March 31 to April 2: Time is running out to get tickets for the 9th Annual NJ Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs, featuring Chef Daniel Boulud, the festival’s guest of honor. Friday night events are sold out, but click here for details about Saturday’s extensive agenda and Sunday’s brunch.
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 1: Terhune Orchards presents a Wine & Chocolate Tasting Event with Tony Brokenborough of Carol’s Creative Chocolatez and Terhune Orchards’ Vineyard Manager, Tony McDonell. Learn about the history of chocolate and Terhune Orchards vineyard, and afterward enjoy a tasting of 10 Belgian chocolates paired with Terhune Orchards wines. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 after March 29 ad at the door. Seating starts at 1 p.m. Terhune Orchards Wine Barn, Princeton.
April 1: Kaleidoscope presents its annual Beef & Beer fundraiser, featuring dancing, a Chinese auction and raffles! Tickets are $40 in advance, $25 for children 2-12, and children under 2 are free. At the door, tickets are $45. Tickets include food, beer and the show. Click here to purchase.
April 1: Satisfy your cheese curiosity at The Creativity Caravan, where Marie Fromage will join for Cheese Your Own Adventure (Again!), a cheese tasting and tiny-cheese-book-making event. This event’s special theme is women in cheese, part of Montclair Center’s Women’s Empowerment Week. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., you can walk in anytime and taste artisanal cheese created by woman cheese makers, plus bread, nuts, dried fruit and dark chocolate. The artists of The Creativity Caravan will guide you through the creation of a mini cheese book, using tiny images and words inspired by the featured cheeses. The event is BYOB (bring your own beverage) and minors must be accompanied by an adult. $10 per person. The Creativity Caravan, 28 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair.
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 Avenue, Rumson.
April 6: Advance tickets are now on sale for Chef’s Extraordinaire, a culinary and wine tasting event to benefit the Common Ground Grief Center in Manasquan. Taste various wines and cuisine prepared by Monmouth and Ocean County’s finest chefs. This year’s honoree is Peter Grandich, owner of Peter Grandich & Company, Trinity Financial, and Sports & Entertainment Management Co. The event will take place at The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Complimentary valet parking is available. Click here to purchase tickets and for information about sponsorships and memory globes.
April 8: The Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company hosts the BHVFC Craft Beer and Food Fest, a fundraiser featuring four local craft breweries, food trucks, craft vendors and live music. The four breweries include Backwards Flag, Icarus, Pinelands, and Ship Bottom. The fundraiser is 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. For $20 at the gate, you will receive a mug and 4 tickets. Additional beer tickets are $5 each. Valid ID is required. Veteran’s Bicentennial Park, Beach Haven.
April 15: Come vote for the Best Burger at the Shore and enjoy the Annual Craft Beer Fest at The Great Jersey Shore Burger Contest. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., watch top Jersey Shore restaurants compete while you get to sample an extensive variety of artisan craft beers. New this year’s event is the Two Buck Shuck Oyster Bar sponsored by New Jersey’s Fourth North Oyster Farms. Click here to purchase tickets. Bar Anticipation, Belmar.
April 20: Kick off Jersey Shore Restaurant Week with The Chef’s Invitational, a chance to taste at least a dozen of the shore’s top chefs’ signature dishes. A complimentary wine bar will be available. The event takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and tickets are $40 each. Click here to purchase. Spring Lake Manor, Spring Lake.
April 21: Tickets are now available for Rahway Taste of Spring! This one-night event features culinary delights from more than 40 regional food establishments, tasting stations, fine wine, aperitifs, craft beer and live entertainment. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door price. You can purchase tickets at the Rahway Recreational Center, Witty’s Fine Liquors, Beana’s Para Siempre, Pinho’s Bakery and here. Rahway Recreational Center, 275 E. Milton Ave, Rahway.
April 21 to 30: Come on out for Jersey Shore Restaurant Week! Enjoy a three-course meal with your choice of appetizer, entree and dessert for either $22.17 or $32.17. Click here for participating restaurants. Email [email protected] with any questions. On April 22, Jersey Shore Restaurant Week teams up with Cross & Orange in Asbury Park to bring you Bourbon, Bacon and Bluegrass. Sip samples of bourbons, taste bacon treats and enjoy music from bluegrass band The Glimmer Grass from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $45 each. Children under 8 are free, and children over 8 are $10 at the door, which will entitle them to food and lemonade. Click here to purchase tickets.
April 22: Haddon Heights In Progress brings you Rhythm and BREWS 2017, a festival featuring local music, art, food and brews! Local food trucks and restaurants will be serving dishes and a large beer garden will provide local craft brews by the 16 oz. glass. Over 10 breweries will be present. Admission is free. Rain date is April 23. Station Ave, Haddon Heights.
April 22 and 23: Waretown hosts its annual Waretown Spring Wine Festival at the Waretown Recreation and Lake Area! The event is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine. Festival-goers can sample wines from a variety of award-winning Garden state wineries. The event includes live entertainment, crafters, retail and food vendors, and a children’s play area. For those over 21, tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Click here to purchase tickets.
April 22 and 23: Come on out for the 4th Annual Fast Tracks and Food Trucks Festival at Six Flags Great Adventure. The food truck area is open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring 15 food trucks including Carnivale Donut Bar, The Flying Pie Guy, and The Guac Spot. Wine sampling is open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. as well and requires a ticket, which is $10.99 in advance. Admission to the festival is included with theme park admission or a season pass. Click here to purchase a discounted theme park tickets for the day or a wine sampling ticket. Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson.
