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2015 New Jersey - September 2015
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September 19, 2015  Annual Festival of the Sea
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
The Festival of the Sea is a street fair located in the heart of downtown Point Pleasant Beach where visitors sample dishes by the area's finest restaurants (from clam chowder to lobster to steak); wine garden, arts & crafts, pony rides, antiques, kiddie games and live entertainment.  Attendance: 60,000


2014 New Jersey - September 2014
Food Festivals and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
waiting for new dates


September 4-7, 2014  37th Annual Greek Festival - Union, New Jersey
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Enjoy the tastes and sounds of Greece under the tents, rain or shine! Homemade foods such as mousaka, pastitsio, roasted lamb, souvlaki and gyro as well as homemade pastries including baklava, loukoumades, and galaktonbouriko. Live music, Folk dancing, zeibekiko contest, and free dance lessons! Don't forget to bring the kids to the rides and games!

September 6-7, 2014  Jersey Fresh Wine Festival
Burlington County Fairgrounds, New Jersey
Live Music and Wine Tasting from Over 15 of New Jersey’s Finest Wineries Brings Wine Lovers to South Jersey.

September 5-7, 2014  Oysterfest - Asbury Park, New Jersey
Oysters and seafood vendors, music, craft vendors, activities and rides for children.

September 6-7, 2014  Seafood in Seaside Festival
Seaside Heights, New Jersey
Seaside Heights is the place to be for seafood lovers. There will be tastes to satisfy every hankering, from savory to sweet. The annual festival features some of Seaside’s finest seafood and desserts specialties.  The Seafood Festival will feature: blackened shrimp and scallop kabobs, coconut shrimp, crab cake sandwiches, cream of crab soup, sushi, gator legs, cannoli’s and much more.  Guests can take a break from eating and browse the over sixty vendors participating on Grant Avenue. The vendors’ tables will be overflowing with a wide variety of items for all ages, including jewelry, sunglasses, paintings, candles, wood crafts, apparel, and much more. The event will feature musical performances all weekend long.

September 7, 2014  17th Annual Beach Plum Festival
Island Beach State Park, New Jersey
The Festival will be held from 9am to 4pm at the Ocean Bathing Area 1 in Island Beach State Park. The celebration will include beach plum picking and jelly making demonstration, arts and craft show, food and entertainment, children’s games, bird banding demonstration, environmental and non-profit exhibits, and a kayak raffle.  Come and enjoy the day.  Support the Friends of Island Beach State Park as our volunteer members work to help our park.  All funds raised at this event stay in Island Beach State Park.

September 7-9, 2014  Philadelphia Nat'l Candy Gift & Gourmet Show
Atlantic City, New Jersey
America's largest show dedicated to the retail confectioner, is sponsored by the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia.


September 13, 2014  Food Trucktoberfest - Oceanport, New Jersey
Usher in the fall with a special Oktoberfest Celebration...Food Trucktoberfest featuring a German Beer Garden! Your favorite mobile eateries from The Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival are back to help showcase brewers' Oktoberfest creations. Enjoy live music, unique German brews, as well as all of your favorite food trucks!  As part of Food Trucktoberfest: all fans wearing lederhosen receive Free Grandstand admission!

September 13, 2014  Fall Family Fun Festival - Williamstown, New Jersey
Come join us for this community, family-friendly Fall Event!  Bring your friends and neighbors for a day full of sun, fun, music, games, dancing, crafts and food!

September 13-14, 2014  Atlantic City Seafood Festival
Atlantic City, New Jersey
A two day extravaganza of fun, food and entertainment celebrating the treasures of the Atlantic Ocean while highlighting our sea side city. The  2014 event is constructed to be the ultimate family day at the Jersey Shore! The wide variety of programming, great wines and beers of New Jersey, over a hundred local restaurants, amusements, cooking demonstrations, a chowder cook off and live entertainment adds to the outdoor fun for the whole family to enjoy!

September 13-14, 2014  Jersey Skyline Wine Festival
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
With a perfect view of the NY skyline as a vantage point more than a dozen of the finest New Jersey wineries will be on hand at Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park for the inaugural Jersey Skyline Wine Festival, promoted by the Garden State Wine Growers Association.

