December 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 28: Relax from holiday cooking at the Huntington Fire Company’s breakfast, held from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. All-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage: YUM. Adults are $8, children $4, and all proceeds benefit Huntington Volunteer Fire Company No. 1. Huntington Fire Company, 1 Maple Ave, Phillipsburg, 908-454-9121.
January 7: David Wood, a noted brewer, hosts “Homebrewing 101” at the Englewood Public Library. He will discuss the necessary equipment to get into homebrewing, give an overview of beer making and describe the ingredients process. The event starts at 7:15 and is open to the public. Englewood Public Library, 31 Engle Street, Englewood, 201-568-2215.
January 10: Slow Food Central Jersey hosts one of only five winter farmer’s markets, featuring the best of baked goods, mushrooms, cheese, wines, sauces and more. The event also includes live music. Admission is a suggested donation of $3. D&R Greenway Land Trust, Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, 609-933-4452.
January 23: Help foster therapeutic programs while munching on cheese. The Salt Creek Grille hosts a Wine and Cheese Tasting Event from 7 to 10:30 p.m. There will also be live music and a raffle. Tickets are $125 and benefit Special People United to Ride (SPUR), a therapeutic horse riding program for people with disabilities. Salt Creek Grille, 4 Bingham Avenue, Rumson, 732-933-9272.
January 26 to February 2: Bring together the excitement of the Superbowl and the entertainment of great food deals at Montclair’s Restaurant Week. Already 14 different restaurants have signed up to offer specials throughout the week and have donated to the local Rotary Club.
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