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: New Jersey’s Heartbreaking Dawns and New York’s High River Sauces is bringing the first annual NJ Taco Festival to the Sussex County Fair Grounds this Saturday, September 12. The Taco Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature 40 of the best New Jersey artisanal taco proprietors. Combined, the taco proprietors will create the largest collection of taco-makers at a single event in New Jersey with a wide range of taco varieties. Each vendor will be selling their tacos for $2 each through a competition for the best tacos in New Jersey. The competition will be voted on by a panel of judges, including Jersey Bites contributor Veronique Deblois. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the NJ Taco Festival’s official website. General admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door, with packages that include tickets for tacos and drinks for $40 to $100. A portion of the 1st Annual NJ Taco Festival will be donated to the Fighting Children’s Cancer Foundation. Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta.
September 12: Stop by the grand opening of Gary’s Wine & Marketplace in Hillsborough for a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting as well as caviar, champagne, wine tastings, giveaways, and more. The first 100 guests receive gift bags. 601 Route 206, Hillsborough.
September 12: Kick off the end of summer with a concert and a delicious chicken barbecue at the annual Mullica Second Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pets are welcome! 47 S. Main Street, Mullica Hill.
September 12 and 13: What could be better than wine and the beach? Head down to Seaside Heights this weekend to sip on some local New Jersey wine and enjoy the sandy beaches for one of the last weekends of summer. The corks of 10 local NJ wines from across the Garden State will be popped on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. featuring. Not a wine drinker? Not a problem! Wine on the Beach will also include live musical performances, skilled artisans and crafters, and local restaurants, creating a family-friendly atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. Tickets are available for guests 21 and over. Advance tickets: $15. Tickets day of event: $20.
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 12 to 20: Relax kick back for the 19th annual Cape May Food and Wine Celebration. Go on a wine tour, indulge in food tastings, have a sit down dinner, and more. 1048 Washington St., Cape May.
September 13: Taste Atlantic Highlands includes an afternoon riding the trolley through the beautiful waterfront town of Atlantic Highlands stopping for food and drink tastings at various stops throughout town, from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at participating businesses or online via the link above.
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 18, 19 and 20: Jersey Spirits Distilling Co. the newest local craft distillery to open in New Jersey, is hosting a celebratory grand opening weekend. Join in and unleash your inner spirit. There will be product tastings, tours and specialty cocktails available for guests to enjoy their hand-crafted spirits and learn about small batch craft distilling. Special discounts and giveaways will be offered to guests throughout the weekend. Bottles of Jersey Spirits first release, Main Street Vodka will be available for purchase. 1275 Bloomfield Ave, Bldg 7 #40B, Fairfield.
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: 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 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.
October 3: All aboard! The Jersey Bites Beer Bus Tour takes off along the Jersey coast for a day of beer tasting and touring some of New Jersey’s best breweries and beer destinations. The tour will begin at Beach Haus at 9:45 a.m. and back at Beach Haus at 4 p.m. after stopping at some of the most popular beer locations down the Jersey shore. Stops include Carton Brewery, Maloney’s Pub, and Kane Brewery. Tickets for the Beer Bus Tour include beer tastings at each stop, water, custom beer mug, and lunch. The tour costs $85 and must be purchased on or before October 2.
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.