Through August 16: Caldwell Restaurant Week is back for its second year, featuring diverse food options and prix fixe menus at selected restaurants, including Caldwell Seafood, Asalt and Buttery, Rock ‘N Joe, Divina Ristorante, Xunta Tapas Espana, Bangkok Kitchen, Dough Artisan Pizza, Taqueria Las Mexicanas, Gelotti, Skara Estiatorio, Jersey Mac’s, and Cloverleaf Tavern. For more information click here.
August 15: The Chester Food Fest brings options including Mexican, Italian, and pub fare to the table. For a full list of the festival’s vendors, click here. Admission to the festival, which is being held on Perry Street from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., is $5. Perry Street, Chester.
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. Monmouth Park, Oceanport.
August 15 and 16: Stop by the Oasis Family Farm for the Watermelon Festival! Come to the farm from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to snack on delicious, farm-fresh watermelons, freshly baked watermelon cookies, ices, and drinks. Kids will enjoy wagon rides, water soaking, arts and crafts, and more. Oasis Family Farm, 3 Circle Drive, Robbinsville. Directions here.
August 15 and 16: The “Truck”erton Food Truck and Brew Fest will host about 20 food trucks, serving up mouthwatering foods from up and down the East Coast. Grilled alligator legs not your thing? Maybe some Wisconsin battered cheese curds, or pulled pork bites will suit you better. And don’t forget about the beer garden! Admission is $8 each day, and two-day passes are also available. Tuckerton Seaport, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton.
August 16 to 23: The town of Cherry Hill will host its annual Cherry Hill Restaurant Week, with many of the town’s great eateries offering deals all week long on three-course dinners and two-course lunches. Prices on dinners vary by restaurant, but the dinners will be offered for either $25 or $35, not including gratuity or tax. Lunch courses will be offered for $15 or $20. For a list of participating restaurants, click here.
August 23: Local chefs compete for the best corn and tomato dishes in what is sure to be an entertaining summer night at the Corn and Tomato Festival. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and samplings featuring some of the area’s best chefs, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission to the festival is free. Court Street Park, Flemington.
Now through August 26: Come to Natali Vineyards for Wine-It-Down Wednesdays, a great event with plenty of live music, local food and, of course, wine tastings. (That includes sangria.) Other activities include bocce ball, horseshoes and baggo. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Natali Vineyards, 221 N. Delsea Drive, Cape May Court House.
August 29: The Manahawkin Flea Market welcomes the Bikes & Bites Food Truck Festival. CheezeN, Kenny’s Empanadas, and Mary, Queen of Pork are just some of the trucks that will be in attendance, offering plenty of tasty grub for all to enjoy. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 657 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin.
August 30: Great local farm foods will be offered at this seven-course dinner along with wine pairings, at the annual Foodshed Alliance’s Farm-to-Fork Dinner at the Alba Vineyard. The night features nine well-known New Jersey chefs serving food from farms in Northern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Guests will receive a glass of Alba’s award-winning wine with their dinner, as well as a special vineyard tour. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and tickets cost $150 each. 269 Route 627, Milford.
August 30: Close out the month of August with the Jersey Fresh Harvest Festival, where you can enjoy all kinds of fresh, local food. This event provides plenty of fun on the farm, for guests of all ages. The festival runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Alstede Farms in Chester. 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester.
September 5: Kick back and visit the Jazz It Up Wine Festival from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. to see some of the best jazz performers on the East Coast and taste delicious wines from 20 premier New Jersey wineries. There will be crafts and activities for kids as well. $20 for entry. 4265 Atlantic Ave, Wall Township.
September 5: Monmouth Park’s annual BBQ and Craft Beer Festival is back and better than ever! Now a three-day event, the festival has something for everyone to enjoy, from its selection of over 40 craft beers, to the mouthwatering barbecue foods offered like brisket, pulled pork, and ribs. Monmouth Park, Oceanport.
September 12: Take a trip to the Sussex County Fairgrounds for the first-ever NJ Taco Festival! For just $10, you’ll have access to over 40 of the best taco restaurants in New Jersey, free hot sauce and salsa tastings, and a chance to witness greatness with the New Jersey Taco-Eating Championship! With a Lucha wrestling event planned as well, this is sure to be an event to remember. Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta.
September 12 and 13: Relax on the beach and enjoy some great wine at this fun new festival in Seaside Heights. With ten wineries from across the Garden State in attendance, Wine on the Beach is a terrific way to close out the summer. Admission to the festival is $15. Active military members, veterans and first responders will receive a $5 discount. Seaside Heights Beach and Boardwalk, off of exit 82 on the parkway. Directions here.
September 12 and 13: Come out to Bader Field for a weekend of superb seafood and entertainment, at the Atlantic City Seafood Festival. The event will host over 50 different restaurants and breweries, and will also feature a chowder cook-off benefitting the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Admission to the festival is free, and parking is available on-site for $10. 600 Albany Avenue, Atlantic City.
September 14: Triumph Brewery in Princeton will host Beer for Babes, a weekly event for New Jersey women who like beer. For just $20, you’ll receive a guided tour of the brewery as well as a beer tasting. Check out the Facebook page to see where they’ll be headed next. 138 Nassau Street, Princeton.
September 19: Sample dishes from the finest restaurants, from clam chowder, to lobster, to steak, at the Annual Festival of the Sea. Check out the wine garden, arts and crafts, pony rides, antiques, hundreds of vendors and live entertainment. Downtown Point Pleasant.
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.
September 19 to 27: Montclair Restaurant Week is back in town, presented by the Montclair Rotary Club. Participating restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus at discounted rates in this exciting celebration of some of the town’s best eateries. For more information, check the Rotary Club’s website here.
September 24: If wine, beer and good food are of interest to you, then Uncorked and Uncapped: Wine, Beer and Food Fest will be the perfect event! Come to Livingston at 6:30pm to indulge in a night of philanthropy and sample the best wine, beer and food from Northern Jersey. The proceeds from this event benefit The Arc of Essex County and people affected by Autism, Down Syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event is for ages 21 and up, and tickets are $100 per person. The Westminster Hotel, 550 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston.
Through October: If you love cars and great summer food, then you won’t want to miss Monday Cruise Night. Come to Four Sisters Winery for a showcase of vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, trucks, and tractors. Enjoy a nice glass of wine, and some delicious burgers and dogs! The event is $10 for the general public, and $5 for those showcasing vehicles, with pre-registration required. Get into the spirit of the evening with tunes from the ’50s and ’60s. A five-mile scenic cruise around Belvidere will also be offered. The event runs the first and third Monday of every month, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. through August and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in September and October, Four Sisters Winery, 783 County Road 519, Belvidere.