February 25: Come out to the Mud City Crab House for the 2nd Annual Eskimo Outreach, a community clambake that benefits locals in need! From 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy plenty of clams, hot food, hot chocolate, beer, music, youth activities and an auction. Music performances by On The Horizon, TV Mares, Third Watch, Jimmy Brogan Band, Sneak Attack, and Funk Shway. All profits will be donated to locals in need. For more information, contact [email protected]. 1185 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin.
February 27: Check out Cooked and Uncorked 2017, an event sponsored by the NJ State Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association to benefit The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center! From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., participants can try dishes from more than 40 Jersey restaurants, caterers, and dessert shops. Firefighters from all over the state will also compete in the Ultimate Fire Department Cook-off. Tickets are $60 in advance and $65 at the door. To purchase tickets, click here. And for more information, call 973-322-4305.
March 4: The Van Vleck House & Gardens presents a maple sugaring family program, a tour and demonstration of the maple sugaring process. Come between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m for the hour-long tour in the Mother’s Garden. Tickets are $7 per person and registration is required. To register, email [email protected] or call 973-744-4752. 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair.
March 5 to 10: Treat yourself at one or more or the 70+ restaurants participating in Atlantic City’s Restaurant Week this winter! These restaurants are offering three-course meals at fixed prices. Lunch will be $15.17 per person and dinner will be $35.17 per person. Prices do not include taxes, beverages, or gratuity. Find a restaurant to dine at here.
March 10 to 12: Get shareworthy tips, tricks and recipes all weekend at the Jersey Bites Cooking Pavilion, part of the NJ Home Show in Edison. Friday: Deb Smith, Jersey Bites founder and executive editor; Saturday: Chef Jesse Jones, Diane Henderiks, Kris Longwell and Wesley Loon (of How to Feed a Loon), and Joe Vrola; Sunday: Chef Andrew DiCataldo, Amanda Biddle (of Striped Spatula), and Chef Dayanand Shetty. Click here for times and details. Tickets are $10 for ages 16 and up.
March 12: Advance tickets are on sale now through March 11 for the 9th Annual Belmar Restaurant Tour! Sample chefs’ creations from over 30 of Belmar’s restaurants from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased here for $30 and at restaurants Brandl, Mr. Shrimp, 10th Ave Burrito Company and Simply Southern. Day-of tickets are $35.
March 13: Taste of Montclair, hosted by the Rotary Club of Montclair to the Manor in West Orange. With more than 40 participating restaurants, the event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 100% of the ticket sales go to charity. Click here to purchase tickets. 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange.
March 19: Giants of Generosity is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the 4th Annual Food & Wine Show! The event will feature samplings from popular local restaurants, wineries, and spirit and beer vendors. Giants of Generosity will also be honoring its founder and presidents, D. Jane Albanese and proceeds of the fundraiser will help families and individuals experiencing critical situations throughout the Bergen area. The event is 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and to purchase tickets ($65 each), click here. 145 Dean Drive, Tenafly.
March 23: South Jersey’s premier food and beverage event, the 34th Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala returns. Individual tickets are available for $200 each. The event 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. For more information, contact Alicia McMackin at 609-463-4672 or [email protected]. 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.
March 24: Get ready for Jersey City Whiskey Fest, a festival featuring over 100 styles of whiskey and spirits. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can speak with whiskey distillers, master blenders, and other whiskey experts who will be in attendance. General admission is $60 each to those 21 and over and includes a 5-ounce sample cup, unlimited samples of whiskey, live music, and access to food, vendors, and merchandise. Click here to purchase tickets. Harborside, Jersey City.
March 25: Check out Beers on the Boards, a boardwalk craft beer fest at Martell’s Tiki Bar on the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk. There are two sessions available: an afternoon session from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and an evening session from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Both sessions will also feature live music from the Brue Crew. Tickets include a gourmet buffet and beer from over 30 breweries. Tickets are $55 each for 21 and older, and $25 each for designated drivers. Click here to purchase tickets. 308 Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach.
April 1: Check out Munch Madness, Rahway’s food truck, barbeque, and basketball event! Munch Madness starts at 12 p.m. inside the Rahway Recreation Center for the Court Jesters Performing Basketball Team performance, and then from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., guests can enjoy food trucks and a barbeque competition in the City Hall parking lot. Admission is free. 3 City Hall Plaza, Rahway.
April 6: Salt Creek Grille – Rumson presents its Wine & Martini Tasting Event, a night of entertainment, wine, food, and a live auction, all to benefit 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc. Premium wines, specialty martinis, hors d’oeuvres, pasta, carving stations and desserts will be provided by Salt Creek Grille. Check out artisanal cheese tables, provided by Sickles Market and a raw bar provided by Lusty Lobster. The event will start at 7 p.m. and will feature entertainment by the Bobby Boyd Trio and a live auction by New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio’s Big Joe Henry. Individual tickets are $150. For more information about tickets, click here. 4 Bingham Ave, Rumson.
May 10: The Community FoodBank of New Jersey hosts its first annual Women Fighting Hunger Luncheon at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can eat, network with professionals, assemble family packs, and learn about the fight against hunger. The luncheon will feature a chef-versus-chef competition between Ariane Kitchen & Bar’s Chef Ariane Duarte and Executive Chef Paul Kapner. Proceeds will support feeding programs for New Jersey children. Click here to purchase tickets. 1108 Morris Turnpike, Summit.
May 20 and 21: The Chester Merchants Association hosts the first Chester Spring Brew Fest! The festival will feature eight breweries from all over New Jersey, as well as 50 crafters and vendors, and live entertainment from local musical performers. The event is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days and tickets are available for $15 in advance and $25 at the door. Two-day tickets are priced at $25 before the event and $35 at the door. For more information, call 732-946-2711 or visit allenconsulting.com.
June 2 to 4: Kick off June with Michael Arnone’s 28th Annual Crawfish Fest! Get a taste of Louisiana and New Orleans style music, food, and camping festival during these three days on Sussex Country Fairgrounds in Augusta. The festival will feature 24 bands and dishes from eight vendors at $10 or less. Other dining options include the Chef’s Table, a five-course meal for adults 14 and over, at $500. Click here to purchase tickets.
October 1: Come out to Chowderfest Cook Off Classic, hosted by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. This family fun festival features live music, activities and unlimited chowder tasting. Ticket holders also will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite red, white, and creative chowder. The rain-or-shine event takes place at the Taylor Ave ball field in Beach Haven from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 each.