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2016 New Jersey - September 2016
Food Festivals and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

(see also: 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008)

September 3, 2016  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 25, 2016  7th Annual Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival
Red Bank, New Jersey
Join us at the 7th 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.


2015 New Jersey - September 2015
Food Festivals and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

September 5-6, 2015  Jazz It Up Wine Festival - Allaire State Park, NJ
Garden State Wine Growers Association.

September 5-7, 2015  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 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 11-13, 2015  Oysterfest - 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 11-13, 2015 - 11th 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! 
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September 12-13, 2015
Wine on the Beach
Seaside Heights, New Jersey

September 12-13, 2015 - 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 18-20, 2015  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 & crafters.

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 18-27, 2015  New Jersey Wine Week - Statewide, New Jersey
New Jersey Wine Week is a statewide celebration of Garden State wine making and grape growing. The budding New Jersey wine industry represents the fastest growing segment of New Jersey agriculture, and now boasts over fifty licensed wineries from Sussex County to Cape May. Celebrating New Jersey Wine means celebrating local- local business and local farming, and the vast array of benefits that these represent.

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.

September 19, 2015  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 19-20, 2015  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 19-20, 2015  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 19-20, 2015  4th Annual Belmar Feast of San Gennaro
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 19-20, 2015  NJBG Harvest Festival & Craft Fair
Ridgefield Park, 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 19-November 8, 2015  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 20, 2015  Champion of the Grill BBQ Fest
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 24, 2015  Uncorked & Uncapped: Wine, Beer & Food Fest
Livingston, New Jersey
The Arc of Essex county's "Uncorked & Uncapped: Wine, Beer, and Food Fest" features of a night of philanthropy and sampling the finest wine, beer, and food from Northern New Jersey.  Benefitting The Arc of Essex County and indivuduals with Autism, Down syndrome, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, activities include wine, beer, and food tastings; community partner awards; and a silent auction.

September 26, 2015  Garden State Brewfest 2015
Whippany, New Jersey
This year’s festival finds a new home, just a stone’s throw from Morristown, 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 in their effort to build a 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. #GSBF2015 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 2:00 pm and run until 6:00pm.  Early entrance VIP tickets are available!

September 26, 2015  Paulsdale Uncorked: Alice Paul Institute’s 8th 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 26-27, 2015  Jersey Fresh Wine Festival
Burlington County Fairgrounds, New Jersey
Live Music and Wine Tasting from Over 20 of New Jersey’s Finest Wineries Brings Wine Lovers to South Jersey.

September 26-27, 2015  17th 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 26-27, 2015  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 26-27, 2015  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 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, 2015  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 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.


2014 New Jersey - September 2014
Food Festivals and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

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. 
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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.


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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