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September 2, 2017
West Cape May Tomato Festival
West Cape May, New Jersey
The West Cape May Tomato Festival featuring Jersey fresh grown tomatoes, food, fine vendors, South Jersey Artists, handmade jewelry, and stained glass.
September 2-3, 2017 Bacon, Bikes, and Brew Festival
Farmingdale, New Jersey
Hitch a ride to some good old fashioned family fun at Historic Allaire Village for the first-ever Bacon, Bikes and Brews Fest from 11 am to 5pm at Allaire State Park in Farmingdale, NJ. With a an amazing beer tent, food trucks with bacon-themed items, craft vendors, live bands, children activities, and tours of the historic buildings-there is never a dull moment! Allaire loves to keep their history theme going with displays of historic bikes and motorcycles. The beer tent and garden are new and improved with a larger area and a simplified ticketing system. This event is fundraiser for the Historic Village at Allaire, a 501(c(3)) non-profit museum to help support our educational programming.
September 2-4, 2017 - BBQ & Craft Beer Festival
Oceanport, New Jersey
Featuring the tastings from the best craft breweries plus an outrageous array of smokin' hot barbecue to go with it, along with exciting live entertainment, crafters and plenty of fun activities for the kids.
September 8-10, 2017 13th Annual Flemington Opa Festival
Flemington, New Jersey
St Anna Greek Orthodox Church. Come be Greek for a day! Food and Fun for the Whole Family. Authentic Greek Food - Greek Music & Folk Dancing - Children's Activities - Vendors - Church Tours - Rain or Shine! (Also: www.stannagoc.org/festival/ )
September 8-10, 2017
Asbury Park, New Jersey
The Annual Asbury Park Oysterfest is back and better than ever! What's the perfect recipe for a cool weekend in hottest town at the Jersey Shore? Start with fresh seafood and other culinary delights, add a dash of music, and a pinch of surprises and you have Asbury Park's Oysterfest, a three-day culinary event you don't want to miss. This year's event will be held just outside the iconic Carousel building where the downtown meets the Asbury Park waterfront.
September 9, 2017 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 9-10, 2017 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 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 9-10, 2017 Wine on the Beach
Seaside Heights, New Jersey
Event Features 10 New Jersey Wineries, Exciting Live Musical Performances on Both Days, Skilled Artisans & Crafters, Great Local Restaurants and Activities for the Whole Family to Enjoy.
September 10, 2017 Netcong Day - Annual Main Street Fair
Netcong, New Jersey
Although the annual NJ street fair has entertainment, a walk/run, a reverent ceremony for 9/11 and family fun activities, the real core of the Netcong Day street fair is food. There are a number of food vendors participating including two of Netcong's more well-known Italian restaurants. 40% of the people who live in Netcong are of Italian decent.
September 10-12, 2017 136th 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 15-17, 2017 7th Annual Jack Daniel's Atlantic City Smoke on the Water New Jersey State Barbecue Championship
Atlantic City, New Jersey
When the flames begin, music fans, barbecue enthusiasts and championship barbecue teams will descend upon Atlantic City for what is fast becoming known as one of the premier barbecue competitions in the world. Considered one of the world's richest contests with a guaranteed purse of $15,000, the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned DO AC Smokin' Hot Atlantic City BBQ Championship Grand Champion's purse of $4,400 is also one the largest on the competition circuit. We're spreading the love by paying top five overall and through fourteen places in all four categories.
September 15-17, 2017 St. Stephen Festival
South Plainfield, New Jersey
Delicacies from the Middle East, Greece, Slovakia, and America. Baked sweets. Eat in and to go orders. Kibbie, taubooley, gyros, backlava, grape leaves, kefta, pita, etc. Church tours, Mega Raffle, Entertainment, Kids Corner, Vintage Car Show, Costumed Dancers, etc.
September 16, 2017 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.
September 16, 2017 Jersey Draft & Craft Festival
Freehold, New Jersey
Everything JERSEY MADE- BEER - MUSIC - FOOD 30+ Breweries & Distilleries. Featuring Jersey made Cheese, Chocolate, Beef Jerky and Jersey Made Crafts. Limited VIP tickets available- VIP tickets holders can use designated VIP entrance and gain access to an exclusive VIP area with special/limited beers.
September 16-17, 2017 Belmar San Gennaro Festival
Belmar, New Jersey
This year’s festival will feature delicious foods, live entertainment, music and dancing in the traditional Feast way. The festivities kick off on Saturday with a Mass celebrated in Italian at St. Rose Church in Belmar, followed by the traditional procession of the Statue of San Gennaro to its place of honor on Main Street. Visitors will can enjoy Italian treats, a Wine & Beer Garden, an eating contest, crafters, kids activities, dancing in the street and more.
September 16-17, 2017 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 16-November 5, 2017 Great Pumpkin 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 17, 2017 Sussex County Day at Champions of the Grill
Augusta, New Jersey
Enjoy an amazing day full of great eats and melodic blues! Enjoy the Champion of the Grill grilling competition, classic car show, free blues concert, food, vendors & exhibitors, and family fun. Sample each competitor's grilled food and vote for the one you think should win People's Choice! Admission is Free.
September 23, 2017 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 23, 2017 Paulsdale Uncorked: - Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Take a little refuge and join us at Paulsdale Uncorked! Alice Paul Institute's annual wine and food pairing event. The splendid evening will feature great wines paired with food prepared by highly-trained, certified chefs. Each chef is certified by the United States Personal Chef Association. Proceeds from this event will support the continued preservation of Paulsdale.
