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Fourth Annual Pig Island Festival Coming to Red Hook, Brooklyn September 7th

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Calling all pig lovers!

It’s been announced that the fourth annual Pig Island Festival, which has brought dozens of hogs and thousands of hungry fans to Governor’s Island in recent years, will be moving to the Ikea waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn this year, in an effort to help boost a local economy that’s still struggling nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy.

More than 25 chefs from the New York area will be participating in the September 7th event, in which 80 hogs provided by Flying Pigs Farm, Mosfund Mangalitsa, and Bobolink will be served to the hungry masses, along with beer from Sixpoint, Finger Lakes wines, and Hudson Valley hard ciders. Participating chefs include Peter Giannakas (Ovelia), Sam Barbieri (Waterfront Ale House, Fuhgeddabout It BBQ), King Phojanakong (Kuma Inn, Umi Nom), George Weld and Evan Hanzcor (Parish Hall), Joe Dobias (JoeDoe), organizer Jimmy Carbone (Jimmy’s No. 43), Michael Jenkins (Butter), Justin Brunwasser (Friedman’s Lunch), Fletcher’s BBQ, and more to come.

Additionally, James Beard Award-winning writer Rachel Wharton will be writing a book on the history of Pig Island, and everyone who purchases an early bird ticket (which is now available for about $70 here) will receive a copy. Also, a portion of all proceeds will benefit Red Hook's Added Value Farm. The ticket includes all the food you can eat and all the beverages you can drink during the event, which will run from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children under 12 are admitted for free.

So if you like pork, beer, wine, and cider, and want to help out Red Hook, you have no reason not to buy your tickets today.


Barbecue Festivals You Can’t Miss This Summer

By BarbecueBible.com

We’re sure the best cook-outs of the summer will be in your own backyard. But via social media, many of you shared with us your favorite organized barbecue festivals and competitions, from the Carolinas to California, from Texas to Tennessee. Check out the list we compiled of the best barbecue festivals of 2019 from your suggestions and our experience. And if we missed an important event, please let us know!


10 Years Later…Reviving The Good Beer Seal!

The Good Beer Seal was founded in 2009 by Jimmy Carbone and several other NYC beer bar owners. Ten years later, Jimmy is reviving this important insignia! During the last decade, New York has been witness to an explosion in the craft beer industry. As providers rush to meet the demand, The Good Beer Seal endeavors to separate the wheat from the chaff by identifying bars that serve quality craft beer and demonstrate a commitment to the community in which they do business. Click here for a map of all the Good Beer Seal Bars!

Here are a few of the 2019 Good Beer Seal Bar owners at managers at NYC Brewer’s Choice!

How does one earn a Good Beer Seal?

A Good Beer Seal Bar is independently owned and operated , and has a unique sense of place making it more than just another watering hole. A Good Beer Seal Bar is destination-worthy. In addition to offering at least 80% craft domestic/ special imported beers, a Good Beer Seal Bar engages its staff and guests in educational offerings regarding the history and originality of the beers it serves. A bar that earns a Good Beer Seal will be active in its local and global community through responsible stewardship and charitable actions. If The Good Beer Seal is on the door, good business practices, good atmosphere, and good beer is inside.

These days, you can get a growler of great local beer at Duane Reade. That evolution is great, and it speaks to the growing demand for craft beer in the city. But it also means there’s a real need to keep raising the bar and to have an industry standard that sets the right tone. It’s not enough to have 20 taps if you’re not standing behind what you pour in a real way—through out the past 11 years, the committee of the “good beer seal” was really looking for places that demonstrate individuality and passion, and that foster a sense of community through events that drive a dialogue about craft beer.

Congratulations to the New Good Beer Seal Bars of 2019!

As Is NYC – 734 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019 phone: 646-858-1153

Bar 180 - 4241 Broadway, New York, NY 10033 phone: 646-928-3283

Bar 177 – 708 W 177th St, New York, NY 10033 phone 646-669-7691

Beer Karma – 470 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 phone: 914-494-0279

Bierwax – 556 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 phone: 347-533-8449

Buddha Beer Bar – 4476 Broadway, New York, NY 10040 phone: 646-861-2595

Cardiff Giant – 415 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205 phone: 929-337-7873

City Hops- 1145 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10065 phone: 646-838-9645

City Swiggers – 320 East 86th St, New York, NY 10028 phone: 212-570-2000

Carmine Street Beers - 52A Carmine St, New York, NY 10014 phone: 212-633-2337

Craft Culture - 59-04 Myrtle Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385 phone: 718-628-3931

Craft House – 60 Van Duzer St, Staten Island, NY 10301 phone: 718-442-3433

Harlem Hops – 2268 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030 phone: 646-998-3444

Haymaker Bar and Kitchen – 252 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001 phone: 646-429-8237

Hopleaf - 5148 N Clark St, CHICAGO, IL 60640 phone: 773-334-9851

Inwood Local - 4957 Broadway, New York, NY 10034 phone 212-544-8900

Randolph Beer - 82 Prospect St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 phone 646-383-3623

Station House – 106 -11 71st Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375 phone: 718-544-5000

Taproom No 307 – 307 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010 phone: 212-725-4766

The Ale House – 3744 Vestal Pkwy E, VESTAL, NY 13850 phone: 607-729-9053

The Baroness Bar – 4126 Crescent St, Long Island City, NY 11101 phone 718-784-5065

The Well – 272 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY 11206 phone: 347-338-3612

Treadwell Park – 1125 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10065 phone 212-832-1551

Allow Our Complete List of Good Beer Seal Bars Serve as a Guide for Your Next New York Outing!

124 Old Rabbit Club – 124 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012 phone: 212-254-0575

4th Avenue Pub – 76 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 phone: 718-643-2273

61 Local – 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 phone: 347-763-6624

Adobe Blues – 63 Lafayette Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301 phone: 718-720-BLUE (2583)

Alewife – 5-14 51st Avenue, Long Island City, Queens phone: 718-937-7494

Alphabet City Beer Co. - 96 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009 phone: 646-422-7103

As Is NYC – 734 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019 phone: 646-858-1153

Astoria Bier & Cheese – 2 locations in Astoria, Queens: 34-14 Broadway, phone: 718-545-5588 35-11 Ditmars Blvd., phone: 718-255-6982

Bar 180 - 4241 Broadway, New York, NY 10033 phone: 646-928-3283

Bar Great Harry – 280 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11226 phone: 718-222-1103

Barcade (Brooklyn) – 388 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 phone: 718-302-6464

Barcade (Jersey City) – 163 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NEW JERSEY phone: 201-332-4555

Barcade New York – 148 W. 24th Street, New York, NY 10011 phone: 212-390-8455

Barcade St. Marks – 6 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10003 phone: 212-388-0522

Beer Culture – 328 W. 45th Street, New York, NY 10036 phone: 646-590-2139 and 228 W 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023 phone: 917-639-3420

Beer Karma – 470 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 phone: 914-494-0279

Beer Street – 413 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 phone: 347-294-0495

Beer Table – Growler Shop in Grand Central Terminal phone: 212-922-0008

Bierwax – 556 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 phone: 347-533-8449

Birdsall House – 970 Main Street, Peekskill, NY – WESTCHESTER phone: 914-930-1880

Black Sheep Ale House – 78 2nd Street, Mineola, NY – LONG ISLAND

Blind Tiger Ale House – 281 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014 phone: 212-462-4682

Bondurants – 303 E. 85th Street, New York, NY 10028 phone: 212-249-1509

Brazen Head – 228 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201 phone: 718-488-0430

Bronx Ale House – 216 West 238th Street, Bronx, NY 10463 phone: 718-601-0204

Bronx Beer Hall – 2344 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458 Phone: 347-396-0555

Brouwerij Lane – 78 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 phone: 347-529-6133

Buddha Beer Bar – 4476 Broadway, New York, NY 10040 phone: 646-861-2595

Burp Castle – 41 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003 phone: 212-982-4576

Cardiff Giant – 415 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205 phone: 929-337-7873

Carmine Street Beers - 52A Carmine St, New York, NY 10014 phone: 212-633-2337

City Hops- 1145 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10065 phone: 646-838-9645

City Swiggers – 320 East 86th St, New York, NY 10028 phone: 212-570-2000

Covenhoven – 730 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 Phone: 7 18-483-9950

Craft Culture - 59-04 Myrtle Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385 phone: 718-628-3931

Craft House – 60 Van Duzer St, Staten Island, NY 10301 phone: 718-442-3433

Dive Bar – 732 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025 phone: 212-749-4358

Earl’s Beer & Cheese – 1259 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10029 phone: 212-289-1581

Fools Gold – 145 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002 Phone: 212-673-2337

George Keeley’s – 485 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024 phone: 212-873-0251 -

Glorietta Baldy – 502 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 phone: 347-529-1944

Gold Star Beer Counter – 176 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Good Beer – 422 E. 9th Street, New York, NY 10009 phone: 212-677-4836

Harlem Hops – 2268 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030 phone: 646-998-3444

Haymaker Bar and Kitchen – 252 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001 phone: 646-429-8237

Hopleaf - 5148 N Clark St, CHICAGO, IL 60640 phone: 773-334-9851

Hops Hill – 886 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238 Phone: 347-987-4334

Hoptron Brewtique – 22 W. Main Street #11, Patchougue, NY – Long Island phone: 631-438-0296

Inwood Local - 4957 Broadway, New York, NY 10034 phone 212-544-8900

Jackson’s Restaurant – 6005 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY – Long Island phone: 631-462-0822

Jimmy’s No. 43 – 43 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003 EMERITUS

Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn – 4254 Arthur Hill Road, Staten Island, NY 10309 phone: 718-984-1202

Lucky Dog – 303 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 phone: (347) 294-4971

Malt & Mold – 362 Second Avenue New York, NY 10010 phone:(646) 896-1341

Mekelburg’s – 293 Grand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238 phone: 718-399-2337

Mission Delores – 249 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 phone: 718-399-0099

Morrison’s – 430 Woodbury Road, Plainview, NY – Long Island phone: 516-932-8460

Mugs Ale House – 125 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 EMERITUS

One Mile House – 10 Delancey Street, New York, NY 10002 phone: 646-559-0702

Pine Box Rock Shop – 12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 phone: 718-366-6311

Pint – 34 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NEW JERSEY phone: 201-367-1222

Proletariat – 102 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10003 phone: 212-777-6707

Randolph Beer - 82 Prospect St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 phone 646-383-3623

St. Gambrinus – 533 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 phone: 347-763-2261

Station House – 106 -11 71st Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375 phone: 718-544-5000

Spuyten Duyvil – 359 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 phone: 718-963-4140

Standings – 43 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003 phone: 212-420-0671

Sunswick 35/35 – 3502 35th Street, Astoria, NY 11106 phone: 718-752-0620

Swift Hibernian Lounge – 34 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003 phone: 212-260-3600

Sycamore Bar + Flower Shop – 1118 Courtelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Tap and Barrel – 558 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown, NY – LONG ISLAND phone: 631- 780-5474

Taproom No 307 – 307 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010 phone: 212-725-4766

The Ale House – 3744 Vestal Pkwy E, VESTAL, NY 13850 phone: 607-729-9053

The Baroness Bar – 4126 Crescent St, Long Island City, NY 11101 phone 718-784-5065

The Diamond – 43 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 phone: 718-383-5030

The Double Windsor – 210 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215 phone: 347-725-3479

The Gate – 321 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 phone: 718-768-4329

The Good Life – 1039 Park Boulevard, Massapequa Park, NY – LONG ISLAND phone: 516-798-4663

The Jeffrey – 311 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022 Phone: 212-355-2337

The Owl Farm – 297 9th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn

The Pony Bar (UES) – 1444 First Avenue – at 75th Street, New York, NY

The Sampler Bushwick – 234 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237 phone: 347-589-1288

The Spring Lounge – 48 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012 phone: 212-965-1774

The Stag’s Head – 252 E. 51st Street, New York, NY 10022 phone: 212-888-2453

The Well – 272 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY 11206 phone: 347-338-3612

T.J. Finley’s – 42 E. Main Street, Bay Shore, NY – LONG ISLAND (631) 647-4856

Top Hops – 94 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 Phone: 212-254-4677

Tørst – 615 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 phone: 718-389-6034

Treadwell Park – 1125 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10065 phone 212-832-1551

Waterfront Ale House (Manhattan) – 540 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016 phone: 212-696-4104


24/Seven


3rd Ward’s annual free hog barbecue, featuring a chef, five bands, beer, and, of course, a whole pig, returns to the Bushwick space on Sunday.

Chef Alex McCrery, who runs the Williamsburg food truck The Goods, will be manning the pit at the Morgan Avenue outdoor alleyway event. He’ll make pulled pork tacos from the smoky, juicy meat, which will be served with coleslaw and pickles.

“It’s our biggest event of the year, and the whole pig is a lot of fun,” said Jessica Pom, the marketing director for 3rd Ward, the coalition of artsy types that puts on the pig-out. “It’s truly an urban pig roast.” (They definitely have a theme going.)

Live music will add to the authentic cook-out ambience. The Ramblers, a Brooklyn-based four-piece reminiscent of Creedence Clearwater Revival, should especially stand out. Other acts on the bill include the more poppy sounding The Fieros and Le Mood, as well as In Cadeo and Cletus and the Barnburners.

Because after that feast, you’re going to need something you can move to.

Annual Pig Out at 3rd Ward [195 Morgan Ave. between Meadow and Stagg streets in Bushwick, (718) 715-4961], July 18, 2-9 pm.


2019 SEPTEMBER 2019 U. S. Food Festivals, Food Shows, Fairs, Events, etc.

September 7, 2019 Northern Appalachian Folk Festival
Indiana, Pennsylvania - EVENT CANCELLED FOR 2019.

September 7, 2019 Annual Brattleboro Bacon Fest
Brattleboro, Vermont

September 7, 2019 - 25th Annual Rockbridge Beer & Wine Festival
Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia

September 7, 2019 Crafty Apple Fest - Chilton, Wisconsin

September 7-October 26, 2019 Autumn Harvest Fest Weekends
Mukuwonago, Wisconsin

September 7-8, 2019 - Crawfish and Catfish Festival
Woodland, California

September 7-8, 2019 Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival
San Francisco, California - EVENT ON HIATUS FOR 2019.

September 7-8, 2019 Windy City Wine Festival - Chicago, Illinois

September 7-8, 2019 Trimble County Apple Fest - Bedford, Kentucky

September 7-8, 2019 Apple Festival - Georgetown, Kentucky

September 7-8, 2019 - 19th Annual Grape Stomp Festival
Stillwater, Minnesota

September 7-8, 2019 Annual Septemberfest - Forestville, New York

September 7-8, 2019 - The 33rd Annual Mushroom Festival
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

September 7 & 14, 2019 Caramel Apple Festival - Greenfield, Indiana

September 7-14, 2019 72nd Surry County Agricultural Fair
Mt. Airy, North Carolina

September 7-15, 2019 - Clay County Fair - Spencer, Iowa

September 8, 2019 5th Annual Graze: Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

September 8, 2019 Annual Wine in the Woods - Flagstaff, Arizona

September 8, 2019 - Food & Wine Classic - Saratoga, California

September 8-10, 2019 FSTEC - Dallas, Texas

September 9, 2019 Taste of Newton - Newton, Kansas

September 9-14, 2019 - White County Fair - Searcy, Arkansas

September 10, 2019 Chefs in the Garden - Fayetteville, Arkansas

September 10-12, 2019 Husker Harvest Days - Grand Island, Nebraska

September 10-14, 2019 - 54th Annual Potato Bowl USA
Grand Forks, North Dakota

September 11-14, 2019 Oxford County Fair - Oxford, Maine

September 12, 2019 An Evening on the Beach
Santa Monica, California

September 12, 2019 - Traveling Plate Pau Hana - Honolulu, Hawaii

September 12, 2019 8th Annual Claw Down - East Boothbay, Maine

September 12-13, 2019 All Things Organic Conference
Baltimore, Maryland

September 12-14, 2019 The Wharf Uncorked
Orange Beach, Alabama

September 12-15, 2019 57th Annual Steam-O-Rama
Republic, Missouri

September 12-15, 2019 33rd Annual GrapeFest - Grapevine, Texas

September 12-15, 2019 Tunbridge World's Fair - Tunbridge, Vermont

September 12-15, 2019 Blair Cheese Festival - Blair, Wisconsin

September 12-22, 2019 93rd Annual Feast of San Gennaro
New York, New York

September 12-22, 2019 Oklahoma State Fair
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

September 13, 2019 The Whisky Extravaganza - Chicago, Illinois

September 13, 2019 Passion: Food, Wine & Music
Niagara-on-the-Lake, New York

September 13, 2019 9th Annual Beerfest - Bismarck, North Dakota

September 13-14, 2019 Annual Snowmass Wine Festival
Snowmass Village, Colorado

September 13-14, 2019 Annual Irish Festival - Milford, Connecticut

September 13-14, 2019 - 16th Annual Cajun Food Fest
Lydia, Louisiana

September 13-14, 2019 - Annual Grand Haven Salmon Festival
Grand Haven, Michigan

September 13-14, 2019 Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival
Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Michigan

September 13-14, 2019 80th King Turkey Day Festival
Worthington, Minnesota

September 13-15, 2019 - AEA National Convention - Tempe, Arizona

September 13-15, 2019 - Unplugged & the Birch Bark Bash
Grand Marais, Minnesota

September 13-15, 2019 - Grape Stomp & Fall Festival
Alexandria, Minnesota

September 13-15, 2019 Battle of the Bones - Central Point, Oregon

September 13-15, 2019 Annual Hinkelfest Chicken Festival
Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania

September 13-21, 2019 Baker County Fair - Macclenny, Florida

September 13-29, 2019 The Big E 2019
West Springfield, Massachusetts

September 14, 2019 - Bacon, Blues & Brews - Tucson, Arizona

September 14, 2019 L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade
Los Angeles, California

September 14, 2019 Lafayette Brew Fest - Lafayette, Colorado

September 14, 2019 Flowery Branch Car Show & Taste of Flowery Branch - Flowery Branch, Georgia

September 14, 2019 - 16th Annual Wild Rice Festival
Roseville, Minnesota

September 14, 2019 Pickwick Mill Day - Pickwick, Minnesota

September 14, 2019 Fall Family Festival - Kansas City, Missouri

September 14, 2019 Apple Festival - Raymore, Missouri

September 14, 2019 Food Trucktoberfest - Oceanport, New Jersey

September 14, 2019 - Annual Pie Town Pie Festival
Pie Town, New Mexico

September 14, 2019 12th Annual Oktoberfest - Bay Shore, New York

September 14, 2019 Belmont Uncorked - Elmont, New York

September 14, 2019 Charlie Adams Day - Newkirk, Oklahoma

September 14, 2019 - Rockbridge Pie Festival - Natural Bridge, Virginia

September 14, 2019 - 7th Annual B'dam Brew JAM
Beaverdam, Virginia

September 14-15, 2019 Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival
Santa Clara, California

September 14-15, 2019 12th Annual Raspberry Festival
Sherman, Connecticut

September 14-15, 2019 10th Annual Marine Flea Market and BBQ Festival - West Palm Beach, Florida

September 14-15, 2019 - Cary Main Street Fest - Cary, Illinois

September 14-15, 2019 Belmar San Gennaro Festival
Belmar, New Jersey

September 14-15, 2019 I Love Bacon, Butter, Beer & Bourbon Fest
Huntington Station, New York

September 14-15, 2019 - Apple Days - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

September 14-15, 2019 River Falls Bacon Bash
River Falls, Wisconsin

September 14-15, 2019 Annual Maple Fall Fest - Marshfield, Wisconsin

September 14-18, 2019 All American Dairy Show
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

September 14-21, 2019 Obion County Cornfest
Union City, Tennessee

September 14-15 & 21-22, 2019 My-Oh-My Apple Pie Weekend
Willcox, Arizona

September 14-Oct 27, 2019 Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest and German Food Fest - Lake Arrowhead, California

September 14-Oct 31, 2019 Harvest Festival - Georgetown, Kentucky

September 14-November 3, 2019 Great Pumpkin Festival
Vernon, New Jersey

September 15, 2019 - Beer & Oysters on the Sound
New Haven, Connecticut

September 15, 2019 - Grand Cochon Chicago - Chicago, Illinois

September 15, 2019 - Hispanic Festival - Adelphi, Maryland

September 15, 2019 - Boston Local Food Festival
Boston, Massachusetts

September 15, 2019 Annual Taste of Downtown - Lansing, Michigan

September 15, 2019 Sussex County Day - Augusta, New Jersey

September 15, 2019 Purple Foot Festival - Fairport, New York

September 15, 2019 29th Annual Taste of New Paltz
New Paltz, New York

September 15-21, 2019 Black Rock Restaurant Week
Black Rock, Connecticut

September 15-21, 2019 Farmington Fair - Farmington, Maine

September 16-29, 2019 Taste of the Suburbs
Various locations, Connecticut

September 17-18, 2019 - Atlanta Foodservice Expo
Atlanta, Georgia

September 17-18, 2019 Farm Science Review - London, Ohio

September 17-19, 2019 SHFM National Conference
Palm Springs, California

September 17-21, 2019 Apple Week - Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio

September 17-22, 2019 85th Annual North Alabama State Fair
Muscle Shoals, Alabama

September 18-21, 2019 Hancock County Fair - Kiln, Mississippi

September 18-22, 2019 Kentucky Bourbon Festival
Bardstown, Kentucky

September 19, 2019 Taste on Broadway - Green Bay, Wisconsin

September 19-21, 2019 Harvest Moon Celebration
Farmington, Michigan

September 19-21, 2019 Annual Yemassee Shrimp Festival
Yemassee, South Carolina

September 19-22, 2019 Annual Walnut Festival
Walnut Creek, California

September 19-22, 2019 The Frankenmuth Oktoberfest
Frankenmuth, Michigan

September 19-22, 2019 71st Annual Applefest
La Crescent, Minnesota

September 19-22, 2019 OPA!HOMA - Tulsa, Oklahoma

September 19-22, 2019 Euphoria - Greenville, South Carolina

September 19-29, 2019 Farm-to-Fork Festival - Sacramento, California

September 19-29, 2019 - North Georgia State Fair - Marietta, Georgia

September 19-29, 2019 Mid-South Fair - Southaven, Mississippi

September 20, 2019 Wine Tasting and Brew Fest
Meriden, Connecticut

September 20, 2019 Orange Bowl Food and Wine Celebration
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

September 20-21, 2019 91st Annual Idaho Spud Day - Shelley, Idaho

September 20-21, 2019 - Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival
Natchitoches, Louisiana

