August 23 and 24: The Laurita Winery in New Egypt hosts the Gourmet Food Trucks Weekend. Visitors can indulge in food from 30 different food trucks from ice cream to lobster. There will also be a line dance pavilion, a wine tasting tent and fireworks on Saturday night. Tickets for adults 12 and older are $8, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Autism Society. Laurita Winery, New Egypt, 609-752-0200.
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 NJDessertTastingExpo.com for more details. Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union. Sponsored Listing
August 24: Friends of Fosterfields are hosting an event perfect for the locally grown food lover. Their Heritage Dinner – A Century of Food and Farming will present guests with a five-course dinner based on late 19th century and early 20th century menus. The meal will come with a tour of the farm. Cost is $150 per person. Reserve a spot here. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morristown, 973-326-7600.
August 24: New Jersey’s bravest compete in Fairway’s Firefighters Food Face-Off, a grilling “throw down” that will pit firefighters from Woodland Park (aka West Paterson), Wayne and Hawthorne against one another to determine whose barbecue is best. A panel of judges, which includes Keith Kazmark, Mayor of Woodland Park; Diane Lilli, founder of the Jersey Tomato Press; Rebecca Martin, Fairway Market’s Director of Catering; and Jersey Bites’ own Terry Krongold (also founder of The Cook’s Tour); will determine the winner by sampling burgers, ribs, and chicken. Event begins at 12 p.m. and will also include music, face painting, giveaways and free food for the public – a great family day! Rain or shine. Fairway Market, 1510 US 46 West, Woodland Park.
August 27: The Annual Snyder Farm Open House and Great Tomato Tasting will take place August 27 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy over 60 varities of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes for guests, along with activities like a chef demonstration and wagon tours. General admission is $7, and children under 10 are free. Advance registration is suggested. Clifford E. and Miranda C. Snyder Research Farm, 140 Locust Grove Rd, Pittstown, (908)730-9419.
August 30: Ribs, pulled pork, and brisket are some of the options at the annual BBQ & Craft Beer Festival, in Monmouth Park, Oceanport. Guests can choose from 18 food vendors while listening to the music of NJ country band After The Reign. General admission is $3. Monmouth Park, Oceanport, 732-222-5100.
August 30 and 31: Jazz It Up Wine Festival, hosted by the Garden State Wine Growers Association, comes to Allaire State Park in Farmingdale. Guests can enjoy live music, food truck vendors and more than 300 wine options. Tickets are $25 per person ($20 if ordered in advance by August 29) and free for non-tasters and guests under 21 years old. Allaire State Park, Farmingdale, 609-588-0085. Sponsored Listing
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 13 and 14: The Atlantic City Seafood Festival returns to Bader Field in Atlantic City. The event will feature more than 50 restaurants, cooking demos, wine tastings and the Phillips Seafood Crab eating competition. The festival has partnered with the New Jersey Pirates and Privateers weekend to offer pirate music, live sword fights and more. Admission is free. Bader Field, 600 Albany Ave, Atlantic City, 609-412-9056.
September 16: Terre à 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
September 20: Downtown Belmar celebrates the Feast of San Gennaro, hosted by Nicchio Ristorante. The event will feature Italian food, wines, games and activities, including the traditional procession of the statue of San Gennaro. Proceeds from the procession will benefit the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Main Street, Belmar.
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 Restaurant, 299 Paramus Road, Paramus, 201-652-0201.
October 20:The Kiwanis Club of Glen Ridge hosts its first October Feast at the Women’s Club of Glen Ridge. Local brewers will provide drinks to accompany the meal, composed of food and wines from Glen Ridge restaurants. Tickets are $50, and proceeds will go to the Kiwanis campaign to end maternal and neonatal tetanus and to fund scholarships. Women’s Club of Glen Ridge, 219 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, 973-699-7198.
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