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2015 New Jersey : November & December 2015
Food Festivals and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

(see also: 2014 - 2012 - 2011 - 2009 - 2007)

November 2, 2015  YCS Festival of Flavors - Park Ridge, New Jersey
How to set a table with love - heal the hearts of NJ's defenseless children.  Over 30 restaurants and wine vendors will showcase their signature dishes and delicious wines for you to sample while you listen to live music and participate in our elegant raffle.  Sponsorship opportunities available.


November 2, 2015
Signature Chefs Gourmet Gala
Paramus, New Jersey
The March of Dimes' Signature Chefs Gala, now in its second year, has combined North Jersey's 30 year Harvest Ball Black Tie Gala with the North Jersey Signature Chefs Gourmet Gala for a very elegant, upscale evening of fine dining, dancing, dancing demonstrations, a floor show and enjoying top of the line as well as the newest wines, spirits and liqueurs. Bud Maltin and his orchestra will be on hand. This gourmet extravaganza will feature the skills and creativity of approximately 25 -30 of the finest chefs and hottest restaurants in North Jersey. There will also be the opportunity to bid on incredible, creative and unique silent auction and culinary packages that highlight fabulous cuisine, fine wine, travel, entertainment, dinners, hotel stays and vacation getaways. The event will be at The Terrace at Biagio's in Paramus, NJ beginning at 6:00 pm.

November 7, 2015  Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown - Stanhope, New Jersey
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. 20 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!

November 7-8, 2015  Six Flags Grape Adventure - Jackson, New Jersey
The 6th Annual Grape Adventure features 14 wineries & vineyards. The event features Live Music, Food and Craft Vendors. Safari Packages are available for a special tasting of reserve wines at Camp Aventura in the African Plains

November 10-11, 2015  KosherFest - Meadowlands, Secaucus, New Jersey
Kosherfest is the perfect platform to connect with buyers and sellers from across the globe to find what your business needs to succeed.  See hundreds of new certified-kosher products first-hand and meet thousands of qualified buyers face-to-face, all under one roof.

November 22, 2015  The Chocolate Expo - Secaucus, New Jersey
Celebrate your passion… and celebrate life! Chocolate is one of life’s true pleasures. No matter what your age, background or interests, almost everyone loves chocolate.  The Chocolate Expo has by far become the northeast’s largest chocolate-themed event. The Chocolate Expo offers tastings & sales of chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, cheeses and much more from local and regional vendors. Depending on location, tastings and sales of wines, beers and other “adult beverages” may also be offered.  Each Chocolate Expo event combines chocolate and food with a dash of fun such as unique exhibits, performances, demonstrations and/or celebrity appearances.

November 26, 2015  THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are
so many events today, they are to numerous to list.


November 27-29, 2015
Holiday Open House
Milford, New Jersey
Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy the company of all the people you are thankful for in your life.  It is a time for laughter, memories, and best of all great wine and food!  Alba Vineyard invites you to our annual Holiday Open House Weekend.  Join us for this celebration and enjoy wine tastings and specialty food pairings prepared by featured local restaurants.  Be part of the experience - wine, food, and fun!  Stock up on your favorite wines for yourself, family, or friends.

November 27-29, 2015  Holiday Wine Trail - Phillipsburg, New Jersey
Villa Milagro Vineyards.  Experience a little bit of Christmas in Mexico.  Luminarias will light your way to our Cantina.  Inside warm yourself near our wood burning stove as you enjoy traditional Mexican Christmas music.  Snack on taquitos, bolas de arroz and albóndiga as you sip Gracias and our other fine wines.  Then finish with a bunuelo and a taste of our special Christmas wine, Feliz Navidad.

November 27-29, 2015  Holiday Wine Trail Weekend
Statewide, New Jersey
Visit participating wineries statewide for a Thanksgiving holiday weekend of special wine tastings, pairings, entertainment and offers.

December 4, 2015  Chocolate Stroll - Boonton, New Jersey
Main Street Businesses will be open late from 5 - 9 pm for an evening of sales, socializing, and chocolate!

December 4-6, 2015  13th Annual Christkindlmarkt
Tuckerton, New Jersey
Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum.  A True Christmas Village Atmosphere! Holiday market and fair under huge heated tents. Santa (of course!), craft & gift vendors, fabulous food court, horse drawn cart rides, kiddie rides, trackless train, make & take crafts, hot Gluhwein, rolling chair sleigh rides on the boardwalk, entertainment and lots of holiday fun. Wine tasting and sales by Valenzano winery. The Festival of Trees will be open for viewing. $3 admission, free for members. $5 onsite VIP parking / free offsite parking with free shuttle bus.