September 20-21, 2019 Mississippi Gourd Festival
Raleigh, Mississippi

September 20-21, 2019 Marionville AppleFest - Marionville, Missouri

September 20-21, 2019 Annual Harvest Festival - Augusta, Missouri

September 20-21, 2019 Jamestown Bean Festival - Jamestown, Ohio

September 20-21, 2019 Annual Cherokee Strip Cook-Off
Ponca City, Oklahoma

September 20-21, 2019 Green River Melon Days - Green River, Utah

September 20-21, 2019 Inland NW Craft Beer Festival
Spokane, Washington

September 20-22, 2019 Chili & Frijole Festival - Pueblo, Colorado

September 20-22, 2019 - Colorfest Weekend
Pagosa Springs, Colorado

September 20-22, 2019 - Shrimp & Grits Festival
Jekyll Island, Georgia

September 20-22, 2019 - Dwight Harvest Days - Dwight, Illinois

September 20-22, 2019 Bourbon & Beyond - Louisville, Kentucky

September 20-22, 2019 Common Ground Country Fair - Unity, Maine

September 20-22, 2019 - Annual AppleJack Festival
Nebraska City, Nebraska

September 20-22, 2019 Berkeley Heights Vegan Fest
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey

September 20-22, 2019 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati - Cincinnati, Ohio

September 20-22, 2019 Music City Food + Wine Festival
Nashville, Tennessee

September 20-28, 2019 Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair
Fort Smith, Arkansas

September 20-21 & 27-28, 2019 Oktoberfest at Alyeska Resort
Girdwood, Alaska

September 20-29, 2019 Central Washington State Fair
Yakima, Washington

September 21, 2019 - Cooks and Chords - Scottsdate, Arizona

September 21, 2019 9th Annual Turkish Food Festival
Little Rock, Arkansas

September 21, 2019 11th Annual Fall Harvest Brewfest
Fort Collins, Colorado

September 21, 2019 Clayton Crawl - Clayton, Georgia

September 21, 2019 - Annual Paxton Swine 'n Dine - Paxton, Illinois

September 21, 2019 - 8th Annual Brew at the Bridge - Oswego, Illinois

September 21, 2019 Taste of Randolph County - Winchester, Indiana

September 21, 2019 Brew Ha Ha - Davenport, Iowa

September 21, 2019 - Food Truck Frenzy - Lenexa, Kansas

September 21, 2019 10th Annual NOLA on Tap Beer Fest
New Orleans, Louisiana

September 21, 2019 8th Annual Cape Cod Brew Fest
Cape Cod Fairgrounds, Massachusetts

September 21, 2019 Phantom Gourmet Food Festival
Boston, Massachusetts

September 21, 2019 Homemade Pie Baking Contest
Augusta, Missouri

September 21, 2019 Annual Paulsdale Uncorked
Mount Laurel, New Jersey

September 21, 2019 4th Annual Long Island Hop Fest
Riverhead, New York

September 21, 2019 27th Annual Dublin Peanut Festival
Dublin, North Carolina

September 21, 2019 BugFest 2019 - Raleigh, North Carolina

September 21, 2019 Annual Hood River Hops Fest
Hood River, Oregon

September 21-22, 2019 Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes
Los Gatos, California

September 21-22, 2019 Sugar Beet Days - Sterling, Colorado

September 21-22, 2019 12th Annual Garlic Festival
Mystic, Connecticut

September 21-22, 2019 Harvest Food & Wine Festival
Stonington, Connecticut

September 21-22, 2019 - Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest
Chicago, Illinois

September 21-22, 2019 Ole’ Cider Days Festival - Utica, Kentucky

September 21-22, 2019 Maryland Wine Festival
Westminster, Maryland

September 21-22, 2019 40th Annual Apple Squeeze
Lenox, Massachusetts

September 21-22, 2019 22nd Annual Cider Days - Springfield, Missouri

September 21-22, 2019 Valenzano Winefest - Shamong, New Jersey

September 21-22, 2019 41st Annual Harvest Festival
Cooperstown, New York

September 21-22, 2019 Annual Cuba Garlic Festival - Cuba, New York

September 21-22, 2019 Naples Grape Festival - Naples, New York

September 21-22, 2019 Preble County Pork Festival - Eaton, Ohio

September 21-22, 2019 Texas Hot Sauce Festival - Houston, Texas

September 21-22, 2019 PalmFest: Fiesta de Palmas - McAllen, Texas

September 21-22, 2019 Festival of India - Richmond, Virginia

September 21-22, 2019 29th Annual Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival - Fredericksburg, Virginia

September 21-22 & 28-29, 2019 177th Long Island Fair
Old Bethpage, New York

September 21-22 & 28-29, 2019 Penn's Colony Festival
Saxonburgh, Pennsylvania

September 22, 2019 - Taste of Chico - Chico, California

September 22, 2019 5th Annual Shoreline Chefs
Westbrook, Connecticut

September 22, 2019 39th Annual Country Harvest Fair
Holliston, Massachusetts

September 22, 2019 The Epicurean Palatte
Mercer County, New Jersey

September 22, 2019 2nd annual Food Truck Festival
Waldwick, New Jersey

September 22, 2019 12th Annual Pepperfest
Abundance, North Carolina

September 22, 2019 Taste of Georgetown - Georgetown, Texas

September 22-23, 2019 - IHA Conference & Meeting - Glouster, Ohio

September 22-25, 2019 NBWA 82nd Annual Convention
Las Vegas, Nevada

September 22-28, 2019 - 148th Cumberland County Fair
Cumberland, Maine

September 22-29, 2019 Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
San Diego, California

September 22-October 31, 2019 Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins
Snohomish, Washington

September 23-29, 2019 Hamden Restaurant Week
Hamden, Connecticut

September 23-29, 2019 30th Annual Mayberry Days
Mt. Airy, North Carolina

September 25, 2019 World of the Latino Cuisine
Secaucus, New Jersey

September 25-28, 2019 Norsk Hostfest - Minot, North Dakota

September 25-29, 2019 Versailles Pumpkin Show - Versailles, Indiana

September 26, 2019 Annual Pepper Festival
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September 26, 2019 Savor Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

September 26, 2019 Taste of Grand Prairie - Grand Prairie, Texas

September 26-28, 2019 39th Annual Honeybee Festival - Paris, Illinois

September 26-28, 2019 Clarkson Honeyfest - Clarkson, Kentucky

September 26-28, 2019 Annual Morganfield Corn Festival
Morganfield, Kentucky

September 26-29, 2019 100th Annual Durham Fair
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September 26-29, 2019 78th Annual Sugar Cane Festival
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September 26-29, 2019 Annual Alligator Festival - Luling, Louisiana

September 26-29, 2019 Culinaria Festival Week - San Antonio, Texas

September 26-29, 2019 78th Annual Buckwheat Festival
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September 26-28-Oct 2-5, 2019 Great Northwest Oktoberfest
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September 26-October 6, 2019 Tulsa State Fair - Tulsa, Oklahoma

September 27, 2019 Downtown Los Altos Beer Stroll
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September 27, 2019 Annual Grapes for Grades - Hollywood, Florida

September 27-28, 2019 Harvest Festival and Parade
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September 27-28, 2019 27th Annual Coca-Cola Days - Atlantic, Iowa

September 27-28, 2019 Annual Midwest Beer Fest
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September 27-28, 2019 - Newport Oktoberfest - Newport, Kentucky

September 27-28, 2019 Annual Halifax County Harvest Days
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September 27-28, 2019 Annual NC Muscadine Festival
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September 27-28, 2019 Annual Ohio Swiss Festival - Sugarcreek, Ohio

September 27-28, 2019 55th Annual Beef-A-Rama
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September 27-29, 2019 - Chicago Gourmet - Chicago, Illinois

September 27-29, 2019 Oktoberfest Chicago - Chicago, Illinois

September 27-29, 2019 - Annual Cory Apple Festival - Cory, Indiana

September 27-29, 2019 Kansas Junior Livestock Show
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September 27-29, 2019 Anderson County Burgoo Festival
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September 27-29, 2019 - Pumpkinfest - South Lyon, Michigan

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September 27-29, 2019 Annual Greek Food Festival
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September 27-29, 2019 Everett Sausage Festival
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September 27-October 5, 2019 11th Annual Denver Beer Week
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September 27-October 6, 2019 Georgia State Fair
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September 28, 2019 - 16th Annual Irish Italian International Festival
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September 28, 2019 Killington Brewfest - Killington, Vermont

September 28, 2019 Festival of Grapes and Hops
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September 28, 2019 Vegan Roots Fest - Charlottesville, Virginia

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September 28-29, 2019 - 11th Annual Sedona WineFest
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September 28-29, 2019 San Juan Capistrano Greek Fest
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September 28-29, 2019 21st Annual Oktoberfest Weekend
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SOTTO TERRA: PR dinner that MADE NO SENSE

So a couple weeks ago, I get the invite above. I’ve seen George Duran on the Food Network and was excited to see what new foodie project they had in mind. The words “intimate Italian restaurant”, “delicious four course meal” and “sangria” tickled my appetite. I accepted immediately. To hype it even more, I was told that this “exclusive” underground restaurant was only open for 5 days. Not only was I allowed to bring a guest, but they offered my readers a dinner for two though a giveaway.

We arrived at this beautiful brownstone, eager and hungry. Excited and happy to bring my friend J along for what I promised to be an awesome night of great food and new friends. But instead of an “exclusive dinner”, we were unknowingly part of a “focus group dinner”.


Here’s how it all went down…

As we entered the warm living room, we were greeted by George’s special sangria, watermelon and cucumber gazpacho shots and bites of endives with goat cheese, orange, walnuts and balsamic reduction (which I didn’t care for since I don’t like goat cheese).

The hosts were eager to chat with every guest and made sure we were taken care of drink wise. At this point I’m still not quite sure the purpose of it all. So I asked George if this was something that would lead to his “underground supper club” or a buzz for a “future restaurant opening”? He vaguely answered maybe and no, smiled and quickly changed the topic. He was very welcoming and friendly, making me believe this was his home. I requested a sneak peak of “his” kitchen and our fancy dinner, but that was nicely rejected. Same thing with Phil Lempert, who was obviously knowledgeable about food in general, but never specific about why we were gathered here.

As we were escorted downstairs to the main dining room, the setting once again reminded me of supper clubs I’ve attended. Since this was only here for 5 days, I felt honored to be “chosen”, but puzzled by the invite and how I would be of any help in all this (I mean after all, there’s no free meal). I kept asking my friend J, I wonder what this is all about…

The hosts sat on both ends and conversation was guided mostly by Phil. The topic revolved around food obviously, our preferences, childhood favorites, food memories. Then the focus shifted to healthy eating, fresh and local, seasonal, reading our labels, so on and so forth. Sort of like a Food Inc. panel if you will. I pointed out that the reason I ate organic, fresh and good food was because my calories are very precious to me, so I want to use them wisely. George would bring up, his time spent in France as a chef, his recipes, food and family. At this point, I’m thinking, maybe the two of them are into some Food Revolution movement like Jamie Oliver. Trying to change the way America is eating and thinking about food, which made sense to have bloggers there to contribute and spread the word.

Our dinner started with a Strawberry Arugula Salad, balsamic vinaigrette, goat cheese and hints of mint. I kindly pushed the goat cheese to the side and ate the rest. Simple and fresh. Easy to put together and very healthy.

For our main course, we were served Double Stacked “traditional” Italian Lasagna, with pepperoni, seasoned beef, sausage and four cheeses. George talked about how easy it was to make lasagna in big batches and share or have it as leftover. Plus his twist of adding pepperoni, the way he likes it most, bla bla bla… I was excited, but a couple bites later, I began to doubt George’s recipe and his ability as a chef. The pasta was soft and there was little meat and cheese. It wasn’t very flavorful, and I’ve definitely had better. It wasn’t gross nor inedible by any means, but nothing to be inviting bloggers to blog about either. There was a lot of questions revolving what we thought of it and my friend J felt obligated, out of respect for the “chef present” to finish it all. I left it about 1/2 of it, but since all conversation was guided, I didn’t have a chance to tell J it was ok not to clean her plate.

The Herb Cheesy Garlic Bread used a nutty whole wheat bread, George emphasized on eating whole grain and using fresh herbs. The bread was nice and chewy loaded with salty cheese and extra garlic. I had 2 pieces, since I liked it better than the lasagna.

The palate cleanser was a much welcomed Mojito Granita Shot. Very refreshing.

The Razzleberry Pie a la mode looked great. But aside from the ice cream, the berry filling and crunch were super sweet. I left most of it behind. I noticed Phil didn’t have any at all. Which was odd, but I’m still naive and oblivious to the situation.

The night ended with a giveaway of George’s cookbook, which I was wondering how good it was based on our meal so far. Then came the final surprise and reveal…


THE CATCH FOR ALL THIS!?
Well apparently, our main course and dessert, the lasagna and pie came from “Marie Callender’s” FROZEN BOXED MEALS. All George did was a la Semi-homemade style of stacking the lasagna and sprinkling fresh herb, then putting the pie in individual cups and topping it with vanilla ice cream. At least that explains why it wasn’t the amazing dinner I was expecting. I had a good laugh about it. Took a while to sink in, the whole night seemed like such a long and elaborate set up. I was a bit annoyed and truly disappointed/shocked, that George would be part of this at all. Specially the misleading way he talked about “his” favorite way to make lasagna, the ingredients, sharing with family and friends bla bla bla. Oh, and were were all being filmed! (J and I walked out without signing any waver. So I better not see us in any promo video). George said goodbye to us and hoped we weren’t “upset” about this whole thing.


IRONIC
Our “guided” conversation was ALL based of eating better, feeding our kids, the concern of childhood obesity, farmers, eating fresh and local, seasonal ingredients, CSA… and the list goes on. Yet they were serving us a frozen meal, loaded with sodium. We brought up reading labels while we shop and being aware of what we eat, Phil and George agreed, yet this FROZEN MEAL/DESSERT had exactly what we were afraid of, ingredients I can’t pronounce nor understand. This made no sense to me whatsoever. Maybe they thought that psychologically, if we are thinking/talking about good food, happy food memories, our tastebuds would be distracted? LOL so silly


FINAL THOUGHT
As bloggers we get invited to a lot of press/PR events/dinners and what not. Some turn out great, others like this one, not so much. I guess what I don’t understand is who’s genius idea was to bring in bloggers into this. Obviously we love food, we spend all our time, effort and money finding what’s above average. We don’t eat to live, we live to eat. Feeding me free food doesn’t automatically equate to great review. I’ll always keep it honest for myself and my readers, otherwise there’s no point to all this. I do advertising by day, thank you very much, at night, blogging is a passion and hobby. I won’t promote products I won’t eat myself. Either, they were too confident about their products or just didn’t believe in our palates and tastebuds. To make it even worse, a “giveway” that sounded like lavish dinner for my readers wasn’t a classy move either. If I accept an invite and it turns out bad, that’s fine, it was mine time, I can live with that. But having me promote it and then give my readers/winners frozen food isn’t called for.


Overall (some dishes aside), it was an alright evening. Good service, friendly hosts and guests, plenty of wine and sangria. Nothing tasted absolutely horrible, nor amazing. I wasn’t mad per se, but didn’t leave a happy camper either. This was a bit distasteful (pun intended!).


I’m NOT their target consumer and they were totally off by thinking I would buy or promote their highly processed frozen foods after tricking me to taste it. I’m not saying I ONLY eat/write about healthy and organic foods, but what unhealthy stuff I choose to eat/write, at least I was aware of it and it was my decision to do so.


LESSON LEARNED: when the invite sounds too good to be true, ALWAYS ask questions and double check!

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28 responses to &ldquoSOTTO TERRA: PR dinner that MADE NO SENSE&rdquo

I was at this meal too, Phil Lempert and George Duran are pieces of sell out garbage! How can they get away with this? Appreciate your honest opinion of what went down. Plan to avoid Lempert, Duran, and anything Marie Callenders!

Hey There! It was nice meeting you at Sotto Terra even though as you said- it was a PR dinner that made no sense. I've been trying to decided whether to write about it or not but it almost doesn't seem worth the effort. However I completly agree with your sentiments. I'm not mad but feel sorry most of all for my giveway winners. In the future I will be much more cautious as well…and I will not be buying any frozen dinners anytime soon:)

Sean, you comment was under the wrong post so I copied it over…

Sean said…
This is my honest opinion about the Sotto Terra food experience. To begin, this bizarre and slightly unethical experiment was in no way a pleasant evening of shared dialogue regarding contrasting opinions of food. It was however an opportunity for ConAgra Foods and its subsidiary Marie Callenders to manipulate reactions and conversation all while diners were unknowingly video taped. The staged event was such that no well-mannered person would be able to be totally frank about the meal. Otherwise, both my guests and myself would have shared our honest opinion of your high sodium overcooked lasagna. Nevertheless, the experiment was not totally in vain, I now realize just how pathetic George Duran and Phil Lempert are. These two men redefine the meaning of a “sell out,” and any small amount of respect I ever had for them is totally lost. George was arrogant, awkward and frankly rude. From his opening point during our cocktail hour about how a waiter can get back at you by spitting in your food, to his pathetic “fishing” for compliments about a meal he did not even make. Phil Lempert was not much better he manipulated all points of dialogue, never once allowing honest opinions of food to be shared. Instead he cut people off to make sure all remarks were not too taboo against our future frozen entree. Shame on these two gentlemen and CoAgra Food Corp. for allowing their potential customers to be manipulated in such a manner. Needless to say, Phil, George and any Con Agra foods are something I will encourage others to avoid.

Hi Tasty Trekker!
it was nice meeting u too… I've been debating about writing too… since i did a giveaway, and promoted it all over twitter and facebook, i felt like i had to show what it truly was!


Food/Booze

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The annual Waretown Wine Fetival will be held April 23-24 at the Waretown Recreation and Lake Area, located at 182 Wells Mill Road. Festival goers can look forward to sampling wines from a nice variety of award-winning Garden State wineries, including Cava Winery And Vineyard, Chestnut Run Farms, Coda Rosa Winery, DiMatteo Winery, Monroeville Vineyard & Winery LLC, Plagido’s Winery, Sharrott Winery, Valenzano Winery and the Wagonhouse Winery. In addition to wine tastings, there will also be live entertainment, as well as crafters, retail vendors, food vendors, and a children’s play area. The festival will be held each day from 12-5PM. V isit http://waretownwinefestival.com for more informatrion.

Six Flags will host its 3 rd annual Fast Tracks Food Trcusk Festival April 23 and 24. There will be 22 different food trucks on hand from 12 -7PM each day, with wine sampling open from 1 -6 PM each day. Admission to the festival is included with theme park admission or a season pass. Food is available for an additional fee. Entrance to the event is located in Movietown. Wine tasting portion requires a ticket. Tickets are available online for $12.99 in advance or $15.99 at the park on the day of the event. Visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/special-events/celebration/fast-tracks-food-trucks-festival for more information.

On April 23 rd and 24 th , historic Long street Farm, (Longstreet Road, Holmdel) will host Wool Days/Sheep Shearing. Events include sheep-shearing and demonstrations by sheep-herding dogs. Visitors can also enjoy wagon rides to a neighboring site, the Monmouth County Historical Associations’ Holmes-Hendrickson House, where staff will demonstrate the way wool was used in Colonial America with spinning and weaving activities. Parking and admission are free. For more information, visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com

Sterling Hill Mineral Museum and the New Jersey Earth Science Association (NJESA) will host the 44 th annual Gem & Mineral Show / Outdoor Swap & Sell at the Franklin School, 50 Washington Ave, Franklin. There will be numerous vendors with lots of gems and minerals on display and for sale. For more information visit http://sterlinghillminingmuseum.org or http://www.njesa.org

The 5 th annual Feis at the Beach is held April 23. This annual Irish Dance Competition is held at the Wildwood Convention Center . Over 1300 entrants will compete for prizes. An Irish art competition is also held at the feis and submissons should be on the table by 2pm. For more information visit http://cumminsschool.com/feisatthebeach.

The Blackwood American Legion hosts its 4 th annual cigar night on the Quaterdeck from 6-10PM, Join them for evening of camaraderie with Cigar enthusiasts while enjoying some truly exceptional premium smokes. $65 per person includes 5 premium cigars, premium draft beers, finger foods. For non-smokers tickets are available for beer and food for just $20. The Blackwood American Legion is located at 2101 Chews Landing Rd., Blackwood. There is a sign up sheet at bar or call 856-228-9869.

Bellview Winery has a release of their Dandelion wine April 23rd and 24th. You can sample or purchase their latest dandelion wine or any of their many other vintages, or just take a tour of the winery (which is free). There is no charge to enter the event but there is a fee for the tasting. For more information visit www.bellviewwinery.com/event/spring-wine-release-16.cfm

The Fabian Theater 8 at Center City Mall in Paterson hosts the Passaic County Film Commissions 12 th annual Passaic County Film Festival. On April 23 rd , a selection of short films will be seen on the big screen. Over one hundred films were submitted to the festival this year by students and independent film makers who live, attend school or work in Passaic County. Film entries are 10 minutes in length and are in the following categories: general short film public service announcement music video and documentary/historic film. The films were judged by members of the Passaic County Film Commission in February. Awards will be presented at the festival and one Grand Prize for the best film of the festival will also be awarded. The objective of the Passaic County Film Festival is to support students and independent film makers by providing a public forum in which to showcase their films.

The Red Bank International Beer Wine & Food Fest will be held April 24 th in the White Street Municipal Parking Lot . This street festival features international food from Red Bank’s great restaurants, international beer & wine, live entertainment on two stages, unique crafters & vendors, and lots of family fun. It’s a huge food and music festival with lots of activities for the kids. For more information visit www.redbank.org/events/7/international-beer-wine-food-fest/

The Wayne Comic book show is a much more traditional comic con, focused on comics as opposed to all manner of pop culture, movies and television. This annual con is held at the Regency Hotel in Pompton Plains on April 24. Admission is $3. Visit http://www.njcomicbookshows.com/wayne.html for more details.

Raceway Park hosts the 18th Annual Spring VW/Audi/Eurofest Show & Go. No Test & Tune on April 24 th . For details visit www.etownraceway.com.

The 7 th annual South Jersey Law Enforcement Outdoor Challenge will be held April 26 th , and is a fundraiser for the Police Unity Tour, which raises money for the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial and Museum in Wahsington DC. It is held at the Medford YMCA. For more details visit their website at www.sjlawenforcementoutdoorchallenge.com.

The Long Hill Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Annual Stirling Street Fair on April 24. Held on Main Avenue between Mercer and Somerset Streets from 10-5PM. Karaoke, crafts, collectables, more then 100 different vendors, face painting, rides, all sorts of great food, even a petting zoo.

Historic Downtown Somerville hosts their 3 rd annual arts and crafts fair April 24. Aartisans, craftsmen and photographers will display and sell all manner of crafts and fine art including handmade works such as oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photography, pottery, jewelry, decorative fiber works, metal works, paper, stone, garden works and much more. Come down to 5 E Main St for all the festivities.

