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This weekend:

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 29: Brews by the Bay Craft Beer Festival showcases over 20 different breweries and features local foods, craft beers, and live bands. The festival begins at the Cape May Ferry Terminal at 11:30 a.m. and departs for the Lewes Ferry Terminal in Delaware at 3:30 p.m., where the party will continue until around 8 p.m. Tickets are $70. Cape May Ferry Terminal, 1200 Lincoln Boulevard, Cape May.

August 29: The second annual Food Writers and Photographers Panel and Tasting will take place this weekend at the West Windsor Community Farmers Market at 11 a.m.. The lively discussion will feature many great food writing, blogging and photography professionals, including Jersey Bites writer Melissa Beveridge, who will be among the panelists! 2 Vaughn Drive, West Windsor.

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 Alba Vineyard. The night features nine well-known New Jersey chefs serving food from farms in Northern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylunnamedvania. 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: Come to Bloomingdale’s at the Willowbrook Mall for a great cooking demonstration and tasting, provided by chefs from Shanghai 46 and Cheng Du 23. These authentic Chinese restaurants will be hosting the event from 2 to 3 p.m, and admission is free. 3 Willowbrook Boulevard, Wayne.

And beyond:

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 as you sample 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 to 7: 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 11 to 13: The second annual Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival welcomes several of the best food trucks in the Tri-State Area. Guests will enjoy plenty of kids’ activities, live entertainment, and breathtaking views from the Jersey Shore. Kix McNutley’s, between 63rd and Landis Avenues, Sea Isle City.

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: Kick off fall at Gary’s Wine & Marketplace in Hillsborough. This new liquor store is hosting a Grand Opening Celebration and will provide many great activities including a ribbon cutting, wine, caviar and champagne tastings, as well as gift bags for the first 100 guests! The ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 10 a.m. and the celebration lasts all day long. Admission is free. 601 Rt. 206, Hillsborough.

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 more than 50 different restaurants and breweries, and will also feature a chowder cook-off to benefit 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: Trucktoberfest returns, and is ready to throw a memorable end-of-season party. Hot dogs, lobster rolls and fried Oreos will be available, as well as some great Oktoberfest selections at the German Beer Garden. Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport.

September 19: Come to Island Beach State Park for Picklepalooza and enjoy live bands while you walk through the artisan market, featuring local restaurants, and of course, plenty different varieties of pickles. Don’t forget to take in the surrounding beachfront area! The festival benefits the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties as well as Pickles Against World Hunger. General admission tickets are $15 and kids’ tickets are just $5. Island Beach State Park, Central Avenue, Seaside Park.

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: MRW logo 618Montclair 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 area’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 is worth checking out! Come to Livingston at 6:30 p.m. 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.

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