October 7 to 9: The annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show marks its 13th year for a celebration of all things pumpkin. Pumpkin-themed festivities include the Pumpkin Fun Food Contest and the NJ Big Pumpkin Weigh-Off, as well as a bounty of pumpkin pies, of course. There’s also amusement rides, live music, a Halloween Costume Contest, hay rides (of the spooky variety), a haunted barn, wine sampling, farmers market, and more. The festival runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is $5 and good for all three days of the festival. $1 discount on parking for donation of canned pet food. Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Highway, Woodstown.
Through October 8: Kimchi Smoke Barbecue, at 301 Center Ave in Westwood, hosts a pop-up dinner on Oct 5 and 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The menu will be a collaboration between Chef Tim Culvert, former head chef at Park and Orchard, and Kimchi Smoke’s Robert Austin Cho. Menu will include smoked clam chowder, gumbo with brown rice and cornbread, chipotle marinated chicken with spicy vegetables and cabbage slaw, and Texas Stallion (smoked pork shoulder with sautéed broccoli rabe on toasted hero). Kimchi Smoke Pop Up will be Oct 7 and 8 from 12 p.m to 9 p.m. The menu will include Bad as Texas Brisket, gochu glazed baby back ribs and smoked pork belly.
October 8: Join Striped Spatula’s Amanda Biddle (also a Jersey Bites contributor) at Bloomingdale’s at The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack for a fall-friendly, breast-cancer-awareness demonstration of her miniature apple-raspberry crumb pies (pictured at right). The demo will run from 1 to 4 p.m. in the store’s Culinary Kitchen (Home Department, 1st floor). Shoppers can drop by to watch the pies being made, ask questions, sample the recipe, and grab a recipe card. Limited seating will be available for those who want to stick around and watch for an extended period.
October 8: Think you’re not a fan of lima beans? You might change your mind after visiting the West Cape May Lima Bean Festival. The oft-overlooked legume takes center stage in soups, tacos, salads, and more. Other attractions include vendors, antique shopping, live entertainment, and crafts. The festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain date scheduled for October 9. Wilbraham Park, Perry Street, West Cape May.
October 8: Cricket Hill Brewery hosts the Central Jersey Beer Festival, bringing together a plethora of breweries for a day of beer tasting in the crisp fall air. Featured breweries include Brooklyn Brewery, Forgotten Boardwalk, Jughandle Brewing Company, Triumph Brewing Company, Victory Brewing Company, and many more. For a full list of breweries and vendors, click here. Live musical performances from Shaun Ruymen, Pat Llewellyn and the Parade, and Moot Davis will take place throughout the day. The festival runs from 12 to 6 p.m. with four hours designated for beer tasting. The festival will take place rain or shine. Tickets are limited and can be purchased here. Proof of ID required for entry and no one under the age of 21 is permitted. Mercer County Park, 1638 Old Trenton Road, Trenton.
October 8: Prepare yourself for live music and tasty eats at this year’s Wildwoods Seafood & Music Festival. Greater Wildwood Chamber hosts the annual street fair, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to food vendors, two stages with live performances, guests can look forward to craft sales, a kids’ area with bouncy houses, and a pie-eating contest. 3306 Pacific Ave, Wildwood.
October 8 and 9: The Garden State Wine Growers Association (GWSWGA) returns to the NASW Aviation Museum for the Cape May Wine & Food Experience through Columbus Day weekend. Guests will be able to see classic Cape May airport airplanes on display, sample over 150 New Jersey wines and see notable chefs such as Mike Colameco, Diane Henderiks, Erick Weatherspool and Marilyn Schossbach. Advance tickets are on sale here for $25 until October 5, and then tickets will go up to $30. Doors open each day at 11:30 a.m. with wine samples running through 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. for wine sales.
October 10: Ramen lovers, unite! Here’s your chance to prove just how strong your love is. Ani Ramen House and Sun Noodle present the 1st Annual Slurp. Sip. Repeat. Ramen Eating Contest in honor of National Noodle Day (Oct. 6). The contest takes place at the Ani Ramen House from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Individuals 18 years and older may enter to win a set of Golden Chopsticks good for one year of free ramen! 401 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair.
October 13: In honor of the fourth Lube-a-versary of its Brick location, Quaker Steak & Lube will donate 10% of its sales on Thursday, October 13, directly to the Visitation Relief Center as a thank you to the local community. Guests will have the chance to win a variety of prizes throughout the day. 1036 Cedar Bridge Avenue, Brick.
October 14: Crystal Springs and The Boy Scouts of America have teamed up to with a clay shooting fundraiser for all ages. There is a continental breakfast and chef Anthony Bucco will prepare an Oktoberfest-themed pig roast for lunch. Individual shooter fee is $350, a team of five is $1,750 and a sponsored team is $2,000. This event is at Clay and Oak Sporting Club at Clove Spring Range in Wantage. To book your spot call 855-949-7722.
October 15: For beer fans everywhere, the month of October means it’s time again for Oktoberfest celebrations. The Harborside Craft Brew Fest in Jersey City brings the German tradition Garden Stateside, featuring more than 15 Garden State craft breweries, including Jersey City’s own Departed Soles and Hoboken’s 902 Brewing. With over 150 craft beers to try, guests are bound to discover their new favorite brew as they meet other beer aficionados and brewery representatives. Guests will also enjoy live music, beautiful views of the New York City skyline, and savor-worthy food from The Cow and The Curd, Mac Truck, Urban Lobster Shack, and more. The event takes place during two four-hour sessions: 12 to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are $60 and can be purchased here (ticket prices will increase in $5 increments two weeks and then one week prior to the event). Price of admission includes unlimited craft beer tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. Harborside Atrium and Waterfront Esplanade, 34 Exchange Place, Jersey City.
