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2015 New Jersey : October 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
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October 9-11, 2015
South Jersey Pumpkin Show
Woodstown, New Jersey
Big Pumpkin Weigh Off, Pumpkin Dessert Baking Contest, N.J. Largest Baked Pumpkin Pie, LIttle Miss Pumpkin Show, Live Bands, 100 craftsmen, Fall Home & Garden Expo, Festival  Falll Food, Scarecrows, pumpkin pie, fudge, exhibits and so much more. It's our 9th year and its Free admission.

October 12-16, 2015  National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

October 19, 2015  Rhythm & Chowder Festival - Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce.


2014 New Jersey : October 2014
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
events still waiting for new dates

October 3-5, 2014  DO AC Smokin' Hot Atlantic City BBQ 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 $20,000, the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned DO AC Smokin' Hot Atlantic City BBQ Championship Grand Champion's purse of $3,500 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.

October 4, 2014  14th Annual Oktoberfest - Highlands, New Jersey
Veterans Park.  The park is festive with fall decorations, the food is great and the varieties of German beers are even better. Authentic German food is a highlight of this famous festival. Executive Chef Butch Greenwaldt is preparing the menu with plenty of traditional German favorites hot off the grill such as bratwurst, knockwurst, kraut, potato pancakes, goulash, sauerbraten and Bavarian noodles along with other tasty fare those less adventurous.  Quench your thirst with a large variety of Oktoberfest Beers, both light and dark. The beer garden will also serve Riesling wine and Sangria.

October 4-5, 2014  Grand Harvest Wine Festival
Morristown, New Jersey
To help celebrate this bountiful time of year, the Garden State Wine Growers Association will once again host its Grand Harvest Wine Festival at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township.

October 4-5, 2014  Chowderfest - Long Beach Island, New Jersey
Part of Chowderfest Weekend. Enjoy unlimited chowder tasting! Live music, children's entertainment, and food court are all part of the event.

October 5, 2014  Autumn Toast to the Environment - Jackson, New Jersey
Come on out and sample great wine, snack on spectacular food, meet some great people and support Clean Water! We are holding our 5th annual wine & chocolate tasting and charity auction


October 9-12, 2014  Deerfield Township Harvest Festival
Rosenhayn, New Jersey
The annual festival pays tribute to local farmers. Local, regional and national entertainers.  It also includes a parade, arts & crafts show, mascot mania, amusement rides and games, a Sing Fest competition, a multi-cultural food court and fireworks.
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October 10, 2014  5th Annual Canal’s SJ Oktoberfest
Turnersville, New Jersey
The Fifth Annual Canal's of Glassboro South Jersey OKTOBERFEST will take place from 7:00 p.m. till 10 p.m. at the 1000-person-capacity majestic Masso's Orchard Garden in Glassboro, NJ. Sample foods, beers and wines!  This year’s presenting sponsors are Canal’s of Glassboro, and the South Jersey Times newspaper and  Each year, this event benefits the American Red Cross South Jersey Chapter---serving Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland counties!

October 10-12, 2014  South Jersey Pumpkin Show
Woodstown, New Jersey
Big Pumpkin Weigh Off, Pumpkin Dessert Baking Contest, N.J. Largest Baked Pumpkin Pie, LIttle Miss Pumpkin Show, Live Bands, 100 craftsmen, Fall Home & Garden Expo, Festival  Falll Food, Scarecrows, pumpkin pie, fudge, exhibits and so much more. It's our 9th year and its Free admission.

October 11, 2014  West Cape May Lima Bean Festival
West Cape May, New Jersey
Limas, limas, limas, soup, tacos, salad, jewelry, tshirts and more!!!! Great food, quality vendors, antiques, entertainment and fun. Come out and celebrate West Cape May's farming heritage. You will never think of legumes the same way again.

October 11-12, 2014  Cape May Wine Festival - Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May - Lewes Ferry Terminal.  Garden State Wine Growers Association.

October 12, 2014  Belmar's Oktoberfest - Belmar, New Jersey

October 12, 2014  Dunellen HarvestFest - Dunellen, New Jersey
The Dunellen Downtown Management Organization is excited to be sponsoring the first annual Dunellen HarvestFest in Washington Memorial Park (North Washington Avenue from 10am-4pm.  This event will feature artists and crafters from around the Garden State, local nonprofits, activities for kids, foods, music, dancing, and more! Apple pie contest and scarecrow contest open to all NJ residents. No entry fee.  Please note that this event is RAIN OR SHINE.  For more info, please email:

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October 12-18, 2014  National Bulk Foods Week - Nationwide
The Bulk is Green Council (BIG)

October 17-19, 2014  St Leon 78th Annual Food & Arts Festival
Fair Lawn, New Jersey
From dining and dancing to art exhibits and cooking classes, the Armenian Food & Arts Festival offers cultural fun for the entire family to enjoy.   Delicious and traditional Armenian cuisine available for the duration of the festival, and a special tasting from several Armenian restaurants.  Exciting music and dance performances and an exclusive art exhibit showcasing award-winning Armenian artists.  Instructional cooking classes and hands-on demonstrations led by Armenian culinary experts in a professional on-site kitchen.

October 18, 2014  Fall Food Truck Fiesta - West Windsor, New Jersey
14 Food Trucks, Kids activities,  Music, Fire Pit.  Over 5,000 attended the spring event

October 18, 2014  Bricktoberfest - Brick, New Jersey
Come enjoy the First Annual Bricktoberfest, at Windward Beach Park!  There will be food trucks, rides, inflatables and more.

