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 August 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 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.
August 28: Enjoy an elegant meal that celebrates the bounty of farms throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania in a breathtaking al fresco setting at Foodshed Alliance’s Farm-to-Fork Celebration. The event, held at Alba Vineyard in Milford, brings together the culinary expertise of nine of New Jersey’s most reputable chefs to delicious create cocktail hour hors d’ouvres offerings, followed by a seven-course dinner. Each course is paired with wines hand selected by expert winemakers from Alba Vineyard. Guests are also treated to a VIP tour of the vineyard and music by George Baier. The event takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Cost is $150 per person. Purchase tickets here. Seating is limited. Tickets are non-refundable but transferrable. Alba Vineyard & Winery, 269 Route 627, Village of Finnesville, Milford.
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 3 and 4: Make the most of Labor Day weekend this year at the Wine & Music Experience, hosted by the Garden State Wine Growers Association. This event, held at the beautiful and spacious Horse Park of New Jersey, features offerings from 17 GSWGA wineries, along with live music all day. The event runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, with a rain date of September 5. Advance discounted tickets are $20 through August 14 and can be purchased here. After August 14, advance tickets will cost $25 through August 28, and $30 the week of the event and on site. VIP experience also available with purchase of a new GSWGA membership card. For more details about GSWGA membership, click here. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the care, rehabilitation, and secure lifetime adoption of non-competitive racehorses. The Horse Park of New Jersey at Stone Tavern, 626 Route 524, Allentown.
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 17 and October 8: Rock your taste buds at Rock the BBQ Festival 2016! The festivities take place at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA, on September 17 and at MetLife Stadium on October 8. Rock the BBQ Festival features a variety of top Northeast BBQ pitmasters, including Kimchi Smoke, Jerzey Eatz, and Texas Smoke Barbeque, along with many other “rock’n eats,” “sweet encores,” and a huge selection of beer, wine, and specialty cocktails to wash it all down. There are also tons of games and activities for kids, live music all day, and even a pyrotechnics show! Tickets are $20 and kids 10 and under get in for free. Purchase tickets here. Lincoln Financial Field parking is $18. MetLife Stadium parking is free. Have any questions? Click here. Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. MetLife Stadium, 1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford.
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.
September 26: The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties hosts its 25th Annual Culinary Classic, which has been bringing together the finest restaurants, caterers, wineries, and breweries since 1991. This delectable experience also helps to raise funds to provide emergency food and services to over 131,000 people in the local area. The event takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. VIP tickets are available for $125, which offers seating in the VIP room as well as tableside service. General admission tickets can be purchased for $75. Seating is limited. Click here to purchase tickets. Doolan’s Shore Club, 700 State Highway 71, Spring Lake.
September 29: The Arc of Essex County’s Uncorked & Uncapped: Wine, Beer, and Food brings together craft beer, wine, and spirit tastings and samples from a variety of restaurants for a fun evening of food and drink. The event takes place at Westminster Hotel from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with 40 different vendors in attendance. Activities include a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. All proceeds benefit The Arc of Essex County. Cost is $100 per person. Purchase tickets here. Westminster Hotel, 550 W. Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston.
October 8 and 9: The Vintage North Jersey Wine & Food Festival marries fine wine, delicious food, and live music for a weekend to remember. The festival, hosted by Four Sisters Winery, features offerings from ten local wineries, including Ventimiglia Vineyard, Beneduce Vineyards, Old York Cellars, Hopewell Valley Vineyards, and more. Food will be served up from a variety of food trucks, specialty food vendors, and a farmer’s market. The festival takes place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. One-day tickets for the event are $25 at the gate, $15 in advance. Two-day tickets are $45 at the gate, $30 in advance. Advance tickets will be sold through August 10 and can be purchased here. Non-drinker tickets are $10. Four Sisters Winery, 783 County Route 519, Belvidere.