September 12 and 13: The New Jersey Chefs Tableside Dinner and Wine Weekend is headed to the Westin Governor Morris. The two-day event kicks off with a five-course tableside dinner on Friday night at 7 p.m. Saturday begins with a champagne lunch at 1 p.m., and is followed by a 100-point dinner featuring 100 point rated wines and a five-course menu at—also at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Community FoodBank of NJ. Westin Governor Morris, 2 Whippany Road, Morristown, 973-539-7300. 

September 16: Terre a Terre in Carlstadt is hosting a 5-course tasting with a menu featuring ingredients of the season and carefully selected wine pairings from Unionville Vineyards.  The winemaker will be on hand for an amazing evening. 7 p.m. $79 per person Call to reserve 201.507.0500. Sponsored Listing

October 16: Highlawn Pavilion hosts a wine and beer charity dinner from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Proceeds from the five-course meal—coupled with wines and beer from Amanti Vino of Montlcair—benefit both Intensive Therapeutics and Mache (Montclair Academy for Culinary and Hospitality Education). General admission for the event is $165 per person. Highlawn Pavilion 1 Crest Drive, West Orange, 973-731-3463. 

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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