Tomorrow marks the first day of August. I know, I can’t believe it’s here already either. But rather than dwell that the last full month of beach weather is here; I’m going to make the best of the time I have left. New Jersey certainly won’t make that hard with all the food centered events coming. August is all about Jersey produce and seafood. It’s definitely the common theme across most of the events state wide. Eat as much corn, tomatoes, and clams as you can get your hands on in the next few weeks!
July 31st-August 9th – New Jersey State Fair; Augusta, NJ: Whether you go for the horse shows, the rides, the agriculture showcases, the garden show, or the fabulous fair food, there is truly something for everyone at the New Jersey State Fair. Get out and celebrate the culture of our state and have some family fun. Get tickets or take a look at the full events calendar here: http://www.njstatefair.org/
July 31st– August 2nd – The 21st Annual Clam Festival; Highlands, NJ: This yearly seaside event continues to showcase the freshest seafood in the state. Amusement rides, a beer and wine garden, and clam shucking competitions are just a few of the exciting features of the festival. Get more details here: http://www.highlandsnj.com/HBP/calendar/html/clamfestB.html
Agust 1st- Lacey Shore Fest; Lacey Township, NJ: Come join in the fun at Lacey United Methodist Church. There will be food trucks, games, art show, car show, petting zoo, eating contests and so much more! http://laceytownship.org/events/?FeedID=633
August 1st– 2nd – Just Peachy Festival at Terhune Orchards; Princeton, NJ: This weekend will be full of events for the whole family. This year the festival will also include a special farm to fork section including tastings from many renowned local restaurants. There will also be wagon rides, pony rides, face-painting, live entertainment and lots of peaches! http://terhuneorchards.com/peach-festival/
August 8th – Just Jersey Food Truck and Festival; Stanhope, NJ: Join in the fun and taste test from over 25 gourmet food trucks. This charity event will be full of delicious foodie options and benefit the Roxbury Township Food Pantry. Don’t forget to enjoy the live music and libation vendors during your visit. http://justjerseyfest.com/
August 9th –Vineland Jersey Fresh Festival; Vineland, NJ: It’s primetime for produce in New Jersey and this town is capitalizing on the fruits of this fine garden state. The festivities will include crafters, continuous live entertainment and of course Jersey Fresh food! http://www.visitnj.org/nj-events/vinelands-jersey-fresh-festival
August 9th -16th- Caldwell Restaurant Week; Various Locations in Caldwell, NJ: Caldwell is back for their second restaurant week after such success with their first go-around. So many of the local restaurants are participating and it gives guests the chance to sample and taste the very best of what the town has to offer. For more information head to the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CaldwellRestaurantWeek
August 12th– Iconic Italian Wine Dinner Laboratorio Restaurant; Montclair, NJ: Take a tour through history and the major wine regions of Italy as told by guest speaker Michele Zuckerman, CSW. Explore regional cuisine prepared by Chef James Desisto. Each of the five courses will be paired with wines from some of the most prestigious families in Italy. Five course dinner, with wine pairings, $100 per person, all inclusive. Reservations required and paid through Merit Fine Wines, 571 Bloomfield Ave (cor. Midland) Montclair NJ 07042. (973) 746-1733
August 15th– Chester Food Fest; Chester, NJ: For $5 admission you’ll get to experience the best of the best from the local restaurants. Help to judge the fan favorite appetizer, entrée and dessert tastings. While you’re there you can appreciate the historic downtown of Chester and listen to live music. http://www.chesternj.org/chesterFoodFest.php
August 15th-16th -Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off; Oceanport, NJ: The popular shore event is back! While crab cakes will be the main feature (guests will get to help aware the people’s choice award) all types of seafood and local food fare will be available. Make it a full day at the races with the family. http://www.monmouthpark.com/event_detail.aspx?id=513
August 16th – Foraging Trip and Dinner at Crystal Springs Resort; Hamburg, NJ: guests will have the rare opportunity to join them on a foraging expedition followed by dinner at Chef’s Garden. Sarah and Corey have revitalized the six-acre organic Armstrong Farm in Wantage, NJ, which allows them to forage on the property as well as the surrounding mountains. Upon returning to the Chef’s Garden, guests will enjoy cocktails and canapés utilizing ingredients foraged on the trip, followed by a four-course dinner by Chef Bucco paired with local wines. The foraging trip and dinner is $115 including food, wine and transportation (tax & gratuity additional). Foraging trip at 4pm, dinner at 7pm. Reservations can be made by calling 855-977-6473.
August 20th – When we were Kings Dinner at Crystal Springs Resort; Hamburg, NJ: Founded by Erik Hassing, a lawyer, and his chemist wife, Heide Hassing, in Lafayette, NJ in March 2014, Angry Erik has been making waves on the New Jersey craft beer scene with distinctive brews both traditional in style and made with unusual ingredients such as elderflower, cocoa nib and mushrooms. The dinner will feature seven different beers including The Dainty Viking, an elderflower blonde ale; Hop-n-Awe double IPA; and Mary Shroom, a mushroom and rosemary saison. The event starts at 6pm with passed canapés and cocktails made with Angry Erik beers, followed by a four-course menu by Chef Anthony Bucco with beer pairings. Dinner is $65, inclusive of food and beer tastings. Reservations can be made by calling 855-977-6473.
August 22nd – Laurita Winery Late Summer Food Truck Festival; New Egypt, NJ: By now Laurita Winery is known for their Food Truck festival afternoons at their winery. Some of the state’s best trucks come to serve up guests for the afternoon. As always your admission pays for admission, shuttle and a free wine glass for the afternoon. http://lauritawinery.com/events/late-summer-laurita-food-trucks/
August 23rd – Flemington Corn and Tomato Festival; Flemington, NJ– Yet another ode to Jersey agriculture. This day event will be a showdown for the best corn and tomato dishes. Watch as local chefs compete to take the crown. It’s a free event unless you want to try the qualifying competitors’ dishes. This will cost you $20. Get the full details here: http://www.downtownflemington.com/pub/gen/event/25706/fulltext
…all for the love of the dish