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2016 New Jersey : October 2016

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September 17-November 6, 2016  Great Pumpkin Festival - Vernon, New Jersey

October 1-2, 2016  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 1, 2016 - 16th 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 1-2, 2016  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 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 6-9, 2016  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 7-9, 2016  South Jersey Pumpkin Show 2016
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 7-9, 2016  DO AC Smokin' Hot Atlantic City BBQ Championship
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Sixth Annual Jack Daniel's Atlantic City Smoke on the Water BBQ Championship.  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.

October 7-30, 2016  THE GLOW: A Jack O' Lantern Experience
Oceanport, New Jersey
Monmouth Park Racetrack.  Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in the month of October.  Advance tickets required. Times: Friday & Saturday 6:30pm-10:30pm, Sunday: 6:30pm-9:30pm.  Price: Tickets starting at $16.  Throughout October, be dazzled by the magic of THE GLOW, an enchanting and unforgettable quarter mile walk-through event featuring more than 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated Jack O' Lanterns displayed in elaborate detail.  Jersey landmarks, celebrities, gangsters and political figures are just some of the icons-turned-squash that you’ll encounter.  Food and beverage vendors will be on site and parking is free.  Children 2 & under are free. VIP Tickets available.


October 8, 2016  West Cape May Lima Bean Festival - 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 8, 2016  Rhythm & Chowder Festival
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce.

October 8-9, 2016  Cape May Wine Experience - Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May - Lewes Ferry Terminal.  Garden State Wine Growers Association.

October 8-9, 2016 - 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 9, 2016  Belmar's Oktoberfest - Belmar, New Jersey
The festivities kick off with the official Samuel Adams and Hoffbrau keg tapping at 11 am at the Beer Garden in Pyanoe Plaza. Bring the whole family to enjoy plenty of authentic German food, live music, dancing, and fun activities for the kids.  The day will feature special performances by Robin McGill School of Dance at 11:30, live music by Shore Blue, crafters, vendors and fun activities for the younger set. Feeling mighty? Come to the Beer Garden at Pyanoe Plaza at noon to sign up for the official Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Contest, hosted by the WRAT.

October 9, 2016  4th 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:

October 9, 2016  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 10-14, 2016  National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

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 14-16, 2016  St Leon 80th 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 22-23, 2016  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 by The VooDUDES.  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 22-23, 2016  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!

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.

October 29, 2016  CHS Project Graduation Food Truck & Music Festival
Cranford, New Jersey
From 11 am to 5 pm at Nomahegan Park, Springfield Avenue in Cranford.  Kick off Cranford High School Project Graduation's First Fundraiser of the Season for the Class of 2017.  Fill your belly and enjoy great live music with fun for the kids, all for a great cause.  This event will feature food trucks, live music, face painting, craft vendors.

October 29-30, 2016  South Jersey's Childrens' Halloween Fest: Voorhees - Voorhees, New Jersey


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  32nd 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 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.


2014 New Jersey : October 2014
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

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 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 27-28, 2014  Tri-State Food Expo
Meadowlands, Secaucus, New Jersey
Event Cancelled as of 2015.


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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