The 27 th annual Tour de Franklin will be held April 24 th in Somerset. The fundraiser helps raise money for the Franklin Township Food Bank. In 2014 650 bike riders raised over $60,000 for the food bank. There are seven different events, the largest one is a 62 mile bike ride. To celebrate our 25th year, individuals who raise/donate $250 or more will receive a commemorative Tour t-shirt, in addition to the standard t-shirt. Similarly, teams that raise $2,500 or more will get a commemorative t-shirt for each of their members. For more information visit http://franklinfoodbank.org/events/tour-de-franklin/

Bacon! Chili! Pork Roll and other fabulous food festivals

The Laurita Winery hold a Bacon Festival on April 30 and May 1st. There will be plenty of food trucks with bacon themed food available as well as tastings of Laurita Wineries various wines. There will be lots of entertainment and lots to do including tours of the winery, mechanical pig riding, fireworks Saturday night, vendors and artisans, pottery demonstrations and even camel and pony rides! There is an entry fee as well as a fee for tastings (but you get a commemorative baconfest glass) For all the details visit http://lauritawinery.com/events/laurita-bacon-fest.

Back by popular demand, Tuckerton Seaport hosts their third annual Truckerton Food Truck and Beerfest April 30 and May 1st. Over one dozen different food trucks will be hand dishing out great food including BBQ, wood fired pizza, even famous Cup Cake Wars cupcakes. The beer garden will feature numerous local breweries including Pinelands Brewing Co. and the Laurita Winery. There will be plenty of live music as well to keep you entertained. Held at Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum (120 West Main Street, Tuckerton) event admission allows access to the all the maritime activities, historic and recreated buildings, live animals, boardwalk, miniature golf course, and exhibits. Event admission is $8 for adults, and free for Seaport Members and children under 5. Save $1 on admission by bringing an item to donate to the Tuckerton Food Pantry. For more information, visit them at http://www.tuckertonseaport.org.

The 5th annual Asbury Restaurant Tour will be held from noon-4PM May 1st. Over 25 different bars and restaurants will be particpating. Participants must go the Restaurant Tour check-in tent at Press Plaza (600 Cookman Ave). Ticket price is $35 and is non-refundable and non transferable. Wristbands are valid at participating restaurants for the May 1st, 2016 noon- 4pm event ONLY. For more information visit http://www.asburyparkchamber.com/restaurant_tour.asp

The American Legion of Somers Point hosts its 8th annual pig Roast on May 1st. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door for $20. Proceeds benefit the American Legion. There will be North Carrolina BBQ, free draft beer and soda as well as hot dogs, hamburgers and of course roast pig. Live Music by “Who Dat Band”. For details visit http://www.americanlegion352.org

There are two Greek festivals held in May. The first is held at the St George Greek Orthodox Church at 1101 River Rd in Piscataway May 12-16th. Proceeds from the festival assist the church in continuing its cultural and community programming. There will be homemade Greek foods and pastries Greek Folk Dancing and live greek music Greek specialty items as well as a number of other Greek traditions. For more information visit http://www.stgeorgepiscataway.org or http://www.facebook.com/StGeorgePwayGreekFest

The 13th annual Heirloom tomatos sale will be held on May 14th in Ramsey and May 28th and 29th at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. The Ramsey event is always the Saturday after Mothers Day and is held at the Masonic Lodge. The second sale is always held on Memorial Day weekend. For more information on these fantastic tomatoes visit http://jerseygrown.com

Who says NJ doesn’t have great BBQ & awesome Beer? The Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown is New Jersey’s first festival, featuring only New Jersey Beer, coupled with restaurants, gourmet food trucks & Chefs, offering a delectable array of mouth watering BBQ & Bacon creations, all available for purchase. There will be a competition to showcase their culinary skills, with a panel of celebrity judges choosing the best of the best, along with People’s Choice awards for Best Dish & Best Beer. 20 New Jersey Breweries will be in attendance, each bringing 4 styles of Beer. One of these styles will be either a rare Beer or a Brew created specifically for this event. The event will take place outdoors and under tents, with fantastic music to keep you entertained. For details visit http://njbeerbbqfest.com

The 25th annual NJ State Chili & Salsa Cookoff will be held May 21st in Toms River on Washington St. Besides the contest, there will be chili eating contests, rides, vendors and lots of other great food. For more information visit http://www.downtowntomsriver.com.

There are two Irish festivals this month. All of them feature Irish food, clothing and crafts as well as live Irish music. Spring Lake holds its Irish Festival May 21. Visit http://www.springlake.org/irishfestival for more information. Hoboken also hosts its annual Irish Festival on May 21 in Sinatra Park. There will be an Irish soda bread eating contest and a demo by the Irish Hurling Club.

Who would think to combine jazz and pancakes? Find out when the Princeton Rotary Club holds its annual Pancakes, Jazz & Scholarship celebration. This all you can eat pancake breakfast will feature live jazz music and the proceeds benefit PHS 101 Scholarship Fund. Stop by 190 Nassau St, Princeton and support a good cause. For more info visit http://www.princetonrotary.org

Monmouth Park racetrack will host a Food Truck Fair May 28-30th. Over 20 trucks will be competing for the People’s Choice Award including Ahh! La Cart, Amanda Bananas, Bacon on Wheels, Chimney Cake Factory, Chris’s Curbside Deli, Cupcake Carnivale, Dark Side of the Moo, Dellanos Food Service, E&S Original Steak-n-Take, El Lechon de Negron, Empanada Guy, Enzo’s Pizza, Five Sisters Catering, Fork in the Road, Four Boys Concessions, Hoffman’s Ice Cream, Jersey Johnny’s Grill, Kona Ice, Mary Queen of Pork, Max’s Famous Hot Dogs on Wheels, The Morris Truck, Oink and the Moo, Red Hook Lobster, The Cow and the Curd, The Outslider, Taqueria Autentica, Tony Boloney’s Mustache Mobile, Waffle de Lys, Wrap Star and Zinna’s Bistro. For more information visit http://www.monmouthpark.com

I can’t think of anything thats more jersey than the 3rd Annual 2016 Trenton Pork Roll Festival. It’s held May 28th in Mill Hill Park in Trenton, and features lots of food and craft vendors with Pork Roll-themed menus, live music, Trenton Pork Roll History, Art and Children’s Events, a Pork Roll Recipe Contest, and a Pork Roll Queen Competition. For information visit http://www.porkrollfestival.com

Upcoming beer and wine events in April and May

Visit the Atlantic City Convention center April 8th and 9th for the 11th Annual AC Beer and Music Festival. Over 1,000 different beers from 150 breweries will be available for tasting, both from local brewers as well as international ones. There will be musical performances as well as culinary demonstrations by local chefs not to mention many contests including toilet bowl races, hot wing eating contests, field goal kick contests as well as the 1st Annual Hops Trot 5K run on Saturday. Pre-registration is recommended and can be done at http://www.acbeerfest.com/hopstrot. Learn more about this event at http://www.acbeerfest.com or http://www.celebrationofthesuds.com or on face book at https://www.facebook.com/acbeerandmusicfest

Bellview Winery has a release of their Dandelion wine April 23rd and 24th. You can sample or purchase their latest dandelion wine or any of their many other vintages, or just take a tour of the winery (which is free). There is no charge to enter the event but there is a fee for the tasting. For more information visit their website at http://www.bellviewwinery.com/event/spring-wine-release-16.cfm

The Laurita Winery holds their Bacon Festival on April 30 and May 1st. There will be plenty of food trucks with bacon themed food available as well as tastings of Laurita Wineries various wines. There will be lots of entertainment and lots to do including tours of the winery, mechanical pig riding, fireworks Saturday night, vendors and artisans, pottery demonstrations and even camel and pony rides! There is an entry fee as well as a fee for tastings (but you get a commemorative baconfest glass) For all the details visit http://lauritawinery.com/events/laurita-bacon-fest.

The Historic Village at Allaire hosts their first annual beer festival on April 30th. The BBQ Briefest has a $5 admission fee and tickets will be sold for the beer garden. Beer tickets are available at the door to the beer garden. There will be great food, live music and an opportunity to explore the historic buildings and visit the craft shops. Visit http://allairevillage.org/event/allaire-bbq-brew-fest/ for more details on the event.

Back by popular demand, Tuckerton Seaport hosts their third annual Truckerton Food Truck and Beerfest April 30 and May 1st. Over one dozen different food trucks will be hand dishing out great food including BBQ, wood fired pizza, even famous Cup Cake Wars cupcakes. The beer garden will feature numerous local breweries including Pinelands Brewing Co. and the Laurita Winery. There will be plenty of live music as well to keep you entertained. Held at Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum (120 West Main Street, Tuckerton) event admission allows access to the all the maritime activities, historic and recreated buildings, live animals, boardwalk, miniature golf course, and exhibits. Event admission is $8 for adults, and free for Seaport Members and children under 5. Save $1 on admission by bringing an item to donate to the Tuckerton Food Pantry. For more information, visit them at http://www.tuckertonseaport.org.

Handcrafted at Perkins Center is a 21+ event taking place at Perkins Center (30 Irvin Ave. Collingwood) on May 14th. Over a dozen regional craft micro brews will provide a tasting, there will also be a distillery, a gourmet food cart fare, handmade beer steins, live music and a silent auction. By popular demand, the 6th Annual Handcrafted at Perkins Center will once again feature a VIP Tasting at 6pm hosted by Joe Sixpack, beer reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News. This intimate tasting offers limited space and will showcase small New Jersey Breweries only featured from 6-7pm. Tickets are $50 per person and include tastings of all the craft brews and food showcased at the event. Attend the VIP Tasting for an additional $20. * Space is limited for the VIP Tasting, purchase tickets early. For ticketing and event details, please visit PerkinsArts.org or call (856) 235-6488.

Who says NJ doesn’t have great BBQ & awesome Beer? The Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown is New Jersey’s first festival, featuring only New Jersey Beer, coupled with restaurants, gourmet food trucks & Chefs, offering a delectable array of mouth watering BBQ & Bacon creations, all available for purchase. There will be a competition to showcase their culinary skills, with a panel of celebrity judges choosing the best of the best, along with People’s Choice awards for Best Dish & Best Beer. 20 New Jersey Breweries will be in attendance, each bringing 4 styles of Beer. One of these styles will be either a rare Beer or a Brew created specifically for this event. The event will take place outdoors and under tents, with fantastic music to keep you entertained. For details visit http://njbeerbbqfest.com

Oktoberfest Celebrations in NJ

Oktoberfest is a 16 day festival in Munich, Germany, that begins in late September and runs to the first Sunday in October. The festival began in 1810 and is held in a area named Theresienwiese (German for meadow of Therese) near the center of town. Although beer is the primary focus of the celebration (7M liters were served in 2007) there are plenty of rides, attractions, vendors and food. Over the 200 years of the festival existence there have been horse races, parades, agricultural shows, sporting events and other elements. The festival has become popular in other countries, though as my teenager step-daughter responded when I explained what Oktoberfest is, “Oh so it’s another ethnic festival thats been turned into an excuse to drink beer.” No, because it was ALWAYS an excuse to drink beer.

Many Oktoberfest celebrations have already been held in September and will not be listed. Most run one or two days but two of the biggest bier gartens in the state hold their celebration all month long, from September 26-October 25.

The Pilsener Haus & Biergarten hosts what has been described as the most authentic Oktoberfest in the NY/NJ metro area. Established in 2011, the owners set out to create an authentic Austro-Hungarian beer garden as well as provide great food. Whether you eat and drink in the bier hall or outdoors in the sunny biergarten you will be in for a treat. The Star-Ledger awarded them 3 stars for their food, which should please almost anyone. Fair includes schnitzels, strudels, goulash and huge Bavarian pretzels, seasonal specials and even vegetarian and gluten-free items. Of course there is a wide selection of sausages, bratwursts, rotisserie chicken and other meats available from the grill.

No Oktoberfest or BierGarten would be complete without a fine selection of beer, and NJ Monthly named the Pilsner Haus a “top tap room for beer connoisseurs”, with over 20 premium imported drafts and 50 European and American craft beers by the bottle, including RamSteins Oktoberfest. Add in music by Bavarski, the Bad Boys of Polka, Pilsener Haus & Biergarten and you’ve got a party that last for a solid month. The Pilsner Haus is located at 1422 Grand St, Hoboken. For more information visit their website at http://pilsenerhaus.com

The Stone House at Stirling Hill holds their Oktoberfest celebration October 4th. The Stone House is known for serving gourmet farm-to-table food. It features an open kitchen for foodies to admire, and supports local farms, helping to establish the organic farming cooperative, Dancing Goat Farm. Their Oktoberfest celebration will feature delicious German beers and a buffet style lunch. The price is $45 and advance reservations are recommended. For more information call 908 754-1222 or visit their website at http://stonehouseatstirlingridge.com

Cape May celebrates Oktoberfest on October 4th. Historic Jackson Street becomes a German promenade for the day with authentic German food, beer and music as well artisan tables. For more information visit the Cape May Chamber website at http://capemaychamber.com

Historic Smithville holds an annual Oktoberfest and craft fair the first weekend of every October. This years event will feature live music and food as well as over 75 different crafters selling their wares. Historic Smithville is located right off Route 9 at E Moss Rd. For more information visit their website at http://historicsmithvillenj.com.

The Deutscher Club of Clark holds an annual Oktoberfest celebration the weekend of October 4-5th. The doors open at 230 and authentic German food and beer will be served beginning at 3:30. From 6-10 there will be love music by the Polkadelphia Band under the large covered Festhalle. Admission is $5. For more details visit their website at http://deutscherclub.us

The Avalon Oktoberfest will be held on October 4th, and will benefit Friends in need, a local charity that serves residents of Cape May County. There will be a beer garden, authentic German food vendors, arts and crafts, games, and music. Live entertainment, featuring German music, begins at 1:00 p.m. Admission to the beer garden is $10.00, and includes both a commemorative beer stein. There will be the first annual Cornhole Tournament with over $1,000 in prizes. The party will be held on 20th Street between Dune and Ocean Drives. For more information visit their website at http://friendinneednj.org.

The Quakertown Fire Company holds its 5th annual Oktoberfest, sponsored by Mt. Salem Electric of Pittstown, on October 4th. There will be a DJ, pumpkin painting and a silent auction of great products including two generators. This year’s menu consists of Oktoberfest platters, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken wings, clams, grill cheese, potato pancakes, fresh-cut French fries and ribs. Food can be enjoyed at the event or to go! PRE-ORDERING ribs is suggested as always by calling the station or by ordering on Facebook. Soda, water, six draft beers and wine will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Join them for their biggest fundraiser of the year at 67 Quakertown Road in Franklin Township.

Lambertville will see the 2nd annual Music, Beer and Brats Oktoberfest held on October 4th. Proceeds from this event will benefit the friends of Ely Park, an organization dedicated to preserving the only open park space in the city. There will be live music by Phase 3, authentic German beer and bratwurst. The events will be held in the parking lot behind Rago Arts & Auction Center at 333 North Main Street. Tickets are $45.00 each and includes food and beverages. For more information visit their website at http://friendsofelypark.org

The 5th annual Our Lady of the Lake Oktoberfest will be held on October 4. The festivities begin with a ceremonial keg tapping, followed by authentic German food, beer, and live music. Last year some of the food included bratwursts, knockwursts, sauerkraut, smoked ham, roasted turkey breast, stuffing, cranberry sauce, baked beans, German potato salad and chocolate cake. This is a family friendly event including a Kinderfest with dunk tanks, slides, a bungee run, a gauntlet, live kids music and a moonwalk. Admission is $75.00 the day of the event, or $65.00 in advance. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the church website at http://ollverona.org.

Whats an Oktoberfest without traditional German favorites? Knockwurst, bratwurst, kraut, goulash, Bavarian noodles, sauerbraten, and potato pancakes, you’ll find them all at the 14th annual Oktoberfest in Veterans Park, Highlands. There will also be a selection of Oktoberfest Beers, as well as live, authentic German music and the Bayern Verien German Dancers. Festivities include contests and a 50/50 drawing. Admission and Parking are free. There will also be a best dressed contest and a beer stein holding competition with special prizes. For more information visit the Highlands website at http://www.highlandsnj.com

Leonia will celebrate ther 15th annual Oktoberfest on October 5, at the American Legion Hall (399 Broad Avenue). Tickets are $10 and includes one drink (food and beverages will be available for purchase). The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Palisades and is a fundraiser for the Center for Food Action and other local charities and schools. This family event features traditional German competitions with real Bavarian prizes.
Additional information is available at their website, http://leoniaoktoberfest.com

The Pig and Prince Restaurant and Gastrolounge will hold its second Oktoberfest on October 5th. $20 admission buys you a Pig & Prince Oktoberfest glass which includes a token for one free beer. Additional tokens are $5 each or 5 for $20. Featured beers include High Point Brewing Co. (Ramstein) – Brooklyn Brewery – Flying Dog River Horse – Carton Brewing Co. – Kane BRewing Co. – Weyerbacher Ommegang, and Docs Hard Cider. There will be plenty of authentic German food as well as live music. Visit Pig & Prince at 1 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair. For more information visit their website at http://pigandprince.com

The 5th Annual South Jersey Oktoberfest will be held on October 10th, at Masso’s Orchard Garden, 1299 N Delsea Dr, Glassboro. There will be German food, craft beers and select wines from the region’s top restaurants.. There will also be games and prizes, and parking is free. Tickets are available at Canal’s of Glassboro and the American Red Cross South Jersey Chapter, also in Glassboro. Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross. More information is available at their website http://www.redcross.org/

Forest Lodge holds its annual Oktoberfest October 11th. The event features German food, beer, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, and kids rides. Liv music will be performed by Bernie’s Orchestra. Admission is $7. Children 10 and under are free. Come join the fun from 10-5 at Forest Lodge, 11 Reinman Road, Warren.

The Princeton Masonic Lodge celebrates Oktoberfest to benefit the TriState Wheelchair Athletic Foundation on October 11. Tickets are $10 and entitles you to a traditional German meal of Brezel mit senf, Bratwurst, Schwein mit Jagersosse, Spaetzle, Rot Kohl, Sauerkraut, Apfel Strudel, and Deutschland Schokolade Torte. Of course there will also be German music and beer. The Central Jersey Masonic Center is located at 345 River Road, Princeton. For more information or to purchase tickets visit their website at http://www.princetonfreemason.com

The Demarest Nature Center holds its 33rd annual Duck Pond Oktoberfest Craft Show October 11. Over 75 vendors will have their wares for sale at the festival, which features traditional German music and food (but no beer) in addition to Korean delicacies, inflatables, canoe rides and prizes. For more information please visit their website at http://www.demarestnaturecenter.org

Old Bay Restaurant in New Brunswick hosts its 25th annual Oktoberfest October 12th. An admission fee of $15 entitles you to a free draft beer, German style buffet including sauerkraut, german potato salad, black forest cake, sausage, roast pork in beer sauce, pretzel crusted chicken, pierogis and more. Live German music courtesy of Alpine Express. Visit their website at http://www.oldbayrest.com for more details.

Oasis, which provides service to battering women and their children, will host their Oktoberfest fundraiser on October 17th at McBride Field, 813 Franklin Lake Rd., Franklin Lakes, NJ. You may purchase tickets at oasisnj.com or call Lynn McCormack, their Special Events Coordinator, at (973) 881-8307 x108.

Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the third annual Town Bank Fire Company Oktoberfest, October 17-19 at Cape May Airport. The festival will feature an official Oktoberfest beer courtesy of Cape May Brewery. There will be seasonal and regular beers, food provided by Smoke-n-Bones Barbecue, live entertainment by the bands “Loud & Clear”, “Animal House” and the “DAB Band”. This year will also mark the first annual pumpkin carve where teams attempt to carve 100 lb pumpkins. The event is a fundraiser for the Towmbank FD. Admission is a suggested $5.00 donation to the Town Bank Fire Department and parking is free. For more in formation visit their webpage at http://www.townbankoktoberfest.com or http://capemaybrewery.com.

Germania Park is home to the Deutscher Schul-und Gesangverein, The German School and Singing Society. The organization is dedicated to the celebration German language and German song, culture, customs and traditions. They hold numerous events thruout the year including Schlachtfest, held October 18th. This festival will feature authentic German food and beer and begins at 6pm. Live music will be played beginning at 7pm. Germania Park is located on Conger St in Dover. You can learn more about the event and the organization at their website http://www.germaniapark.com

The Trump Taj Mahal hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebration October 25-26th. $5 admission, free for Trump Taj card holders. Traditional German food, drinks and imported drinks will be avialable, and there will be vendors and crafters selling german goods. For more details visait their website at http://www.trumptaj.com

Ethnic festival in May/June

There are many ethnic festivals and fairs held thruout NJ all year round and May and June are when things really start to heat up. Most of the events feature freshly prepared native food, dancing and singing, some are parades, and some have guest speakers. All of them exist to promote their culture and heritage and to share that with the rest of us.

St Anthasinos Church hosts its 40th annual Greek Food Festival from May 15-18. Located at 51 Paramus Road, Paramus, the festival features exquisite Greek cuisine, including Lamb Shish Kebab, Greek salad, Dolmades, Moussaka, and Spanakopita, as well as Greek pastries, including Baklava, Kourabiedes and Loukomades. A Greek band will provide live entertainment Friday and Saturday Evenings. The Festival also will feature performances by its GOYA dance troop wearing authentic Greek costumes.

The St George Greek orthodox Church at 1101 River Rd in Piscataway will run its 41st annual Greek festival on May 16th. Proceeds from the festival assist the church in continuing its cultural and community programming. There will be homemade Greek foods and pastries Greek Folk Dancing Greek specialty items Live Greek Music Gyro Souvlakia Loukoumades Ouzo and a number of other Greek traditions.For more information visit their website at http://www.stgeorgepiscataway.org or their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StGeorgePwayGreekFest

The St Andrews Big Greek Festival will be held May 30-June 1 at 1447 Sussex Turnpike in Randolph. There will be plenty of Greek food and music, dancers and lots of crafts and vendors. Tickets are $4 but you can get a coupon for free admission at their website http://www.biggreekfestival.com

The NJ Greekfest is held May 29-June 1st at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 250 Gallows Hills Rd, Westfield. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, greek music, lots of authentic greek food, a kids zone, dance performances and more. Proceeds from the festival go to the Children’s Specialized Hospital, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship and the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. For more details visit http://www.njgreekfest.com

Spring Lake holds its annual Irish Festival May 17th or 24th. I’ve read conflicting info about the date.

