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2020 New Jersey : October 2020

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October 3-4, 2020
The Nourished Festival
Secaucus, New Jersey
The Largest Gluten Free, Allergy & Special Diet Festival in the United States.  Whether you're looking for specialty products that taste great or trying to learn how to cook and bake to meet your dietary needs, the Expo is the place to be!

October 10-11, 2020  17th Annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show
Woodstown, New Jersey
Salem County Fairgrounds.  Celebrate the fall harvest of pumpkins. The event will showcase food trucks & concessions, Amish Pumpkin Pie & Apple Pie by the slice, over 100 artists & craftsmen, hayrides, gaint pumpkin weigh off, Pumpkin Pageant, Halloween Costume Contest, free pumpkin for kids, painted rock hunt, Headless Horsemen, Pumpkin Dessert Contest, Pumpkin Toss, wine sampling, Fall Home Show, NJ Largest Baked Pumpkin Pie, Scarecrows, Contests, live entertainment & much more. Bring the whole family and create lasting memories at the Pumpkin Show. Vendors needed.

October 10-11, 2019  Grand Harvest Wine Festival
Morristown, New Jersey

October 12-16, 2020 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

2019 New Jersey : October 2019
events waiting for new dates

October 4-6, 2019 - Foodstock: 4th Annual Woodbridge Fall Food Truck Festival - Woodbridge, New Jersey
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock!!  Fri: 5pm-10pm - Sat & Sun: 1pm-10pm.  Beer Garden, Live Entertainment and Bands All Day, DJ Music, Food Trucks and Local Vendors.  Kidz Zone!!  Inflatable Rides for the Kids (Kids can purchase a $5 Wristband for Unlimited Rides All Day). $5/Adult Cash Admission at the Gate. Admission is All-Day.

October 5, 2019 - 19th 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 5-6, 2019  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.


October 10-13, 2019  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. (Also: )

October 12, 2019 - 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 12, 2019 - Oktoberfest - Warren, New Jersey
German Beer, Food & Fun with Family and Friends.

October 12, 2019 - 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.

October 12-13, 2019  Stafford Township Fall Wine Festival
Manahawkin, New Jersey
Manahawkin Lake Park, Manahawkin, NJ. Sample dozens of wines from some of New Jersey’s leading wineries while enjoying the beautiful lake-front setting.  Unique crafters, vendors and food will also on hand. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit and enjoy live music.

October 12-13, 2019  Cape May Wine & Music Fest
Cape May, New Jersey
The Cape May Wine & Music Fest at Hawk Haven Winery will feature live music from world class performers, wine tastings from some of New Jersey’s finest wineries, a craft beer garden that will blow your hops off, and a variety of tasty street food vendors.

October 13, 2019  7th Annual 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: [email protected]

October 18-20, 2019  St Leon 83rd 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 19-20, 2019
36th Annual Chatsworth Cranberry Festival
Chatsworth, New Jersey
The 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 26, 2019
Haunted Hops & Goulish Grub
West Deptford, New Jersey
Beers on tap from 8 NJ Craft Breweries; 18+ Food Trucks; Live Music; Artisan Crafters; Kids Activities.

October 31-November 3, 2019
Cape May Restaurant Weekend
Cape May, New Jersey
During Cape May Restaurant Weekend, get an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $35 per person at participating restaurants.

2018 New Jersey : October 2018
events still waiting for new dates

October 6-7, 2018
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 13-14, 2018 - 7th Annual Harvest Festival
Williamstown, New Jersey
It’s that time of year again! As the seasons change, our grape varieties are readying themselves for harvest, one by one. Careful planning & long hours ensure they reach their full potential. It’s the foundation of our next vintage, & we want to celebrate with you from 12-5pm.

