September 12 and 13: The New Jersey Chefs Tableside Dinner and Wine Weekend heads 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: Release your inner beer lover at Monmouth Park Racetrack’s Trucktoberfest, featuring German brews and a host of food trucks. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., enjoy a German beer garden and food from Cupcake Carnivale, Dark Side of the Moo, Red Hook Lobster Pound and more. Admission is $3, but all fans wearing lederhosen get in free. Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport, 732-222-5100.
September 13: At “As it Grows…” foodies can enjoy a farm-to-table dinner that benefits the restoration of one of New Jersey’s oldest homesteads. Antiques Roadshow star Nicholas Dawes will hold a live auction to support The Parker Homestead-1665. There will also be live music, dancing and a wide selection of dishes. Tickets are $250. The Parker Homestead-1665, 235 Rumson Road, Little Silver, 732-462-1466.
September 13: During the 39th Apple Day at Terhune Orchards, families can enjoy activities such as wagon rides and a corn maze. They can also sample the orchard’s apple wine and listen to live music from the Daisy Jug Band from 10 a.m. Admission is $5. Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton 609-924-2310.
September 13: The Taste of New Jersey – Craft Beer and N.J. Wine Festival promotes the beers and wines produced in New Jersey. From 2 to 6 p.m., sample both and enjoy $5 menus in local restaurants and live music. Tickets are $20 in advance and benefit the Old City Hall restoration project. Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, 609-516-9306.
September 13: The Jersey Skyline Wine Festival provides a selection of wineries from across the state, incorporating hundreds of wines. The events also includes live R&B music and catering from food trucks and vendors. Tickets are $25. Overpeck Park, Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park, 201-807-0201.
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 14: At The Epicurean Palette, guests experience fine food and fine art. Located at Grounds for Sculpture, the event features the work of more than 20 local chefs as well as plain air painters and sculptors. Non-member tickets are $150 in advance, and proceeds go to educational programs and exhibitions at the Grounds. Grounds for Sculpture, 126 Sculptor’s Way, Hamilton, 609-586-0616 ext. 243.
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.
September 19-21: The Que by the Sea BBQ Festival and Competition comes to Seaside Heights. The sixth annual competition in the town, it is also recognized as a Mid-Atlantic Barbeque Association State Championship. Contestants from three states will compete in four categories: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. Admission is free. Grant Avenue, Seaside Heights, 732-830-3700.
September 20: The Festival of the Sea in Point Pleasant celebrates its 37th year with clam chowder and lobster. Twenty-five Point Pleasant area restaurants and 200 crafters will participate. The event, which will feature live music, runs from Route 35 to the Point Pleasant-Boro border. Point Pleasant 732-899-8076.
September 22: New Jersey residents looking to sample from a variety of state restaurants can check out the 23rd Annual Culinary Classic, held at Doolan’s Shore Club in Spring Lake Heights. The event features more than 25 restaurants and caterers as well as craft brewers and distributors. Tickets are $75 and proceeds benefit The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Doolan’s Shore Club, 700 State Highway 71, Spring Lake Heights, 732-918-2600 ext. 5858. 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 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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