I’ve decided to bring you foodie happenings around New Jersey monthly. It has become a ritual for me to check out what is going on around the state so I can find fun things to do. I thought it would only be fair to share it with all of you in case you want to join in the fun as well!
During the summer there are SO many great festivals, walking tours, food and wine dinners etc., which span the state. As I said last month, everyone is excited to be outside and these events monopolize on that! Last month I got to participate in the Montclair Food and Wine Festival (post to come this week on how AWESOME that experience was) that I included on the foodie happenings list. I can’t wait to check another new and exciting venture off the list this month. I’m thinking Belmar’s Seafood Fest may be next on the agenda. Whatever you choose to experience I hope you have a blast, and have a bite or drink for me!
June Foodie Happenings:
June 7th: West Cape May Strawberry Festival; Cape May, NJ: An all-day event dedicated to a favorite summer fruit. Of course there will be other BBQ fare and food vendors on premise to enjoy as well. For more information on this event you can visit the Cape May event calendar: http://www.capemay.com/eventcalendar/index.php?eID=7559
June 7th-8th: Jersey Shore Wine Festival; Lakewood, NJ: Spend a day at the ballpark at BlueClaws’ stadium for the 3rd annual Jersey Shore Wine Festival. Award-winning wines from around the state will be featured along with all sorts of vendors ranging from craftsmen to food merchants. There is even an area for kids to play so it is a family friendly event. Tickets are only $15 in advance for a one day ticket and $25 for both days. Sit back, sip and enjoy the live entertainment for the day.
June 13th-15th: 28th Annual Belmar Seafood Festival; Belmar, NJ: Head to one of NJ’s most popular beach fronts (at Silver Lake Park to be precise) for their annual Seafood festival. This admission free event allows you to wander the park and sample some of the Shore’s best seafood eateries (The food samples come at a cost). Check out the food fare from places like 10th Avenue Burrito, the historic Klein’s Waterside, Jack Baker’s Lobster Shanty and more! See the flyer and some additional details for the event here: https://www.itsgr82bme.com/event/27th-annual-nj-seafood-festival-belmar-0
June 13th-14th: Crystal Springs Chef’s and Brews Reception, Brews and Birdies Golf Tournament, and Beer and BBQ Fest; Hamburg, NJ: Crystal Springs has a weekend of brews in store this month. It is kicked off by the Chef’s and Brews Reception that features a 5 course meal prepared by acclaimed chef’s throughout the state and is paired with local NJ and NY Brews. Saturday starts with a golf tournament dedicated to more beer! And that afternoon guest can enjoy unlimited brews along with fantastic BBQ. Oh, and of course there is live entertainment. Tickets can be purchased for all 3 events here: http://www.crystalgolfresort.com/DiningWine/NJBeerFoodFestival.aspx
June 15th: Upstairs and Villalobos Restaurant Father’s Day Collaboration Brunch; Montclair, NJ: Treat dad to a unique dining experience at Upstairs Restaurant this year. Upstairs has teamed up with the soon to be open neighboring restaurant Villalobos. The chef duo will be cooking up some special dishes for the occasion. You can check out the brunch menu here: www.villalobosnj.com OR call to make your reservations with Upstairs at (973) 744-4144.
June 21st and 22nd: Bayman’s Seafood Festival; Tuckerton, NJ: The Tuckerton Seaport has a special event lined up for this month. Bring the whole family for the day to indulge in local seafood, enjoy live demonstrations, boat rides, and listen to the resident bands. To find out more about this event along with others happening at the Tuckerton Seaport this month you can look here: http://www.tuckertonseaport.org/events-of-the-month/
June 28th: Taste of Highlands; Highlands, NJ: The coastal town of Highlands is hosting their 3rd annual tasting event. For $40 participants will receive a map, commemorative tote bag, transportation, and food and cocktail samples from the 20 participating eateries in town. Not a bad deal! Visit the event website here: www.highlandsnj.com
June 28th and 29th: Rock, Ribs, and Ridges; Augusta, NJ: This sounds like such a fun and unique event. The Sussex County Fairgrounds will be serving up their 5th annual festival featuring nationally recognized “ribbers” that will excite BBQ enthusiasts. The event spans 2 days and partygoers can buy a one day pass to listen in on the rock festival music and eat the finger licking good food OR they can purchase a camping all day weekend pass. This means setting up your tent, trailer, RV etc. and staying for the long haul. You can purchase any of these passes here: http://rockribsandridges.com/#buy-tickets/
June 28th-29th: Red Bank’s Rockin’ Country Fest; Red Bank, NJ: The Asbury Park Press and Miller Light are putting on quite bash this summer. Marine Park in Red Bank will be the venue for 2 days of country fun for the whole family. Listen in to the Nashville star studded line up, have the kid’s join in the Cowboy sing-a-long, or treat yourself to some country eats that will be prepared by some the town’s finest eateries.
Get out this summer and have some fun. Feel free to report back on any fun foodie outings you enjoyed. I would love to hear!
…all for the love of the dish