Through September 27: Montclair Restaurant Week is still going strong! Presented by the Montclair Rotary Club, Montclair restaurant week consists of participating restaurants offering prix-fixe menus at discounted rates in this exciting celebration of some of the area’s best eateries. For more information, click here.
September 26: What could be better than Beer on the Pier? Head down to the Belmar Marina this weekend to enjoy the first ever Beer on the Pier Festival. The festival showcases more than 50 different craft brews and two different sessions to sample, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets include access to 2-ounce samples of 50 brews, and a 5 oz. keepsake sampling glass. Designated Driver Tickets are available. K Street Pier, Belmar Marina, 905 Route 35 South, Belmar.
September 26: The West Windsor Farmer’s Market hosts a cooking demonstration by Holly Slepman and Girl Scout Troop 72802 will hand out free tree saplings with planting information. Held every Saturday from 9 a.m to 1 p.m, the West Windsor Farmer’s Market brings together 15 farms and 11 artisan vendors along with food trucks and music. Vaughn Drive, Princeton.
September 26 and 27: At The Jersey Fresh Wine Festival, sample hundreds of locally produced wines from eleven of New Jersey’s premier wineries. Soak up the autumn sun at the historic Burlington County Fairgrounds in Columbus, for a weekend of delicious wine, live bands, food trucks, and family fun.
September 29: No apples left behind! Volunteer to rescue and clean apples that have fallen to the ground at Raimede Farm in Chester this weekend from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is sponsored by America’s Grow-A-Row, whose mission is to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort to plant, pick, rescue, and deliver fresh produce. Register to volunteer on America’s Grow-A-Row website.
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.
October 2 and 3: The Morristown Festival of Books features visits by more than 25 award-winning and best-selling authors, including some tantalizing selections for food and wine lovers. Check out the full scoop in this article by Deanna Quinones. For more information and to see the full author roster, visit morristownbooks.org.
October 3: The Just Jersey Food Truck & Music Festival will bring more than 20 food trucks to Stanhope for great day of food, drinks, and entertainment. The food truck selection ranges from tacos to Bacon, Cajun, Seafood, Thai, Waffles and Cupcakes, to name a few. In addition to the food trucks, the festival will include a craft beer and sangria bar, a vendor village, activities for children, and music entertainment. The festival will also feature the CrossFit Oktoberfest Competition presented by Heroes Journey of Lake Parsippany. Admission costs $5, or $4 for the first 250 attendees that bring a food pantry donation. Gates open at 10 a.m. Waterloo Village Concert Field, Stanhope.
October 4: Long Beach Island’s Chowderfest is back! The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes unlimited chowder tasting, live music, children’s entertainment, and a food court. Taylor Avenue ball field, 9th Street and Taylor Ave. in Beach Haven.
October 10,17, 24, and 31: Cape Resorts’ Fall Harvest is in full swing throughout the month of October. Head down to Cape May and stay with one guest at one of Cape Resorts’ award-winning hotels and enjoy dinner from their seasonal restaurant menu featuring Cape Resorts’ own 62-acre Beach Plum Farm. Participating hotels include Congress Hall and the Boutique Virginia Hotel, alongside restaurants, Blue Pig Tavern and Ebbitt Room.
October 15: The Whiskey Festival of NJ is upon us! Featuring over 100 premium whiskeys, the festival will take place at Taphaus in Jersey City. The event will feature premium Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch, from some of the best producers in the world. Creative cocktails will be on the menu, alongside savory tastings and light bites. Check out a great giveaway here! Taphaus, 2nd Street, Jersey City.
October 17: Take a tour of Spring Lake’s kitchens at the 2015 Spring Lake Kitchen Tour. The self-guided tour will allow you to enjoy the charm of Spring Lake at your own pace, enjoying delicious cuisine from the area’s local top chefs.10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Spring Lake Train Station, Warren and 5th Ave., Spring Lake.
October 17: Find your rhythm (and chowder) as Point Pleasant’s Chamber of Commerce holds its Rhythm & Chowder Festival. The festival features 10 of the area’s best chowders and live music by Billy Hector and Des and the Swagmatics. The Chowder will be accompanied by a local beer garden. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Inlet Drive, Point Pleasant Beach.
November 21: Head to Cedar Grove for the local Fire Department’s Chili Cook-Off from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. All of the proceeds from the cook-off will benefit Cedar Grove resident and NJ State Trooper Bill “No Fear” Fearon. Special guests include Chopped judge and Iron Chef contestant Amanda Freitag and WPLJ’s Todd and Jayde. Tickets are $35 and include beer and wine. Event will take place at the Macedonian Church, 1050 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove.