November 15: Howell Farm teaches the basics of bacon, sausage and scrapple making to curious guests. At 11 a.m., guests can learn about the methods of rendering, making pork products, and discerning cuts of pork. Guests can also try pork sandwiches. Admission is $3. Howell Farm, 70 Wooden’s Lane, Lambertville, 609-737-3299.
November 15: Relief Beerfest gives you a great reason to give back: beer! Held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the festival offers beer from more than 20 breweries and has a menu prepared by Robert Minniti, owner of Bacio Catering and Marketplace. Tickets are $50 and benefit Relief Engine Company. Moorestown Community House, 16 E Main St., Moorestown, 856-235-0326. Event is for 21+ only.
Through November 16: Jersey Shore Restaurant Week invites guests to enjoy three-course meals for either $20.14 or $30.14 at participating restaurants, which include Cibo e Vino, Casa Comida, Doolan’s Shore Club, andBrooklyn Bistro. The event launched in 2009 with participation from 56 restaurants in 2009, and is up to more than 75 this year. For more info, call 732-859-5643 or read our more in-depth coverage here.
All Month: Pick up Zinburger Bar and Grill‘s Pumpkin ‘Stache Shake for No-Shave November, a cause that asks men to grow out their hair to raise awareness for men’s health issues. Each shake will benefit ZERO, a nonprofit organization working to end prostate cancer. Zinburger has locations in Cherry Hill, Clifton, and Paramus.
Every Sunday: iPlay America’s GameTime Bar & Grill hosts a wing-eating contest open to anyone who’s up to the challenge during halftime of both the 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. games. Contestants must eat as many wings as possible in two minutes. The winner gets a $25 gift card to the restaurant as well as a $25 game card. GameTime Bar & Grill, iPlay America, 110 Schanck Road, Freehold, 732-577-8200.
November 17: Forks and Corks combines just that – the best of food and wine in New Jersey. Sponsored by Jersey Bites, the event features more than 25 bars, restaurants and other vendors from 6 to 9 p.m. There will also be live entertainment from The Paul Marino Band and The Joey Evans Band. Tickets are $65 before Nov. 1, $75 after Nov. 1, and $700 for a 10-person VIP table. The Mill, 101 Old Mill Road, Spring Lake Heights, 732-528-4336. Sponsored Listing
November 22: Singer-songwriter David Roth returns to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey’s Coffee With a Conscience Concert Series, an eight-show program that aims to fundraise while connecting artists with the local community. General admission is $25, with a $5 advance purchase discount. First United Methodist Church, 1 East Broad Street, Westfield, 908-233-4211.
November 28 to 30: Unionville Vineyards invites participants on its Holiday Wine Trail to collect ornaments for a grapevine wreath. More than 20 wineries are participating in this event, and many offer complimentary samples and wine tastings. On Sunday, the Chernoff duo will bring live music to the event. Cost of participation is free. Unionville Vineyards, 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes, 908-788-0400.
November 29: The Thanksgiving Hay Rides and Greens sale combines your love for holiday-themed events with a chance to give back to the community. Not only can you buy wreaths, bells, and local flour and honey, the event is free with your non-perishable food donation. Hay rides and sleigh rides are another great option for the kids, so check it out! Howell Farm, 70 Wooden’s Lane, Lambertville, 609-737-3299.
December 5 to 7: Enjoy holiday wine with your holiday shopping at Tuckerton Seaport’s Christkindlmarkt. The festival features horse drawn cart rides, crafts, live music and holiday desserts accompanied by drinks from local wineries. Admission is $3. Tuckerton Seaport, 120 Main Street, Tuckerton, 609-296-8868.
December 6, 13, 20: Munch your way through the Asbury Park Winter Bazaar, featuring craft vendors, artisanal food products, and a seasonal food and drink menu from the Anchors Bend. Live music and photos with Santa are great for the kids, while parents can give back at the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties‘ donation drop-off. Admission is free. Grand Arcade inside Convention Hall, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, 732-897-6500.
December 11: Escape Montclair‘s Chef Bryan Gregg holds a charity dining experience with the help of Chef Ian Kapitan. The five-course dinner will allow diners to bring their own wines to pair up with the courses. The cost of the dinner will be $68 per person, with 50% of the proceeds being donated to the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center of NJ. Escape Montclair, 345 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, 973-744-0712.
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