The 44th annual Irish festival will be held June 8th at Monmouth Park. Expect lots of Irish dancers and Irish music as well as food, craft vendors and games for the kids. There will be a Pipe Band Competition as well as a Catholic Mass at 11am. For more information visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/NJ-IRISH-FESTIVAL/ or their website at http://www.nj-irishfestival.com

The 48th annual African American Heritage Parade will be held May 25th but is part of the Memorial day weekend long African American Heritage Cultural Festival, May 23-26th. Each year the special signature attraction is skydivers who parachute directly in front of the reviewing stand on Broad Street. The holiday weekend begins on Friday evening in Weequahic Park with many free family oriented attractions. There are the carnival, vendors, games and pony rides. As always, there will be numerous booths featuring mouth watering ‘soul food.’ Saturday’s events feature local artists and well-known performers. On Sunday, there are pre-parade activities and the first of over one hundred contingents, step off beginning the parade. After the parade, the festival at Weequahic Park opens with a spiritual concert on the main stage. The Heritage Festival will end on Memorial Day Monday. The parade is meant to establish a sense of pride and awareness in African American heritage and sense of unity and mutual cooperation among all people of African heritage. For more details visit http://aahpc.org

The Portugal Day Festival in the Ironbound, Newark, New Jersey is a street festival celebrating the Portuguese people, language, and their culture. First organized in 1979, since 2010 the Festival has been organized by the Union of Portuguese American Clubs of New Jersey. It will be held June 6-8th. For details visit them on facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/ThePortugalDayFestival

The 39th annual Hungarian Festival will be held June 7th on Somerset St in New Brunswick between Division and Bethany. Enjoy fine Hungarian cuisine, listen to Hungarian folk songs and watch and learn Hungarian folk dances! With activities for children, performances throughout the day and plenty of vendors, it is an event you won’t want to miss! For more details visit their website at http://www.hungarianfestival.org.

The Polish Heritage Festival will be held June 8 at the PNC Bank Arts Center. From the time that the NJ Highway Authority first conceived of builfing an arts center, one of the goals was to host ethnic festivals and after the Garden State Art Center (now the PNC Bank Arts Center) was built, the first polish festival was held in 1972. Organized by the Polish American Congress, the goal of the festival is to celebrate Polish culture. To that end, there will be polish food and polish singers, a DJ, soccer will be played as well as a classic car show and the ABBA tribute band, the ABBA Girlz. In addition there will be a scholarship presentation. For more information visit their webpage at http://www.polfest.com/program.shtml

The 19th annual North Wildwood Italian-American Festival is a 3 day celebration of Italian-American heritage held in North Wildwood June 27-29th. It draws nearly 100,000 people and features continuous live Doo-Wop entertainment, Italian Craft & Food vendors, children’s activities and many other exciting events. For details visit them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ItalianAmericanFestivalNorthWildwood

The best wine and beer festivals in NJ in May/June

NJ is home to many craft beer companies and wineries and they, along with lots of other great beers and wines will be shown off at the many beer and wine festivals held in NJ this summer. Here is a list of the events being held in May and June.

The 3rd annual Garden State Brewfest will be held May 10th at the Mt. Carmel Fairgrounds, 55 River Rd, Berkeley Heights. The Garden State Brewfest champions local craft brewers along with local vendors, local bands and local charitable beneficiaries, with this years event supporting Hurricane Sandy relief. Last years event was a sellout, so be sure to buy your tickets early and save. This years event offerings include 50+ local craft brews, a “Strange Brews Tent” featuring unique beers from around the corner and around the world and a VIP food pairing experience . For more information and tickets visit http://www.njbeerfest.com

The jersey shore beerfest was last held May 18, 2013 in Neptune. I cant get confirmation if its being held again or not. I was told yes but the domain name is no longer registered and theres been nothing on any of the beer sites about it for 2014. Keep a look out for it. Heres the webpage about last years event. http://newjerseycraftbeer.com/jersey-shore-beer-fest/

Wine Festival Season kicks off when twenty of New Jersey’s premier wine producers come together Memorial Day weekend for the Garden State Wine Growers Association’s annual Blues and Wine Festival, held at the sprawling and gorgeous 500 acre Natirar estate in Peapack-Gladstone. The event is cash only and there are no ATMS so advance ticket purchase is recommended. For more information visit this website http://www.newjerseywines.com/festivals.html

Montclair is well known for its wide variety of fine restaurants and they are shown off during the annual Food and Wine Festival. The Festival is a non-profit corporation created to promote education, awareness and appreciation of the culinary arts in Montclair by uniting chefs, artisans, farmers, and wine-makers in a multi-day event featuring educational seminars, symposia, demonstrations, and lectures. The Montclair Food & Wine Festival also established a scholarship program to enable underserved or disadvantaged youth from the Montclair area the opportunity to further their culinary, agricultural, gastronomic education, and careers. There will be a grand tasting held at the Montclair Art Museum May 31, followed by a series of seminars on June 1 and concluding with the Gala Dinner on June 2 at The Manor in West Orange. For more information visit http://montclairfoodandwinefestival.org

The Lakewood BlueClaws host the Jersey Shore Wine Festival June 2-3rd at FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood. The centerpiece of the festival will be wine tasting by 12 New Jersey wineries from around the state the event will also feature live musical entertainment, food, crafters and the BlueClaws play area for children. A portion of the proceeds of this event will benefit Sylvia’s Children, a 501(c)3 dedicated to supporting children in Uganda. Visit their them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jersey-Shore-Wine-Festival/187908701238202l

The Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival is really three festivals held in Asbury Park, Point Pleasant and Long Branch thruout the summer. All three events feature live free music (jazz and blues obviously) as well as a beer garden, arts and crafts, food, and they’re all right next to (or close to) the beach It begins with the Asbury Park Blues and Brews festival June 7th. It is held at 1300 Ocean Avenue, Bradley Park. July 19th is the Point Pleasant Jazz & Blues Festival, held at Riverside Park, on the corner of Maxson Ave. and River Rd, Point Pleasant. The festival concludes August 23rd with the Long Branch Jazz and Blues Festival on the great lawn at the Promenade in Long Branch. The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival has been named Favorite Music Festival in the 6th Annual JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards.

The 5th annual NJ Beer and Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort returns June 14th. Spend a day or the whole weekend as you sample your favorite brews, discover a variety of new flavorful beers, enjoy great food ranging from an all-out BBQ feast to a beer & food pairing reception with top chefs from NJ, party to all your favorite music, participate in the Brews & Birdies Golf Tournament and so much more! For more information visit http://www.crystalgolfresort.com

Win & Wine Weekend will be held at Monmouth Park June 21-22nd. The best local New Jersey wineries will be pouring their featured wines. Plan a picnic for the day! No advance tickets required. Wine celebration hours 12-6 both Saturday and Sunday.
For details visit http://www.monmouthpark.com

The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild returns to the battleship USS New Jersey for the 18th incarnation of the organization’s festival. this event at the Camden waterfront is the only beer festival in the state to exclusively feature Jersey-brewed beers. There is a VIP session as well as regular admission, which includes a tour of the battleship, and live music will be performed. For details visit http://www.battleshipnewjersey.org

The 2nd annual Brew at the Zoo will be held June 28th at Turtle Back Zoo in South Orange. The festival will feature live entertainment, twenty-five brewers, and a selection of fifty craft beers. Several of the zoo’s exhibits will be open to browse during the event.
Advance tickets for the event are $50 with a special Designated Driver ticket for only $10. Use promo code “devilgourmet2014” at checkout to get 10% off your ticket price.

The Tuckerton Seaport hosts the Roots Music Festival (formerly the Red Wine and Blues Festival) on June 28th & 29th. There will be two days of music, wine tasting, food, crafters, vendors, demonstrations & activities. Live roots music from The Billy Walton Band, Ryan & the Blue Hearts, James Day & The Fish Fry, Steve Guyger, The Keystone Swingbillies, Snake Brothers, Home Cookin’, and Zydeco-a-Go-Go. Uncork some fun and enjoy a perfect afternoon of wine tasting from some of NJ’s finest wineries Di Matteo, Tomasello, and Valenzano. Complimentary wine glass included. Try free samples from the barbeques of best local barbeque cooks and vote for your favorite. For more information visit http://www.tuckertonseaport.org

Car, Truck and motorcycle events in May and June

People love classic cars and trucks and motorcycle owners love to ride and there are plenty of shows and rides to talk about in May and June in the Garden State. Many raise funds for charity or worthy causes so grab your camera and head out to see some great automobiles all around the state in May and June.

Over 200 different cars will be on display when the MG Car Club of NJ celebrates their annual Britfest at Horseshoe Lake in Succasunna on May 3rd. Portion of the proceeds will benefit Interfaith food Pantry-Morris County. Please bring a non perishable food item to the show. Fish and chips will be served as well as breakfast. For details you can visit the club webpage at http://www.mgccnj.org

he annual Ramapo Rumble is an annual motorcycle ride in Bergen County which raises money for the Ramapo Scholarship Fund. There will be awards, a raffle, a BBQ and live music at the conclusion. For details visit their website is http://www.ramapo.edu/ramapo-rumble/

Raceway Park in Oldbridge holds its 18th annual Sport Nation on May 3rd and 4th. For information visit http://www.etownraceway.com

Power Portal Products holds its annual car show on may 3rd from 9-4 at 34 Bank St in Netcong. There will be a DJ, food vendors, 50/50 raffle and trophies for best in show. Proceeds from the show benefit the Two Kids Foundation. For more information visit http://powerportalproducts.com

The 63rd annual Spring car show will be held May 4. Over 250 classic cars will be on display run by the NJ Antique Automobile Club of America. For details visit their webpage at http://njaaca.org.

There are two bike blessings being held May 4th. Pastor Chuck leads a blessing at Big John’s Pub on May 4th. The blessing and prayer will be followed by a musical performance by the Southern Steel Band. Big John’s Pub is located at 49 Old Rt. 23, Newfoundland. Father Paul leads the 19th annual Blessing of the Bikes on May 4th. It will take place at St. Stephen’s Church, 180 Rt. 539, Whiting iat 2PM. Tickets for the event are $20 if purchased in advance and $25 at the door. There will be no charge for children under 10. The proceeds of the event will benefit St. Stephen’s Ministries. Included in the price of the ticket is a barbecue, non-alcoholic beverages, activities, trophies & live music by The Strayz.

The Spring Boardwalk Classic Car Show takes place from May 8-11th on the Wildwood Boardwalk. Model cars 2003 and older will be on display all along the boardwalk from 830-3pm Friday and Saturday with a drive in movie held afterwards and an awards ceremony Sunday morning. For more information visit http://www.wildwoodmotorevents.com

Affinity Furniture’s 6th Annual Classic Car Show & Amish BBQ will be held May 10th at 209 Kings Highway, Clarksboro. All types of vehicles are welcome, including sports cars, classic cars, muscle cars, tuner and sport compacts, exotics, low riders , motorcycles and more. There will be trophies for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place as well as people’s choice, dash plaques & t-shirts. For more details visit http://www.affinityfurniture.com

The second Wednesday every month from May thru September is Crusin Night in downtown Toms River. On May 14th, go back in time while viewing vintage and antique cars, special interest vehicles and motorcycles. Enjoy live bands, Elvis and giveaways in your hometown downtown! Head over to Washington St in Toms River from 6-9 for all the fun and festivities.For details visit their website at http: //www.downtowntomsriver.com/cruisin/cruisin1.htm

On the 3rd Thursday of every month thruout the summer you can attend the Collingswood Cruise night, in May its held on the 15th. Come see classic cars, enjoy live music, good food and good company. Visit http://www.collingswood.com for more information.

The 17th annual Mount Holly Car Show and Armed Forced Appreciation Day is held May 17th in downtown Mt Holly. Park at the Mount Holly Municipal lots at Park Dr. & Commerce St. or the Burlington County Court House parking lot at 49 Rancocas Rd. There will be DJ’s, live music, food vendors, fireworks, military vehicles on display and lots of games and activities for the kids. For more information visit their website at http://www.mounthollycarshow.com

Ramsey high school holds its 4th annual car show on May 17th. Muscle cars, street rods, antiques and more will all be in display from 9-3 pm at 256 E Main St in Ramsey. There will be awards, music and food vendors as well.

The Freedom Run 2014 is a 60 mile police escorted ride that begins at the Justice Center Parking Lot on Court Street in Hackensack and ends in Ridgefield with food, vendors and music. This years Freedom Run will benefit the Feel Good Foundation whose primary goal is to assist First Responders, and others injuried at the WTC following the terrorist attacks of September 11. For more information visit http://www.bergenharleydavidson.com.

The Junior League of Bergen County holds their 10th annual Touch a truck event on May 18h
at Garden State Plaza in Paramus form 10-2. Little kids (and big kids too) can climb into all manner of large vehicles including police fire and EMS as well as dump trucks and more. Meet the people who drive them and see the equipment they use. For more information visit http://www.thejlbc.org

The Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom is annual motorcycle ride from NJ to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from NJ will begin on Friday the 23rd at the Molly Pitcher rest stop at 8am. A candlelight vigil will be held at 9PM at the Memorial with a stop at the Maryland House rest stop along the way. There are other rides that start in other states, as well as other memorial events thruout the entire weekend, concluding with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial. There will be speakers discussing efforts to find those who were lost and never found as well as efforts to help those who have been wounded fighting on behalf of our country. For more details visit their website at http://www.rollingthunder1.com

On May 24th, the Hightstown PBA 283 holds its 1st Annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet, at the Hightstown High School, 25 Leshin Lane, Hightstown. There will be trophies, door prizes, food, DJ, live music, inflatable fun, and a balloon artist. Classes include Street Rods, Muscle Cars, Custom Cars, Classic Cars, Tuners, Motorcycles, Trucks and Teen Rides.

On May 25th, the Hackettstown Rotary holds its 20th Anniversary Memorial Motor Madness car show. It will be held on the grounds of MARS Chocolate North America 800 High Street in Hackettstown, NJ. There will be trophies awarded in 19 different classes of cars. The show kicks off at 9 am, however cars participating in the show should arrive no later than 8:00 am. For more details visit their website http://www.hackettstownrotary.org.
The First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens holds an annual blessing of the bikes on May 25th at 771 Somerset St in Somerset. For more information visit https://www.fbcsomerset.com

Wallington Plumbing Supply holds its annual Street Meet on May 28th at 21 Passaic Ave in Fairfield. Awards will be given for the best cars and motorcycles.
Fossil Club Cruise Nights are held the last Friday night of the month from April-September at Ideal Plaza just South of Home Depot, Rt 9 S. In addition 100-150 classic cars you’ll find Wolfman Jerry playing music, and all proceeds benefit children with special needs and cancer. For more information visit their website at http://www.fossilscarclub.com This years cruises will be held April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26

The Beach Bums Corvette Club hold their 10th annual Judged Corvette show on June 1st at Bay Village and Schooners Wharf on Long Beach Island. For more information visit their website at http://www.thebeachbumscorvetteclub.com

The 1st Annual All American Car Truck and Motorcycle Show will be held June 1st at the Mall at 206, 240 Rt 206S in Flanders. All proceeds go to A Shawl of Hope Organ Transplant Donation Foundation.

On June 1st the Middlesex County Fairgrounds will feature Happy Days 7 Day Event, which includes the Classic car and Vintage Bike Show. In addition to classic vehicles there will be a fair, rides, games, nightly concerts and lots of food. Its located at 655 Cranberry Rd, East Brunswick.

On June 1st the John P Stevens High School Band Parents Association, holds their15th Annual Classic Car & Motorcycle Show. The show is at JP Stevens High School, 855 Grove Avenue, Edison from 10:00 am- 3:30 pm. There is a flea market, food vendors, games and a Tricky Tray! DJ Jukebox Jimmy will be providing the music. For more information visit their website at http://www.jpstevensmusic.org/car-show.

The Waldwick Community Alliance holds their Annual Car Show on June 1st at 7 Hewson Avenue, Waldwick. Trophies and prizes will be given in all classes. Live music will be performed including the Yosemite Band and Mike Moat and the Golden Reflections doing eternally Elvis. 100% of proceeds benefits the Waldwick Train Station. For more information visit their webpage at http://www.Waldwickcommunityalliance.org.

A unique collection of classic British cars will be on display at the 19th annual Red Mill British Car Day on June 1st. Held on the grounds of the historic Red Mill Museum Village at 56 Main Street in Clinton, come see MG, Triumph, Austin, Healey, Jaguar, Morgan, Rolls-Royce, Daimler, Lotus and Bentley, as well as classic motorbikes. The show benefits the Red Mill Museum Village. For more information visit theredmill.org.

June 7th is Helmetta Day 2014! Its their 1st Annual Street Fair/ Car Show/ Tricky Tray, hosted by the Borough of Helmetta, Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter and the Helmetta Volunteer Fire Department. It will be held at Old Forge Road Helmetta. DJ Wolfman will be there and there will be door prizes, raffles, food vendors as well as beer and sangria.

Clark Boy Scout Troop 145 will host their 4th Annual Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles Show on June 7th. There will be music, food vendors and of course classic cars. Go to the ALJ High School, 356 Westfield Ave, Clark.

The Washington Twp Fire Dept will hold their 19th annual motorcycle and car show on June 8th. Visit them at 656 Washington Ave, Washington Twp. For more details visit their webpage at http://www.wtfd.us

The ATHS Metro Jersey Chapter holds its annual Antique truck show at the Automatic Switch Company, 50 Hanover Rd, Florham Park. There will be a large toy and collectable flea market and lots of hot and cold food. For more information visit http://www.allvintagetrucks.com

The Dunellen Rotary sponsors the 28th Annual Car Show and Flea Market at the Dunellen Train Station on June 8th. There will be music by DJ Stick Shift Eddie, as well as food vendors.

The second Wednesday every month from May thru September is Crusin Night in downtown Toms River. On June 11th, go back in time while viewing vintage and antique cars, special interest vehicles and motorcycles. Enjoy live bands, Elvis and giveaways in your hometown downtown! Head over to Washington St in Toms River from 6-9 for all the fun and festivities.For details visit their website at http: //www.downtowntomsriver.com/cruisin/cruisin1.htm

The 20th annual Jersey Shore Fathers Day Car Show to Support Ronald Mc Donald House will be held June 15th on the Long Branch Promenade.

The Blue Knights of NJ hold the 27th annual Goochs Garlic Run on June 18th. The giant motorcycle ride leaves from the Rockaway Mall with police escort to help raises money for local children’s charities and child with catastrophic illness. As of this writing few details were available about its destination (where they have music, food vendors and more) but the date has been confirmed. For more details visit them at https://www.facebook.com/garlicrun

The 19th Annual Kelsey Charity Run will start at the Manville/Hillsborough Elks 1500 Brooks Boulevard, Hillsborough) , on June 15th. The ride ends the Bridgewater Eagles (350 Woodside Lane, Bridgewater). There will be a Lime Dot Run beginning at the Manville/Hillsborough Elks, and at the end point is a Family Picnic, featuring a Beef & Pig Roast – Beer – Soda – Refreshments – Raffles – 50/50 – Chinese Auction – Vendor Midway – CC Coletti Band – T-shirts – Kids Games – Ride in Bike Show – Tattoo Contest. In addition to this event, the Kelsey Charity Run will be raising funds by raffling off a 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide motorcycle. The proceeds benefit families fighting cancer as well as the Somerset County foodbank, the Santa Toy Run and other local charities. For details visit http://www.kelseyrun.com.

On the 3rd Thursday of every month thruout the summer you can attend the Collingswood Cruise night, in June its held on the 19th. Come see classic cars, enjoy live music, good food and good company. Visit http://www.collingswood.com for more information.

The 7th annual Veterans Car Truck & Bike show to benefit Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice will be held June 21st. The show, held at the Cherry Hill HS, 2101 Chapel Ave, Cherry Hill, features a veterans ceremony, lots of classic cars, food vendors and music, and a civil war cannon will be fired during the national Anthem!

The Penns Grove VFW (1 Margaret Street, Penns Grove) holds an annual poker run on June 21 to benefit wounded veterans. The motorcycle ride fee includes a poker hand, food, entertainment and more.

The 59th annual Ocean City Antique Auto show & Parade will be held on June 21st at the Ocean City Tabernacle Grounds between 5th and 6th. The show begins at 9am and the parade starts at 2pm.

The Tri County Cruisers hold their 21st Annual Car Show in the Wayne Township Municipal Parking Lot, 475 Valley Road, Wayne on June 22. The show is open to cars and trucks of all ages and over 60 trophies to be awarded by peer judging. There will be vendors, 50’s DJ Music, Food and Beverages, Door Prizes and 50/50. Proceeds to benefit the Wayne Volunteer Fire Company #4.

Loyalty’s 1st annual car show will be held June 22 at the Whiskey Cafe, 1150 Wall St W in Lyndhurst. It is a 50’s car show featuring lowriders, hot rods, classic cars and custom cars. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Emily Isabella Cortez fight against brain cancer.

Fossil Club Cruise Nights are held the last Friday night of the month from April-September at Ideal Plaza just South of Home Depot, Rt 9 S. In addition 100-150 classic cars you’ll find Wolfman Jerry playing music, and all proceeds benefit children with special needs and cancer. For more information visit their website at http://www.fossilscarclub.com This years cruises will be held April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26

The Raritan River Region-CLC holds their annual dealer show at Royal Cadillac on June 28th. The show focuses on Cadillacs but is open to all makes and models of cars. The show is held at 334 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park.

The Ground Zero Ride for Remembrance will stage at the Vince Lombardi Service Plaza of the NJ Turnpike on June 28th. Sponsored by the New England Freedom Riders this is the first annual Ground Zero Ride for Remembrance. This ride is dedicated to the memory of the victims and families of the most infamous day in American history. The ride will depart at 11:00am and ride through the Lincoln Tunnel and down to the Ground Zero Memorial. There will be a brief stop at the memorial (traffic permitting), and then the ride heads down to Battery Park for a photo opportunity. The ride concludes at Liberty State Park. A Pavilion has been arranged for lunch and refreshments . The first 80 registrants will be provided with a colored wrist band that guarantees a seat within the Pavilion. Visit the website for more details. http://www.NewEnglandFreedomRiders.org

The 6th annual East Coast Truck Show ill be held June 28th at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. No judges, just truckers and truck minded people. For more details visit http://eclcannualtruckshow.com.

The 5th Annual In It 2 WIN It Annual Car Show will be held June 29th at the Ewing Senior & Community Center. 999 Lower Ferry Rd, Ewing.

Food events May/June

One of the best parts of all the events that take place in spring and summer is THE FOOD. Greek food, BBQ, chili, seafood, you name it. Its all good and theres no shortage of events. Here are a few of the many annual food related events taking place in May and June. We start out with two Greek festivals the 3rd weekend of May (with several more following shortly afterwards) The St Anthasinos Church hosts its 40th annual Greek Food Festival from May 15-18. Located at 51 Paramus Road, Paramus, the festival features exquisite Greek cuisine, including Lamb Shish Kebab, Greek salad, Dolmades, Moussaka, and Spanakopita, as well as Greek pastries, including Baklava, Kourabiedes and Loukomades. A Greek band will provide live entertainment Friday and Saturday Evenings. The Festival also will feature performances by its GOYA dance troop wearing authentic Greek costumes.

