October 9 to 11: The South Jersey Pumpkin Show is taking place at 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 and 11: The DO AC Smokin’ Hot Atlantic City BBQ Championship is taking place October 9 to 11. Competition includes over 100 pitmasters 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’s Lot A.
October 10: The Morristown Armory is hosting the Big Beer Brew Festival. The Festival will feature over 200 different craft beers, including the seasonal favorite pumpkin beer. The festival will also have food and live music throughout its two sections, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Morristown Armory, 430 Western Ave., Morristown.
October 10: 6th Annual Sussex County Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival celebrates arts, heritage and agri-ecotourism of Sussex County. This year’s festival will feature the Sussex County Beekeepers Association and the Garden State Garlic Growers, along with the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show. Local produce, flowers and wine will be for sale as a part of the festival’s local farmers market. The festival is free and begins at 10 am. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta. For more information check out sussexfarmvisits.com
October 10: Oktoberfest ist Wunderbar! NJ’s Biggest & Best Oktoberfest takes place in Warren! Classic German and American good will be available for purchase, along with live music by the Bavarian Brothers. There will be amusement rides, inflatables, and other kid-friendly activities. The festival will feature a vendor fair throughout the park area of the festival. 12 pm- 5pm. Forest Lodge, 11 Reinman Road, Warren.
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 is taking 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 as Blend Bar & Bistro celebrates its one-year anniversary! Tickets include beer, live music, and a tasting glass. A portion of the proceeds with by donated to the Movember Foundation and YWCA Breast Cancer Resource Center. Click here to check out the festival’s lineup. Mercer County Park Festival Grounds, West Windsor.
October 10: The Garden State Wine Growers Association is hosting a Wine & Country Music Night. Dawn Sharp will be performing. Feel free to bring food and snacks for the event. Tickets can be purchased for $5 at the door. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Summit City Farms and Winery, 500 University Boulevard, Glassboro.
October 11: It’s Octoberfest in Belmar! The Belmar Octoberfest will feature a German Beer Garden, food vendors, live music, and the Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Contest. Taking place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the festival is located along Main Street in Belmar between 8th and 10th Avenues.
October 11: Heirloom Garlic Tasting Festival will feature more than a dozen varieties of “the stinking rose” brought to you by farmers Rich and Sue Sisti. The tasting festival will take place between 1 pm and 5pm. Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson Street, Hoboken.
October 11: Chocolate lovers will be heading to Cape May this weekend for the Chocolate Lovers’ Feast at the Blue Rose Inn. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, the event includes nine courses of various chocolate desserts and a chance to meet the chefs that create them. Tickets cost $35 and space is limited. 653 Washington St., Cape May.
October 11: The Old Bay’s 26th Annual Oktoberfest is one of New Brunswick’s best fall time events. This year’s Oktoberfest 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 to 5 p.m.), followed by a night of rock and roll. 61 Church Street, New Brunswick.
October 11: Witherspoon Grill’s 7th Annual Harvest & Music Festival brings great bands, delicious food, drinks, and family-friendly activities together to one venue. Better yet, the festival helps support the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen ( T.A.S.K.). Contest include a pie-eating contest, and a corn-eating contest. Check out the festival’s website for a schedule of events. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hinds Plaza, Princeton.
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.
Throughout October: Terhune Orchards Harvest Festival takes place every weekend in October. Activities include pumpkin picking, family activities, live music, shopping at the farm store and wine and winery tasting room. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Terhune Orchard, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton.
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! (Drawing held Saturday, October 10.) 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: Manahawkin Flea Market and Food Truck Festival is rolling in some of the best food trucks from New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia for a food truck extravaganza. The festival will also feature Halloween festivies, hay rides, music, and trick or treating! Manahawkin Mart, Easy Bay Avenue, Manahawkin.
October 24 and 25: Now that Joaquin is out of the way, the Garden State Wine Growers Association holds its rescheduled the Grand Harvest Wine Festival. All tickets purchased in advance of the festival on its original date will be honored this weekend as the GSWGA raises a glass in Morristown to celebrate the picking, carrying, destemming, crushing, fermenting, and making of vintage New Jersey wine! Tastings will represent the 20 premiere wineries throughout the Garden State. The festival will feature live bands, food, craft vendors, and kids’ activities. Tickets are still available for $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown.
October 24 and 25: Alba Vineyard is hosting a Fall Food Truck and Wine Festival. The festival is bringing together everything that is great about Jersey food trucks and wine to the fun sounds of the VooDUDES. Wine tastings are available for $10 a person which includes 8 samplings of Alba Vineyard’s nationally award winning wines in an Alba Vineyard wine glass. 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Road, Milford.
November 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 by a different chef from a different Jersey Shore restaurant from beach communities including Point Pleasant, Bradley Beach, Asbury Park, and Manasquan. There are only 100 seats available for the Dream Dinner, so make sure to reserve yours before it’s too late. Shipwreck Point Steakhouse, Point Pleasant Beach.
November 5 to 8: Sponsored by capemay.com and Cape May magazine, Cape May Restaurant Weekend s sure to be a culinary adventure that is both affordable and delicious. For a full list of participating restaurants, check out the Cape May Restaurant Weekend website.
November 6 to 15: You heard right! Jersey Shore Restaurant Week is back! The week will include various dinner events and dinner discounts at various Jersey Shore restaurants. For details or to purchase tickets, head to jerseyshorerestaurantweek.com.
November 7: The Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown is here! This first ever Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown festival will feature only New Jersey beer, gourmet food trucks and chefs preparing BBQ and bacon creations. A competition for the best of best, along with People’s Choice awards for Best Dish and Best Beer will take place, featuring Jersey Bites founder and executive editor, Deb Smith. NJCB Members are able to purchase discounted tickets when they use an NJCB associated email and the code MembersEatBacon promo code when purchasing tickets. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Waterloo Village Concert Field, Stanhope.
November 16: Forks & Corks is back for a third year at the Mill in Spring Lake Heights. The event’s food, wine, and beer tasting provides a glimpse of the delectables available along the Jersey Shore. Tickets are available for a discounted price until November 1 (alonguinarts.org). 6 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.