Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

Food Events in New Jersey

January 14: Come on out for Renault Winery’s Winter Wine Festival! Event runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10, at, or $15 at the door. Admission includes a souvenir glass. 609-965-2111. 72 North Breman Avenue, Egg Harbor City.[gdlr_space height=”20px”]

January 17: Check out Salt Creek Grille – Princeton’s first-ever Farm-to-Table Winemaker’s Dinner! The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m., and features a selection of eco-friendly wines produced with organic and biodynamic methods. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Garden State Community Kitchen. $125 (plus tax and gratuity) per guest, reservations required. Call 609-419-4200. Forrestal Village, 1 Rockingham Row, Princeton.[gdlr_space height=”20px”]

January 21 to 29: The Lambertville New Hope Winter Festival is a great time to visit these cute little towns. This week-long festival consists of many free and tickets events; there’s something for everyone! Free events include ice sculptures, a soup-a-thon and other family-friendly events. Ticketed events include food and beverage tastings, a chili cook-off, beef n brew and much more. For more details and tickets, click here. Lambertville, NJ & New Hope, PA.[gdlr_space height=”20px”]

speakeasyJanuary 28: Montclair Food & Wine Festival kicks off 2017 with the Speakeasy, at the Wellmont Theater. Enjoy a true throwback event with libations from Montclair’s Amanti Vino, samples from 20 area restaurants, and music from Trent Armand Kendall + Brass Illusion. The event runs from 7:30 to 10 p.m., with VIP entry beginning at 6:30. Entry is $185 for VIP and $95 for general admission. The Wellmont Theather, 5 Seymour Street, Montclair. [gdlr_space height=”20px”]
January 28: At Jersey City Wine Fest, guests will enjoy unlimited wine samples from all over the world, accompanied by food, live music, and interactive entertainment. Seminars begin at 6:15, presented by Mana Wine and Cool Vines. [gdlr_space height=”20px”]

January 28: The Foodshed Alliance presents A Meal for Amiel, a seven-course gourmet benefit to raise funds for the Frankford Township School Greenhouse Project and the Foodshed Alliance. This event aligns 14 chefs with 14 aspiring chefs to create seven spectacular courses paired with specially selected wines to honor the memory of Amiel Wehrli. Cocktails at 5:30, dinner at 6:30. Tickets can be purchased online, and are $150 plus fees. Event takes place at Perona Farms. 350 Andover Sparta Road, Andover. [gdlr_space height=”20px”]

January 28 and 29: Come one, come all, to Asbury Park Beerfest! Two sessions will be held on January 28 (noon to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and one session on January 29 (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Advance admission is $37.50 +tax/fees, and at the door it’s $45 +tax/fees. Enjoy craft beers, ciders, retro beers, classic boardwalk food, and tasting glasses. Convention Hall, Asbury Park. [gdlr_space height=”20px”]
January 29: Raise a glass of apple cider at Terhune Orchards, in celebration of the annual British tradition of Wassailing the Apple TreesFrom 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. guests will partake in music making, toasts of hot cider, and placing gifts of cider-soaked bread in the tree branches. This event is free to the public. 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton.[gdlr_space height=”20px”]
February 4: Sample over 150 beers at the 7th Annual Great Beer Expo: MeadowlandsThis beer tasting event will showcase breweries from around the corner, across the country and around the globe. There will be two event sessions, one from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the next from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $45 +tax/fees each when purchased online in advance of the event. They will be $60 on event day at the door (cash only).Ticket price includes a souvenir tasting glass marked with a 2 oz. pour line and beer tasting. Designated driver tickets are available for $10, tickets can be purchased in advance for session one here and session two here. This event is for guests 21+ older. 355 Plaza Dr. Secaucus. [gdlr_space height=”20px”]

February 18 and 19: Laurita Winery Hosts its annual Winterfest. This family-friendly event includes ice sculptures, classic winter activities, and a variety of themed food and beverages, plus food trucks! Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids 4-17. Tickets can be purchased online or at the event. Click here for more details. 85 Archertown Road, New Egypt.[gdlr_space height=”20px”]

February 23: Ales for Whales promises to be an evening of good brews, food, and friends. The event will take place at Tuckahoe Brewing Company in Egg Harbor Township, from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost of tickets is $30 in advance and $35 at the door and the proceeds will go directly to the organization. Ales for Whales will highlight the brewery’s beer selection and food from local eateries, including Charlie’s Bar and Restaurant, Touch of Italy, McCullough’s Pub and Restaurant, Pete’s Subs and Deli, Juliano’s Pub and Grill, Carluccio’s Coal Fired Pizza, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Chickie’s & Pete’s, Flat Stone Bar and Grille, Micchelli’s Pizza, Amici’s Homemade Specialties, and Sal’s Coal Fire Pizza. Guests will enjoy a fantastic selection of beer and wine and enjoy complimentary food while bidding on items up for auction. Space is limited, so early registration is highly recommended. Go to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Brigantineor call 609-266-0539. [gdlr_space height=”20px”]

February 26: It’s time to get saucy for the 2017 Hammonton Gravy vs Sauce Competition. The contest will feature two divisions (homemade and professional), each broken into four categories: red, white, meat, and other. First and second place for each will be selected by the event judges, and People’s Choice for each will be selected by the general public. Participation is $10 per entry. Adult admission is $20 per person, and kids under 12 get in for $10. Event begins at 4 p.m. Click here for details and to purchase tickets. [gdlr_space height=”20px”]

March 23: Advance-sale tickets are available now through December 31 for  South Jersey’s premier food and beverage event, the 34th Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala. Individual tickets are available for $200 each. The 34th annual Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala takes place in the Avalon Ballroom of Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center. The event showcases thousands of hors d’oeuvres prepared by students from the Academy of Culinary Arts. To purchase advance tickets, send checks payable to the Atlantic Cape Foundation to: Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. For more information, contact Alicia McMackin at 609-463-4672 or 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.