December 5, 2015  Weihnachtsmarkt - Sparta, New Jersey
Annual Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market.  This will be the 14th year of the Market and we continue to see expansion of vendors, entertainment and authentic German food again this year.  The Lake Mohawk Country Club has embraced the market and utilized further real estate down the boardwalk area in addition to the Ballroom and the Papoose room for vendors to sell their quality wares. The entertainment venues will once more be both indoors and outdoors as visitors will be serenaded by various local groups lakeside.

December 6, 2015  Edible Jersey Holiday Market
Gladstone, New Jersey
Gift local this holiday season! Edible Jersey in partnership with the Foodshed Alliance is excited to announce its first-ever Holiday Market.  This fun and festive event – ideally timed for the holiday food and gift shopping season - will feature over 50 vendors, selling and sampling sweet and savory goodies, wine, cheese, coffee, beauty products, gift baskets, home goods, gift certificates, and more.  Come check out locally produced, sourced and inspired holiday gifts and treats.  The one-day Market will be held in The Willow School’s new LEED Platinum Certified Health and Wellness Center in Gladstone NJ, off Route 206, just a 10-minute drive from the intersection of I-78 and I-287.  A suggested donation of $5 (under 17 free) will be collected at the door.  Proceeds will benefit the Foodshed Alliance, an organization dedicated to building a local resilient food economy in New Jersey. Visit for an up-to-date list of vendors.

December 10, 2015  Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.


2014 New Jersey: November & December 2014
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

November 22, 2014
St. Vincent de Paul Food & Wine Tasting Fall Festival
Stirling, New Jersey
St. Vincent de Paul School Presents:  Food & Wine Tasting Fall Festival 7pm to 11pm  $40 per adult (21 or older)  Live music.  Sponsored by Wine World in Stirling, NJ.  Must be 21 years of age to enter and ID required.  Basket Raffles, 50/50, wine pull and live music - Fun Event!

December 4, 2014  Red Bank Holiday Flavor - Red Bank, New Jersey
Red Bank’s fabulous flavours - the culinary event of the season at the Molly Pitcher Inn.   Featuring fare from more than 15 Red Bank restaurants. Savor the season with a sampling of delectable food and libations.  Tickets will be $45 at the door. Featuring live entertainment by pianist George Markey, tree lighting, Santa, prize giveaways and more!  The evening’s proceeds will benefit the Parker Family Health Center.

December 4, 2014  Winter Festival of Lights - Newark, New Jersey
Newark Museum.  A celebration of cultural and artistic treasures at our annual holiday kick-off, "Winter Festival of Lights." There's something for everyone including performances, planetarium shows, family workshops, holiday storytelling and candlelight tours. Free hot cocoa and cider will be served. Also, enjoy 20 % savings on all Museum Shop purchases.

December 5-7, 2014  NJ Holiday Gift Show & Sale - Edison, New Jersey
This annual gift show takes place during the first full weekend in December. It is the perfect place for you to complete your gift shopping that goes beyond the everyday ordinary. Our vendors will offer you a wide array of gifts and collectibles to include antiques, art, coins, cosmetics, crafts, gems, handmade items, memorabilia, fossils, gems, historical items, jewelry, militaria, minerals, science items, specialty food items, sports, trains, watches, and the list goes on and on.?


2012 New Jersey : November & December 2012

events still waiting for new dates

November 3-4, 2012  Coffee & Tea Festival Atlantic City
Atlantic City, New Jersey

December 8, 2012  Murder Mystery Dinner - Hamilton, New Jersey
Cedar Gardens Banquets is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner at its Hamilton, NJ location. ** Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door - a table for 8 is $240. Come join us for this fun event. Profits from event will be donated to the American Cancer Fund's fight against cancer. Food, Fun and MURDER. What could be more fun!


2011 New Jersey : November & December 2011
Food Festivals and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

waiting for new dates

November 9-10, 2011  Vanilla 2011 - Monroe, New Jersey
We will attempt at this meeting to address the most burning issues in the vanilla industry today, and provide discussions and perhaps solutions to them.


2009 New Jersey : November & December 2009

events still waiting for new dates

November 4, 2009  12th Annual James Beard Chef Invitational
West Orange, New Jersey
This outstanding culinary showcase, featuring  Award winning chefs from throughout America, features a spectacular 5-course dinner.  Premier international wines will be paired with each course.  The event will benefit the James Beard Foundation, New York


2007 New Jersey : November & December 2007

waiting for new dates

November 10, 2007  3rd Annual Women in Wine Event - Atlantic City, NJ
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.



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