April 7: Tonight’s the night for the third annual Chef’s Extraordinaire event in Manasquan, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Spring Lake Manor. The culinary and wine tasting event will feature chefs from across Monmouth and Ocean County to benefit the Common Ground Grief Center, which offers ongoing bereavement support groups. Purchase tickets here for $125 (or $135 at the door). Spring Lake Manor, 415 Highway 71, Spring Lake.
April through June: It’s time for some Jersey Shore Cookbook launch parties and signings! Meet and greet author and Jersey Bites founder, Deborah Smith, at these upcoming events (listed below), and stay tuned for more!
- April 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.: Join fellow Jersey Shore foodies at Ama’s private dining room with ocean views and a wood-burning fireplace. Tickets are $50 per guest, plus tax. Price includes cookbook and gratuity. ($75 per couple includes one book.) At Ama, guests will enjoy one glass of wine—boutique red or white, or one draft or bottled artisan beer, as well as charcuterie appetizers. The chef’s demonstration will take place at 7 p.m. Guests also receive a $15 coupon for dining at Ama Ristorante at a later date (one per ticket). Sponsored by Ama Ristorante. Cookbook signing sponsored by River Road Books, Fair Haven. Reservations required: 732-530-9760. Ama Ristorante, 1485 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright.
- April 12, at 6:30 p.m.: at Fratello’s Restaurant in Sea Girt.Tickets are $45 per guest, which includes admission to a private party and author discussion, a tasting menu (hand selected by Fratello’s including the restaurant’s signature dish, oyster gratinee), a drink ticket and a copy of the cookbook! Tickets are on sale now, click here.
- April 14, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.: Book signing at Words Bookstore in Maplewood.
- May 7, 4 p.m.: Book signing at Short Stories Community Book Hub in Madison.
- May 10, 7 p.m.: In-store Cookbook Club event at Newtown Bookshop.
- June 12, 11 a.m.: In-store signing at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr, PA.
April 8: Court Appointed Special Advocates’ 10th Annual Wine Tasting Event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Battello restaurant. Come get a taste of this Hudson County wine event for $100 per person, while also contributing to a good cause. Cork Wine & Spirits will be featured as well as food, dessert, and a silent auction. 502 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City.
April 8 and 9: The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival is back for its 11th year, the Celebration of the Suds.The event has three sessions: Friday evening (Session 1, with musical guest Dashboard Confessional), Saturday at noon (Session 2, with musical guest Manchester Orchestra), and Saturday at 6 p.m. (Session 3, with musical guest Reel Big Fish). This year will feature the First Annual Hopstrot, on Saturday, a 5K run at 10 a.m. (open to Session 2 attendees). The festival will include more than 1,000 beers spanning 150 breweries. Tickets are $55 in advance (fees apply) online, through Ticketmaster.com, and $60 at the door (if available) or $55 at Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlets on Fire Road in Northfield or the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township.
April 11: The 2016 Taste of Essex event will feature dozens of restaurants from around Essex County to bring guests an amazing culinary experience. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and offers fresh appetizers, main dishes and desserts from Essex County’s best restaurants. The event is run by the North Essex Chamber of Commerce and a portion of all proceeds will benefit the Chamber’s Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $65. The Manor, 111 Prospect Ave, West Orange.
April 22, May 13, May 27: It’s never too late to put on your dancing shoes and bust a move at Laurita Winery! For these three Fridays, dancers of all ages gather for Country Line Dancing Night for just $5.35 per guest. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. You can purchase tickets in advance here. 85 Archertown Road, New Egypt.
April 15 to 24: Jersey Shore Restaurant Week offers diners a three-course meal with choice of an appetizer, entree and dessert for either $22.16 or $32.16. Click here for a full list of participating restaurants. Dozens of Jersey Shore restaurants take part, including these first-timers: Kim Marie’s Eat n Drink Away, and Skratch Restaurant in Asbury Park, Waters Edge in Bayville, Benny’s Fattoria in Belmar, Reels at Pier 281 in Brick, HARVEST Local Cuisine in Farmingdale, Latitudes on the River in Forked River, Game Time Bar & Grill and La Cipollina in Freehold, Paul’s Tavern in Lake Como, Europa South Restaurant & Tapas Bar and Arugula at the White Sands in Pt. Pleasant Beach, and Catch, Teak and The Bistro at Red Bank in Red Bank.
April 23 and 24: Waretown Spring Wine Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Festival goers can sample wines, enjoy live entertainment, and shop retail and food vendors. The cost to attend is $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. Two-day ticket are $25. Designated drivers get in for free! 182 Wells Mill Road, Waretown.
April 23 and 24: Six Flags’ 3rd annual Fast Tracks and Food Trucks festival will feature 22 food trucks all with delicious treats! Open from 12 to 7 p.m., theme park admission will also include admission to the festival with food available for an additional fee. Tickets are available in advance for $12.99 or $15.99 at the park on the day of the event. 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson.
April 23 and 24: Welcome spring at Alba Vineyards during the Spring Truck Food and Wine Festival. Between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., come try selections from some of the area’s best food trucks while you enjoy The Bob Lanza Blues Band. Admission is $10 for adults over 21, $5 for ages 13 to 20, and free for children under 12. 269 Route 627, Village of Finesville, Milford.