The St George Greek orthodox Church at 1101 River Rd in Piscataway will run its 41st annual Greek festival on May 16th. Proceeds from the festival assist the church in continuing its cultural and community programming. There will be homemade Greek foods and pastries Greek Folk Dancing Greek specialty items Live Greek Music Gyro Souvlakia Loukoumades Ouzo and a number of other Greek traditions.For more information visit their website at http://www.stgeorgepiscataway.org or their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StGeorgePwayGreekFest

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm hosts its annual Food Revolution: From Farm to Table, in coordination with the Jamie Oliver Foundation’s Food Revolution Day on May 17. It is a global initiative to stand up for real food. Enjoy fun fitness activities across Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, including nature walks, 20-minute exercise routines designed for all ages, and Charleston Dance lessons. Listen to a variety of lectures beginning at the top of every hour with topics ranging from Genetically Modified Organisms to childhood obesity awareness to the benefits of a raw vegetarian diet. Demonstrations and cooking tutorials are given every hour on a variety of cooking topics For more information visit http://friendsoffosterfields.org

The 25th annual NJ State Chili & Salsa Cookoff will be held May 17th in Toms River on Washington St. For more information visit their website at http://www.chili-nj.com

Heirloom tomatoes will be sold on May 17th in Ramsey and May 24th and 25th in Lafayette. The Ramsey event is always the Saturday after Mothers Day and is being held at the Masonic Lodge. The second sale is always held on Memorial Day weekend and will be at Olde Lafayette Village in Lafayette (Routes 94 & 15) For mnore information on these fantastic tomatoes visit http://jerseygrown.com

On May 19th the 22nd annual fundraiser for Peoplecare Center for Nonprofits will be held. The Taste of Somerset is a gourmet tasting event featuring fare from more than 50 of the area’s finest restaurants, caterers, & beverage purveyors. Held at The Palace in Somerset this event is eagerly looked forward to by local residents and features the finest appetizers, entrees, desserts, and beverages that the region has to offer. Featured at this year’s event will be PJ Parker and her repertoire of songs ranging from the Great American Songbook to her own award-winning compositions. Tickets are $75 and for ticket sales or for more information visit their website at
http://www.peoplecarecenter.org/a_taste_of_somerset
Monmouth Park racetrack will host a Food Truck Fair May 24th-26th. Over 20 trucks will be competing for the People’s Choice Award including Ahh! La Cart, Amanda Bananas, Bacon on Wheels, Chimney Cake Factory, Chris’s Curbside Deli, Cupcake Carnivale, Dark Side of the Moo, Dellanos Food Service, E&S Original Steak-n-Take, El Lechon de Negron, Empanada Guy, Enzo’s Pizza, Five Sisters Catering, Fork in the Road, Four Boys Concessions, Hoffman’s Ice Cream, Jersey Johnny’s Grill, Kona Ice, Mary Queen of Pork, Max’s Famous Hot Dogs on Wheels, The Morris Truck, Oink and the Moo, Red Hook Lobster, The Cow and the Curd, The Outslider, Taqueria Autentica, Tony Boloney’s Mustache Mobile, Waffle de Lys, Wrap Star and Zinna’s Bistro. For more information visit http://www.monmouthpark.com

The 25th Annual Crawfish Festival, hosted by Michael Arnone, will be held May 30-June 1 at the Sussex Coutny Fairgrounds. The event is self described as a “3 day Louisiana and New Orleans style food, music and camping festival” and I really cant describe it any better. For more information visit http://www.crawfishfest.com

Montclair is well known for its wide variety of fine restaurants and they are shown off during the annual Food and Wine Festival. The Festival is a non-profit corporation created to promote education, awareness and appreciation of the culinary arts in Montclair by uniting chefs, artisans, farmers, and wine-makers in a multi-day event featuring educational seminars, symposia, demonstrations, and lectures. The Montclair Food & Wine Festival also established a scholarship program to enable underserved or disadvantaged youth from the Montclair area the opportunity to further their culinary, agricultural, gastronomic education, and careers. There will be a grand tasting held at the Montclair Art Museum May 31, followed by a series of seminars on June 1 and concluding with the Gala Dinner on June 2 at The Manor in West Orange. For more information visit http://montclairfoodandwinefestival.org

The 13th Annual Feast of St. Anthony will be held June 5-8 at the Church of the Assumption, 113 Chiego Pl ,Roselle Park. There will be homemade food, games, rides, 50/50’s, live music and a St Anthony Procession as well. For more information visit their website at http://www.assumptionrp.com

Alstede Farms holds its annual strawberry festival on June 7th, 14th and 21st. Enjoy lots of homemade strawberry treats or pick your own strawberries to take home. Of course theres lots of other farm activities to take part in including Pony Rides, Tractor Train Rides, Moon Bounce, Hay Wagon Rides, Corn Kingdom and much more! For more information visit http://alstedefarms.com

St Ann’s Church (45 Anderson St, Raritan) holds its 109th annual Italian festival June 10-14. Enjoy beer and wine, rides, lots of Italian food, games entertainment and much more. There will be a DJ and live italian music and on Friday night, fresh pasta fagiloi!

The Polish Heritge Festival will be held June 8 at the PNC Bank Arts Center. From the time that the NJ Highway Authority first conceived of builfing an arts center, one of the goals was to host ethnic festivals and after the Garden State Art Center (now the PNC Bank Arts Center) was built, the first polish festival was held in 1972. Organized by the Polish American Congress, the goal of the festival is to celebrate Polish culture. To that end, there will be polish food and polish singers, a DJ, soccer will be played as well as a classic car show and the ABBA tribute band, the ABBA Girlz. In addition there will be a scholarship presentation. For more information visit their webpage at http://www.polfest.com/program.shtml

Belmar hosts the 28th annual NJ Seafood Festival June 13-15th at Silver Lake, 5th and Ocean. “The amount and variety of seafood that will be dished out at the food extravaganza, now in its 28th year, is truly astonishing,” according to Mary Brabazon, festival coordinator and Belmar Tourism Director. 45 of the area’s finest restaurants and food vendors will serve all manner of seafood from traditional steamed lobster, crab cakes, shrimp and calamari to the more exotic alligator sausage, sushi, conch fritters and fish tacos. Wine experts will conduct wine tastings as well as discuss wine pairings.

There will be live entertainment as well as dozens of crafters and commercial vendors, community organizations and a children’s tent with a variety of activities for young visitors provide lots of enjoyment for the whole family. It has twice been named one of the top 100 events in the United States by the American Bus Association and received a New Jersey Governor’s Tourism Award for Excellence.

The ARC of Union County is a non-profit devoted to supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They will hold their 6th annual wine and cheese tasting on June 14th. The event will be held at the Liberty Hall Museum across the street from the main campus of Kean University on Morris Avenue, Union. For information visit their website at http://www.arcunion.org

The 18th Annual Baymen’s Seafood Music Festival will be held June 21-22 at Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St., Rt. 9. Enjoy delicious Jersey fresh clams, crabs, scallops and shrimp from the finest local seafood purveyors. There will be a micro brew court, crafters, vendors, music, food, refreshments, family activities, demonstrations,boat rides, boat builders and decoy carvers. Speak with commercial fishermen to learn about occupations on the bay or take a clam shucking class. So bring the family and plan to spend the day. Music from local favorites: The Mott’s Creek Pickers & The Billy Walton Band. The festival was selected as one of the best outdoor festivals by NJ Monthly Magazine. For more informastion visit their website at http://www.tuckertonseaport.org

On June 28th the 6th Annual Jazzy Scallop & Seafood Festival will be held at Viking Village, 19th & Bayview, Barnegat. The festival features local restaurants cooking their favorite seafood dishes for sampling, two local Jazz Bands playing throughout the event, cash bar for Wine & Beer, as well as premier viewing of the new Viking Village Documentary, Dock Tours. For more information visit their webpage at http://www.vikingvillage.net

The 31st annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival will be held June 28th at the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. Elizabeth White in 1916 helped to cultivate the first blueberries (from cranberries, a native plant to the area), and was the owner of the 1st blueberry farm in NJ. The event celebrates everything blueberry and features pie-eating contests, folk music and over 40 vendors. For more information visit their website at http://www.whitesbog.org

Hammonton celebrates the 28th annual Red White and Blueberry Festival on June 29. Since 1986 devotees of the state fruit have come to Hammonton–billed as the “Blueberry Capital of the World.” to enjoy music, carnival games, festival rides and have the chance to taste the first delicious blueberries of the season. The festival features vendors of homemade arts and crafts who also compete in a juried show for prizes. Artists and craftspersons submit applications for inclusion in the festival as vendors as early as April of each year. The festival encourages entrants who feature or promote the blueberry in their artwork or hand-made items. Along with musical acts, the festival features a classic car show, a blueberry pie-eating contest and children’s rides. Strolling entertainers entertain crowds with balloon sculptures, magic, juggling and stilt-walking. The festival is held at Hammonton High School, on Old Forks Road just off Route 30 (White Horse Pike). Parking is usually available at the high school as well as at Warren E. Sooy School, 601 North Fourth Street, and at Hammonton Middle School, 75 North Liberty Street.

The annual Rock, Ribs and Ridges festival returns to the Sussex County Fairgrounds June 28-29th. George Thorogood and Grand Funk Railroad are just two of the nine bands that will be performing at the 2 day festival. There will also be competitions for best ribs, best sauce and a people choice award. For more information visit their webpage at http://rockribsandridges.com

The Big List of Beer Events

New Jersey is home to over 20 craft breweries and numerous brewpubs so it’s no surprise that there are well over a dozen beer events held thru out the year. Add in Oktoberfest celebrations throughout September and October and there’s no shortage of events where you can eat delicious food and sample craft brews from NJ, the US or from around the world. Whether you’re a casual beer drinker or a beer snob there’s an event almost every month where you can find a beer that will become your new favorite. A good website to visit to learn more about Jersey beers is NJ Craft beer. They have a lot of information for home brewers and a large calendar of events going on a local pubs. they also list all the NJ breweries, most of which offer tours throughout the year.

The Great Beer Expo comes to Secaucus January 25, 2014. The festival has an international focus with more than 50 breweries and 100 beers from across the globe. There are two sessions $42 each in advance, DD for $10

The Big Brew Festival is one of the largest beer events in the state, and is so big they hold it twice a year in February and September at the Morristown Armory. Admission $50 in advance, $60 at the door) includes a souvenir four oz. tasting glass with a two ounce pour line. Over 225 different beers are on display and the Morris Tap & Grill hosts a VIP event which includes access to the Morris Tap & Grill VIP Lounge, exclusive VIP only rare beer tastings hor d’ouevres and hot buffet provided by Morris Tap & Grill and prepared by Chef & Partner Eric LeVine.

2013 saw the 2nd annual Beers on the Boards event held at Martell’s Tiki Bar in Pt Pleasant. Featured beers included Ommegang, Flying Fish and Carton, as well as newcomers like Boulder, Starr Hill and Smuttynose. Pre-event prices were $50 or $20 for designated drivers per session (there are two). Brewery reps are there to talk to, there is a buffet and an all-IPA Happy Hour during each session.

The AC Beerfest is a weekend long event held April 3-5, and 2014 will be their 9th year. The Celebration of the Suds features over 100 different US breweries and cater to beer snobs as well as casual beer drinkers alike. An extensive list of the brews can be viewed here

The Jeresey Shore Beerfest is held in May in Neptune and features over 30 craft brews. Admission is $45 in advance or $55 at the door and includes a beer sample glass and food.

The Garden State Beer Expo was held in June 2012 and I can’t find evidence it was held in 2013. I think it may have morphed into the Jersey Shore Beer fest

Six Flags hosts the annual Brew HaHa, a combiantion craft beer festival and comedy jam. 30 breweries will be on hand with over 50 different beers plus there will be BBQ, hot dogs, wings, nachos and other great food to wash down with your beer. Some of the breweries on hand include Ithica, Tuckahoe Brewing, Flying Fish and Carton Brewing. Attendees receive a 5 oz tasting glass with a 2 oz pour line and can sample an unlimited amount from the beers on hand. Attendees will vote for their favorite beers including their favorite NJ based beer. Tickets are $50 for the beer and comedy festival, $75 for that plus theme park and safari admission. Discounted prices for the event will be offered to Six Flags Season pass holders. The beer festival runs from 330-600 with a VIP session starting at 3PM. This will be followed by an awards ceremony and then the comedy show at 7PM. Big Joe Henry from 101.5 will be on hand thruout the event.

The Battleship NJ is home to the 17th annual Garden State Craft Brewers Guild Festival. This festival is the only one to exclusively include Jersey brewed beers. Regular admission is $45 and includes a tour of the battleship.

Crystal Golf Resort’s Annual Oktoberfest features two days of music, events, games and of course food and beer. Grilled meats, Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Potato Pancakes, German Potato Salad and Black Forest Cake, Jersey Corn and more! The focus is on German beers and Oktonberfest specialties including Hofbrau, Hofbrau Oktoberfest, Shofferhofer, Staropramen, Stiegl, Yuengling Oktoberfest, Becks Oktoberfest, Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest, Otter Creek Oktoberfest, Shock Top Pumkin, Blue Moon Pumpkin, Franziskaner, Ramstein Oktoberfest, Ayinger, Spaten, Spaten Oktoberfest, Radeberger, Corsondonk White Apple, Uinta Pumpkin, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, and New Castle.

The Physick Estate in Cape May hosts the annual Cape May Craft Beer and Crab Festival featuring a circus, lots of craft brews and fresh seafood.

Monmouth Park hosts an annual BBQ and craft beer festival around Labor Day weekend. Among the featured food vendors last were A-Maize-Ing Roast, Ben’s BBG & Catering, ChipStix, Chop Shop BBQ, Delano’s Food Service, DRJ Catering, Harvest Specialty, Kona Ice, Local Smoke BBQ, Max’s Famous Hot Dogs, Memphis Pig Out, Nitro Cream Cafe, RTC BBQ Pit, and Ryan’s Deli. $3 general admission gets you into the track AND festival area. Beer Garden is $10 for ten 2oz samples and a commemorative mini-Pilsner glass.

High Point Brewing in Butler has several open houses during the year and hosts an annual Ramstein Oktoberfest release. The 17 year old brewery event includes a tour of the brewery which makes German style beer including hefeweizen, dunkelweizen, wheat doppelbock.

In 2013 , the American Legion Post 28 of Absecon held their 28th annual Beef and Beer dinner. Roast beef dinner, baked beans hot dogs and of course beer for $12

The Pig and Prince Restaurant and Gastrolounge in Montclair holds an annual Oktoberfest every September with a focus on local craft beers and lots of good food.

Over 50 beers are on tap and german bands will be playing at the Zepplin Hall Biergarten Oktoberfest held every Friday and Saturday from the end of September thru the end of October. This Jersey City restaurant features a large open seating area and has a constantly chaining lineup of craft beers on tap. Check out their list of drafts available and if you can’t decide what to try, have a flight (four 5 oz glasses of different beers). Dedicated to count Von Zeppelin, the visionary inventor of the rigid airship, the restaurant is like the airships he designed: big…German…and coming to New Jersey.

The Big Brew Festival is one of the largest beer events in the state, and is so big they hold it twice a year in February and September at the Morristown Armory. Admission $50 in advance, $60 at the door) includes a souvenir four oz. tasting glass with a two ounce pour line. Over 225 different beers are on display and the Morris Tap & Grill hosts a VIP event which includes access to the Morris Tap & Grill VIP Lounge, exclusive VIP only rare beer tastings hor d’ouevres and hot buffet provided by Morris Tap & Grill and prepared by Chef & Partner Eric LeVine.

Highland Park holds an Oktoberfest featuring German food, german beer and Oompah bands. Last year the food was prepared by executive Chef Butch Greenwaldt formerly of the Hofbrauhaus. There are plenty of light and dark Oktoberfest Beers, and there lots of festivities including live authentic German music and the Bayern Verien German Dancers. Festivities include a “Best-Dressed” Contest, and a “Beer Stein Holding” Contest with special prizes.

The Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren hosted its first ever Oktoberfest in 2013 . Price is $40 in advance, $45 at the door. and entitles you to two beers and a German buffet (Grilled Bratwurst, Hot Soft Pretzels, Potato Dumplings, Apple Streudel, German Chocolate Cake). Kegs of Weyerbacher and Breckenridge. Don’t miss the Corn Hole Contest!

For 14 years, the Rotary Club of the Palisades has sponsored an Oktoberfest in Leonia. It functions as a fundraiser for the Weekend Snack Pack Program (WSPP) at Leonia’s ACS and Edgewater’s GW Elementary Schools. In addition to traditional german food they served Boaks and Bolero craft brews.

Princeton Lodge #38 held their fifth annual Oktoberfest Celebration in 2013. $10 admission includes such german fare as Brezel mit senf, Bratwurst, Schwein mit Jagersosse, Spaetzle, Rot Kohl, Sauerkraut, Apfel Strudel, Deutschland Schokolade Torte. German music will be played and German Beer will be served including Hacker Pschorr & Paulaner Oktoberfest, Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse. A portion of the profits will benefit the Tristate Wheelchair Athletic Association

The Ocean County Fairgounds hosts the Oktobeerfest NJ Stop by for German food, live music, contests and a HUGE selection of German and craft beers including Beck’s Oktoberfest, Spaten Lager, Shocktop Pumpkin Wheat, Victory Festbier, Benediktiner Weissbier, Bitburger, Fruh Kolsch, Kostritzer Schwarzbier, Hofbrau Original, Hofbrau Hefeweizen, Weltenburger Asam Doppelbock, Blue Point Oktoberfest, Samuel Adams Oktoberfest, Cricket Hill Fall Festivis, Angry Orchard Cider and many more. Food will be provided by various vendors including Taste of Smoke and Bahr’s Landing.

Forest Lodge in Warren hosts one of the larger Oktoberfests in New Jersey. Bernies Orchestra will play lively music, and the Saengerchor, an all male German chorus, will be performing as well. Lots of craft vendors will be on hand and there will be many carnival activities including rides, face pairing, pony rides and more.

In October come visit the annual <a href=”http://glassboromarketplace.com/event-schedule/glassboro-craft-beer-festival-2/”>Glassboro Craft Beer Festival</a>. Located adjacent to Rowan University, it features food & merchandise vendors, live music, sponsor tables and 25 different craft brews. Admission gets you a 5 oz tasting cup to sample all the delicious beer that is available.

Lambertville hosted their first annual Oktoberfest in 2013, a benefit for the Friends of Ely Park. The focus was on craft beers from regional breweries including Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Riverhorse Hop Hazard, Angry Orchard Cider, Dogfish Head 60 Minute, Coors Light, and Oktoberfest beers from Slyfox, Flying Fish, and Sam Adams. The food menu includes German style pulled pork sliders, kielbasa and sauerkraut, traditional style bratwurst, smoked bratwurst, pierogies, potato pancakes, German meatballs and sauce, braised red cabbage slaw, cucumber salad, German potato salad and Bavarian cheese spread and rye toast, donated by local eateries such as the Inn of the Hawke, Bitter Bob’s, Homestead Farm Market, and Anton’s at the Swan.

Come to Monmouth County for the annual Shark River Beerfest in November. The event focuses on New Jersey beers with over 30 breweries represented. Costumes are welcomed and will be rewarded with a gift from beerheads. Admission ($25 in advance or $50 at the door, DD $15) includes a meal ticket and a tasting glass with which to sample 2 oz. pours of any and all beers. Live music will be provided by Holme and there will be food pairing discussions. The Brewers Apprentice from Freehold will be there to discuss home brewing. Brews featured include prism ,flying fish, east coast, starr hill, keens yards, lancaster ace cider, heavy seas, smuttynose, books, blue point brooklyn, great lakes weyerbacher, unibroue, cricket hill, north coast hofbrau, and defiant.

The Brewers Apprentice in Freehold, NJ is New Jersey’s largest homebrew supply shop and the only “Brew On Premise” in the tri-state area. In December they hold a beer and wine tasting event. In 2013 Tim Vandergrift, self-proclaimed head “wine guy” from Winexpert gave a seminar on this year’s 2013 Limited Edition wine selection and spoke about wine pairing and making wine making at home. This was followed by a sampling of the various beers made right there in the brewery.


Annual Events in NJ

If you like wine, you’re in luck, since there are numerous wine tastings and wine release events coming up in the first 4 months of 2017. if you like beer, you’re even luckier, as theres even more beer events coming up. A few have not been confirmed yet for 2017 but we anticipate them being announced real soon.

Cloverleaf tavern in Caldwell hosts its annual NJ craft brew event, which showcases NJ made beers. The event is free and they feature 25 different draft beers and 65 different bottled beers. More information can be found on their website at http://www.cloverleaftavern.com

The Laurita Winery holds a blessing of the vineyards for a good harvest on January 28th. Vineyard manager Nicholas Opdam will give a tour of the production area and there will be wine tastings and food available. The winery is located at 35 Archertown Road, new Egypt. For more information call them at 609-758-8000 or visit their website at http://www.lauritawinery.com

The Cheers to Beers Brewfest returns to Asbury Park on January 28 and 29. Held at Convention Hall, there will be craft beers, retro beers and cider as well as classic boardwalk food. Tickets are 35.00 and can be purchased at http://asburyparkbeerfest.com.

The Cape May Ferry will again partner with local NJ craft brewers in 2017 to present Beers at the Ferry. The four course dinner inclusive of local craft beers will be held in the Sunset Lounge of the Cape May Ferry Terminal. The cost is $59 per person.

“Our customers really seem to enjoy the unique combinations of craft beer and gourmet food pairings, not to mention some of the discussions about the finely crafted beer. With so many great craft brewing operations in the area and the talents of our food service operation, a beer dinner series is a natural!” said Heath Gehrke, Director of Ferry Operations.

This is the second of three planned dinners, featuring The Cold Spring Brewing Company on February 3rd. It concludes with the Flying Fish Brewing Company on March 3rd. For more information and tickets visit http://www.cmlf.com or call 800-643-3779 (FERRY).

The 7th annual International Great Beer Expo will be held at the Meadowlands Expo Center on February 4th. There are two sessions and tickets are $45 in advance ($10 for designated drivers). Over 150 international beers will be available for tasting. Visit http://www.greatbeerexpo.com/meadowlands/ for more information.

Beach Haus Brewery celebrates its second Flight of Chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Held noon to six on the 11th and 12th, they’ve prepared some special flavored liquors especially for Valentine’s Day. Reservations aren’t required but supply is limited. For more information visit http://beachhausbeer.com

The 3rd Cape May Ferry dinner features the Flying Fish Brewing Company on March 3rd. For more information and tickets visit http://www.cmlf.com or call 800-643-3779 (FERRY).

