Schools are back in session, summer is almost over and September is sizzling with spectacular food and wine festivals, culinary events and restaurant happenings. The following is a list to date of September events beginning this coming weekend.
September 7-9 – Asbury Park Oysterfest presented by the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce – There will be 20 bands including DJ/Emcee Bacardi Arti; Beer & Wine served all day, along with festival food plus an “Oyster Oasis” for seafood lovers, craft vendors and artists and children’s rides The 2012 festival will be located at the east end of Cookman between Asbury Park’s Downtown District & the Boardwalk
Friday Night 5-8 p.m.: Discounts on food and drink
Saturday Noon-8 p.m.: City wide events including a scavenger hunt
Sunday Noon – 6 p.m.: Live music including gospel, blues and country
September 8 – Check-in at 9 a.m. – FAAN Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Towards a Cure – Join New Jersey native, actor Brian Gaskill, known for many TV roles e.g.: All My Children, Port Charles, Guiding Light and As the World Turns. Gaskill will be making a very special appearance at the FAAN Walk, which begins at 10 am at the Great Lawn, north of Pier Village. Following the Walk, New Jersey rocker Ray Andersen, will be headlining a free concert. Journalist and Emmy Award-winning news anchor Janine Strafaci is honorary chairperson of the event. Other post-walk activities include appearances by Star Wars costumed characters and the Lakewood Blue Claws mascot, Buster. Kids will also enjoy a bounce house, face painting, tattoos, hair accessories, arts and crafts, and other exciting games and activities. NJ 101.5 will be present at the event on the Great Lawn, Ocean Avenue, Long Branch.
September. 8 – Sickles Biggest Tomato Contest – Bring your biggest tomato into Sickles Market on Saturday, September 8th at 1 p.m. to be weighed and you could win a $100 Sickles gift card! To register, jump here.
September 8 – Mood’s Apple Festival – Go down to Mood’s Farm Market in Mullica Hill for a day of family-fun activities. Some of the activities include a donut eating contest, one for adults and two for kids, a live performance by One Way Express – a bluegrass, gospel & country music band, apple hayrides and the grand opening of their corn maze. Face painting and kids’ activities will be going on throughout the day. A great family fun day event with something for everyone. For further information, call 856-478-2500. Look for the Orange Windmill at Mood’s Farm Market, 901 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill.
September 8 and 9 – The “Feast of San Gennaro” at the Jersey Shore, presented by Nicchio Ristorante to benefit the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. This event will feature Italian foods, wines, activities, and the traditional procession of the statue of San Gennaro. Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, Noon-6 p.m. On Saturday, at 4 p.m., Chef Justin Antiorio, a finalist on “Hell’s Kitchen,” will present a pasta demonstration. For information, visit Nicchio Ristorante, Main Street between 10th & 12th Avenues, Belmar.
September 9 – Barefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery, Belvidere
Come one, come all for the barefoot massage of a lifetime! Dress like Lucy and receive a free glass of wine with your dinner. Formal wine tasting, buffet style dinner, wine cellar tour, barefoot grape stomping and concludes with a dessert wine tasting. $57.50 per person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required so book now by calling 908-475-3671.
September 9-11 – Philadelphia National Candy Gift & Gourmet Show – Atlantic City, New Jersey – America’s largest show dedicated to the retail confectioner is sponsored by the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia. Atlantic City Convention Center, Hall B, One Convention Boulevard, Atlantic City.
September 13 – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Seven Days of Poilane, Sickles Market brings fresh Poilane bread flown in directly from Paris to its Little Silver market every week. In Chef Carol Maxwell’s cooking demo, she will demonstrate a week’s worth of ways to enjoy this most spectacular bread with some of these delicious recipes: Tomato Bruschetta, Panzanella Salad and Pumpkin Bread Pudding ~ and, of course croutons. Sickles Market, 1 Harrison Avenue, Little Silver
September 15 & 16 – Apple Day at Terhune Orchards
Come out to Terhune Orchards in Princeton for an afternoon of great family fun! Harvest season is a favorite for all New Jersey residents! Come out and enjoy all the delicious treats apples can make like cider, apple doughnuts and more! The Daisy Jug band will be performing all weekend so bring your dancing shoes! Wine tasting and tours of the vineyard are available! Something for everyone. For further information, call 609-924-2310.