September 14, 2014  The Epicurean Palatte - Mercer County, New Jersey
Annual fundraiser for Grounds for Sculpture. Deliciously woven throughout the beautifully landscaped sculpture park, this crowd pleasing event is renowned for featuring more than 20 of the finest area chefs and the extraordinary culinary offerings they prepare as well as a robust selection of great wines, craft beers, and exclusive spirits from regional purveyors. New this year is a decadent twist as GFS introduces artisan chocolate by our region’s finest chocolatiers.

September 19-21, 2014  6th Annual Summit Wine and Food Festival
Summit, New Jersey
Bringing together renowned chefs, expert sommeliers, and a host of food television celebrities.

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September 20-21, 2014  Valenzano Winefest - Shamong, New Jersey
The Garden State”s largest blues, jazz and wine festival featuring continuous live entertainment, award winning wines from seven of New Jersey's favorite wineries, cheese tasting, top crafters from around the state.

September 20-21, 2014  Belmar San Gennaro Festival
Belmar, New Jersey
Belmar's Main Street will be lined with the sights, sounds and aromas of Little Italy as the borough celebrates its second annual San Gennaro Festival.  Main Street will be lined with food vendors, crafters, and commercial vendors, and Belmar merchants will be out in force with special sidewalk sales and activities.

September 20-21, 2014  Fall Festival-Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross
Medford, New Jersey
Traditional and International Foods: Kielbasa, Stuffed Cabbage, Pierogi, Halushki, Borscht, and Hot Dogs, Babkas, Cookies and Cakes (some sugar free), pies, water ice, soft pretzels   Kids: FREE Moon Bounce, face painting, pumpkin painting, water ice, pretzels. Handmade jewelry, fall crafts, icons, christian music cds, large basket raffle/auction, 50/50 church tours.

September 20-Oct 31, 2014  PumpkinLand Festival - Vernon, New Jersey
An old-fashioned hayride to the U-Pick Pumpkin Patch; Pigtucky Derby Pig Races; Corn Stalk Maze; Hay Maze; Hay Crawl; Corn Box; Glass Bee Hive; Visiting Farm Animals; Boo Barn; “Chicken Little” Chick Barn; Dancing Robot Show; Duck Racing; Vortex Tunnel.

September 21, 2014  Champion of the Grill BBQ Fest
Augusta, New Jersey
Presented by the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, Champion of the Grill - Blues and BBQ festival features an exciting grilling competition, blues bands, a classic car show, vendors, exhibitors and more. Free admission, free food samples, food vendors, cash prizes, and more.  Fun for entire family!

September 27, 2014
Paulsdale Uncorked: Alice Paul Institute’s 7th Annual Wine Tasting
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Take a little refuge and join us at Paulsdale Uncorked! API's annual wine tasting event. The South Jersey Chapter of the United States Personal Chef Association will prepare fresh gourmet cuisine and Traino's Wine and Spirits will provide a wonderful selection of hand-picked wine to compliment the chefs' preparations. Proceeds from this event will support the continued preservation of Paulsdale.

September 27, 2014  Belmar Beer on the Pier - Belmar, New Jersey
Craft brew lovers will have over 50 beers to choose from, including specialties from Anchor Steam, Flying Fish, He'Brew, Harpoon, Ommegang, Shiner and Speakeasy along with Beach Haus, currently constructing a brew pub in downtown Belmar. The afternoon will feature live entertainment, crafters and displays by local artists. 
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September 27-28, 2014  Foodshed Alliance Wine & Food Festival
Milford, New Jersey
Sponsored by Alba Vineyard and Wegmans, to benefit the Foodshed Alliance, the Garden State's best wineries will join forces with the New Jersey's premium wine wholesalers to pour their finest estate wines on September 27th and 28th at Alba Vineyard.  The festival is the vineyard’s largest charitable event with 100% of the proceeds going towards the Foodshed Alliance, an organization dedicated to integrating local food systems that nourish people, sustain farmers, respect lands, and builds a resilient food economy.  Cellar tours - wine tastings.  Cooking demos, lectures, and samples from New Jersey's most reputable chefs and cookbook authors.  Meet local farmers and agriculture-themed vendors.  Live Music.  Food for sale by Country Picnic Catering and wood-fired pizza from Sanducci's Trattoria. (also: )

September 27-28, 2014  Bloomfield Harvest Fest - Bloomfield, New Jersey
Two food courts serving festival and ethnic food favorites, over 150 vendors offering crafts, Kid Zone and non-stop entertainment.