Over 3,000 people will sample over 250 different beers at the Big Brew NJ at the Morristown Armory. Held on March 4th, there will be two sessions and lots of food from local restaurants to go with it. For more information visit http://www.bigbrewnj.com

Visit the Atlantic City Convention Center April 8th and 9th for the 11th Annual AC Beer and Music Festival. Over 1,000 different beers from 150 breweries will be available for tasting, both from local brewers as well as international ones. There will be musical performances as well as culinary demonstrations by local chefs not to mention many contests including toilet bowl races, hot wing eating contests, field goal kick contests as well as the 1st Annual Hops Trot 5K run on Saturday. Pre-registration is recommended and can be done at http://www.acbeerfest.com or on face book at http://www.facebook.com/acbeerandmusicfest

The 9th annual NJ Food and Wine Festival will be held at the Crystal Springs Resort March 31-April 2. It is a celebration of the world’s best wines and renowned local and national chefs, benefiting the James Beard Foundation. The weekend’s events are designed to allow food and wine lovers to meet and mingle with chefs, winemakers, sommeliers and fellow wine aficionados. For more details visit their website at http://www.crystalgolfresort.com/dine/wine-fest/

Bellview Winery has a release of their Dandelion wine April 8-9th . You can sample or purchase their latest dandelion wine or any of their many other vintages, or just take a tour of the winery (which is free). There is no charge to enter the event but there is a fee for the tasting. For more information visit http://www.bellviewwinery.com/event/spring-wine-release-16.cfm

The Historic Village at Allaire hosts their first annual beer festival on April 29th. The BBQ Beerfest has a $5 admission fee and tickets will be sold for the beer garden. Beer tickets are available at the door to the beer garden. There will be great food, live music and an opportunity to explore the historic buildings and visit the craft shops. Visit http://allairevillage.org/event/allaire-bbq-brew-fest/ for more details on the event.

The Red Bank International Beer Wine & Food Fest will be held April 30th in the White Street Municipal Parking Lot. This street festival features international food from Red Bank’s great restaurants, international beer & wine, live entertainment on two stages, unique crafters & vendors, and lots of family fun. It’s a huge food and music festival with lots of activities for the kids. For more information visit http://www.redbank.org/events/7/international-beer-wine-food-fest/

Events Jan-April 2017

There are so many food related events coming up its hard to keep track of them all. Some of these are speculative. They were held last year and not all have announced dates for 2017. As always we suggest you check with the event webpage or call them to confirm the date info. If you know of any great upcoming good events, please let us know.

Rolling Thunder NJ Chapter 2 holds their 18th annual pasta dinner fundraiser on January 21. Besides the dinner, there will be a canoli eating contest, door prizes and more. The dinner will be held at the KOC, 16 East Lacey Rd, Forked River. For information visit www.rollingthunder-nj2.org .

Montclair is well known for its wide variety of fine restaurants and they are shown off during the annual Food and Wine Festival. The Festival is a non-profit corporation created to promote education, awareness and appreciation of the culinary arts in Montclair by uniting chefs, artisans, farmers, and wine-makers in a multi-day event featuring educational seminars, symposia, demonstrations, and lectures. The Montclair Food & Wine Festival also established a scholarship program to enable underserved or disadvantaged youth from the Montclair area the opportunity V isit http://montclairfoodandwinefestival.org for more information.

Hoboken is home to the 3rd annual Mutzfest, a competition among local delis to see which one has the best Mozzarella. Besides a judging of the cheese, there will be live entertainment, a cannoli-eating contest, a Frank Sinatra karaoke and more. Tickets are $25 and children under 12 are free. The event runs from 2-6 at the Elks Club at 1005 Washington St, Hoboken. For tickets and information visit www.mutzfest.com

For 15 years, the Blue Point Grill in Princeton hosted an annual Oyster Bowl to raise money to fight cancer. In 2016 they revamped the fundraiser and it became the Pink pearl Night” which raised funds specifically for breast cancer research. They will be doing it again, on January 30 th . T his year’s dinner will focus on the full selection of fresh and delicious seafood. Proceeds will benefit YWCA Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center . Monies will be raised through: 1) Ticket Sales ($125 per ticket), 2) Sponsorship Opportunities 3) Raffle 4) Pink Drink Night at Witherspoon Grill and 5) Individual Donations. For more information visit http://bluepointgrill.com/pink_pearl_night

The 9 th annual Indoor Winter Farmers Market will be held February 5 th at the Woodland in Maplewood. Sponsored, by the Slow Food Northern NJ, this event allows visitors to meet local farmers and food artisans, and “to stock up on the best of local, sustainably produced foods while supporting the growth of school and community vegetable gardens in low-income areas of northern New Jersey,” according to a press release from Slow Food Northern NJ. The indoor farmers market will feature more than 20 local farmers and food makers, selling a wide variety of items including seasonal vegetables, grass-fed beef, pastured pork,lamb and poultry, eggs, cheese, breads, mushrooms, pickles, jams, olive oils, soups, stews and other prepared foods, stated Slow Food Northern NJ.

Alba Vineyard holds a Valentines Day wine and chocolate weekend, the 11 th and 12 th . The tasting experience is $20pp and includes samples of Alba’s award winning wines, culinary treats, special chocolates, and an etched Alba wine glass. For more information visit www.albavineyard.com

The Wayne American Legion Post 174 hosts its 8 th annual chili competition on February 19 th . This annual fundraiser will features trophies and a $100 prize for the winning chili. For more information visit www.facebook.com/events/295918460808218/

The Nam Knights hold their annual Beefsteak Dinner on February 24 th at The Fiesta in Woodridge. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $55 pp. Visit www.namknights.org or call Chris Mueger at 201 852-2929.

Claddagh Irish Pub hosts the annual Chili Cook Off Fundraiser on February 26. Tickets are $30 (2 or more, $25.00 each) and includes chili tasting, two beer tickets and two voting ballots. All proceeds to benefit the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Claddagh Irish Pub is located at 297 Bay Ave, Highlands. For more info visit www.highlandsnj.com

Discover the sweet smells, sights, and Tastes of maple sugaring when the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center hosts its anuual Maple Sugar Festival March 4 th . The Center hosts Maple sugaring demonstrations every weekend in January and February and concludes with its Festival on the 4 th . Identify and tap maple trees, collect the flowing sap, and witness syrup making over a wood-fired evaporator. Best of all, taste-test the finished product organically made at the Great Swamp. For information visit http://greatswamp.org.

Atlantic City Restaurant week runs from March 5-10 and features more than 70 restaurants thru out Atlantic County offering special meals at discount prices. Lunches are 15.17 pp and dinners are 35.17 pp and do not includes taxes, beverages or tip. For more information visit www.acrestaurantweek.com or www.facebook.com/ACRestaurantWeek

The International Chef Night Out will be held March 6th at Ritacco Center, 1245 Old Freehold Road, Toms River. Charge includes food and beverages from restaurants and vendors from all over Ocean County. Live entertainment, silent auction. All proceeds benefit the students, teachers and programs for Ocean County Vocational Technical Schools. Visit www.ocvtsfoundation.org/htm/staycurrent.htm for more information.

The Rotary of Morristown sponsors projects in six areas: p eace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention, water and sanitation, maternal health, basic education and literacy , and economic and community development. The annual Taste of Morristown is their annual fundraiser and will be held at the Hanover Marriott March 6 th . The event showcases over 30 Morristown Area Restaurants and will feature a wine tasting courtesy of Gary’s Wines and Marketplace. 100% of the net proceeds benefit their local and international community based volunteer service projects. For more information visit www.tasteofmorristown.org or http://morristownrotary.org

25 different restaurants will participate in the annual Maplewood restaurant week, which runs from March 7-13. The Maplewood Village Alliance, Springfield Avenue Partnership and Maplewood Chamber of Commerce are the organizers of Maplewood Restaurant Week and this year’s sponsor is Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty . Many of the participating restaurants will donate a portion of their Restaurant Week proceeds to Rent Party and/or collect canned goods to be donated to them as well. As the event sponsor, Keller Williams will also be acting as a can collection site. Anyone is welcome to drop canned goods off at any time during Restaurant Week. Merchants that are acting as can collection sites will be clearly marked by a sign in their window and on their website www.MaplewoodNJRestaurantWeek.com

The 9 th annual Belmar Restaurant Tour will be held March 12 th . Over 30 different restaurants will be participating and many of them will be creating special dishes for the event. Tickets can be bought in advance at www.visitbelmarnj.com for $30, or the day of the event for $35.

In 2016, 49 restaurants participated and 350 people attended the Taste of Montclair and there are hopes that it will be even more successful in 2017. A Taste of Montclair is Montclair’s largest food-centric charity event, with 100% of ticket sales go to the charities supported by the Rotary Club of Montclair including Toni’s Kitchen, the Human Needs Food Pantry, and the feeding programs of the Salvation Army. Tickets are $80. For more details visit www.facebook.com/TasteOfMontclair

The 34 th annual Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala will be held March 23rd. Proceeds from this event will fund scholarships for students enrolled in the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College and help support Foundation operations. Over 40 local restaurants will be contributing to the event, held at the Harrahs on the Waterfront. For tickets contact [email protected] or call 609-463-4672 . You can also visit their website at www.atlantic.edu

The 9 th annual NJ Food and Wine Festival will be held at the Crystal Springs Resort March 31-April 2. It is a celebration of the world’s best wines and renowned local and national chefs, benefiting the James Beard Foundation. The weekend’s events are designed to allow food and wine lovers to meet and mingle with chefs, winemakers, sommeliers and fellow wine aficionados. For more details visit their website at www.crystalgolfresort.com/dine/wine-fest/

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week began in 2009 with 56 restaurants. Said JSRW Chairman, Jim Flynn,“Restaurant Week is turning into one of the highlights of the year for many communities,” said Flynn, “and it struck me on a recent trip that with all the great restaurants at the Jersey Shore, we should have one too.” “The goal for diners is to experience restaurants they may not have heard about or been to yet and to be able to do that at a great price. For restaurateurs, it is an opportunity to boost their business at traditionally slow times of the year and to ’show off’ their talents to people who haven’t enjoyed their restaurant yet.” 2017 looks to be even bigger with even more restaurants and many themed events scheduled. Participating restaurants will be offered 3 course meals priced at either 22.16 or 32.16. For a full list of restaurants visit http://jerseyshorerestaurantweek.com

The 35 th annual Shadfest will be held in Lambertville April 30-May1st. Each year the festival celebrates the City of Lambertville, the Delaware River, the local arts scene and of course, the Shad! The Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized award-winning event. Shad Fest features the area’s finest artists and crafters, great food live music an7 family entertainment, but the two-day extravaganza also serves as a venue for local non-profit organizations to raise necessary operating funds. There will be f ace painting, sand art, and other children’s activities not to mention lots of rides! Don’t miss the fun and educational shad seining demonstrations down at Lewis Island where the Delaware River Basin Commission will be teaching us about how to test water quality. For more details visit www.lambertville.org or www.shadfest.com .

Events in January

The 50 th annual North Jersey Orchid Show will be held January 13-15 at Rutgers University. Many different species of orchids will be on display, and there will be a plant doctor to answer questions about orchid care. Admission and parking are free. For more information visit their website at www.njorchids.org or call 973 857-7992.

The LADACIN Plunge in support of the J. Michael Hartnett Memorial will be held January 14 th in Manasquan, NJ. Since the Inaugural Plunge eight years ago, the group has raised over $682,000. The proceeds have helped fund adult programs for people with complex physical and developmental delays and critical repairs and improvements in our residences. Last year’s Plunge attracted over 200 plungers and more than 1,000 spectators who came out to donate and enjoy the event.

Registration is $25 and you must raise a minimum of $100 (this includes your $25 fee). The first 150 “registered plungers” who raise $100 or more are guaranteed to receive an event shirt. All plungers will receive a two-hour open buffet at Leggett’s afterwards. For details visit their website at http://ladacin.org

The Monmouth Museum presents the 38th Annual Juried Art Exhibition from January 14 till March 13. A wide variety of artwork will be on display in the Main Gallery, ranging from painting and sculpture to photography and printmaking. For details visit http://monmouthmuseum.org/events/38th-annual-juried-art-exhibition

The January Thaw Music Fest returns to Hackettstown this January 14 th , 22 nd and 28 th at Centenary College. Each weekend features a new concert playing at the Sitnik Theater, Carol Lakeland Center. The Hoodoo Loungers perform on the 14 th , 3Hree for Louis performs a tribute to Louie Armstrong on the 22 nd and Sweet plantain finishes off on the 28 th . Tickets for the performances are available at the college website and are $5.00 less if ordered in advance. For more information call 908 979-0900 or visit their website at www.centenarystageco.org

The Special Olympics has two separate polar bear plunges held each year. The Special Olympics helps provide sports training and sponsors various athletic competitions for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. This non-profit 501(c)3 organization is entirely funded thru donations, both on an individual and a corporate level so fundraisers like this help them accomplish their goal of providing free competitions for those who participate.

On January 14th, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey will be held in Wildwood. Funds collected help support the mission of Special Olympics New Jersey. Participants must pledge to raise at least $100 with those who get the most donations receiving awards for their efforts. Visit their webpage at www.plungewildwood.org

The second Special Olympics Fundraiser is held in Seaside Heights on February 25 th . Participants in this event must also pledge to raise a minimum of $100, and with almost 6,000 participants in 2012 it is the largest of the polar bear events held in NJ. Participants are given a warm meal and a tshirt commemorating the event afterwards. Big Joe Henry of 101.5 will be broadcasting live from the plunge. Learn more about the event at their website, http://njpolarplunge.co m .

Come celebrate the arts in Collingswood the second Saturday of every month thru the spring and summer. Experience unique arts, shopping, dining and music. Established in 2004, Second Saturday Collingswood has provided free entertainment and art to locals and visitors, with local artists and musicians on every block. Visit www.collingswood.com/arts/second-saturday for more information.

On January 15 th the Grounds for Sculpture in Trenton will host an annual ice carving event. Starting at 2pm, ice sculptors and carvers will demonstrate how they turn blocks of ice into beautiful works of art. The event begins at 2PM and is free with park admission. Admission to the Grounds for Sculpture is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for children age 6-17 and free for members. The Grounds for Sculpture is an art park on 42 acres in Hamilton. Established in 1992, the organization has a constantly rotating display of artwork both indoors and outdoors and runs many educational programs as well. For more information visit their website at www.groundsforsculpture.org/Events/Ice-Sculpture-Demonstrations

Cloverleaf tavern in Caldwell hosts its annual NJ craft brew event, which showcases NJ made beers. The event is free and they feature 25 different draft beers and 65 different bottled beers. More information can be found on their website at www.cloverleaftavern.com

The Boardwalk Kennel Club holds their annual Atlantic Ocean Dog Show Cluster January 18-22 at the Wildwood Convention Center. This AKC all breed dog show features a Best of Breed Competition, Police K-9 demonstration, best veteran in show, a crate decorating contest and much more. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and $2 for children under 12. For more information call them at 856 358-4819 or visit their website at www.boardwalkkennelclub.com

The Garden State Home & Garden Show returns to the Garden State Exhibit & Convention Center January 20-22 For more information contact them at 732 449-4004 or visit their website at www.njhomeshow-gs.com

The 50 th annual RV Trailer and Camping Show returns to the NJ Expo Center January 20-22. Whether you’re thinking of buying an RV or have owned one for 20 years there’s plenty to see at the show. Here you will find the latest model RV’s as well as all the tools and tech you could want to outfit one. Aside from vendors and RV’s, many campgrounds have a presence there to tell you why their campground is the place you should park your RV on your next vacation. There will also be travel experts on hand to discuss great places to visit with your RV. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 seniors (Friday only), $6 children 12-17, under 12 free. The show is at NJ Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison. For more info call them at 732 620-6003 x306 or visit www.gorving.com or www.gsevents.com

Rolling Thunder NJ Chapter 2 holds their 18th annual pasta dinner fundraiser on January 21. Besides the dinner, there will be a canoli eating contest, door prizes and more. The dinner will be held at the KOC, 16 East Lacey Rd, Forked River. For information visit www.rollingthunder-nj2.org .

The Community Medical Center of Toms River holds its annual fundraiser on January 21 st . Tickets are $300 and sponsorship opportunities exist. The monies raised go to support the Foundations out reach programs the Senior Health Network, The Center for Kids & Family, and the Van Dyke Hospice Program, as well as building renovation and expansion, and equipment purchases. The fundraiser will be held at the Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Dr, Farmingdale, NJ. Call the Foundation at 732-557-8131 for more information about this event, or visit their website at https://www.barnabashealth.org

The Lambertville Winterfest runs from January 21-29. This weeklong winter carnival is in its 20 th year and features a soup-a-thon, ice carvings, an art gallery crawl, bird walks and more. For more information visit www.winterfestival.net

West Orange Film Fest presents Network See listing for January 8

January Thaw Music Fest see January 14 th entry

The annual Fly Fishing Show returns to the Garden State Expo Center on January 27-29 th . Exhibitors, vendors, and demonstrations for fans of the sport. For information visit www.gsec.com or http://flyfishingshow.com

The Rutgers Film Co-op and the NJ Media Arts Center host two film festivals each spring. The NJ Film Festival and the Super 8mm Film and Digital Video Festival are held at Rutgers University at Vorhees Hall and the Ruth Adams Building on weekends thru out the spring. The NJ Film festival will run January 28-29, February 2-4, 11-12, 17-19, 23, and March 3 rd and 31 st . The 29 th Super 8mm and Digital Video Festival is held February 14-25. The films are selected by a panel of judges who include previous winners, Cinema Studies Faculty and students and members of the press/media. 400 films were submitted to the Festival and the panel of judges chose 29 finalists.

General admission is $10, $9 for students and seniors and $8 for members of the Rutgers Film Coop. Advance tickets are not sold in advance except for groups of three or more, For more details and to see a lineup of the films that will be shown at the festival, call them at 732 932-8482 or visit their website at www.njfilmfest.com

January Thaw Music Fest see January 14 th entry

The Monmouth County Park System celebrates winter with their annual Winterfest event January 28 th . Activities include Cross-Country Skiing • Ice Skating • Nature Hikes on Snowshoes • Make & Take Crafts • Wagon Rides • Photo Opportunities • Living History Displays • Winter Sports Vendors • Live Music • Food Vendors and lots more! For details visit their website at www.monmouthcountyparks.com .

The Howell Living History Farm holds an annual Ice Harvest January 28 th . During the program, visitors help farmers cut, chop and shave ice, fill an ice house, and make ice cream. Conditions permitting, visitors can also join the harvest crew on the frozen pond and take a turn using an “ice saw.” Ice ponds were important to the farmers of New Jersey in the 1890s and a state law prohibited ice skating on ponds from which ice was gathered. For more information call them at 609 737-3299 or visit their website at www.howellfarm.org The farm is located at Howell Living History Farm, 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville

The Laurita Winery holds a blessing of the vineyards for a good harvest on January 28 th . Vineyard manager Nicholas Opdam will give a tour of the production area and there will be wine tastings and food available. The winery is located at 35 Archertown Road, new Egypt. For more information call them at 609-758-8000 or visit their website at www.lauritawinery.com

January 28, 2017 CONFIRMED

Eden is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to people with autism and their families. They hold their annual black tie fundraiser on January 28 th . Founded in 1975, Eden’s services include early intervention, individualized education, employment training and placement, and group residences, as well as a comprehensive outreach program that offers expertise and assistance to parents and professionals in the greater autism community. Eden Dreams 2017 will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton and RSVP is required. Tickets are $350 and sponsorship opportunities exist. For more information visit their website at http://edenautism.org/edengala/

The 3 rd annual South Jersey Spring Home Show Expo will be held January 28-29 th . The expo is located at Virtua Total Turf, 614 Lambs Road, Pitman. For in formation contact them at 856 401-9111

Montclair is well known for its wide variety of fine restaurants and they are shown off during the annual Food and Wine Festival. The Festival is a non-profit corporation created to promote education, awareness and appreciation of the culinary arts in Montclair by uniting chefs, artisans, farmers, and wine-makers in a multi-day event featuring educational seminars, symposia, demonstrations, and lectures. The Montclair Food & Wine Festival also established a scholarship program to enable underserved or disadvantaged youth from the Montclair area the opportunity http ://howellfarm.org o further their culinary, agricultural, gastronomic education, and careers. V isit http://montclairfoodandwinefestival.org for more information.

The Count Basie Theater presents its annual Annual Elvis Birthday bash on January 28 th . Actor and musician Scot Bruce kicks off the Elvis Birthday Bash with his 50’s era Elvis show. His uncanny resemblance to the young “King” has taken his live show across the U.S. and all over the world. Mike Albert, “The World’s Finest Elvis Impressionist,” plays the second half of the evening. His sincere, respectful portrayal of “The King” has earned endorsements by Elvis Presley’s own musicians and back-up singers. He regularly performs with the Jordanaires, and his style, charisma and ability to get the audience involved in the show have proved to be quite the crowd pleaser. Mike makes it a point to keep The Elvis Birthday Bash fresh with an ever-changing song line-up. Special requests are often done for audiences who are “All Shook Up” Visit www.countbasietheatre.org for tickets and information.

Rutgers University’s Geology Department hold their annual Open House the last Saturday in January so this years event will be January 28. This will be their 49 th event and several thousand people are expected to attend. Here they can have their minerals identified, see meteorites, an Egyptian mummy, fossils and even a Mastodon. Mineral specimens will also be available for purchase. In addition there will be four guest lectures given on the subject of rising seas and global climate change and meteor impacts in Antarctica. Come down and visit at Rutgers University Geology Hall, 85 Somerset St, new Brunswick

For more details visit their website at http://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu or call them at 732 932-7243.

The Cheers to Beers Brewfest returns to Asbury Park on January 28 and 29. Held at Convention Hall, there will be craft beers, retro beers and cider as well as classic boardwalk food. Tickets are 35.00 and can be purchased at http://asburyparkbeerfest.com.

The Cosplay Collectable Con will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Morristown on January 28 th . The event will be cosplay-focused and will feature vendors with items for sale as well as collectables and toys. For more info visit www.facebook.com/CosplayCollectibleCon/

The Tristate Bouldering Series is a multi-gym collaboration designed to bring you the East Coast’s baddest bouldering competition. Partnering with longstanding climbing gyms in the tri-state area, TBS was created to celebrate each of the gyms and their respective comps,with hopes of bringing together the much larger bouldering community . It began November 16 th at the NJ Rock Gym in Fairfield, NJ. It continues January 28 th at Prime Climb in Wallingford, CT., then moves to the Cliffs at Valhalla in Valhalla, NY on February 25 th , then concludes March 11 th at the Cliffs at LIC in Long Island City. For more information visit www.tristatebouldering.com

The Highlands holds a fundraiser for its St Patricks Day parade on January 29 th . The annual beef n Brew cost $30 and features a buffet dinner as well as wine and beer. For tickets and more information visit www.highlandsnj.com

Come down to Historic New Bridge Landing and celebrate Brigit’s Day and Candlemas on January 29 th from 1-5PM. Throughout the day there will be seasonal treats available and candle making demonstrations. These two celebrations come midway between the Winter solstice and the Spring Equinox as we progress thru winter and towards the warmth of spring. Similar to Groundhog’s Day, good weather on Candelmas Day is taken as a sign of worsening weather yet to come.