September 15-16 – Valenzano Winefest 2012 – 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. Valenzano Winery, 1090 Route 206, Shamong, 609-268-6731.
September 15-23 – 16th Annual Cape May Food & Wine Celebration – Indulge in the restaurant capital of New Jersey with events for those who love good food and wine; events may be attended separately. Enjoy winery tours, tastings, demonstrations, Chefs’ Dine-Arounds, a Beer Tasting Dinner, luncheons, workshops and much more. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). 1048 Washington St., Cape May, 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.
September 15-16 – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. – 5th Annual Apple Fest, Delicious Orchards – Apple Fest is an amazing weekend of fun activities including plenty of apple and other delicious food samples, great live music and entertainment, an antique car show and so much more. Delicious Orchards, Route 34 South, Colts Neck
September 16-22 – New Jersey Restaurant Week – Governor Christie and Lt. Governor Guadagno have declared the week of September 16-22, 2012 as New Jersey Restaurant Week (NJRW). The New Jersey Restaurant Association (NJRA) is proud to sponsor this statewide event with restaurants offering price-fixed menus for lunch and dinner. For participating restaurants that support Share Our Strength Dine Out for No Kid Hungry, jump here and to make your reservations through Urbanspoon, the official reservation sponsor of NJRW. The NJRA encourages you to patronize participating restaurants during this weeklong event and discover the hidden dining delights of the Garden State.
September 16 – Cape May Clam Bake – Here is a perfect pairing for a fall afternoon at the shore – tour the vineyard and sample some of the fine wines at Hawk Haven Vineyard and then purchase your favorite wine to complement a traditional clambake of steaming clams, lobster tail, corn on the cob and more plus a glass of your favorite wine. Live entertainment. $45 per person. Purchase tickets here or call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.
September 21 – Noon-5 p.m. – Cape May Wine Trail – Spend the day visiting Cape May County’s wineries and sampling the unique flavors of each. First enjoy lunch at one of Cape May’s great restaurants and then board the trolley, which will take you to Natali Vineyards, Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery and Turdo Vineyards. You’ll learn about viniculture and visit the tasting rooms. Admission is $75 per person and includes lunch, wine tastings at each vineyard and a wine tasting glass. Limited event, reserve early! Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).
September 21 – 5:30 p.m. – Hallmark Wine Series – Rat’s Restaurant – Join Alan Hallmark, Rat’s Restaurant’s resident wine expert as he makes fine wine both approachable and fun during a tasting series sure to please the novice and aficionado alike. Fee is $10 per person, which will be applied toward your meal should you choose to dine at Rat’s following the tasting. For reservations, call 609-584-7800. Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton.
September 23 – 12 noon-7 p.m. – Red Bank Guinness Oyster Fest This Street Festival is a great time for one and all and is fashioned after the 58 year old Galway Oyster Festival which celebrates the opening of the Oyster season. The event is held in Downtown Red Bank in the White Street Parking Lot, with entry from White Street or Monmouth Street. It will be a huge food and music festival which will showcase Red Bank’s excellent restaurants as well as entertain thousands with great, live music! It will also be a family friendly event with lots of activities for the kids. (Rain date, September 30)
September 23 – Holiday Express 2012 Benefit Clambake – McLoone’s Pier House The evening includes an open bar and a lavish buffet with lobster, filet and a raw bar. The Holiday Express Band will provide entertainment. Attire is casual so attendees can ditch the tuxedos, ball gowns, and heels for shorts, sundresses and sandals. The clambake will honor the Kurr Foundation. $225 per guest.