April 22 to 29: The Rahway Arts & Business Partnership presents Rahway’s Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants in Rahway will offer a prix-fixe menu (excluding drinks, tax and tip) for either a lunch or a dinner, depending on the establishment. While you’re in the area, consider checking out a show at the Union County Performing Arts Center (UPCPAC).
April 28, May 12: Check out the Roxey Ballet‘s Open Barre! Event is for ages 21 and up. Donation is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Each event has a separate theme and will feature beer, wine, and snacks, along with an opportunity for great conversation and sneak peeks at an upcoming ballet. Click here for tickets. Canal Studios, Lambertville.
April 29: Calling all restaurant marketers, food bloggers, food influencers, and aspiring food stylists and photographers: Get the food photography education you need from Anne Herrmann and Natalie Maxwell, of Fish Eye Design, at this all-day, food photography and styling workshop, hosted by Jersey Bites. Click here for full details on this hands-on workshop, and email [email protected] to register. 141 W. Front Street, Red Bank.
April 29: Join Princeton University students and the local Princeton community for Princeton Truckfest, a charity event hosted by the Community Service Inter-Club Council. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., over 15 food trucks will serve their signature dishes. Admission is free. Prospect Ave, Princeton.
April 29 and April 30: The Laurita BaconFest is back with 27 food trucks, 6 live bands, country wine dancing, wine, and a bacon menu! General admission for 17 and up is $8 and kids 16 and under are free. The festival is hosted by and will take place at the Laurita Winery in New Egypt.
May 1: The New Jersey Small Business Development Center presents Foodiepreneur: The Business of Food, a high impact, no-cost workshop geared towards people looking to grow or launch a food business in New Jersey. John Lawson of Whole Foods Market, Joe Leone of Joe Leon’s Italian Specialties, and March Cogen of The Chicken or the Egg are just a few of the many panelists who will be speaking at the workshop. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ocean County College in Toms River. Seating is limited, so click here to register or call 732-842-8585.
May 4: Save the date for the Chefs Gala at the Alpine Country Club, hosted by Table to Table. Enjoy wines and food prepared by all-star chefs including David Burke, Peter Kelly and Ben Pollinger. This year’s fundraiser will honor Tom Valenti, executive chef at Le Cirque. Proceeds from ticket sales and the live auction will help fuel and fill Table to Table’s trucks. Tickets go on sale April 1. The Alpine Country Club, Demarest.
May 6: The Toms River Food Fest features local food trucks, arts, crafts, vendor booths, free children’s rides and live entertainment. Admission is free. Festival is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Rain date is May 7. Downtown Washington Street, Toms River.
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. Deborah Smith, owner and founder of Jersey Bites, and Pete Genovese will judge. Click here to purchase tickets. 1108 Morris Turnpike, Summit.
May 19: The India Heritage Center presents its Spring Spotlight Event celebrating celebrity chefs. Enjoy signature dishes from 6 chefs representing top Indian Michelin starred restaurants. In addition, there will be wine, a bar, a DJ, and an opportunity to meet the Guest of Honor, Madhur Jaffrey. Click here for more details and tickets. 6 p.m. to midnight. Montclair Art Museum, Montclair.
May 20: Check out the Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown, New Jersey’s first festival featuring only New Jersey beer, restaurants, and gourmet food trucks and chefs. There will be a competition with a panel of celebrity judges choosing the best BBQ and bacon creations, along with People’s Choice awards for Best Dish and Best Beer. VIP hour is 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and includes a VIP gift, appetizer samplings and more! General admission is 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Currently, VIP tickets are $90 and general admission is $60, but prices will increase after May 6. Lewis Morris Park, Morristown.
May 20: Keansburg Recreation presents A Taste of Spring, Bayshore’s first food truck and craft beer fest! From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy free craft beer tasting, food sampling, music, parking, and shuttle service. A battle of the bands will also take place and the winner gets recording studio time. Admission is free.
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.
May 23: Table to Table‘s Viva Latino is back, ready to celebrate food from around the world at the Preakness Hills Country Club. You’ll sample Latin dishes from North Jersey restaurants, accompanied by a variety of wines. The event will honor Chef Alex Raij, owner of Txikito, La Vara, El Quinto Pino and Tekoa. Proceeds will go to Table to Table’s trucks that deliver food to the needy. Tickets on sale April 1. Preakness Hills Country Club, Wayne.
May 27: Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with the 4th Annual Trenton Pork Roll Festival, a unique family-friendly food and music celebration. The day will include music entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, children’s events, a pork roll recipe contest, and the 2017 Pork Roll Queen Pageant. A limited amount of advance tickets are available for $5 each, click here to purchase. Children under 10 are free. Mill Hill Park, Downtown Trenton.
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 guests 14 and over, at $500. Click here to purchase tickets.
June 4: Enjoy a day of free family fun and learn about Barnegat Bay at the 20th Annual Barnegat Bay Festival. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., participate in interactive programs and check out exhibits from various environmental groups and state and local agencies. Activities include decoy carving, interactive touch tanks, wildlife presentations, and environmental crafts. Wanamaker Complex, Island Heights.
June 10 and 11: Tickets are now available for the 7th Annual Jersey Shore Wine Festival at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood. Rain or shine, the festival is 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day and feature wine tasting, live entertainment, crafters, retail and food vendors, and a children’s play area. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the gate for those over 21. Click here to buy tickets.
June 17: Purchase tickets now for VegFest, a dairy-free, meatless, plant-based food festival. VegFest is a celebration of the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. There will be vegan food to sample and purchase, engaging speakers, exciting performers, kids activities, and members from the local vegan community to answer questions and showcase what inspires them. The event is 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and tickets are $15 each. Click here to purchase. The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Edison.
October 1: Come out to the 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.