May 8: The First Annual Middletown South Food Truck Fest is ready to roll from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Middletown High School South. For more information, click here. 900 Nutswamp Road, Middletown.
May 9: The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival arrives at the Sussex County Fairgrounds with over 200 beers. Food trucks including The Cow & The Curd, Empanada Guy, The Outslider, Pizza Vita, Waffle De Lys, and Oink & The Moo BBQ will be at the ready. Special guest Sick Star Nation will perform and, if that’s not enough, guests can ride a mechanical bull! Click here for tickets and additional details.Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta.
May 9: Lettie Teague book signing at Gary’s Wine & Marketplace from 12 to 2 p.m. Wine columnist at The Wall Street Journal and winner of three James Beard Awards, Lettie Teague will be in Gary’s Wine & Marketplace in Wayne store on May 9 to discuss and sign copies of her new book Wine in Words: Some Notes for Better Drinking. Copies will be available for purchase at the signing. Gary’s Wine & Marketplace
1308 Rt. 23 North, Wayne, 973-633-3900.
May 9 and 10: The Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend tradition continues at winery tasting rooms across the state. From Sussex to Cape May Counties, travelers along the trail can look forward to special wine tastings, live music, food pairings, and plenty of fragrant fresh flowers (both cut and grapevine) heralding the season.
May 16 and 17: Noon to 5 p.m. Wine on down the river at the first ever Riverview Beach Park Wine Festival! Become a part of this new tradition with local crafters, food vendors, live music, and New Jersey wine tasting. Experience the incredible variety of wines that New Jersey has to offer, all while listening to music, shopping around and having a bite to eat. Riverview Beach Park, Pennsville.
May 23 to 25: From 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, about 40 regional trucks go head to head in this competition between the tri-state area’s best mobile-made eats! Come out to the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival for a day of delicious food, entertainment and the Star Ledger’s Family Fun Day. Admission $3. For more details click here. Monmouth Park, Oceanport.
May 30: Get in on the fun and stop by the Manahawkin Food Truck Jam, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Experience the hottest trends in the food truck world, as these mobile kitchens rally for the chance to be named the best! 657 East Bay Ave., Manahawkin.
June 12 to 14: Catch the freshest catch at the 29th Annual Belmar Seafood Festival, beginning Friday June 12, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event continues Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, click here. Silver Lake Park, Belmar.
June 23: Come out to Spring Lake Heights to see the 2015 TASTE Award Winners announced during a four-course wine paired dinner with live music from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The TASTE awards honor culinary excellence at the Jersey Shore in 13 categories. All proceeds benefit the Common Ground Grief Center in Manasquan. For more information or to purchase tickets click here. The Mill, Spring Lake Heights.
August 15 and 16: The Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off features crab cakes and seafood from top Garden State restaurants with chefs battling for Best Crab Cake and Best of the Rest. With the Munchmobile’s Pete Genovese heading up a panel of culinary and media industry judges and People’s Choice awards, everyone fills up on mouth-watering offerings. Exciting thoroughbred racing, live entertainment, crafters and Star-Ledger Family Fun day Sunday combine for a fun filled weekend! Monmouth Park, Oceanport.
September 19 and 20: Get swept away by the Belmar Feast of San Gennaro, bringing authentic Italy to Belmar. Experience live music, parades, a mass and local Italian favorites throughout Main Street. Donations to the statue of San Gennaro will benefit the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Main Street, Belmar.