February 1 st is St Brigit’s Day in Ireland and is often celebrated with Brigit’s Crosses made from rushes. The gift shop will be selling Brigit’s crosses made in Ireland. These would typically be hung above the inside of the front door and were considered good luck. $7 for adults and $5 for children. For more information call 201 343-9492 or visit www.bergencountyhistory.org . Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201 Main St, River Edge.

West Orange Film Fest presents Manchurian Candidate See listing for January 8

Hoboken is home to the 3rd annual Mutzfest, a competition among local delis to see which one has the best Mozzarella. Besides a judging of the cheese, there will be live entertainment, a cannoli-eating contest, a Frank Sinatra karaoke and more. Tickets are $25 and children under 12 are free. The event runs from 2-6 at the Elks Club at 1005 Washington St, Hoboken. For tickets and information visit www.mutzfest.com


For 15 years, the Blue Point Grill in Princeton hosted an annual Oyster Bowl to raise money to fight cancer. In 2016 they revamped the fundraiser and it became the Pink pearl Night” which raised funds specifically for breast cancer research. They will be doing it again, on January 30 th . T his year’s dinner will focus on the full selection of fresh and delicious seafood. Proceeds will benefit YWCA Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center . Monies will be raised through: 1) Ticket Sales ($125 per ticket), 2) Sponsorship Opportunities 3) Raffle 4) Pink Drink Night at Witherspoon Grill and 5) Individual Donations. For more information visit http://bluepointgrill.com/pink_pearl_night

Annual events Memorial Day weekend

The largest kite festival in North America takes place on the Beach at Rio Grande Avenue in Wildwood May 27-30 th . Inside the Wildwoods Convention Center will be kite makers from around the world flying their most incredible colorful creations. Festivities continue with the opening of the Festival Field Tent and the 9 p.m. illuminated kite fly at Rio Grande Ave. and the beach. Saturday and Sunday include the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships on the beach starting at 9 a.m. daily, as well as kite exhibits and workshops. A Kite Festival Auction will be held in the Wildwoods Convention Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday night and is open to the public – many unique kites and collectibles will be auctioned off. Monday will feature the World Indoor Kite Competition from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. inside the Wildwoods Convention Center where kite fliers will showcase their impressive ability to fly a kite without wind. For more details visit http://www.skyfestivals.com.

The Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom is annual motorcycle ride from NJ to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from NJ will begin on May 27 th with a candlelight vigil followed by the ride on the 29 th . There are other rides that start in other states, as well as other memorial events thruout the entire weekend, concluding with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial. There will be speakers discussing efforts to find those who were lost and never found as well as efforts to help those who have been wounded fighting on behalf of our country. For more details visit http://www.rollingthunderrun.com.

Harvey Cedars holds its 8 th annual town wide YardSale on May 28 th . For a map or to register your home visit www.harveycedarstax.org.

Who would think to combine jazz and pancakes? Find out when the Princeton Rotary Club holds its annual Pancakes, Jazz & Scholarship celebration. This all you can eat pancake breakfast will feature live jazz music and the proceeds benefit PHS 101 Scholarship Fund. Stop by 190 Nassau St, Princeton and support a good cause. For more info visit www.princetonrotary.org

Monmouth Park racetrack will host a Food Truck Fair May 28-30 th . Over 20 trucks will be competing for the People’s Choice Award including Ahh! La Cart, Amanda Bananas, Bacon on Wheels, Chimney Cake Factory, Chris’s Curbside Deli, Cupcake Carnivale, Dark Side of the Moo, Dellanos Food Service, E&S Original Steak-n-Take, El Lechon de Negron, Empanada Guy, Enzo’s Pizza, Five Sisters Catering, Fork in the Road, Four Boys Concessions, Hoffman’s Ice Cream, Jersey Johnny’s Grill, Kona Ice, Mary Queen of Pork, Max’s Famous Hot Dogs on Wheels, The Morris Truck, Oink and the Moo, Red Hook Lobster, The Cow and the Curd, The Outslider, Taqueria Authenticate, Tony Boloney’s Mustache Mobile, Waffle de Lys, Wrap Star and Zinna’s Bistro. For more information visit www.monmouthpark.com

Collingswood celebrates its 37 th annual May Fair on May 28 th . There will be art, music and activities for all ages. What began in 1979 as a small “clothesline art exhibit” now encompasses more than a mile of the business district along Haddon Avenue and be attended by 50,000 people. 200+ artists and crafters will display and sell their unique creations in a juried show. Children will enjoy the “KidZone” featuring pony rides, carnival games, rides and children-friendly crafters. Four stages of live music will feature blues, rock, folk and more. There will be an antique & classic auto show and Harley-Davidson motorcycle display as well as several food courts complimenting the downtown restaurants & cafés. For more information visit www.collingswood.com

May 28 th is the Township of Ocean’s Founder’s Day, held at Fredric A. Priff Elementary School, 139 Wells Mills Rd. There will be live entertainment, crafters, vendors, pet parade, free children’s rides, civil war encampment and fireworks. For more information visit www.twpoceannj.gov.

The 13 th annual Heirloom Tomatoes sale will be held on May 14 th in Ramsey and May 28 th and 29 th at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. The Ramsey event is always the Saturday after Mothers Day and is held at the Masonic Lodge. The second sale is always held on Memorial Day weeken d. For more information on these fantastic tomatoes visit http://jerseygrown.com

The 4 th Annual Memorial Beach Challenge. Will be held May 28 th in Ocean City. It is a fundraiser for the 31 Heroes project, an organization which helps service members, veterans and their families. There will be a Navy-ASeal inspired obstacle course, a kids fun run and a memorial paddle out. For more information visit www.memorialbeachchallenge.com.

I can’t think of anything thats more jersey than the 3rd Annual 2016 Trenton Pork Roll Festival will be held May 28 th . Held in Mill Hill Park in Trenton, the event features lots of food and craft vendors with Pork Roll-themed menus, live music, Trenton Pork Roll History, Art and Children’s Events, a Pork Roll Recipe Contest, and a Pork Roll Queen Competition. For information visit www.porkrollfestival.com

The NJ Greekfest is held May 28-31 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 250 Gallows Hills Rd, Westfield. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, greek music, lots of authentic greek food, a kids zone, dance performances and more. Proceeds from the festival go to the Children’s Specialized Hospital, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship and the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. For more details visit www.njgreekfest.com

The 4 th Annual Claire Brodesser Memorial 5K is held in Cape May on May 29 th . H eld by the Beachcomber Camping Resort to help raise money for Cape Regional Medical Center, in memory of Claire Brodesser (one of the founding members of Beachcomber Camping Resort). 41 years ago, she and her husband Thomas Brodesser build Beachcomber from the ground up. One of her core values was to help others and the local community, especially Cape Regional Medical Center.

On May 29 th , the Hackettstown Rotary holds its 22nd Anniversary Memorial Motor Madness car show. It will be held on the grounds of MARS Chocolate North America 800 High Street in Hackettstown, NJ. There will be trophies awarded in 19 different classes of cars. The show kicks off at 9 am, however cars participating in the show should arrive no later than 8:00 am. For more details visit their website www.hackettstownrotary.org .

Maplewood’s annual MayFest celebration will return to Springfield Avenue on May 29 th . Enjoy food, live music, crafts and children’s activities throughout the day. For the little ones, there will be a petting zoo, kiddie train, inflatable rides, and other fun activities. More than 75 vendors, and civic associations will be on hand. Local restaurants and cafes will offer food and drink for purchase. For more information visit http://springfieldavenue.com/events/mayfest

Wallington Plumbing Supply holds their annual summer car show on May 29 th . Held at 21 Passaic St, Fairfield there are prizes, food and vendors. Click here for the show flyer.

The Highlands Business Partnership will host its Annual Seaport Craft Show May 29 th. in Huddy Park, Highlands. Discover a various handmade crafts from more than 60 crafters and artisans. Find unique gifts, art, jewelry and personal items at this Juried Show. For more information visit www.highlandsnj.com

Woodland Park holds its annual street fair along McBride Ave on May 30th. Non-stop music and entertainment along with family fun attractions. Over 100 exhibitors, kiddie rides ,games, face painters, activities and delicious food as well as Camel rides & a petting zoo.

Upcoming events weekend of May 13-15

The St George Greek Orthodox Church at 1101 River Rd in Piscataway will hosts its annual Greek festival May 12-16th. Proceeds from the festival assist the church in continuing its cultural and community programming. There will be homemade Greek foods and pastries Greek Folk Dancing and live greek music Greek specialty items as well as a number of other Greek traditions. For more information visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/StGeorgePwayGreekFest or www.stgeorgepiscataway.org.

The 2 nd Annual Boardwalkcon will be held in Atlantic City May 13-15. The East Coast’s newest Comic/Geek/Cosplay Convention, ACBC puts you in the Winner’s Circle. Whether you’re a casual comic collector, a Whovian, Trekkie, or you love sewing every stitch of your Spidey Suit, ACBC has created the con just for you! For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/DoACxBCx

The Steampunk Worlds Fair returns to the Embassy and Raddison hotels in Piscataway May 13-15. The event is all things steampunk with a healthy dose of eclectic musical guests, as well as lots of vendors selling all manner of steampunk garb, gear and clothing and panels discussing everything from Victorian era costuming, chocolate tasting, tea parties, sword dueling lessons and of course, a beard competition. For details visit http://steampunkworldsfair.com

The Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs hosts a childrens fishing derby thruout the summer. This weekends derby will be held at Irvington park, and is for children 15 and under and is free to enter. The other dates are May 19 in Verona Park, May 21 in Weequahic Park, Newark, June 11 at Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange and ends on June 18 at Orange Reservoir South Mountain Recreation Complex, West Orange. For more information visit www.essexcountynj.org.

The Garden State Beard and Moustache Society holds its fifth annual Beard and Moustache competition at the Stone Pony on May 14 th . The GSBMS is part of the North American Competitive Beard and Moustache Alliance, and its goal is to celebrate facial hair and to raise funds for the Jersey Animal Coalition, a shelter in South Orange. Visit www.facebook.com/GardenStateBMS for more details.

The Central Jersey Irish Festival will be held May 14 th at Lake Topanemus in Freehold. The festival features Irish music and celebrates Irish Culture but also functions to raise money for various local charities including Freehold Area Open Door, St. Vincent dePaul society, Birthright, Monmouth County Child Advocacy, and many state and national charities. It also supports Project Children, a non-sectarian program that gives an opportunity to Children of Northern Ireland to spend 4 weeks with sponsor families in the United States. For more information visit www.centraljerseyirishfestival.org.

Belmar hosts their annual NJ Seafood Festival May 14-15 th at Silver Lake, 5 th and Ocean. “The amount and variety of seafood that will be dished out at the food extravaganza, now in its 30th year, is truly astonishing,” according to Mary Brabazon, festival coordinator and Belmar Tourism Director. 45 of the area’s finest restaurants and food vendors will serve all manner of seafood from traditional steamed lobster, crab cakes, shrimp and calamari to the more exotic alligator sausage, sushi, conch fritters and fish tacos. Wine experts will conduct wine tastings as well as discuss wine pairings.

There will be live entertainment as well as dozens of crafters and commercial vendors, community organizations and a children’s tent with a variety of activities for young visitors provide lots of enjoyment for the whole family. It has twice been named one of the top 100 events in the United States by the American Bus Association and received a New Jersey Governor’s Tourism Award for Excellence. The fair is open May 13 th for residents of Belmar only.

The 20th Annual Franklin Carr Memorial Iris Competition will be held May 14th. In honor of the garden master himself Mr. Franklin Carr, Iris growers compete for the best hybrid Iris title, Competition judging takes place at the 1740 Old Friends Meeting House, 304 Farnsworth Avenue and features over 100 Iris entries. Farnsworth Avenue will be lined with Garden Vendors, Art and Garden Master speakers. Guests can book a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride, dine alfresco in one of the nearby restaurants and stroll through the local boutiques and galleries! Visit www.downtownbordentown.com for more details.

The Piscataway Elks Annual Car and Truck Show will be held at Riverside Park in Piscataway on May 14 th . The event features many makes and models of cars and prizes will be awarded. There will be music and a live DJ, as well as plenty of activities for the kids.

The 5 th annual Harvest of Hope 5K run will be held May 14 th in North Brunswick. This charity run raises money for Harvest of Hope, an organization which helps orphans children find foster parents to raise them.

The 16 th annual Step up for the Arc Walkathon will be held May 14 in Roosevelt Park, Edison. The Arc of Middlesex County provides people with developmental and other disabilities, with support and services which encourage personal growth and quality of life through empowerment and choice. For details on the race visit www.arc-middlesex.org.

The Lavallette School PTO is hosting the Annual Lavallette School 5K Pirate Run on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Proceeds from the event will be used to upgrade the school’s Performing Arts Sound System. You can register at www.raceforum.com/Lavallette or vi sit the PTO Website: https://sites.google.com/a/lavallettek12.org/lavallette­pto

The Wild Half Marathon is a 13.1 Half Marathon & 8K held in Wildwood on May 14-15. For information about the event visit www.wildhalf.com or on facebook at www.facebook.com/thewildhalf.

The Annual Walk to Cure Arthritis will be held at Metlife Stadium on May 14 th . The Walk to Cure Arthritis raises funds and awareness to fight the nation’s leading cause of disability. This year’s event will feature a unique one-mile route complete with games and activities at stops highlighting our accomplishments from the last nine years along the way. There will also be a three-mile course for our more ambitious walkers. There will be food, fun, music and entertainment for the entire family before and after the walk. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs.

The 2016 Ocean Grove Spring Fling will be held May 14 th along Main Ave and the Pilgrim Pathway. This annual event features over 100 different craft vendors as long as live music and food vendors.

The 13 th annual Heirloom tomatoes sale will be held on May 14 th in Ramsey and May 28/ 29 th at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. The Ramsey event is always the Saturday after Mothers Day and is held at the Masonic Lodge. The second sale is always held on Memorial Day weeken d. For more information on these fantastic tomatoes visit http://jerseygrown.com

Mayfest is an annual celebration held in historic Smithville, the weekend after Mothers Day. The event features 100+ juried crafters, food vendors, music all in the charming setting of Historic Smithville & the Village Greene! For more information visit http://historicsmithvillenj.com

The Cape May beachfront will be the site of the 37 th annual Great Cape May 5K and 10k Foot Race. The race starts at 8AM.

Over 6,000 visitors are expected to visit the 12 th annual NJ History Fair. The NJ Division of Parks and Forestry marked the centennial of the State’s acquisition of its first historic site, the Indian King Tavern in Haddonfield, with the very first SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair. This years event will include 18 food trucks, a 5K Run as well as a concert by the New Jersey National Guard’s 63rd Army Band immediately following the Fair. The fair will be held from 11-5 on May 14 th at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville. For more details visit www.njhistoryfair.org

Over 100 teams will compete in the 33rd annual World Series Of Birding on May 14. The World Series of Birding is a competitive big day. Teams have 24 hours to count as many bird species as possible by site or sound within anywhere in NJ. The event, hosted by the NJ Audubon is endorsed by the American Birding Association, the Cornell Laboratory of Orinthology and numerous other environmental and conservation minded businesses and individuals. Over 30 years the event has raised over 9M for environmental and conservation causes . For more information visit www.worldseriesofbirding.org

Come celebrate the arts in Collingswood the second Saturday of every month thruout the spring and summer. Experience unique arts, shopping, dining and music. Established in 2004, Second Saturday Collingswood has provided free entertainment and art to locals and visitors, with local artists and musicians on every block. For more information visit http://www.collingswood.com/arts/second-saturday

Power Portal Products holds its annual car show on May 14 th from 9-4 at 34 Bank St in Netcong. There will be a DJ, food vendors, 50/50 raffle and trophies for best in show. Proceeds from the show benefit the Two Kids Foundation. For more information visit http://powerportalproducts.com

The third annual Run for the Animals 5K to benefit the Marine Mammal Stranding Center will take place May 14th. Post race activities include a silent auction, award ceremony, music, face painting and games for the kids. There will also be a pet parade and one mile beach walk to benefit the Beacon Animal Rescue. For more info visit their website http://www.mmsc.org/fundraisers.html

The 5 th annual Leathernecks MC Bash will be held May 14. There will be a car show, live music, an MMA Demo, and of course food, beer and vendors. Donation $20. Proceeds go to Stand Down of NJ, which helps homeless veterans. Visit www.sjleathernecksmc.com for more information. The Bash is held at the Gibbstown VFW, 743 W Broad St, Gibbstown.

The Rolling thunder motorcycle club holds its 13 th annual Candlelight Vigil honoring NJ’s Fallen Heroes on May 14. This event commemorates the memory of fallen servicemen and at the Toms River Armory, 1200 Whitesville Rd, Toms River.

The Colts Neck High School’s National Honor Society, the Naval Junior ROTC, and Free the Children host the 2 nd annual Color Run, Chase the Rainbow 5K, on May 14 at Bucks Mill Park in Colts Neck. They have set a goal of raising $15,000 to donate to the Lupus Foundation, the National Parkinson Foundation, and Free the Children. Free the Children is an organization dedicated to helping impoverished children in the world.

Donovan Catholic Baseball hosts their first annual, Bats and Rides Car Show. On May 14 th . There will be vintage cars on display, music, prizes and food available. Stop by the Donovan Catholic Athletic Complex at 1380 Whitty Road, Toms River from 2-7PM. All proceeds will benefit the student athletes of the Donovan Catholic Baseball Program.


The 4th Annual Laurel Springs Volunteer Fire Dept. Charity Car Show will be held on may 14 at 723 W Atlantic Ave in Laurel Springs. Open to all years, makes, models cars and trucks, no motorcycles please. All Proceeds to Benefit Laurel Springs Volunteer Fire Dept.

Handcrafted at Perkins Center is a 21+ event taking place at Perkins Center (30 Irvin Ave. Collingwood) on May 14th. Over a dozen regional craft micro brews will provide a tasting, there will also be a distillery, a gourmet food cart fare, handmade beer steins, live music and a silent auction. By popular demand, the 6th Annual Handcrafted at Perkins Center will once again feature a VIP Tasting at 6pm hosted by Joe Sixpack, beer reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News. This intimate tasting offers limited space and will showcase small New Jersey Breweries only featured from 6-7pm. Tickets are $50 per person and include tastings of all the craft brews and food showcased at the event. Attend the VIP Tasting for an additional $20. * Space is limited for the VIP Tasting, purchase tickets early. For ticketing and event details, please visit PerkinsArts.org or call (856) 235-6488.

The 23 rd annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament will be held May 15. The event runs from 630-1PM and a variety of species are eligible for entry in the tournament. Winner of each category will be determined by overall length. The individual who catches the overall largest fish wins the “Governor’s Award,” and has his/her name engraved on the Governor’s Cup, which is permanently displayed at the park. Fishing equipment is awarded to winners who catch the largest fish in each species category. Winners from the early entry drawing and the tournament must be present during the afternoon awards ceremony to claim their prizes or they will be forfeited. Visit www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/gsft.htm for more information.

The annual Run the Palisades 5K and 10K will be run May 15 th in Ft Lee and Cliffside Park. The annual run is a fundraiser for the Diabetes Foundation. Besides the two races, there will be plenty of activities for spectators to participate in. There will be free h ealth screenings, you can check your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, vision and more. There will be cooking demos, recipes, as well as healthy snacks and food samples including heart healthy, diabetes-friendly breads, smoothies and new snack ideas that taste great. Get a free fitness assessments, and grab a free health club pass. Learn your body mass index, test your strength with the latest fitness equipment, and compete in a fun beginner CrossFit competition for some great prizes. For details visit http://runthepalisades.org

The Annual Pfizer Run for Pride 5K Run will be held May 21. Race proceeds benefit Project Community Pride at Giralda Farms. Replaced by the Mind Matters 5K?

There are two separate touch-a-truck events this weekend. Little kids (and big kids too) can climb into all manner of large vehicles including police fire and EMS as well as dump trucks and more. Meet the people who drive them and see the equipment they use. The Junior League of Bergen County holds their 12 th annual Touch a truck event on May 15th at Garden State Plaza in Paramus form 10-2. For more information visit www.thejlbc.org.

the other event is Mountain Top School’s largest event of the year. . This community wide event helps fundraise and raise awareness of the school. Touch-a-Truck is a hands-on experience for kids and families to explore, interact and experience the service providers of Somerset County and their speciality vehicles. The event features of 35 different vehicles, is sponsored by 35 different local business, and is attended by over 1300 people each year. Food, games and rides all add to a day of family fun! For more information visit www.mountaintopschool.org

The 8 th Annual Walk to End Lupus will be held at many locations across the country on May 15 th . Ocean City is a frequent participant and this years walk will be held at the 6 th street field and Boardwalk. For details please visit www.walktoendlupusnowsj.org.

The ALCC 5th Annual Spring All Car Show will be held at 2245 Route 130 South Dayton. Free general admission. There will be Street rods, pro streeters, customs, modified trucks, racing cars, classics, all imports, stock production, motorcycles, wild, mild, extreme! All makes and models welcome. All proceeds go to ALCC Youth Group. http:// www.facebook.com/groups/Streetfurymuscle

The 38th Annual North Jersey Auto Show presented by the Restored Rusty Relics will be held May 15th from 8am to 3pm. Stop by Bergen Community College: 400 Paramus Road Lot C, Paramus and see 400+ Show Cars & Trucks, 75+ Flea Market Vendors. Click Here For The PDF Show Flyer.

The 16 th annual Chester Classic and Antique car and Truck show will be held May 15 th at three locations. Downtown Historic District (Main Street), The Streets of Chester Shopping Center and Alstede Farms. Visit www.ilovechester.com for more details.

