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This weekend:

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: All aboard Lake Hopatcong’s Craft Beer Cruise! The cruise will feature some of the best local craft brews from the Tri-State area. Appetizers will be served courtesy of Alice’s Restaurant. Check out more information about the Craft Beer Cruise and other upcoming cruises this fall at lakehopatcongcruises.com.

October 2 and 3: What could be better than Italian food and some live entertainment? The Olde Time Italian Festival comes to the Wildwoods this weekend. Better yet, the festival is free, taking place on Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from 12 p.m. to midnight. Located at Fox Park at Burk and Atlantic Avenues, Wildwood.

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: Skylands Stadium is hosting their first annual Skylands Beer Festival this weekend. Taking place—rain or shine—the Skylands Beer Festival will feature over 40 craft brews as well as great food, music and games. The festival is from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., with the beer tasting running until 4 p.m. Tickets are prices at $25. Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta.

October 3: 11th Annual Latino Festival of Monmouth County will be held at Monmouth County’s Hall of Records. The festival will feature some of the best Latin food and live entertainment and music, and will include giveaways, contests, and face painting! Rain date: October 4. 1 E. Main Street, Freehold.

October 3 and 4: The 26th Annual Cranberry Festival is one of the largest juried craft shows in New Jersey, featuring fine arts, pottery, homemade pastries, jams, and clothing. The festival will feature a vintage car show on Saturday and a motorcycle show on Sunday, as well as live music and food vendors both days. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Bordentown, 200 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown City.

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.

And beyond:

October 5: The March of Dimes Annual Signature Chefs Auction is going to be a gourmet extravaganza to say the least! The event will feature Central Jersey’s finest chefs, their skills and creativity. All guests will enjoy tasting cuisine, enjoying the entertainment and have the opportunity to bid on various packages through live and silent auctions. 6 p.m. at McLoone’s Pier House, 1 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch.

October 7: What could be better than pumpkin beer? Cork City Pub is hosting the 2015 It’s the Great Pumpkin Beer, Charlie Brown. The event will feature at least 16 pumpkin beers on tap and guests will receive a free pumpkin pint glass. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cork City Pub, 239 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken.  

October 8: Carton Brewery is taking over at End of Elm on Thursday, October 8. Carton Brewery is bringing a taste of Jersey Shore beer to Morristown in this tap takeover bringing some of Carton’s most popular drafts to End of Elm. End of Elm suggests making reservations for the event at 140 Morris Street, Morristown. Takeover begins at 7 p.m.

October 8: Morris Tap and Grill hosts a Cider Tap Takeover! The restaurant will feature delicious ciders on tap such as Downeast Cranberry, Doc’s Pumpkin, Dupont Cidre Reserve, Aspall John Barrington Still and Sanford Cider Chestnut. The tap takeover begins at 5 p.m. Morris Tap and Grill, 500 Route 10 West, Randolph.

October 9 to 11: The South Jersey Pumpkin Show hits the Salem County Fairground throughout the weekend. The show includes the Big Pumpkin Weigh-Off, which will be held on Sunday, while the entire weekend will feature pumpkin desserts, a home expo, food, wine, and the Largest Baked Pumpkin Pie. Bring your best pumpkin dessert recipe to compete in the the annual contest. 735 Harding Hwy., Route 40, Woodstown.

October 10: 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 10: Wildwoods Seafood and Music Festival is a free street fair hosted by the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce. The festival includes live music, food vendors and a pie eating contest. The “Kid’s Korner” takes place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and includes pumpkin painting, face painting, and other fun activities. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Atlantic Avenue between Wildwood and Schellenger Avenues, Wildwood.

October 10: The Cape May Wine Festival takes flight during Cape May’s Victorian Weekend, literally… This year’s Cape May Wine Festival will take place at Hanger #1 in NASW Aviation Museum at the Cape May Airport. In addition to an awesome venue, the Cape May Wine festival is brought to the community by the Garden State Wine Growers Association and will include various wine tastings from local wineries and the chance to check out the Cape May airport airplanes on display amongst the grounds. Tickets are discounted when you purchase them in advance. 12-5 p.m. NASW Aviation Museum, Cape May Airport, 500 Forrestal Road, Rio Grande.

October 10: BLEND Central Jersey Beer Festival includes six hours of live music, food and most importantly four hours of beer tasting! Blend Bar & Bistro is celebrating its one year anniversary with a beer festival! Tickets include beer, live music, and a tasting glass. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Movember Foundation and YWCA Breast Cancer Resource Center. Click here to check out the festival’s lineup.

October 10-11: The DO AC Smokin’ Hot Atlantic City BBQ Championship includes over 100 pit masters battling it out to grill and smoke their tasty meats and dishes. The winner will be voted on by the certified master judge’s vote. Admission to the championship is $5 and a portion of the proceeds benefits the South Jersey Food Bank. The BBQ Championship will take place outside of the Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel & Marina, Lot A.

October 11: Old Bay’s 26th Annual Oktoberfest, in New Brunswick, includes a first free draft beer, a free t-shirt to the first 100 patrons, a German buffet and 24 international craft beers on tap. Oktoberfest will also feature live German music by Alpine Express (1-5 p.m.), followed by a night of Rock ‘n’ Roll. 61 Church Street, New Brunswick.

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 the Blue Pig Tavern and the Ebbitt Room.

Whiskey Festival Logo StackedOctober 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: Burlington County Fall Fest is approaching. Following the Armed Forces Freedom Run, the Fall Festival will feature a car show, beer tasting, tractor pull and other fun fall festivities. For the full schedule of events please check out the festival’s schedule here.  

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.

October 24 and 25: Alba Vineyard hosts its Fall Food Truck and Wine Festival. The festival festures Jersey food trucks and wine to the fun sounds of the the VooDUDES. Wine tastings are available for $10 per person, which includes eight samplings of Alba Vineyard’s award-winning wines in an Alba Vineyard wine glass. 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Road, Milford.

October 24 and 25: Rock the BBQ Festival 2015 was created by people who love festivals better yet festivals that brings together barbecue, beer, wine and great music. Rock the Barbecue is hosted at the Pier A Park, 100 Sinatra Dr., Hoboken.

Nounnamedvember 5: To kick off this year’s Jersey Shore Restaurant Week, local Jersey Shore restaurants are coming together to offer a Dream Dinner, showcasing four courses that will be paired with wines from various California regions. Each course is created from a different chef from a different Jersey Shore restaurant from beach towns such as Point Pleasant, Bradley Beach, Asbury Park, and Manasquan. There are only 100 seats available for the Dream Dinner, so make sure to grab a seat before it’s too late. Shipwreck Point Steakhouse, Point Pleasant Beach.

November 6 to 15: Jersey Shore Restaurant Week is back! The week will include various dinner events and dinner discounts at various Jersey Shore restaurants. This year’s top featured events include the Dream Dinner; the Great Jersey Shore Martini Contest; Eat Drink Indulge Craft Beer; Harpoon Willy’s Burgers, Bloodies, & Brews; and Undici Taverna Rustica’s Wine & Cheese of Italy. For more information on restaurant week head to jerseyshorerestaurantweek.com. The website allows for the purchase of tickets to the week’s events and the full list of participating restaurants.

November 16: Forks & Corks is back for a third year at the Mill in Spring Lake Heights. Tickets are available for a discounted price when purchased before November 1. 6- p.m. to 9 p.m. The Mill, 101 Old Mill Road, Spring Lake Heights.

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.


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