September 27-28, 2014  NJBG Harvest Festival - Ringwood, New Jersey
Annual festival will feature hot-air balloon rides, live music, hay rides, petting zoo, dance exhibitions, pie contest, craft show, and great harvest food and drink. $20 per carload includes all activities and raffle tickets.

September 28, 2014  5th Annual Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival
Red Bank, New Jersey
Presented By The Asbury Park Press!   This street festival anticipates a great time had by one and all and is fashioned after the 60 year old Galway Oyster Festival which celebrates the opening of the Oyster season.  It will be a huge food and music festival which will showcase Red Bank’s excellent restaurants as well as entertain thousands with continuous live music on two stages!    It’s also family friendly with activities for the kids!


2013 New Jersey - September 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

waiting for new dates

September 21-22, 2013  Bergen County Wine Festival
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
Overpeck County Park.  Garden State Wine Growers Association.

September 22, 2013  Barefoot Grape Stomp - Belvidere, New Jersey
If you've ever seen the famous "I Love Lucy" episode with Lucy stomping grapes, here's your chance to actually experience it.  Roll up your pants and take off your shoes and socks.  Willing guests will have the opportunity to experience the old-fashioned way of crushing grapes.  Wine tasting, buffet-style dinner, wine cellar tour and barefoot grape stomping.  Reservations are required.

September 28, 2013  Belmar Beer on the Pier - Belmar, New Jersey


2012 New Jersey : September 2012
events waiting for new dates

Sept 8, 2012  Highlands Harvest Hoedown & Jersey Fresh Food Festival
Chester, New Jersey
Enjoy a family fun evening on the farm! Don’t miss it!  Enjoy all you can eat home grown fruits, vegetables and specialties from the grill.  Roast marshmallows and eat s’mores by the campfire.  Live music.  Relax on an evening hayride.

September 15-16, 2012  St. Nikola's 3rd Annual Macedonian Food Festival
Totowa, New Jersey
Enjoy a taste of homemade, authentic Macedonian food, such as polneti piperki (Stuffed Peppers), Goulash, Kebapi and more. Don't forget to treat yourself to homemade deserts , krofni (Macedonian Donuts) made to order, baklava, tulumbi are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Remember to bring the family, especially for the kids we have arts & crafts, games and bounce houses. Rain or Shine the tents cover us all!


2011 New Jersey - September 2011
Food Festivals and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

Sept 16, 2011  1st Annual Wine, Beer,Liquor & Food Tasting
Hamilton, New Jersey
Charity beverage and food tasting. Live Music!!!  Raffle. 50/50!  All proceeds go to 3 local charity organizations. American Cancer Fund, SPU Alumni, Wounded Warriors Foundation.


2010 New Jersey : September 2010
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events waiting for new dates

September 18, 2010  Rockin' Brewfest - Trenton, New Jersey
95.9 WRAT's Rockin' Brewfest. Good Beer and Live Music. Great local music and the area’s best brews!

September 25, 2010  Pizza, Pasta & Pastry Festival - Toms River, NJ
Italian Food Festival. Pizza, pasta and garlic eating contests, garlic toss and dough throw. Beer and wine garden, crafters, vendors and children's activities.


2009 New Jersey : September 2009
events still waiting for new dates

September 17, 2009  Wine Tasting at Giralda Farms - Madison, NJ
Wine & Cheese of the Mediterranean

September 20, 2009  Cognac and Chocolate Tasting - Cranford, NJ
Chocolate & Spirits tasting event featuring artisanal chocolates to compliment Pour Moi


2008 New Jersey : September 2008
waiting for new dates

September 6, 2008  3rd Annual Farm & Food Open House - Stanhope, NJ
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Tours and tastings at local farms, local food at participating restaurants, cook-out featuring locally grown and raised food.

September 22, 2008  Gift of Life Gourmet Dinner - Edison, New Jersey
Six course Gourmet Dinner plus hors d'oeuvres prepared by seven top NJ chefs to support life saving heart surgeries for children. Open bar during cocktail hour, wine with dinner. Live Music, Live Auction. See Menu on rotary website or call Joe at  732-238-4111.



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