September 23-24, 2017 Que by the Sea BBQ Competition & Festival
Seaside Heights, New Jersey
However you call it, barbecue or barbeque, BBQ, Bar-B-Q or Bar-B-Que, cooking food over an open flame, either directly or indirectly, is practically an American way of life. Come watch, taste and pick your personal favorites at the annual Que-by-the-Sea BBQ Competition and Festival. Features a BBQ lover’s weekend packed with musical entertainment, mouth-watering specialties along with artists and crafters.
September 23-24, 2017 19th Annual Oktoberfest Weekend
Chester, New Jersey
Keeping with tradition, the Oktoberfest will focus on celebrating traditional music, native dress and special Oktoberfest beer only available for a short time. Authentic German foods including bratwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut and smoked pork chops will be offered along with tasty apple strudel, delicious beehive cake, authentic plum cake, and more. The weekend long event will offer non-stop entertainment. The (Die) Spitzbaum, a notable German Band will perform familiar German tunes and will be accompanied by spectacular dancers. Activities for kids and a car show will also keep you entertained. All proceeds go to charity.
September 23-24, 2017 NJ Wine, Beer and Spirits Festival
Milford, New Jersey
Noon to 5 p.m. at Alba Vineyard in Milford, NJ. The event, a benefit for the Foodshed Alliance, will feature tastings of New Jersey’s finest wines, craft beers and distilled spirits. The festival’s host, Alba Vineyard is New Jersey's largest estate vineyard and will be offering samplings of its award-winning wine. We invite you to not only taste, but learn about the wines you are sampling. Alba wines are available for purchase to enjoy with food from “Morini at Alba” and to take home. We will also feature New Jersey’s top craft breweries and its ground-breaking distillery to join us to share samples of their outstanding products.
September 24, 2017 - 8th Annual Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival
Red Bank, New Jersey
Join us at the Annual Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival Presented by the Asbury Park Press & Guinness! It will be a huge food, music & beer celebration which will showcase Red Bank’s excellent restaurants and entertain thousands with continuous live music on two stages! And it's family friendly with activities for the kids. The event will be a culinary feast with tons of GUINNESS and fresh OYSTERS plus 25 of Red Bank’s favorite restaurants will be serving a variety of specialty seafood and Irish menu items, there'll be something for everyone! Wine and lighter beers will also be available for purchase. The Guinness Oyster Festival is a fundraiser for Riverview Medical Center & the Red Bank RiverCenter. Admission is $5.00 for anyone over age 10.
September 25, 2017 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 30 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 28, 2017 - Uncorked & Uncapped: Wine, Beer & Food Fest
Livingston, New Jersey
The Arc of Essex County will host the 4th Annual Uncorked and Uncapped: Wine, Beer, and Food Fest at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, NJ. All proceeds will benefit The Arc’s programs and services that support individuals with Down syndrome, Autism, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. Attendees will enjoy a wide selection of fine wines, craft beers, spirit tastings, restaurant samplings, an awards program and a silent auction while supporting The Arc of Essex County. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased through the event website.
September 30-October 1, 2017 Chowderfest
Long Beach Island, New Jersey
Part of Chowderfest Weekend. Enjoy unlimited chowder tasting! Live music, children's entertainment, and a food court are all part of the event.
September 30-Oct 1, 2017 Oktoberfest - Seaside Heights, New Jersey
Featuring live entertainment under the Festhalle Tent complete with authentic German cuisine and excellent brews on tap. Two blocks will be transformed into the Kunsthandwerk StraBen featuring fabulous food trucks, artisan crafters, outdoor seating for dining and strolling performers. Brauer Dorf will host a seasonal craft brew tasting area with some of the best local, national and international beers you can find. Add in a whole block of fun for the kids at the Kinderplatz and you’ve got a great time for everyone!
September 3-4, 2016 Wine & Music Experience - Allentown, New Jersey
Garden State Wine Growers Association. Our annual Labor Day Weekend festival moves from its long-time home at Allaire State Park to the beautiful and spacious Horse Park of NJ in Allentown from noon to 5 p.m. The rain date is Monday, Sept. 5. The event will feature two separate band stands showcasing non-stop musical entertainment.
September 24, 2016 Garden State Brewfest - Whippany, New Jersey
At the grassy, tree-lined groves of Anchor Golf Center in Whippany, NJ! This year’s festival is a fundraiser to benefit the Whippany Fire Company and the relocation to their new firehouse! In addition to the new and improved venue, we have more than doubled the number of breweries, added several stages as well as fun activities and local vendors. #GSBF2016 will feature over 200 brews, including a Tri-State tent featuring brews from NY/NJ/PA, a National Craft tent and a lively Oktoberfest tent. As in years past, the festival will start at 1:00 pm and run until 5:00pm. Early entrance VIP tickets are available!
September 10-13, 2015 38th 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! Greek Import Boutique. Don't forget to bring the kids to the rides and games!
September 18-20, 2015 7th Annual Summit Wine and Food Festival
Summit, New Jersey
Bringing together renowned chefs, expert sommeliers, and a host of food television celebrities.
September 27-October 2, 2015 South Jersey Food & Wine Week
Various, New Jersey
We are locally owned, independent restaurants that are chef driven by passionate culinary professionals dedicated to providing great food and great service. In almost all cases, you will find an owner present during your visit. We live here, and we are tied to our communities.
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 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 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 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.
(also: www.visitbelmarnj.com/ )
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
September 6, 2008 3rd Annual Farm & Food Open House - Stanhope, NJ
(Link no longer valid: www.buyfreshnwj.org )
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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