June and July: The Jersey Shore Cookbook launch parties and signings continue! Meet and greet author and Jersey Bites founder, Deborah Smith, at these upcoming events, and stay tuned for more!
- 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
Through June 30: Treat the graduate in your life to a special meal at Phillips Seafood in Atlantic City as the restaurant hosts Crabs for Grads, a promotion offering a complimentary entrée to high school and college graduates with a group reservation and proof of graduation. Valid proof of graduation includes 2016 school IDs with class year, graduation photographs, or degrees. For further details, click here. Call 609-348-2273 to reserve a table. Phillips Seafood Restaurant, 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City.
June 18 and August 6: The Just Jersey Food Truck & Music Festival rolls in, bringing over 20 gourmet food trucks, a craft beer and wine bar, live music, and more. On June 18, stick around for fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. Eleventh Hour Rescue will have dogs on site and will be accepting applications and donations. Admission is $5 and kids under 10 are free. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 18 and takes place at Waterloo Village Concert Field. On August 6, the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be held at Rockaway Boro Fireman’s Field. June 18: Waterloo Village Concert Field, 1503 Waterloo Road, Stanhope. August 6: Rockaway Boro Fireman’s Field, 144 Beach Street, Rockaway.
June 21 to 26: It’s time again for Wildwoods Restaurant Week! Participating restaurants offer 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 24: Bring your pup to this year’s Take Your Dog to Work Day at Yappy Hour, hosted by Amanti Vino in Montclair. Stop by from 5 to 7 p.m. to enjoy treats (for both you and your dog) while taking part in a doggie meet ‘n’ greet. Four-legged guests at Yappy Hour are featured on social media using the hashtag #DogsofAmantiVino. This event is free to attend. Dogs should be well behaved and leashed. Amanti Vino, 30 Church Street, Montclair.
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 Avenue, Sea Isle City.
June 25: This is about to be your favorite visit to the zoo since grade school. The Turtle Back Zoo hosts its 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: 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: The Sip Into Summer Washington Lake Park Wine Festival offers summer fun for everyone: great New Jersey wineries selling and pouring samples of their wines, delectable foods served up by fabulous food trucks, entertaining live music, unique artisanal crafts, and more.
The festival takes place from 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased here, or for $20 on the day of the event. Non-sampler tickets for guests 21 and over are $5 and can only purchased at the event. Guests under 21 are free. Washington Lake Park, 447 Greentree Road, Sewell.
June 25 and 26: Take a swig at Somerville’s Craft Beer Fest 2016. This two-day event, hosted by Tapastre Restaurant and Bar, features offerings from breweries like Dogfish Head Brewery, Kane Brewing Company, New Jersey Beer Company, and many more, along with live music all day and food provided by local restaurants. The event takes place from 12 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, 12 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 in advance and can be purchased here, or for $15 at the door. Sample mug included with purchase of admission. Event is open to all ages and is cash only. Credit cards not accepted. Tapastre, 1 West High Street, Somerville.
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.
June 26: Three cheers for the 30th Annual Red, White & Blueberry Festival in Hammonton, the blueberry capital of the world! Come and celebrate the sweet blue treat and a blueberry bake-off, along with live music, crafts, kids’ rides, and a car show provided by Crusin’ Classics. Admission is free. Hammonton High School, 556 Old Forks Road, Hammonton.
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.
July 9 and 10: The weather outside won’t be the only thing sizzlin’ at Tuckerton Seaport’s Bacon Fest. Come and bask in all things bacon, including fare from food trucks and restaurants and even a bacon eating competition. And don’t miss the miniature pig races and a mechanical pig ride. General admission is $8. Seaport Members and guests under 8 are free. VIP passes can be purchased in advance here. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton.
July 16 and 17: New this year is the Monmouth Park Surf & Turf Seafood Festival! Come and enjoy ocean-fresh seafood while sipping on a refreshing beer or wine, listening to live music, enjoying fun games and activities, watching horse races, or just relaxing with friends and family in the picnic area. Family Fun Day takes place Sunday with pony rides, face painting, a bouncy house, and more. The festival runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 and children 12 and under are free. General parking is $5. Monmouth Park Racetrack, 175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport.
July 23: With over 150 craft beers to sample, the Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival certainly lives up to its name. With a complimentary 5-ounce sample cup by their side, guests can discover new beer options in the company of other beer aficionados and teams from the breweries. This beer-tastic outdoor festival runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and will include several food options as well as live music from The Atlanta Cafe Band. Through July 10, general admission tickets are $55 and designated driver tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased here. All guests must be 21 or over. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta.
July 23 and 24: Get a taste of award-winning food served truck-side, all in a vineyard setting, at Alba Vineyard’s Food Truck Festival. Lawn chairs, blankets, and beach chairs are welcome. $10 for guests 21 and over, $5 for ages 13 to 20, and free for children 12 and under. Wine tastings are available for $10 per person. The festival takes place from 12 to 5 p.m. Alba Vineyard & Winery, 269 Route 627, Village of Finesville, Milford.
August 13 and 14: Tuckerton Seaport becomes “Truck”erton as more than a dozen gourmet food trucks roll in for this year’s “Truck”erton Food Truck & Brew Fest. Guests can choose from a variety of noteworthy food options. Live music starts at noon. Admission is $8. Seaport Members and guests under 8 are free. Bring a donation for the Tuckerton Food Pantry to save $1 on admission! The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton.
August 14: Celebrate the bounty of the Garden State at this year’s Vineland’s Jersey Fresh Festival, where you can sample delicious foods prepared by a variety of vendors all while enjoying live entertainment. With plenty of activities for children, there’s something for everybody at this event, which runs from 12 to 6 p.m. at Vineland High School. Proceeds from the event help to fund scholarships for students majoring in agriculture-related fields. Vineland High School, East Chestnut Avenue, Vineland.
August 20 and 21: Stop by Bellview Winery for its biggest festival of the year: the annual Seafood Festival. Enjoy fresh seafood from the raw bar and seafood vendors, and pair it with refreshing sangria or a glass of wine. Live music, craft vendors, and wine tastings complete this fun summer festival. Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased from July 17 to August 14, or at the event for $15. For more information, click here. Bellview Winery, 150 Atlantic Street, Landisville.