Thursdays, 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.
Through July 23: Come on out for Metuchen Restaurant Week. Restaurants throughout Metuchen will feature individual offers and pre-fixed menus all week for lunch, dinner, and dessert. Participating restaurants include Novita Bistro and Lounge, 2 Chicks with Chocolate, Hailey’s Harp & Pub, and many more. Click here for a full list of participating restaurants and specialty shops.
July 22: Have you always wanted to learn the art of canning, but just don’t think you have the canning can-do? Well, with the help of Ball’s 6th Annual International Can-it-Forward Day, you can be a canner, too! This celebration of all things canning features live cooking demonstrations highlighting the benefits of fresh preserving from popular bloggers and Ball’s expert chefs on the Ball Canning Facebook page, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. As an added bonus, for every like, comment, or share on Can-It-Forward video content, Ball will donate $1 to a local charity. Let’s get canning!
July 23: With over 150 craft beers to sample, the Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival welcomes guests as they 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. Tickets can be purchased here. All guests must be 21 or over. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta.
July 23: The Pour House in Westmont is celebrating their 8th Annual Pour-A-Palooza from 12 to 4 p.m., featuring offerings from 47 craft breweries from across the country. Participating breweries include Dogfish Head, Southern Tier, Tröegs, and Lagunitas. Vote for your favorite brewery and beer! The Pour House is serving up their menu, consisting of award-winning burgers, salads, oysters, wraps, and other mouthwatering pub favorites. 23 Kings will provide entertainment for this outdoor festival. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Purchase tickets online here or at The Pour House by July 21. The festival will take place rain or “pour.” The Pour House, 124 Haddon Avenue, Westmont.
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.
July 24: Take part in the first-ever Newark Food Truck Festival! This inaugural event, hosted by Raise Newark, celebrates Newark’s 350th anniversary by bringing together over 30 food trucks, vendors, live music, and more. The festival takes place from 12 to 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $5 here. 44 Clover Street, Newark.
July 28: Have you ever wondered what kind of wines Italians are pouring in their glasses? Find out at Salt Creek Grille’s Wine Dinner: Native Grapes of Italy, which brings a Winemaker’s tour of Italy to Princeton.Guests will be greeted with a sparkling welcome drink, kicking off an evening of wine tastings selected by Salt Creek Grille’s Operating Partner, Hugh Preece, and paired with a three-course meal prepared by Salt Creek Grille’s own Executive Chef Luis Estrada. Throughout the meal, Hugh Preece will explain the fundamentals behind the pairings, while offering insight from his experience sampling wines in Italy. The price for this evening of exquisite tasting, experiencing, and learning is $95. For reservations, please call 609-419-4200 or visit Salt Creek Grille’s website. Salt Creek Grille, Forrestal Village, 1 Rockingham Row, Princeton. Sponsored listing.
August 4: The Jersey Shore Cookbook launch parties and signings continue! The founder of Jersey Bites, Deborah Smith, talks about the recipes and restaurants featured in her new cookbook The Jersey Shore Cookbook: Fresh Summer Flavors from the Boardwalk and Beyond at Princeton Public Library’s Taste of the Market. Waypoint 622‘s watermelon salad will be prepared and sampled. Hinds Plaza, or Community Room in the event of rain. Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton.
August 4 to 7: It’s time again for the 22nd Annual Clam Festival, held in Huddy Park, Highlands. Get a taste of fresh, succulent seafood while enjoying live entertainment, thrill rides, games, a beer and wine garden, and more at this fun, four-day event. Admission and parking is free. The festival takes place rain or shine. (No pets, bicycles, or skateboards permitted in the festival area.) The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, 12 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Huddy Park, Bay and Waterwitch Avenues, Highlands.
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. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Rockaway Boro Fireman’s Field, 144 Beach Street, Rockaway.
August 7 to 14: Try something new at Cherry Hill Restaurant Week 2016. This eight-day event invites foodies to enjoy some of the finest eateries Cherry Hill has to offer as they serve up a variety of delicious cuisines, including Hong Kong Fusion, The Farm and Fisherman Tavern & Market, and The Capital Grille. Participating restaurants will feature specially selected, three-course dinner menus for either $25 or $35, with some offering two-course lunch menus for $15 or $25. For a list of participating restaurants and prices, click here. For updates, visit Cherry Hill Restaurant Week on Facebook and Twitter.
August 11: Enjoy a dinner and a show, all while supporting a great cause at the Best of Broadway Extravaganza! This event is hosted by and helps to raise funds for Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County, a non-profit agency that promotes independence, dignity, and wellness of homebound elderly and people with disabilities through the care and effort provided by their dedicated volunteers. Guests will be treated to a delicious dinner along with a stunning performance from singers Joanna Latini and Michael Maliakel. The extravaganza begins at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $40. Call 609-393-9922 for reservations. Cedar Gardens Banquet, 661 U.S. Highway 33, Hamilton.
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.
September 3: It’s no surprise Jersey tomatoes earned their very own celebration at the West Cape May Tomato Festival. Tomato pies, tomato empanadas, and more will be available. Proceeds benefit the West Cape May Shade Tree Commission. The festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain date scheduled for September 4. Wilbraham Park, Perry Street, West Cape May.
September 10: Tap into the fun at the second annual Skylands Stadium Beer Fest. Sample a variety of craft beer, and enjoy great food, music, games, contests, and prizes. This event is open to all ages, however guests must be 21 or over with valid identification to participate in the beer tasting. Details are subject to change, check here for updates. Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta.
September 10 and 11: The annual Atlantic City Seafood Festival returns for its 5th year, bringing together fun, food, and entertainment for a two-day, action-packed extravaganza. The event will host over 50 restaurants and culinary personalities alike and is sure to provide festivalgoers with a taste of the great costal cuisine Atlantic City has to offer – attendees are encouraged to come hungry! Programming for the festival includes participating local restaurants offering reduced-price menus, cooking demos, wine seminars and tastings, activities for children, a crab eating competition hosted by Phillips Seafood, a chowder cook-off benefitting the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, and so much more. Admission is $5 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Gilda’s Club South Jersey. Admission for guests under 12 is free and parking is free. The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, 11 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Bader Field, 600 Albany Avenue, Atlantic City.
September 17: The Point Pleasant Chamber of Commerce hosts the 38th Annual Festival of the Sea, highlighting the bounty of the sea and more in dishes prepared by local restaurants. For those more interested in the sweeter side of things, there will be plenty of dessert offerings as well. Live musical entertainment will take place all afternoon, along with arts and crafts, pony rides, kiddie games, and more. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Arnold and Bay Avenues, Point Pleasant Beach. (Rain date scheduled for September 18.)
September 25: There’s Guinness and oysters galore at the 7th Annual Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival! This street festival, presented by the Asbury Park Press, will also offer a variety of specialty food prepared by chefs from 25 of Red Bank’s favorite restaurants. Live music will take place throughout the day on two stages for all to enjoy. The festival runs from 12 to 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for guests 10 and older. Rain date scheduled for October 2. No pets allowed. White Street Parking Lot, Red Bank.