Through October 16: On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, experience a Wine Lovers Sunset Cruise aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Guests will enjoy a five-course meal, live music, and the chance to purchase featured wines. This event is $65 per person. Reservations can be made at 800-643-3779.
October 20: James Beard Foundation Greens, which is made up of young foodies in the NYC area, hosts An Evening at Mana Contemporary. The event is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will include a walk-around tasting curated by JBF Greens and Mana Wine at Mana Contemporary. Guests will enjoy exciting art, exquisite wine tastings, beer, and plates from top New Jersey toques. Guided tours of select galleries will be provided, and bus travel from Manhattan is included. Tickets are $60 for members and $75 for the public. Reservations can be made here. 888 Newark Ave. Jersey City. Jersey Bites is a proud media sponsor of this event.
October 20: Taste local, domestic and international beers, and sample meat and vegetarian chili during the 10th Anniversary of An Evening of Hot Chili & Cool Brew at the Newark Museum. The event starts at 6 p.m. Guests will have access to the historic Ballantine House and other exhibits throughout the museum. Tickets are restricted to individuals 21 years and older, and priced at $50 per person and $40 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased if you call 973-596-6686 or go online. 49 Washington St. Newark.
October 20: Flying Fish Brewing, in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy, will celebrate OktoberForest by raising awareness of the integral connection between forests, clean water and good beer. They will host a special tasting from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Flying Fish which will feature an exclusive forest-themed brew tapped especially for this event. 900 Kennedy Blvd., Somerdale.
Through October 22: Another year another Oktoberfest in Hoboken! Pilsener Haus & Biergarten hosts its 5th Annual Oktoberfest. Come on out to enjoy opening ceremonies, keg-tapping, beer tastings, liederhosen and mug-holding contests and old-school as well as new breed polka bands. 1422 Grand Street, Hoboken.
October 22: Following the Continental Driven Hunt at Crystal Springs, Chef Anthony Bucco and Resort Mixologist Carlos Ruiz will host a reception and dinner with wild boar, venison, pheasant, red-leg partridge, and open-pit roasted vegetables in the amphitheater at the Chef’s Garden. Guests will enjoy unique cocktails, homemade tinctures, and syrups. The Continental Driven Hunt Experience is $1,000 per person; $1,450 per couple, staying in the same room with only one shooter; $1,700 per couple/pair, staying in the same room and both shooting; $700 per person, without lodging. More details can be found here.
October 23: The second annual Tony & Vicky Martell Evening of Jazz is here. Guests will enjoy a night of dinner, drinks, and live jazz to benefit leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research. The event is at Ariane Kitchen & Bar featuring cuisine by owner and celebrity chef Ariane Duarte herself from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 706 Bloomfield Ave, Verona.
October 23: The food trucks are coming! Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local No. 332 hosts the Food Truck Takeover at Monmouth Beach on October 23. This family-friendly event takes place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will include local food trucks, a beer garden, live music, and games. Admission is free for children under 12 and $5 for individuals 12 years and older. Wristbands for the beer garden are $20 online and $25 at the door. Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion 29 Ocean Ave., Monmouth.
Through October 23: The first authentic Oktoberfest has hit Asbury Park, by way of the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten. Guests can enjoy top polka bands, pig roasts, Masskrugstemmen, and a top selection of imported beer.
November 11 and 12: The 10th Annual Housewares Warehouse Sale in New Castle, DE, will be the largest sale of its kind yet with more products and events planned for the two-day general public sale andfor the Stock Up for Seniors Event, which takes place the evening before the sale opens to the general public. Stock Up for Seniors is scheduled for Thursday, November 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Visit Meals on Wheels Delaware to purchase tickets. Ticket sales, as well as 5% of the proceeds from the warehouse sale, will benefit Meals On Wheels Delaware.Doors open at 4 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. For additional information on the sale, please call 302-326-4800. Centerpoint Business Complex Park in New Castle at 802 Centerpoint Blvd. (Follow signs from Route 273 to the warehouse.)
November 14: The Algonquin teams up with the Garden State Wine Growers Association and Whole Foods Market Wall to present Forks, Corks, and Hops: a wine and cheese pairing event. Steve Schirripa, aka Bobby Bacala on The Sopranos, is scheduled to host a Meet & Eat session. Tickets purchased before November 1 cost $75 per person for tasting and $95 for tasting along with wine and cheese pairing. Tickets bought after November 1 cost $85 per person for tasting alone, and $100 for tasting and wine and cheese pairing. Tickets can be purchased here. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. The Mill, 101 Old Mill Rd, Spring Lake Heights.
Tuesdays through Sundays, through December 31: Explore the 100-year history of one of New Jersey’s most iconic traditions at the Morris Museum’s newest exhibit, “Icons of American Culture: The History of New Jersey Diners.” Curated by Jody Marcus, the exhibit retells the story of how the classic, neon-lit, stainless steel diners of the past century captured the hearts of hungry diners everywhere through carefully curated factoid panels, photographs, paintings, and historical artifacts. Much of the information in the exhibit comes from the 2013 book The History of Diners in New Jersey, written by author and Jersey Bites contributor Michael C. Gabriele. (And check out his recent article about the exhibit here!) The exhibit runs through December 31. The museum is closed on Mondays and is open on Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information about hours and admission, click here. The Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown.