Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond


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 20 and 21: Belmar hosts the Feast of San Gennaro festival, a celebration of Italian culture, entertainment and, of course, food! The event features Italian wines, games and activities. On Sunday, there will be live performances by Paolo & Laurentina with the City Rhythm Orchestra. Main St. between 10th and 13th Avenues, Belmar, 732-681-3700 Ext. 214.

September 21: Celebrate the last day of summer at the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce’s Champion of the Grill BBQ & Blues Fest, held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Amateurs and professionals will compete on the grill for cash and trophies, while distributing free samples to earn the People’s Choice Award; forms to compete are here. The event will also feature blues music and a car and motorcycle show. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd., Augusta, 973-579-1811.

23rd Annual Culinary Classic


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 CountiesDoolan’s Shore Club, 700 State Highway 71, Spring Lake Heights, 732-918-2600 ext. 5858. Sponsored Listing

September 26 to 28: The Sea Isle Food Truck Fest brings together the best food trucks of the Jersey Shore including Ahh! La Cart, Waffle De Lys, Cha-Yen, Shore Shake, Lincoln Grill, Churro Heaven and On a Roll Street Food. It also hosts children’s activities and entertainment. Admission is free. Kix McNutley’s, 63rd and Landis Ave., Sea Isle City, 609-318-4504.

October 16: It’s “Cru Meets Brew” time! Highlawn Pavilion hosts a collaborative wine- and beer-paired charity dinner from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Proceeds from the five-course meal—featuring 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.

November 9: The Freehold Food Fest takes place from noon to 5 p.m. The event, which benefits the Lung Cancer Program at CentraState Medical Center, includes food trucks such as The Outsider and The Original SoupMan, a beer garden, and live music. Admission is free. 110 Schanck Road, Freehold.

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