June and 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!
June 12, 11 a.m.: In-store signing at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr, PA
- June 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: In-store signing at Sun Rose Books in Ocean City
- July 9, 1 p.m.: In-store signing at Deena’s in Point Pleasant Beach
June 2 to 5: Say “Opa!” at this year’s NJ Greek Fest 2016, which will feature cooking demonstrations, dancing, vendors, and several dining options. The festival runs from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, 12 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday and benefits the Children’s Specialized Hospital, the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, and the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 250 Gallows Hill Road, Westfield.
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 4: The annual West Cape May Strawberry Festival is back, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. come by and enjoy some of the freshest strawberries the Garden State has to offer. Admission is free to this sweet event, which includes food (lots of strawberries, of course), entertainment, crafts, and the crowning of the new Strawberry Queen and King at the end of the day. (Rain date June 5.) Wilbraham Park, West Perry Street, Cape May.
June 5 to 12: Treat yourself to a taste of Cape May at the annual Cape May Restaurant Week. This weeklong showcase of local restaurants invites attendees to enjoy some of the best dining experiences Cape May has to offer. Reservations are suggested. A list of participating restaurants can be found here. Consult individual restaurant listings for location details, and specific days and hours of operation.
June 10 to 12: Experience an authentic taste of Greece at this year’s Big Greek Festival. This three-day event treats attendees to a celebration of Greek culture, which features delicious food (think succulent souvlaki straight off of the grill), live music, traditional folk dancing, and a marketplace. St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 1447 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph.
June 11: Soak up the summer sun while enjoying tastings, samplings, and specials from participating restaurants all across Bradley Beach at this year’s A Taste of Bradley Restaurant & Shopping Tour. Live demonstrations and entertainment to take place in nearby Riley Park until 1 p.m., followed by live music. Wristbands can be purchased online in advance for $20 and for $25 the day of the event at Riley Park. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Rain date June 12. Check event website directly for details.) Downtown Bradley Beach, Riley Park, Bradley Beach.
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 11 and 12: Wine festival season heats up with the 5th Annual Pour Into Summer Wine Festival. Over 200 wines from across the state will be available to sample and purchase at the event. Enjoy local cuisine, live music, and artisan vendors and while you’re at it stop by the adjacent Beach Bums Corvette Show on Sunday. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of the event, and can be purchased here. Spectators and guests under 21 are free. The festival runs from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Taylor Avenue Ball Field, Beach Haven.
June 12: The annual Wayne Day celebration returns, showcasing local businesses, organizations, and, of course, great restaurants of Wayne at this fun, free event. Among participating restaurants is the soon-to-open Viaggio Ristorante, serving up an authentic taste of taste of Italy, with rich polpette over creamy polenta. Lance Appelbaum, the owner of Fossil Farms in Boonton Township, is donating all of the meat to be used by Viaggio and a portion of the proceeds will benefit a charity of his choosing. The fun continues with a children’s carnival, live music, and much more. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wayne Valley High School, 551 Valley Road, Wayne.
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 21 to 26: It’s time again for Wildwoods Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants are offering full, four-course meals, including an appetizer, salad, entrée, and dessert for $30 (plus tax and gratuity). Participating restaurants include the Adam’s Restaurant, North End American Grill, The Establishment at 100, and many more. A complete list of participating restaurants and event menus and be found here.
June 23: Sample signature dishes from some of the state’s finest celebrity chefs while supporting a great cause at Chefs at the Shore. The event, presented by the Atlantic City Aquarium and the South Jersey Chapter of the Professional Chef’s Association, helps fund educational programming at the aquarium and educational programs and scholarships for culinary students through the Professional Chef’s Association. The event runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $50 in advance, $65 day of. Historic Gardner’s Basin, 800 North New Hampshire Avenue, Atlantic City.
June 24 to 26: The Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival 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: Live jazz music and fresh, local seafood come together to make the perfect pairing at the 8th Annual Jazzy Scallop & Seafood Festival. Tickets for the event are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the event, and can be purchased at the Ship Bottom Chamber of Commerce, How You Brewin?, Off the Hook, and Wink. The festival takes place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Viking Village, 1801 Bayview Avenue, Barnegat Light.
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.
June 25 and 26: Beer and food is just the beginning at Crystal Spring Resort’s New Jersey Beer and Food Festival. Not only can you sample delicious, locally sourced food along with a variety of craft beers, ciders, and drafts while you’re here, there’s also world-class golfing, yoga classes, hot air balloon rides, live music, and more. The event runs from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and guests in attendance must be 21 or over. The all-ages Family Day takes place on Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $75 for Saturday, and $55 for Sunday and can be purchased here. Crystal Springs Resort, 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg.
June 25 and 26: Lobster lovers, rejoice: it’s nothing less than lobsters galore at Bradley Beach Lobsterfest this year. Celebrate the crimson crustacean with broiled lobster, lobster macaroni and cheese, and, of course, the classic lobster roll, all accompanied by live music, a beer and wine garden, and many fun activities for children. Admission is free. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. 500 Ocean Avenue, Bradley Beach.
Thursdays, July 7 through August 25: Celebrate the 200th birthday of historical Congress Hall, America’s oldest seaside resort, at the weekly Bicentennial Birthday Dinner. Guests are treated to a family style feast featuring modern takes on classic dishes while taking a step back in time to learn about the history of Congress Hall. The festivities take place every Thursday at 6 p.m. from July 7 to August 25 in the resort’s Ballroom. 200 Congress Place, Cape May.
July 8 to 10: The competition heats up again at the New Jersey State BBQ Championship! This three-day, open-air festival hosts the championship barbeque competition with live cooking demonstrations, food and beverage vendors, and the adjoining Anglesea Blues Festival. Proceeds benefit the Anglesea Volunteer Fire Company. A full schedule of events can be found here. The festival runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues, North Wildwood.
July 9: BBQ, bourbon, and a biergarten, oh my! Find all three at the Montclair Food and Wine Festival’s upcoming outdoor BBQ, Bourbon & Biergarten tasting event, held at the Montclair Art Museum from 6 to 10 p.m., rain or shine. Enjoy sweet and savory offerings from the area’s top chefs, a variety of bourbons and craft beers, live music provided by The Wellmont Theater, and a spirited BBQ competition. Tickets are $85 (and an additional $35 for the premium bourbon and beer tasting experience), and can be purchased here. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair.
July 9: Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment’s Seafood Fest is off to the races again at 5 p.m. in The Backyard, for the third consecutive year. The event features a raw bar stocked with clams and oysters, along with many food trucks serving up the bounties of the sea. Enter the Shrimp Peel-N-Eat Contest for a chance to win the $500 grand prize. Meadowlands Racetrack, 1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford.