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2020 New Jersey - May 2020
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

(see also: 2019  -  2017  -  2016  -  2015)


April 26-May 3, 2020
9th Annual International Beer, Wine & Food Fest
Red Bank, New Jersey


May 1, 2020
School Lunch Hero Day
A chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria.

May 1-3, 2020 - 12th Annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival
Crystal Springs Resort, Sussex County, New Jersey
The New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort is a celebration of the world's best wines and renowned local and national chefs, benefiting the James Beard Foundation. The weekend's events are designed to allow food and wine lovers to meet and mingle with chefs, winemakers, sommeliers and fellow wine aficionados.

May 2-3, 2020  5th Annual Waretown Wine Festival
Waretown, New Jersey
Festival goers can look forward to sampling wines from a nice variety of award-winning Garden State wineries. In addition to wine tastings, there will also be live entertainment, as well as crafters, retail vendors, food vendors, and a children’s play area. The festival will be held each day from 12 p.m. noon to 5 p.m. ET., rain or shine.  The cost to attend is $20 in advance or $30 at the gate for those over 21.  Tickets available online. Designated drivers are allowed in for free.

May 10, 2020 - MOTHERS' DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list. (2nd Sunday in May).

May 16, 2020  Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown - Morristown, New Jersey
Who says NJ doesn’t have great BBQ & awesome Beer?  The Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown is New Jersey’s first festival, featuring only New Jersey Beer, coupled with restaurants, gourmet food trucks & Chefs, offering a delectable array of mouth watering BBQ & Bacon creations, all available for purchase. There will be a competition to showcase their culinary skills, with a panel of celebrity judges choosing the best of the best, along with People’s Choice awards for Best Dish & Best Beer. 30 New Jersey Breweries will be in attendance, each bringing 4 styles of Beer. One of these styles will be either a rare Beer or a Brew created specifically for this event. The event will take place outdoors and under tents, with some fantastic Music! This is destined to become a New Jersey Fall classic. (also )

May 29, 2020  Earth Share Celebrates New Jersey
Manalapan, New Jersey
Knob Hill Country Club.  EarthShare New Jersey’s annual celebration features a photography exhibition showcasing NJ’s wildlife, landscapes and waterways; ecofriendly auction prizes of unique experiences such as wildlife releases and art work; tastings of beverages and specialty dishes served by chefs from across the state; and live jazz music.


May 29-31, 2020  Michael Arnone's 31st Annual Crawfish Fest
Augusta, New Jersey
Louisiana and New Orleans style music, food, and camping festival. Funk, Food & Fun!

May 30-June 6, 2020 - Cape May Restaurant Week
Cape May, New Jersey
Our eight-day event that takes place every June. Enjoy lunch and dinner menus at a fixed price and discover new favorites.

2019 New Jersey - May 2019
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
events waiting for new dates

May 4, 2019 - Toms River Food Fest - Toms River, New Jersey
The Annual Toms River Food Fest is an annual festival taking place from 11:00am-8:00pm in downtown Toms River on Washington St.  Food Trucks, arts & crafts vendors free children's rides and live music.  Free admission!

May 4, 2019  Gloucester County Craftsmen & Home Show
Mullica Hill, New Jersey
Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds.  Enjoy over 100 artists and craftsmen booths, $500 Home Depot Gift Card Give Away, Food Trucks & Concessions, Little Miss & Mister Springtime Pageant, Free shopping bags, Pet Friendly, Flowers & Produce for sale, Spring Dog Parade and so much more.

May 4-5, 2019 - Fast Tracks and Food Trucks Food and Beer Festival
Jackson, New Jersey
Join us for the annual Food Trucks Food & Beer festival with 15+ food trucks all with delicious treats! Food Truck area located in Movietown is open from 11 to 8 p.m. each day.  Admission to the festival is included with theme park admission or a season pass. Food is available for an additional fee. Entrance to the event is located in Movietown.  Discounted theme park tickets will also be available for the event.

May 6, 2019  Annual A Taste of Talent - Andover, New Jersey
Perona Farms will host the annual A Taste of Talent on behalf of Project Self-Sufficiency, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Featuring samplings of appetizers, entrees and desserts offered by renowned chefs from 35 of the tri-state area's finest restaurants.  Music and silent auction. Event sells out quickly.  Visit the website for sponsorship packages and individual ticket sales.  Perona Farms is located at 350 Andover Sparta Road, Andover, NJ.

May 11, 2019 - Taste of Justice Food Truck Festival
North Haledon, New Jersey
The FREE FUNdraiser event features food trucks, vendors, kid’s activities, and music.  All donations go to scholarships for victims of human trafficking to support their journey, from victim to survivor to thriver. 100% of donations go to HT Survivor Scholarship Fund!  Sponsored by Justice Network, High Mountain Church, NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking.  Food Truck Festival! Come out and enjoy a day of great food & fun with the kids, music, shopping, and more!


May 16-19, 2019
45th Annual Greek Festival
Paramus, New Jersey
St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church.  Enjoy the pleasures of our world famous cuisine, culture, music and hospitality.  The festival will feature indoor and outdoor dining, and fun for the entire family, including; Gyro, Souvlaki, Baklava, Pastries, Wines, Church Tours, Vendors, Games, Super 50/50 Raffle, Live Greek Music, Ouzo, Beer, Loukoumades, and Dancing in the Aisles.

May 17-19, 2019
33rd Annual Belmar Seafood Festival
Belmar, New Jersey
Feast on your fill of crab cakes, steamed clams, coconut shrimp, combo platters and more during the Belmar, New Jersey, Seafood Festival.  Admission to the festival is free, and food will be for sale at each individual vendor.  2019 Update: Town officials are relocating the festival from Silver Lake Park on Ocean Avenue to downtown Belmar this year. Food vendors will be located in the Belmar Plaza parking lot behind Pyanoe Plaza. The market vendors will be set up on Main Street between 8th and 10th Avenues, while the musical entertainment will be performing in the center of Pyanoe Plaza (the area between the Belmar Bagel Shop and Don’s Pizza King).

May 18, 2019
30th Annual NJ State Chili & Salsa Cook Off
Toms River, New Jersey
The Original, The Biggest & The Best Official ICS Chili & Salsa Cookoff in NJ!  Family fun, mouth watering vittles, contests, chili & salsa tasting, live music and much more!  Competition open to "Cooks" from across the country!

May 18-19, 2019 - Riverview Beach Park Wine Festival
Pennsville, New Jersey
Wine on down the river at the first ever Riverview Beach Park Wine Festival! Become a part of this new tradition with local crafters, food vendors, live music, and New Jersey wine tasting.  Experience the incredible variety of wines that New Jersey has to offer, all while listening to music, shopping around and having a bite to eat.  It's bound to be an enjoyable spring weekend that you do not want to miss.

May 21, 2019 - AHF-NJ's Annual Culinary Competition
Edison, New Jersey
Association for Healthcare Foodservice, New Jersey Chapter.  All entries must be a "stuffed" item. Please bring copies of your recipe to share.  Culinary teams from hospitals throughout New Jersey.  At JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ.

May 25, 2019 - 6th Annual Pork Roll Festival - Trenton, New Jersey
A family-friendly food and music event dedicated to everyone favorite meaty treat PORK ROLL!  Live Music - Food Trucks - Pork Roll Recipe Contest.

May 25-27, 2019 - Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival
Monmouth Park, Oceanport, New Jersey
Join us for the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival! The top food trucks in town (and out of town) will be rolling in to serve up their delicious dishes and try to earn your vote for People's Choice.

May 31-June 2, 2019  NJ Greek Fest - Westfield, New Jersey
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.  Live entertainment, Greek Dancing, Live Cooking Demonstrations and gifts. There will be games for children of all ages and activities for children from 3 years of age to over 100.  Activities include cooking demonstrations dancing, vendors, and best of all, dining under the big tent or inside the air conditioned Bouras Center!  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Children's Specialized Hospital, the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. and the HOPE project.


2017 New Jersey - May 2017
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

May 12, 2017  Wyckoff Food Truck Festival - Wyckoff, New Jersey
At Eisenhower Middle School - 5:00-9:00pm.  Join us for an evening of the BEST FOOD TRUCKS in America, special entertainment by the EMS band and Games & Activities at the first ever Food Truck & Music Festival. This is a family-friendly FUNdraiser sponsored by the EMS PTO and will support the upcoming 3R's Day of Respect, Reflect and Resiliency.  $5 admission per person (kids 5 & under FREE).


2016 New Jersey - May 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

May 21, 2016  World Beer Festival Meadowlands
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Presented by All About Beer Magazine, the World Beer Festivals are among the premier beer events in the country, with sampling of beers from over 100 breweries, education, and the best local music and food. Part of the proceeds will benefit a local cause.

May 21-22, 2016  6th Annual Cumberland County's Spring Home Improvement Show - Vineland, New Jersey
The Annual Cumberland County's Spring Home Improvement Show, a two-day event will bring together homeowners and many of the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building experts under one roof. Consumers will find tremendous savings on 100's of products and services for home improvements, renovations and home décor.


2015 New Jersey - May 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

May 9, 2015  Battle of the (meat) Balls - Bayonne, New Jersey
A one-day meatball tasting competition open to home, youth, and professional chefs. Contestants will submit their best balls for judging during this one-day public event, where spectators and guests are invited to attend and sample the best food North Jersey has to offer!  Prizes will be given to best balls in each of the five categories: Traditional, Non-Traditional, Vegetarian/Vegan, Dessert, and “Best Balls” (a People’s Choice award).  The event will showcase and celebrate our local chefs, of any and every level of cooking experience. Home chefs, Youth chefs (18 and younger) and Professional chefs are encouraged to register—each entry will be judged anonymously against all of the other entries in the category. The tasting competition itself will be open to the public, where guests can sample entries from the registrants, participate in games, and a 50/50 raffle. A Kids Corner will be available to entertain the little ones, where LHS will share it’s new Humane Education program, featuring Story Time and activities designed for young animal lovers and advocates.

May 13-17, 2015  MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival
Various locations, New Jersey
The MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival has been canceled "indefinitely" as organizers have struggled with declining attendance and unpaid bills.



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