Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond


September 4 to 7: At the 37th Annual Greek Festival in Union, visitors can relish the taste of Greek cuisine from lamb to stuffed grape leaves. The event features multiple appetizers and dinner plates accompanied by live Greek music performed by Fantasia Music. Folk dancing lessons will also be offered throughout the festival. Admission is $1. Saint Demetrios Orthodox Church, 721 Rahway Avenue, Union, 908-964-7957.

September 7: Dino’s on Main in Asbury Park invites customers to a wine tasting hosted by the Wine Experts from the Wine Chateau in Piscataway. From 3 to 6 p.m., they will share their tips on pairing Italian wines with Italian dishes. Admission is free. Dino’s on Main, 300 Main St., Asbury Park, 732-775-1033.



September 10: Fairway Market honors the West Paterson Fire Department with a shopping night for its charity of choice. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds of shoppers who purchase between 4 and 10 p.m. will go to the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation in West Orange. Customers only need to visit an in-store to get a form, then present it at checkout. Fairway Market 1510 U.S. 46, Woodland Park, 973-339-5103.

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 NJWestin Governor Morris, 2 Whippany Road, Morristown, 973-539-7300. 

Atlantic City Seafood Festival

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 Restaurant299 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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