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.
May 30 to June 21: Swing into summer with the annual Alstede Farms Strawberry Festival in Chester, every weekend through June 21. With hayrides, pick-your-own strawberries, and dessert tastings, The festival tent will be open from 11 a.m. to 5.p.m. 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester.
June 4: Reserve your spot at the farm-to-table dinner by Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas to benefit City Green, a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the establishment of urban farms and gardens in northern New Jersey’s cities. The event will be held at the restaurant’s Clifton Commons location. A reception featuring passed appetizers will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a six-course dinner, with a scratch-made menu prepared by Executive Chef Josh Bernstein, complete with wine pairings. Tickets for the City Green Farm-to-Table Dinner, which has limited seating, can be purchased in advance for a cost of $80/person by calling 973-661-2435. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit City Green’s Farm and Market programs. Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, 70 Kingsland Road or accessible from Route 3 East, Clifton.
June 5 to 7: Come to the Big Greek Festival and enjoy a taste of Greece, with traditional dishes including souvlaki and moussaka. Hosted at St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church in Randolph, this action-packed weekend also features live Greek music (and dancers!), as well as a shopping marketplace. And don’t forget to try the baklava for dessert! 1447 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph.
June 6: America On Tap comes to Trenton! This premium event will showcase more than 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries and attendees can choose from two tasting sessions. The first session takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the second runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, and $45 at the door. For more details click here. Sun National Bank Center, Trenton.
June 11: Lambertville Food Fair food truck fun returns to the heart of Lambertville- serving up a variety of New Hope & Lambertville favorites as well as the Greater Philadelphia Region’s best ethnic and specialty food trucks. In addition to delicious food, 21 & older guests will be able to enter a beer garden. Center City Lambertville
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 13: Come enjoy the Donaldson Farms Strawberry Festival in Hackettstown, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pick your own strawberries, taste a strawberry milkshake, and even eat fresh food from the farm. Last Kall will provide the music while families enjoy pony rides, hayrides, face painting, and much more. The festival will have many vendors and does not require an entrance fee. Donaldson Farms, 358 Allen Road, Hackettstown.
June 17: Chef Bryan Gregg hosts a French-inspired dinner with some of New Jersey’s top chefs, to benefit the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center of NJ. Chef Gregg will be joined by Chef Manuel Perez of Peacock Inn, Chef Robert Ubhaus of Redux, Chef Anthony Bucco of Restaurant Latour, and Chef Thomas Ciszak of Chakra and Blue Morel. $89 per person. Click here for complete details and menu. Escape Montclair, 345 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973-744-0712.
June 18: Take a trip down to Atlantic City and experience Chefs at the Shore, at the Historic Gardner’s Basin. Now in its 12th year, the event showcases some of the state’s top chefs, and features live cooking demonstrations (with samples, of course). Tickets are $50, and despite the price increase to $60 starting June 1, fret not: Proceeds fund educational programming at the Atlantic City Aquarium and programs for culinary students at the Professional Chef’s Association. For more information, call 609-348-2880, x25. Historic Gardner’s Basin, Atlantic City.
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.
June 27 and 28: If you’re a fan of rock music and finger-lickin’-good barbeque, look no further. Come to the sixth annual Rock, Ribs, and Ridges Festival in Augusta. The event features award-winning ribs and great bands, including Blue Oyster Cult and the Marshall Tucker Band. Both single-day and weekend passes are available. Great music, great food, and a great time. What else could you need? The Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta.
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.