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!
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
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 gears up for 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 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. Entries can be dropped off between noon and 3 p.m., and the winners will be selected at 4 p.m. Deadline to register is April 25. 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, 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 13 and 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.
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: The 30th Annual 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, amazing seafood. The event runs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. pm Sunday. Admission is free! Silver Lake Park, 5th and Ocean Avenue, Belmar.
May 16: Olive That! and More hosts certified health coach Caryn O’Sullivan of Appetites for Life as she shares helpful and valuable info about using olive oil in the kitchen! Learn to prep, plan and cook while understanding olive oil’s benefits, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $25 per person. Olive That! and More, 246 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair.
May 23: America’s SBDC New Jersey invites food entrepreneurs in Monmouth and Ocean county to attend Foodiepreneur: The Business of Food, a free event from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Brookdale Community College. Geared to people looking to grow or launch businesses such as a restaurant, food trucks, and food products, the event will give current and potential food service owners insight from experts in the field. Register here. Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft.
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 24 to 26: The Sea Isle Food Truck Fest is back for its second year! The impressive lineup of food trucks includes el Lechon de Negron as well as Sum Pig, Five Sisters, and Shore Shake (pictured, right). Stop by from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday for some tasty food and fun! 63rd and Landis Ave, Sea Isle City.
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.