October 30: NJ’s Chef Table Dinner at Salt Creek Grille takes place at the restaurant’s Princeton location. The dinner will include a four-course dinner that partners with local farms, created by Executive Chef Luis Estrada. In addition to the food, each course will be paired with quality wine, in addition to some dual pairings. Mark Vecchio is scheduled to speak at the dinner. Tickets cost $85. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Salt Creek Grille,1 Rockingham Row, Princeton.
October 30: The Shannon Rose Irish Pub, in Clifton and Ramsey, hosts its Second Annual Punkin Chunkin Competition to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Participants will launch their pumpkins as far as possible within a designated area known as the Chunkin Patch for a chance to win great prizes, including tickets to a professional football game, flat screen TV and more, while raising funds for a worthy cause.
October 31: The Garden State Wine Growers Association hosts a Fall Harvest Festival on Halloween! Located at Terhune Orchards, the festival features pony rides, pedal tractors, wagon rides, the corn maze, and barnyard farm animals. The festival also features great lunch options such as farm fresh soup, chili, hot dogs, pie ,cider donuts, apple cider, and other festive fall treats! 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Terhune Orchards, Princeton.
October 31: Yoga and Wine tastings: what a perfect pairing! Located at a very historic property in Unionville Vineyards, this event includes an hour long class and wine tasting. Make reservations, space is limited! 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Unionville Vineyards, 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes.
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 100 seats available for the Dream Dinner. Shipwreck Point Steakhouse, Point Pleasant Beach.
November 5 to 8: Sponsored by capemay.com and Cape May magazine, Cape May Restaurant Weekend is 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 7 and 8: Grape Adventure Wine Festival hits Six Flags Great Adventure. The weekend is the best way to transition between FrightFest and the all-new Holiday in the Park. The festival features nearly 150 locally produced wines for sampling from 14 New Jersey vineyards. The festival also features handcrafted gifts and food truck vendors. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson.
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 (algonquinarts.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.
December 4: Participating businesses are opening up their doors in Downtown Bordentown for a Holiday Chocolate Walk full of fun treats and chocolates galore. Various restaurants, bars and other food shops are opening their doors to passport holders for a chance to showcase their chocolatey treats whether it be just a piece of delicious chocolate, a baked dessert, or chocolate-tini! Passports can be printed here. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Downtown Bordentown.