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.
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 9: Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas hosts a Farm-to-Table Dinner to benefit City Green, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and maintaining urban farms and gardens throughout northern New Jersey. Proceeds from the event will support City Green’s Growing Strong high school intern program, which focuses on providing inner city students with paid summer employment, youth development, and job training. The five-course dinner will feature an array of farm-fresh, local, and seasonal dishes, with ingredients provided by City Green’s gardens, paired with wines selected to complement the seasonal menu. The event opens with a reception and appetizers at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $80 and can be purchased online here. Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, Clifton Commons, 70 Kingsland Road, Clifton.
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: Demarest Farms in Hillsdale invites guests to enjoy two days of wine tasting, live music, and food at the NJ Wine Festival. 11 of the region’s top, award-winning wineries will be in attendance, pouring samples of their finest wines. The festival runs from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission for this event costs $12 for guests 21 and over, and $5 for those under 21. Admission cost includes a wine tasting glass and unlimited wine sampling, as well as admission to all band performances. Demarest Farms, 244 Werimus Road, Hillsdale.
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 17 and 18: Get a taste of authentically exotic Middle East cuisine at the Middle Eastern Festival, hosted by Saint Ann Melkite Catholic Church in Woodland Park. Festival fare includes grape leaves, falafel, kabobs, gyros, hummus, and more. Dessert offerings will be served as well, and if you’re in a hurry, takeout is available. Enjoy live entertainment nightly, along with activities for children, shopping, raffles, church tours, and a hookah bar. Best of all, admission and parking is free! The festival runs from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Saint Ann Melkite Catholic Church, 802 Rifle Camp Road, Woodland Park.
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.