October 18-19, 2014  31st Annual Chatsworth Cranberry Festival
Chatsworth, New Jersey
The 31st annual event will be a celebration of New Jersey's cranberry harvest, the third largest in the United States and offer a tribute to the Pine Barrens and local culture.

October 18-19, 2014  Southwind Vineyard Wine & Art Weekend
Millville, New Jersey
The Wine & Art Weekend will host juried Art and Crafts Show showcasing handcrafted goods made by local and state artisans. Weekend events will include wine sampling, 3K and 5K Walk and Run between the Vines, live entertainment, grape stomping, and a myriad of food offerings, home products, cheese, chocolate sweets and wine glass painting.

October 18-19, 2014  Autumn Wine Festival at RiverWinds
West Deptford, New Jersey
The RiverWinds Community Center in West Deptford will be hosting a wine festival produced by GPS Inc.  Tickets are $20 at the gate or $15 in advance Spectators and those under 21 are FREE Come out and enjoy a crisp fall day full of wine, food, and fun at RiverWinds.

October 19-24, 2014  South Jersey Fall Harvest Week
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Savor the Bounty of Local Farmers and Fishermen.

October 20, 2014  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.

October 25-26, 2014  Toast Your Way Into Fall Wine Festival
Beachwood, New Jersey
At Jakes Branch Park in Beachwood, From Noon - 5 pm (Gates will open at 11:30) Tickets are $15 at the gate or $12 in advance Admission includes souvenir wine glass and sampling of over 150 wines from the 10 local New Jersey wineries attending.  Spectators and those under 21 are FREE.  Come out and enjoy a day full of wine, food, and fun at Jakes Branch Park.

October 27, 2014  March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction
Farmingdale, New Jersey
The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction provides a unique opportunity to sample gourmet cuisine and taste artesian and craft beverages from the best chefs in the Central Jersey community and have fun bidding on wonderful live and silent auction packages.

October 27-28, 2014  Tri-State Food Expo
Meadowlands, Secaucus, New Jersey
Attend the region’s premiere trade show for retailers, restaurant, institutional and commercial foodservice buyers, chefs and industry pros! The 2014 show features hundreds of vendors, suppliers and service providers, a keynote discussion with Martha Stewart, a culinary demo by Chef Mauro Castano of TLC’s Cake Boss, NJRA’s annual meeting, a culinary competition and more!  You’ll find everything you need to expand your menu, stock your shelves, stay competitive and run your business.


2013 New Jersey : October 2013
events still waiting for new dates

November 11, 2013  YCS Festival of Flavors - Park Ridge, New Jersey
Savor the Taste of Giving--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.


2011 New Jersey : October 2011
Food Festivals and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

October 9, 2011  Dinners On The Farm - Milford, New Jersey
The event will benefit farmers suffering from the damage wrought by Hurricane Irene.

October 23, 2011  ReRun Fall For Horses Food Festival - Allentown, NJ
(domain name expired)
ReRun's Ninth All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show, Clinic and FOOD Festival.

October 27, 2011  Taste for Empowerment - Mountainside, New Jersey
A Wine and Food Tasting Fundraiser to benefit the families who rely on services provided by the Spina Bifida Resource Network of New Jersey and Metro New York.

October 28, 2011  October Moon Food Tasting Fiesta - Jersey City, NJ
Sponsored by the Puerto Rican Family Institute for New Jersey Families and Children Programs. Fantastic Foods from a Variety of Cultural  Palettes.


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

events still waiting for new dates

October 28, 2010  Celebrity Chef Tour - Atlantic City, New Jersey
The Celebrity Chef Tour benefiting the James Beard Foundation. The reception and dinner promise to delight the palates of the most discriminating epicureans.


2009 New Jersey : October 2009

events still waiting for new dates

October 25, 2009  Food for Your Health - Madison, New Jersey
Learn about food and its affects on your health with Lorraine Maita, MD who has over 18 years of experience in Preventive Health and Wellness, Internal, Occupational and Travel Medicine and Executive Health.  Space is limited.  Pre-registration strongly recommended.


2008 New Jersey : October 2008
waiting for new dates

October 20, 2008
4th Annual Eclectic Evening: A Food, Wine & Martini Tasting
West Long Branch, New Jersey
All funds raised will support the nonprofit New Jersey Repertory Company's general operating budget. Tickets are $95 per person, and a reserved table of 10 is $900. You can save $10 off your ticket if you make your reservation before October 1st. 

October 27, 2008  Food for the Arts - Dine Around - Mountainside, NJ
(no website)
You won't go hungry, and your taste buds won't be disappointed as many of the areas highly rated and ethnically diverse restaurants join together to showcase their signature dishes and support the Mountainside Education Foundation.  All proceeds will benefit the MEF, a not-for-profit organization that raises funds to enrich the curriculum and areas of need for children in the Mountainside School District.   Tickets are $75 per person, which covers all costs for food and drinks. 


2007 New Jersey : October 2007
waiting for new dates

October 22, 2007  Battle of the Chefs - Wayne, New Jersey
A fundraising event, featuring food, wines and the selection of the winning Chef, will benefit Katie's House.  Katie's House provides assisted living for women with disabilities so they may lead meaningful and productive lives as independently as possible  There will be a classical guitarist and a vodka sampling table as well as a silent auction.  Ticket price is $100 per person. 



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