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April 22, May 13, May 27: It’s never too late to put on your dancing shoes and bust a move at Laurita Winery! On 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 23: Visit Kitchen 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a local cookbook author signing and live cooking demos at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 19 South 2nd Street, Hammonton. 

April 23 and 24: Spend part of your weekend at the Waretown Spring Wine Festivalheld Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees can sample wines, enjoy live entertainment, and browse retail and food vendors. The cost to attend is $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. Two-day tickets are $25. Admission is free for designated drivers. 182 Wells Mill Road, Waretown.

April 23 and 24: Six Flags’ third annual Fast Tracks and Food Trucks festival features 22 food trucks. Open from noon to 7 p.m., theme park admission will also include admission to the festival (does not include cost of food). 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 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, and stay tuned for more!

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  • April 23, 12 p.m.: Author Day at Barnes and Noble, 180 State Route 35, Ste 2152, Eatontown, New Jersey
  • April 30: Book signing at Taste of the Town, Skylands Region
  • May 1, 1:00 p.m.: Talk and signing at Books & Greetings, Northvale
  • May 5, 7:30 p.m.: In-store book signing at River Road Books in Fair Haven
  • May 7, 4 p.m.: Book signing at Short Stories Community Book Hub, Madison
  • May 17, 7 p.m.: In-store Cookbook Club event at Newtown Bookshop
  • May 14, time TBD: Whole Foods in Wall. Tasting from contributing chefs and book signing.
  • May 27, 6 p.m.: Signing and tasting from contributing chefs at Stella e Luna, Point Pleasant Beach
  • June 4, 1 p.m. : Signing at Barnes & Noble in Brick
  • June 12, 11 a.m.: In-store signing at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr, PA
  • July 9, 1 p.m.: In-store signing at Deena’s in Point Pleasant Beach

Front Cover Diner Book Low Rez (1)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.

20150426_130450April 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 26: Join the celebration at Burg‘s ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free, and tickets may be obtained here. Newark mayor,  Ras Baraka will be in attendance. Military Park, 55 Park Place, Newark. 

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 StarPete Napolitano (aka Produce Pete), and a chef lineup headlined by Morris Tap & Grill’s Chef Eric LeVine.

April 30: The Historic Village at Allaire and Spark Marketing Solutions, LLC, joint forces to 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: Join Laurita Winery for its first-ever Bacon Festival! Admission ($8) includes food trucks, live entertainment, a country line dancing area, free vineyard tours, kid activities, fireworks, and a souvenir wine glass. Check it out 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7p.m. on Sunday. 35 Archertown Road, New Egypt.

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 the Greater Tuckerton Food Pantry and receive $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 1: Tickets are now available ($35) for the 5th Annual Asbury Park Restaurant Tour, sponsored by The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce. Pick up your wristband and you’ll be off to a free tour transportation to some of the best restaurants in the Asbury Park area featuring small bites, sampling, and demos. Participating restaurants are listed here

May 14: Area food trucks and restaurants compete in the Meadowlands Battle for the Best Burger, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Click here for more details about entering and contact info! Competitors pay $100 to enter. This event is free to fans, who can come to the Backyard area of the Meadowlands Racetrack to enjoy the event and some samples. Two fans will be selected as judges.Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, 1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford. Read more about this event here! Sponsored listing

May 14 and 15: This year’s New Jersey Seafood Festival will feature exciting new activities for the whole family, including live music, wine and craft beer tent, contests, shop vendors and of course, some awesome seafood. The event will run 11a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Not to mention, it’s free admission! Silver Lake Park, 5th and Ocean Avenue, Belmar. 

May 28 and 29: The Garden State Wine Growers Association kicks off its festival season on Memorial Day weekend with the Wine & BBQ Experience from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 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. 

June 3 to 5: 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. The free 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. Ticket info can be found 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 (21 and over), 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.

June 25 and 26: Get your sweet tooth ready for the Wine and Chocolate Festival at Monmouth Park! Take your time enjoying samples from a dozen wineries and the chocolate lounge (really!) while listening live music. $10 for wine sampling, $7 for chocolate sampling, or $15 for both. The festival runs 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport.

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