October 20-21, 2018 - Harvest Food Truck and Wine Festival
Milford, New Jersey
Join us for our last festival of the year and celebrate the end of another great harvest.  This event will feature cuisine from the region’s most award-winning food trucks, Alba’s estate wines, and live music.  Food prices vary by truck.  So put on a comfy sweater and gather your wine, food, and music loving friends for a great time!  Admission includes entrance to the event, parking, and music.  $10 for adults 21 and over, $5 for ages 13 to 20, and children 12 and under are free.  No Reservations – pay at the entrance gate.  Wine tastings are available for an additional $10 per person, 21 and older, which includes eight samplings of our nationally award-winning wines in an etched Alba Vineyard wine glass.

October 20-21, 2018 - Autumn Fest & Childrens' Halloween Fest
Pitman, New Jersey

2017 New Jersey : October 2017
events still waiting for new dates

October 8, 2017 - Belmar's Oktoberfest - Belmar, New Jersey
Bring the whole family to enjoy plenty of authentic German food, live music, dancing, and fun activities for the kids.  Live Music, Oompah Bands, crafters, vendors and fun activities for the younger set. Feeling mighty? Come to the Beer Garden at noon to sign up for the official Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Contest, hosted by the WRAT.

October 8, 2017 - Autumn Toast to the Environment
Jackson, New Jersey
This exciting event features wine, beer and chocolate tastings, savory hors d'oeuvres, charity auction, live music by the Sandy Sasso Jazz Quartet, and much more!


2016 New Jersey : October 2016

events still waiting for new dates

October 1-2, 2016  Jersey Fresh Grand Harvest 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.

October 7-30, 2016  THE GLOW: A Jack O' Lantern Experience
Oceanport, New Jersey
THE GLOW features an enchanting and unforgettable wonderland of more than 5,000 hand carved, illuminated pumpkins transformed into beautiful landscapes, iconic figures and larger than life jack o’ lantern structures.  Stroll down Jack’s Lane with a fall beverage and marvel at the amazing details created by our talented artists! These glowing gourds are the perfect backdrop for a few fall photos too, so grab your camera and GLOW with us!

October 8, 2016  Rhythm & Chowder Festival
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce.

October 13, 2016  Southwind Vineyard Wine & Art Night
Millville, New Jersey
The Wine & Art Day 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 24, 2016  March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction
Farmingdale, New Jersey
The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction is a gourmet extravaganza featuring the skills and creativity of Central Jersey's finest chefs. Guests will enjoy fabulous cuisine, fine wine and spirits, exciting entertainment, and the opportunity to bid on incredible auction packages. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. Money raised funds local research and community grants, education.

October 29, 2016  Octoberfest - Elizabeth, New Jersey
(No Website)
Octoberfest will be held at St Mary of the Assumption High School in Elizabeth New Jersey on October 29th 2016 from 11am - 8 pm.  We are looking for food  and craft vendors.  Contact Ross Shelley at 908-352-4350 ext. 218 for information.


2015 New Jersey : October 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

October 3, 2015  Bricktoberfest - Brick, New Jersey
Come enjoy the First Annual Bricktoberfest, at Windward Beach Park!  There will be food trucks, rides, inflatables and more.

October 17, 2015  Fall Food Truck Fiesta - West Windsor, New Jersey
14 Food Trucks, Kids activities,  Music, Fire Pit.  Over 5,000 attended the spring event

October 17-18, 2015  Food Truck, Fire Pits and Fireworks
New Egypt, New Jersey
Food and wine lovers will converge at the Laurita Winery in New Egypt for a Laurita Winery Gourmet Food Trucks and Fire Works weekend. Experience the trending Gourmet Food Truck offerings while sipping on wine and enjoying a seat to watch the Fireworks on Saturday night! Live music and good friends will make this day special. Take advantage of our 4-pack for $25, our 10-pack for just $50 or our weekend pass for just $12!! Event Admission fee $8 per

October 24-26, 2015  Gary's Grand Wine Experience
Madison, Bernardsville, Wayne and Hillsborough, New Jersey
In-Store Tastings with Vintners & Winemakers.  Wine Symposium & Tasting with  Napa Valley Vintners.  3 Wine Dinners with Napa Vintners.  Gran Tasting.  Tickets and pricing available on event website.



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