September 24 – New Jersey King Crab Contest Cook-off – Trinchero Family Estates and R & R Marketing, a premier distributor of fine wine & spirits, have partnered with JerseyBites to uncover the best Crab Cake in New Jersey. The top three restaurants with the most consumer votes (voting took place July and August) will be asked to participate in a professional cook-off held at the Viking Cooking School in Harrah’s Atlantic City. In addition to posting streaming video of the event on JerseyBites.com, NJDiscover.com and social media, the cook-off will be aired live on NJ Discover TV.
September 26 – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – An Apple a Day, presented by Sickles Market with Chef Carol Maxwell, a cooking demo to learn new ways to cook with apples with mouthwatering recipes: Rosemary Applesauce, Cecil’s Apple Brown Betty, Best Ever Baked Apples and Country Apple Tarts. $55 per person; $99 per couple including a goodie bag and lunch. For reservations, call 732-741-9563 or visit Sickles Market.
September 29-30 – 24th Annual Chowder Cook-Off Classic, Beach Haven – Part of Chowderfest Weekend. Enjoy unlimited chowder tasting! Live music, children’s entertainment, and a food court are all part of the event. For further information, visit Chowderfest.
September 23 – 12 noon-2 p.m. – Sickles Tea Party – $35 Slow down a little and enjoy a traditional, full tea in the Sickles Market greenhouse. Get together with friends you haven’t seen all summer and make a date. Menu includes: Assorted Tea Sandwiches, Scones & Quick Breads, a delicious selection of mini desserts, a choice of two teas (British Breakfast & Hibiscus Pineapple Lychee) and Sickles’ Own Tea Punch. Goodie bags and surprises will round out the afternoon with a chance to see the beautiful Fall plants in Sickles’ lush greenhouse. For reservations, visit Sickles Market, 1 Harrison Avenue, Little Silver.
September 29 – Italian Festival -Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Villa Marie Council #6342. Come enjoy a taste of Italy. Enjoy delicious Italian food and delectable desserts, wine tasting and beer, Italian music provided by Jim Craine and the Atlantic City All Star Band. There will be folk dancing, children’s activities, a vendor market with hand-crafted items and imported Italian Specialties, a 50/50 every two hours, free Bocce Ball (must register in advance) and an exhibition of Italian and Classic cars. Visit Colonial Inn at Smithville for further information. Historic Smithville is open daily all year with 60 shops, seven eateries and lodging, as well as a train ride, carousel, paddleboats and 26 weekend events, 615 E. Moss Mill Rd. Smithville, 609-748-8999.
September 30 – 1-4 p.m. – Autumn Toast to a Healthy Environment Wine & Chocolate Tasting – Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund are holding their 3rd Annual Autumn Toast to a Healthy Environment wine & chocolate tasting and charity auction. The day includes a celebration of the organization’s 40th birthday, a charity auction, hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting by Sommelier Louis Fontenelli, chocolate tasting by Chocolatier Gail Sturr of Hanna Krause Chocolates, and live music by beautiful outdoor patio for a day of fun and a chance to win prizes including a new cruiser bicycle, tickets to the theatre, restaurant gift certificates, and more! Tickets are $75 per person and $125 per couple (special member rate of $50 per person and $100 per couple). The Pine Barrens Golf Club, 540 South Hope Chapel Road, Jackson, 732-280-8988 or 877-746-3227. Purchase tickets at Clean Water Action.
September 30 – 12th Annual Epicurean Palette – an exquisite treat beyond your wildest dreams, a gala celebration of fine food and wine that helps support Grounds For Sculpture. Spend a glorious afternoon strolling the park with friends to sample extraordinary cuisine from 25 of the most talented chefs in the tri-state region as well as refreshment from the very finest of beverage purveyors, all just waiting to pour you a glass of wine and spirits. The Acer Courtyard transforms into a festive beer garden with a dazzling array of handcrafted brews. And new this year, chocolatiers will bring sweet magic to tempt the palate. Don’t miss the silent auction with its must-have art, travel packages, event tickets, jewelry, and more. Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton.
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