Foodie Things to Do this Weekend and Beyond

Food Events in New Jersey

May through July: 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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Spring Wine Festival PosterThrough May 28: Pilsener Haus and its sister biergarten Asbury Festhalle celebrate spring with a month-long MaiFest celebration! Throughout May, chefs at both locations will offer special Maifest Menus as well as specially imported seasonal Maibock beer. There will be a special Ramstein keg-tapping at the May 7th kickoff at Pilsener Haus with live music and traditional German food. Asbury Festhalle will also hold a StrasseFest (street festival) May 20-22, with stein-carrying, best lederhosen/dirndl contests and more live music. Pilsener Haus, 1422 Grand Stret, Hoboken. Asbury Festhalle, 527 Lake Ave, Asbury Park.

May 12: World-renowned Diana Kennedy will visit BEX Kitchen at 6 p.m. for a reservation-only signing of a revision of her 1984 cookbook, Nothing Fancy: Recipes and Recollections of Soul-Satisfying Food. The event will be followed by a four-course “Intimate Dinner with Diana,” and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Diana Kennedy Center in Michoácan, Mexico.  Please call 908-975-334 or email for reservations (by May 9). 52 Main Street, Califon.Displaying _26A7333.jpg Displaying _26A7333.jpg

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 16: The Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce presents A Taste for Homes, a food and wine tasting event featuring more than 20 restaurants, to benefit Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 the Oyster Point Hotel. The evening also includes a 50/50 raffle and music by the Charlie Clarke Trio. For a complete list of participating restaurants and vendors, and to purchase tickets, click here.

Through May 20: Newark Restaurant Week is in full swing, with restaurants throughout the city serving up their best two- and three-course meals at discounted prices.

May 21: It’s time for the 27th Annual New Jersey State Chili & Salsa Cook-off, in Toms River. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 on the day of the event. Come on down and cast your vote for the winner of the People’s Choice chili and salsa! Washington Street, Toms River.

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 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 foundhere. 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.

13047679_550682005101963_6458824558605783945_oJune 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.