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 to the not-for-profit, volunteer-run event are $14 at the gate for adults, $13 for seniors, and children under 12 are free. Vasa Park, 1 Vasa Drive, Hackettstown.
September 4: Smashburger opens its doors in Lawrenceville with a twist: The first 50 customers will receive a free classic burger starting at 10 a.m. The latest franchise in this burger chain also plans to give free cheeseburgers to its first 50 guests on Sept. 18 to commemorate National Cheeseburger Day. Smashburger 3321 Route 1, Lawrenceville,
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 14: Visitors can learn about the rich history of the tomato at Montclair Historical Society’s The Jersey Tomato, held from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Israel Crane House. They will find out about how New Jersey became one of the top tomato growers and discover the varieties of hybrid and heirloom tomatoes. Admission is free. Israel Crane House, 108 Orange Road, Montclair, 973-744-1796.
September 16: Terre à Terre in Carlstadt is hosting a five-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 18: Chef Chris Cannon invites New Jersey to celebrate the opening of his new restaurant, Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, with a grand opening dinner starting at 8 p.m. in the historic Vail Mansion in Morristown. Guests will enjoy a five-course wine-pairing dinner to benefit the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center of Morristown. Tickets are $350 per person for the main dinner and $50 for the cocktail reception. They can be purchased here. Vail Mansion, 20 South Street, Morristown.
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 Montclair—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 17 to 19: The traditional German celebration of Oktoberfest comes to Cape May. The Town Fire Bank Company hosts an Oktoberfest featuring seasonal and regular beers provided by the Cape May Brewery, live music and food from Smoke-n-Bones. The event is free with a $5 suggested donation to benefit the Fire Company. Cape May Airport, 415 Breakwater Rd., Rio Grande, 609-886-5511.
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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