April 24: Don’t miss out on the ultimate diner experience, A Taste of New Jersey Diners at the Cornelius Low House Museum between 1p.m. and 4 p.m. The Fontainebleau, Somerset, and Colonial Diners will offer items from their menus while Michael C. Gabriele, Jersey Bites contributor and author of The History of Diners in New Jersey, will be present to answer questions and for a signing. River Road, Piscataway.
April 24: Come show your support for the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation and Red Bank RiverCenter at the Red Bank International Wine and Food Fest. Try out the best international food and wine from Red Bank’s restaurants and live entertainment on two stages. Admission is $5 per person and children under 10 are free. White Street (between Maple Ave and Broad Street), Red Bank.
April 28 to 30: Northwestern New Jersey’s premier food and wine event, Taste of the Town, Skylands Region, comes to Donaldson Farms. Must be 21 or over to attend the April 28 dinner in the orchard, and the Grand Tasting on April 30. Infants, children, strollers permitted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The event welcomes Guest of Honor is Nicole Gaffney, of Food Networks Next Food Network Star, Pete Napolitano (aka Produce Pete), and a chef lineup headlined by Morris Tap & Grill’s Chef Eric LeVine.
April 30: Casa Casale has just announced its 3rd Annual Meatball Festa competition, just outside NJ. Entry into the meatball competition is $30 and proceeds will be donated to the Bucks County Housing Group Pantry. Judges include Kris Longwell and Wesley Loon of How to Feed a Loon. There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize in addition to a People’s Choice award. There will also be raffles, prizes, wine and food tasting for spectators. For more information on the competition rules, click here. Peddler’s Village Shop #1 Rt. 202 & Street Road, Lahaska, PA.
April 30: The Historic Village at Allaire and Spark Marketing Solutions, LLC, host the first-ever Allaire BBQ and Brew Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A general admission ticket ($5) includes a walkthrough of the historic buildings, craft shops, music and of course, some delicious barbecue. Tickets to the beer garden are also available at the door. 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale.
April 30: Rutgers Agricultural Field Day is presented by the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Science’s students, faculty, and alumni to celebrate the community as a part of the campus-wide Rutgers Day. This event, which has been held since 1906, is an ideal opportunity to learn about the agricultural programs at Rutgers through activities, exhibits, and other events across all of the Rutgers campuses.
April 30 and May 1: Tuckerton’s top food truck event, the “Truck”erton Food Truck and Brew Fest, is back for its third year! From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, more than a dozen food trucks will be present along with live music, maritime activities, a boardwalk and golf course for the whole family. The event is $8 for adults, and free for Seaport Members and children under 5. And don’t forget to bring an item for Tuckerton Food Pantry to save $1 off your admission ticket! Tuckerton Seaport, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton.
April 30 and May 1: Did you know that shad is the largest fish in the herring family? Celebrate this under-celebrated fish at the 35th Annual Shad Festival, which takes over four blocks of Lambertville with shops, vendors, live entertainment, and of course, shad. 11 Bridge Street, Lambertville.
May 28 and 29: The Garden State Wine Growers Association announces its festival season beginning Memorial Day weekend with the Wine & BBQ Experience from 12 to 5 p.m. This will be GSWGA’s first festival of four throughout the summer and into the fall. Tickets are available in advance for $25 and $30 on site. Schooley Mountain Park, Long Valley.
May 30 to June 1: Michael Arnone’s 27th Annual Crawfish Fest, the largest Louisiana-style music, food and camping festival in the northeast, makes its way to the Sussex County Fairgrounds. With all dishes priced at $10 or lower, it will be easy for all guests to enjoy boiled crawfish, pork sausage, chicken Jambalaya, and more. Single, two-day or three-day ticket info can be found here. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta.
June 3 to 5: Take a stroll along the Navesink River during RiverFest in Red Bank, which has free admission! The event runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Participating restaurants and food vendors include Richie Lou’s, Bistro at Red Bank, Fresh Fruit Cup, Gaetano’s, J&J Concessions, JR’s Red Bank, Keyport Fishery, Kupcake Kouture, Readies, Rita’s Water Ice, Soda City, The Bacon Jams, Wild Coyote, Tony’s Italian Sausage, and UFC Kettle Corn. Stop by for food, rides, music, and activities! A full list of vendors and music performances can be found here. Marine Park, Red Bank.
June 11 and 12: Tickets for the Lakewood BlueClaws’ Jersey Shore Wine Festival are on sale now here! This annual event features more than 100 samplings from wineries across the state as well as live entertainment and food vendors. The cost to attend is $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for those over 21, with designated drivers and children free. FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood.
June 17: This is about to be your favorite visit to the zoo since grade school. The Turtle Back Zoo celebrates its 53rd birthday with the fourth annual Brew at the Zoo, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will feature live entertainment, and a wide range of brewers and craft beer vendors. Tickets are $60 for general admission and $15.50 for designated drivers. Guest must be 21 or over. Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange.