Summer may be winding down but the food festivals and events sure aren’t. September is chock full of foodie friendly fun for the whole family. Seafood festivals are a plenty, learning about wine will be easy with all the tasting events, and Italian and German culture and cuisines both are getting some attention this month.
September Foodie Events
September 5th-7th– Asbury Park OysterFest; Asbury Park, NJ: The town’s flagship event will be fun for the whole family (including your pets!). Head to their Oyster Oasis for signature seafood tastings, take the dogs to the SPCA cooling stations to make some friends, watch local and celebrity chef cooking demonstrations or bring the kids to get their face painted followed by taking a whirl on one of the amusement rides.
September 6th and 7th; Seafood in Seaside Festival; Seaside Heights, NJ: This annual festival has been extended this year to include two full days of seafood fun! Concessions will include local fare from vendors such as Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Jonathan’s Harbor and Cajun Jacks BBQ. There will also be over 60 craft merchants, live music and a car show (On Sunday only).
September 6th-7th; Jersey Fresh Wine Festival; Burlington County Fairgrounds; Columbus, NJ: Spend the weekend sampling wines from around the state. For $20 (for one day admission) you’ll enjoy your days’ worth of wine tastings and a souvenir wine glass. Pick up your tickets here: https://t1.clicknprint.com/Online/?siteID=545
September 6th-7th– Grape Stomping; Laurita Winery; New Egypt, NJ: If you’re interested in learning more about NJ wine making this will be a fun and informative event for you. Pretend you’re like Lucille Ball from the famous grape stomping episode and prepare to kick off your shoes. The winery encourages the whole family to participate in this event. Oh did I mention it’s only $5 a person to participate? Get your tickets now: http://www.lauritawinery.com/events.php?view=d&id=718&m=2014&y=06&d=09
September 12-14th– 6th Annual Summit Food and Wine Festival; Summit, NJ: This 3 day celebration of Summit’s local cuisine is sure to be an unforgettable experience. It will be a weekend filled with tastings, demonstrations, dinners, networking and more. Rub elbows with celebrity chefs featured on Bravo and Food Network along with some of the local acclaimed chefs. For tickets and more information visit the website: http://www.summitwineandfood.com/home.php
September 13th-21st – 18th Annual Cape May Food and Wine Festival; Cape May, NJ: This week long tribute to the area’s cuisine is chock full of events. Take sips at the bourbon tasting dinner, take the day to wander and ponder wine on the self-guided wine and brewery trail, or indulge in your sweet tooth at the Chocolate Lovers Feast. For the full schedule check here: http://www.capemaymac.org/foodwine/capemayfoodwinecelebration.html
September 13th – Food Trucktoberfest-Monmouth Park; Oceanport, NJ: The food trucks are back! Monmouth Park is bringing back all your favorite munch mobiles for its latest event installment. In honor of Oktoberfest they will also be setting up the ultimate German Beer Garden for your brew drinking delight. Get more details on their website: http://www.monmouthpark.com/event_detail.aspx?id=7106
September 14th-15- Atlantic City Seafood Festival; Atlantic City, NJ: For the third year running Atlantic City is bringing back its seafood spectacular weekend. Head to Bader Park to spoil yourself rotten with treasures from the sea. Get more information on the event here: http://njvendors.com/events/counties-a-g/atlantic/atlantic-city-seafood-festival/
September 20th-21st- Oktoberfest at Mountain Creek Resort; Vernon, NJ: This is the garden state’s largets Oktoberfest celebration. The celebration is entering it’s 29th year and is only getting more exciting! This year the event welcomes a famed special guest, chef and author Francis Mallman. He will start the festivities on September 20th with a book signing and multi-course feast. Other atteactions include dozens of German beers, spit fired roasted meats, live music, rides and fun for the entire family! Visit their site for more details and tickets: www.OktoberfestNJ.com
September 20th –Belmar San Gennaro Festival; Belmar, NJ: Come Hungry to celebrate the culture and cuisine of Italy at the Jersey Shore. The festival will feature traditional food, wine, and traditions of the “Old Country”. Take part in eating contests, listen to live music, and take advantage of the beautiful beachside setting. http://www.visitbelmarnj.com/index.php?p=viewevent&d=375
September 20th– Savor September Food, Wine, and Beer Festival; Stone Harbor, NJ: The one day event will take place in downtown Stone Harbor. You can be a spectator for the Best Cheesesteak Competition, take part in the microbrew and wine tastings, or browse the local artists’ work. There will be something the appeals to everyone to enjoy. http://www.visitbelmarnj.com/index.php?p=viewevent&d=375
September 21st– Red Bank Food and Wine Walk; Red Bank, NJ: September will be the third month of this newly established food and wine walk. With only one month left after this it’s time to sign-up before it’s too late. Take an afternoon stroll of Red Bank while getting to sample food and libations from a large handful of local eateries. The list of participating restaurant and more information can be found here: http://www.visit.redbank.com/events.php
September 27th– Fall Harvest Festival; Old York Cellars; Ringoes, NJ: Buy your tickets in advance for a $5 savings to the upcoming fall inspired wine festival at Old York Cellars Winery. There will be a meet and greet with Miss New Jersey, winemaker and bee keeper tours, along with hay rides, food trucks and of course wine tastings. Buy tickets here: http://www.oldyorkcellars.com/-fall-festival
September 27th– Oktoberfest Weekend-; Chubb Park; Chester, NJ: The Chester Lion’s club is hosting its 16th annual Oktoberfest and Antique Car Show. Enjoy games, dancing, food, and of course beer! The proceeds for the event will go to various charities and worthy causes. http://www.chesterlionsclubnj.com/oktoberfest/
September 28th– BBQ Showdown; Raritan Bay Waterfront Park: This free (no admission-food will be extra) one day event is sure to be finger licking good. The best BBQ food trucks of the area will line the park for your dining pleasure. http://www.irunnewjersey.com/?page_id=841
September 28th– Morristown Festival on the Green; Morristown, NJ: What better way to showcase the town’s local businesses then to have them all line the streets for a day? Live music will fill the green (also known as the town square) as local food vendors, bars, businesses, clubs, and even gyms showcase their services and products. Its family friendly with an entire kids “wing” filled with games and activities. http://morristown-nj.org/special_events2.html?id=999805540
…all for the love of the dish