Summit hosts its annual Summer Fest Spring Fair May 15 th . Come down and enjoy the food, clowns, rides, live music and face painting as well as local vendors and arts and crafts. The Spring Fair is held at 374 Springfield Ave. For more information visit www.summitdowntown.org

Upcoming events April 30-May 1

The Montclair Film Festival spans seven days, eight venues, 90+ films/events and includes 100 special guests. The 5 th annual Montclair Film Festival brings a week of international cinema to venues throughout the culturally inclined town, including the Bellevue Cinema, the Montclair Art Museum, Bowtie Clairidge Cinema, the Loft, the Wellmont Theater and the Montclair Public Library. The ambitious event has quickly gained serious cred thanks to festival directors Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen, the cinephile power couple who also helm the prestigious Toronto Film Festival. The 2013 Montclair festival pulled in more than 14,000 attendees for its 80-plus screenings and events. For more information visit their website at http://montclairfilmfest.org or at http://www.facebook.com/MontclairFilmFest

The Abilities Expo returns to the NY metro area April 29-May 1 at the NJ Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison. This is the nation’s leading event for people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals. For the past three decades, the Community has gathered at Abilities Expos all over the country to discover the latest, life-enhancing products and services and learn from relevant, free workshops. Top it off with a series of world-class special events—sporting demonstrations, dancing instruction and more—and you’ve got an Abilities Expo that is fun for the whole family! Admission is free. For more information, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com/newyork/index.html

The 23rd annual Spring Festival returns to Hackettstown April 29-May 1. There will be a Battle of the Bands, along with food vendors, carnival rides and local vendors will set up at Centenary College, 5 th and Reese Ave in Hackettstown. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/797596736977952/ or

April 29-May 1, 2016 CONFIRMED

The New Hope Village 4 Veterans host their annual Dinner Dance Fundraiser & Awards For Shining Stars on April 29 th . The organization provides aid and advocates for veterans and veterans issues. This fundraiser will be held at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, 350 Pleasant Valley Hotel, West Orange. Donations are $100 for the general public and $50 Military members . Visit www.newhopevillage4veterans.com for more information.

The 37 th annual Spring Flower Festival in Cape May is held April 29 th- -May 8 th in Cape May’s Rotary Park. It features artisans and crafters displaying and selling accents and accessories for you, your home and your gardens as well as eco-friendly resources to help promote a Green Cape May. Rotary Park is located on Lafayette Street between Decatur and Jackson Streets.. For more information visit their website at http://www.capemaymac.org/toursevents/capemaysspringfestival.html

On April 30 th , the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad, holds their 10 th annual “Bring The Heat” Annual Chili Cook-Off. Located at 48 Old Highway 22 in Clinton, you can enjoy great chili, live music by Dennis Thatcher, beer and wine for sale, 50/50 raffle, tricky tray and vote for the People’s Choice favorite chlli. Tasting tickets $15 at the door, $12 in advance, kids 12 & under are free. Visit www.bringtheheat.org for more information

Skylands Stadium hosts it’s first-ever food truck festival on April 30. Sample a variety of delicious fare from the area’s best food trucks while enjoying great live music, games, vendors, beer and wine and entertainment! Parking is free. General Admission: $5, children 10 and under are free Admission includes access to food trucks, entertainment, and live music. Food trucks and vendors will sell food, drinks, and products at an additional cost.

Barnegat holds its annual town wide garage sale on April 30 th . All proceeds from this event will be used for the Chamber of Commerce Community Fund, which includes scholarships and donations to Police, Fire, First Aid and food pantry.

The LBI Simply Bassing Fishing Tournament is held from April 30-June 25 th . The top four bass caught will be awarded prizes at the end of the tournament. For contest rules and to enter, visit www.lbift.com.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum hosts it annual Plant Show and Sale April 30-May 1, with a members only advance sale on April 29. Located at 53 E Havenover Ave, Morristown, the arboretum holds several plant sales every spring. Be sure to check their other events. For more details visit www.arboretumfriends.org

Raceway Park hosts the 19th Annual Sport Compact Spring Nationals Sport compact drag racing and Top 50 car show. Sport Compact and Modern Muscle are welcome to drag race. All Import and Domestic cars, bikes and trucks are welcome to compete in the car show. Only muffled and turbo cars can race. Go to www.OGS1320.com or www.etownraceway.com for more details.

The Historic Village at Allaire hosts their first annual beer festival on April 30th. The BBQ Beerfest has a $5 admission fee and tickets will be sold for the beer garden. Beer tickets are available at the door to the beer garden. There will be great food, live music and an opportunity to explore the historic buildings and visit the craft shops. Visit http://allairevillage.org/event/allaire-bbq-brew-fest/ for more details on the event.

Back by popular demand, Tuckerton Seaport hosts their third annual Truckerton Food Truck and Beerfest April 30 and May 1st. Over one dozen different food trucks will be hand dishing out great food including BBQ, wood fired pizza, even famous Cup Cake Wars cupcakes. The beer garden will feature numerous local breweries including Pinelands Brewing Co. and the Laurita Winery. There will be plenty of live music as well to keep you entertained. Held at Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum (120 West Main Street, Tuckerton) event admission allows access to the all the maritime activities, historic and recreated buildings, live animals, boardwalk, miniature golf course, and exhibits. Event admission is $8 for adults, and free for Seaport Members and children under 5. Save $1 on admission by bringing an item to donate to the Tuckerton Food Pantry. For more information, visit them at http://www.tuckertonseaport.org.

The Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon and Barnabas Health will be run April30-May 1. In addition to the races, families can enjoy refreshments from our food trucks, musical entertainment from 80s to today’s hits cover band, B.O.D., and a variety of lawn games and sports activities. Cheer your favorite runner on by crafting a sign at the Novo Nordisk Motivation Station, try your hand at Kan Jam or make your way through the JDRF inflatable obstacle course. The race will be held at the Great Lawn at the Ocean Promenade in Long Branch, just a few yards north of Pier Village between the Ocean Place Resort and Spa and Rooney’s Crab House. For more information visit www.thenewmarathon.com.

The Somers Point Bayfest was first organized to celebrate Earth Day and the environment. Bayfest continues that tradition 28 years later by hosting a variety of environmental groups that help to educate the public on the many issues that continue to face us. It is now the largest single day event in south jersey with several thousand attendees. The event features music, environmental activities and displays, as well as craft and artisan vendors. Monies raised by the festival are distributed by the Bayfest Committee to help local Somers Point improvements. V isit www.somerspointbayfest.org or their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SomersPointBayfest for more information. The 1 st annual Somers Point Rotary Antique and classic car show will be held during the Somers Point Bayfest.

The Laurita Winery hold a Bacon Festival on April 30 and May 1st. There will be plenty of food trucks with bacon themed food available as well as tastings of Laurita Wineries various wines. There will be lots of entertainment and lots to do including tours of the winery, mechanical pig riding, fireworks Saturday night, vendors and artisans, pottery demonstrations and even camel and pony rides! There is an entry fee as well as a fee for tastings (but you get a commemorative baconfest glass) For all the details visit http://lauritawinery.com/events/laurita-bacon-fest .

Every year the Lymphoma Research Foundation has an annual fundraiser and for the 7th year, The Irish Whisper Walk of Hope in memory of Danny Kane will be looking for partipants and donations. The walk will be held April 26th at 930 AM at the Pinecliff Lake Clubhouse, 1577 Union Valley Road, West Milford. The group has raised over 300,000 over the last 6 years to help fight lymphoma and this years 5K hopes to add signifigantly to that that total. For more information visit their support page at

The 11 th annual blessing of the bikes will be held April 30 th at St George’s Church, 56 Main Street, Helmetta, followed by a bike ride. The ride fee is $15.00 for the rider, $10.00 for passengers, under 12 ride for $5.00. The ride ends with food, vendors, and music.

The 35 th annual Shadfest will be held in Lambertville April 30-May1st. Each year the festival celebrates the City of Lambertville, the Delaware River, the local arts scene and of course, the Shad! The Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized award-winning event. Shad Fest features the area’s finest artists and crafters, great food live music and family entertainment, but the two-day extravaganza also serves as a venue for local non-profit organizations to raise necessary operating funds. There will be f ace painting, sand art, and other children’s activities not to mention lots of rides! Don’t miss the fun and educational shad seining demonstrations down at Lewis Island where the Delaware River Basin Commission will be teaching us about how to test water quality. For more details visit www.lambertville.org or www.shadfest.com .

The 42nd annual NJ Folkfest will be held at Rutgers on April 30 th . 15-18,000 people typically attend this event, which focuses primarily on traditional indigenous, multicultural folk forms and artists from and residing in and around New Jersey. Traditional indigenous folk artists are carriers of folk tradition that are accurate and respectful in depicting folk culture carriers of folk tradition are those who grew up in the tradition in which they perform or create and who learned their art within their family or community as part of daily life. Usually, but not exclusively, these tradition bearers do not earn a living from their art. There is an annual heritage theme which focuses on folk music, crafts and other traditions of a specific ethnic, cultural or regional heritage found within our state. For more information visit www.njfolkfest.rutgers.edu .

Hundreds of volunteers will be helping disabled and senior citizen homeowners in and around Woodbridge to make repairs to their homes. Volunteers will do all manner of repair and home improvement including painting, putting in insulation and dry wall, repairing roofs and more. To help out please contact Sheila Carrozza at 732 634-4500 X6497 or email tooling at twp dot woodbridge dot nj dot us. For more details visit www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us.

New Jerseys beaches will get a little bit cleaner after the annual Clean Ocean Action spring beach cleanup. Held in spring and fall, it is one of the longest running annual beach cleanups in the world. Starting with just 75 volunteers at Sandy Hook in 1985 the event now has thousands of volunteers working at virtually every beach in NJ as well as numerous parks and rivers across the state. In 2013 over 7,000 volunteers participated in 200 cleanups in over 70 towns across the state. They collectively over 350,000 pieces of garbage, of which over 67% was plastic. For more details on locations and times visit their website at www.cleanoceanaction.org.

Hunterdon County Library holds their annual book sale April 30-May 2 . It is held at the South County Park Fairgrounds Route 179, Lambertville. For more information visit www.hclibrary.us .

The last Saturday of April is Rutgers Day at Rutgers University, when the community is invited to learn more about the University through tours, performances, hands-on activities, demonstrations, exhibits, and lectures across the G. H. Cook/Douglass, Busch, Livingston, and College Avenue Campuses.

Rutgers Day is a huge open house featuring free performances, exhibits, interactive programs, demonstrations, and more. Visitors will get a clearer sense of the valuable contributions Rutgers makes to the people of New Jersey. With our newly integrated health sciences schools, centers, and institutes, we have even more exciting, health-related programs and activities to share. Rutgers Day isnt just for prospective students and their families, but is an opportunity for all NJ residents to learn more about the important work that goes on at the University.

Part of Rutgers day is Ag Field Day, also celebrated on April 26 th on the Cook Campus of the college. The celebration of Ag Field day precedes and was the genesis of the larger celebration. It began in 1906 when t he State Board of Agriculture decided there was a need for New Jersey farmers to become better acquainted with the experiments taking place at the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) . Over the years attendance has grown from 800 to the thousands and while Ag Field Day no longer caters specifically to farmers, the reporting of scientific findings and demonstrations of science-based solutions important to New Jerseyans continue to take center stage. For more information visit http://rutgersday.rutgers.edu .

The Red Knights MC 7th Annual Poker Run starts at Atlantic County Harley Davidson, 219 East White Horse Pike in Galloway on April 30. Registration is from 9-11 and motorcycles go out at 11AM rain or shine. Pre-registration is available online. Riders may register by April 20th for $15. The ride fee is $20 for the rider and $10 for passengers. The first 50 to register will receive a t-shirt. The ride fee includes food and a DJ at the final stop. The event will benefit Burn Foundation and Deborah Hospital’s Gift From Captain Buscio Cardiovascular Screening Program. For more information visit www.redknightsnj16.org/events.

Rutherford Rescue 5 will hold t he 4 th Annual Extrication Competition and Family Fun day on April 30th. Besides the Extrication Competition there will be Food, Mugs, Shirts, Vendors, and activities for the Kids. For more information email [email protected] . The competition will be held at the Meadows Office Complex, 301 Route 17 North in Rutherford.

The Vorhees Police hosts their first annual car benefit show on April 30 th . The show will raise money for the Voorhees Police Memorial Garden & Voorhees Police K9 Unit. The show will be held at Carmike Cinemas Ritz 16 (*rear parking lot) 900 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd, Voorhees Twp.

Chatham PBA Local 170 sponsors their 1st Annual Car and Motorcycle show on April 30. There will be music, Food and trophies and admission is free. The car show will be held from 10-2 at the Chatham High School (255 Lafayette Avenue).

The 12 th annual Charity Softball Tournament for the Childrens Miracle Network will be held April 30 at Warinanco Park in Roselle.

April 30 th will be International Tabletop Gaming Day, a day to celebrate all manner of board games and minifigs. Play at home with your family and friends or participate in one of many community events hosted at local game stores and retailers world wide. For details visit http://tabletopday.com

The 5th Annual Smithville Renaissance Faire will be held April 30-May 1st. Join us for two days of fun and frivolity in the Duchy of Northumberland’s warm up to the New Jersey Renaissance Faire held at the end of May. For more information visit www.facebook.com/smithvillerenfaire.

Terhune Orchard hosts its annual Kite Days April 30-May 1. Guests are welcome to bring their own kite, buy one in the store or they can make one on site. There will be country music and entertainment provided, and the farm is open to guests who can tour the orchards and fields while riding in a tractor-drawn farm wagon. The sheep will be shorn on Sunday and the children can take home a piece of real fleece. There will be special activities and games for children in the barnyard. Terhune Orchards is located at 300 Cold Soil Rd in Princeton. For more information visit their website at http://www.terhuneorchards.com

The 6 th annual NJ AIDS walk takes place in Asbury Park, Atlantic City, Newark, Ridgewood and Morristown on May 1st. Began in 2010, a consortium of the leading HIV service organizations joined forces to create the first unified, state-wide, New Jersey AIDS Walk. New Jersey AIDS Walk ranges from a 5 – 10k loop depending on site. It inspires hope for friends and loved ones who are battling this illness. It’s a day of fun, relaxation, and giving. For more information visit http://njaidswalk.org

The Run for the River is an annual fundraiser for the Musconetcong Watershed Association, held May 1st. The course is a scenic loop in beautiful Asbury (Warren County) New Jersey. Runners will pass streams, pastures, historic buildings and the beautiful Musconetcong River on this mostly flat fast course. Free bagels and bottled water and prize drawing for participants.

Registration and parking at Asbury Fire Co. at 410 Old Main Street, Asbury. (not Asbury park) For details visit www.musconetcong.org .

The annual Westfield Spring Fling closes the streets of Westfield on May 1st. There will be many musical guests, rides, a kid zone and pie eating contests as well as lots of fabulous fair food. For more information visit http://springflingwestfield.com

There will be three stages of music as well as over 300+ artisans and craftsmen at the 22nd Hoboken Arts and Music Fest on May 1st. Previous musical performers have included Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, the Black Hollies and the Karen Kuhl Band. Fine artists which have many different media for sale including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, mixed media, photography, etc. Crafters will be selling handmade pottery, metalwork, wood items, furniture, blown &amp fused glass, quilts, household items made from recycled materials, batik clothing, hand painted furniture, candles, jewelry, dried florals, soaps & lotions and other unique handcrafted items. Visit www.hobokennj.org for more details.

The Family Promise Bergen Bike Ride on May 1 is annual fundraiser for Bergen Family Promise, an organization devoted to helping the poor and the homeless. A 3 and 15 mile bike ride will be run thru Ridegwood starting at 1PM. They hope to raise 50,000 so they can continue in their mission. Since 1986, The Interreligious Fellowship for the Homeless of Bergen County, now Family Promise of Bergen County, has played a pivotal role in serving thousands of Bergen County’s most vulnerable citizens – homeless, hungry, and needy families and individuals. For more information and to register visit www.bergenfamilypromise.org

The NJ region of the Antique Automobile Club of America holds its 65 th annual Spring car show on May 1. Over 250 classic cars will be on display at the Mennen Arena in Morristown. For show details visit http://njaaca.org.

St John the Baptist church in Paterson holds its 47 th annual Motorcycle Mass and Blessing on May 1 st . The blessing begins at 1130 and is held at St John the Baptist Cathedral, corner of Main and Grand in Paterson.

The 5 th annual Asbury Restaurant Tour will be held from 12-4PM May 1 st . Over 25 different bars and restaurants will be particpating. Participants must go the Restaurant Tour check-in tent at Press Plaza (600 Cookman Ave). Ticket price is $35 and is non-refundable and non transferable. Wristbands are valid at participating restaurants for the May 1st, 2016 noon- 4pm event ONLY. For more information visit http://www.asburyparkchamber.com/restaurant_tour.asp

The American Legion of Somers Point hosts its 8 th annual pig Roast on May 1 st . Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door for $20. Proceeds benefit the American Legion. There will be North Carrolina BBQ, free draft beer and soda as well as hot dogs, hamburgers and of course roast pig. Live Music by “Who Dat Band”. For details visit www.americanlegion352.org

The Nam Knights will host their 24 th annual car & motorcycle show on May 1. Show participants $15, Spectators $5. the event is held at 197 Washington Avenue, Carlstadt. Visit www.namknights.org for more details.

Mansions in May is an annual fundraiser for Morristown Memorial Hospital which tours the historic Blairsden Mansion and its expansive grounds. Since its inception in 1974, o ver 25,000 visitors typically visit each year, raising 8M for charity. Tours are self guided and it is recommended visitors plam to spend half the day. There will be a limited number of 2-hour private & guided tours offered for online advance purchase only. Tours offered 9AM, Mon-Fri only All tours meet at off-site parking for an 8:30AM shuttle departure. For more information visit www.mansioninmay.com

On May 1st, the American Labor Museum will host its Annual May Day Festival. Located at the Botto House, 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, the event features instrumental and vocal performances of folk and labor music by George Mann, Marty Confurius & Al Podber and the New Jersey Industiral Union Council (IUC) “Solidarity Singers.” Ten-member choir Harmonic Insurgence will perform traditional workers’ songs. Annamaria Stefanelli will sing from operas enjoyed by laborers of 100 years ago. Light refreshments will be served, tours of the Museum will be offered, and shopping in the Museum Store will be available. There is an admission fee of $10. per person. For further information visit their website at http://www.labormuseum.net

Upcoming Music Festivals and Musical Events

The 23rd annual Spring Festival returns to Hackettstown April 29-May 1. There will be a Battle of the Bands, along with food vendors, carnival rides and local vendors will set up at Centenary College, 5th and Reese Ave in Hackettstown. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/797596736977952/ or
http://hktwn.com for more information.

There will be three stages of music as well as over 300+ aritisans and craftsmen at the 22nd Hoboken Arts and Music Fest on May 1st. Previous musical performers have included Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, the Black Hollies and the Karen Kuhl Band. Fine artists which have many different media for sale including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, mixed media, photography, etc. Crafters will be selling handmade pottery, metalwork, wood items, furniture, blown & fused glass, quilts, household items made from recycled materials, batik clothing, hand painted furniture, candles, jewelry, dried florals, soaps & lotions and other unique handcrafted items. Visit http://www.hobokennj.org for more details.

Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend at Boardwalk Hall with the 8th Annual Mother’s Day Music Festival starring co-headliners Maze ft. Frankie Beverly and Charlie Wilson. The show will take place on Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m. and will bring the best of R&B to Atlantic City. For tickets and information visit http://www.boardwalkhall.com

The 43rd annual Jazz Band Extraveganza will be held at John P Stevens high school in Edison May 18th. For details visit their website at http://www.jpstevensband.org

The Jersey Shore Festival is held from May 20-22 at the beach at Seaside. Events include numerous musical performances on multiple stages as well as the Jersey Shore Car Show. There will be numerous vendors as well as a beach campout (requires a 4ࡪ to attend). For more information visit http://www.jerseyshorefestival.com

The Clifton Community Band is performing their 13th annual Lollipops & Roses Intergenerational Concert on May 21 in the Clifton High School auditorium at 2PM.Tickets are $7 children under 12 are free.

The 27 th Annual Cape May Music Festival will be held from May 29-June 16. Irish music, symphony, jazz, and many other musical styles will be presented over the two weeks. For a full list of performances, times and locations, visit www.capemaymac.org for details.

Vehicle Shows in May

The NJ region of the Antique Automobile Club of America holds its 65th annual Spring car show on May 1. Over 250 classic cars will be on display at the Mennen Arena in Morristown. For show details visit http://njaaca.org.

St John the Baptist church in Paterson holds its 47th annual Motorcycle Mass and Blessing on May 1st. The blessing begins at 1130 and is held at St John the Baptist Cathedral, corner of Main and Grand in Paterson.

The Nam Knights will host their 24th annual car & motorcycle show on May 15. Show participants $15, Spectators $5. the event is held at 197 Washington Avenue, Carlstadt. Visit http://www.namknights.org for more details.

The 31st Annual NCOM (National Coalition of Motorcyclists) Convention will be held May 5-8 at Harrahs in Atlantic City. The focus of the lectures and events is around legal rights, and issues of concern in the legal community relating to motorcycles. Visit http://www.onabike.com for more details.

The purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty and to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. It began In 1997 with 18 riders on a four day fund-raising bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. which raised $18,000. The event now features nearly 1700 members nationwide and the donations over the years total nearly 14M dollars.

This years ride kicks off with a benefit and kick off May 6th with the ride starting May 8 and concluding May 12th with the 26th annual candlelight vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. For details and to contribute, visit http://policeunitytour.com/ NOT CONFIRMED

Over 200 different cars will be on display when the MG Car Club of NJ celebrates their annual Britfest at Horseshoe Lake in Succasunna on May 7th. Portion of the proceeds will benefit Interfaith food Pantry-Morris County. Please bring a non perishable food item to the show. Fish and chips will be served as well as breakfast. For details you can visit the club webpage at http://www.mgccnj.org

The New Jersey chapter of the Buick Club of America will be holding their annual car show on Saturday May 7th from 9-2. The show will be sponsored by and held at Straub Buick GMC 400 Hwy. 35 South in Keyport Spectator admission is free. There will also be a 50/50, a DJ, automotive related flea market and a food vendor. Any questions contact Kevin Keenan at 908 461-8301 or http://www..jerseyshorebuickclub.org

Power Portal Products holds its annual car show on May 14th from 9-4 at 34 Bank St in Netcong. There will be a DJ, food vendors, 50/50 raffle and trophies for best in show. Proceeds from the show benefit the Two Kids Foundation. For more information visit http://powerportalproducts.com

The 5th annual Leathernecks MC Bash will be held May 14. There will be a car show, live music, an MMA Demo, and of course food, beer and vendors. Donation $20. Proceeds go to Stand Down of NJ, which helps homeless veterans. Visit http://www.sjleathernecksmc.com for more information. The Bash is held at the Gibbstown VFW, 743 W Broad St, Gibbstown.

Donovan Catholic Baseball hosts their first annual, Bats and Rides Car Show. On May 14th. There will be vintage cars on display, music, prizes and food available. Stop by the Donovan Catholic Athletic Complex at 1380 Whitty Road, Toms River from 2-7PM. All proceeds will benefit the student athletes of the Donovan Catholic Baseball Program.

The 4th Annual Laurel Springs Volunteer Fire Dept. Charity Car Show will be held on may 14 at 723 W Atlantic Ave in Laurel Springs. Open to all years, makes, models cars and trucks, no motorcycles please. All Proceeds to Benefit Laurel Springs Volunteer Fire Dept.

The Junior League of Bergen County holds their 12th annual Touch a truck event on May 15th
at Garden State Plaza in Paramus form 10-2. Little kids (and big kids too) can climb into all manner of large vehicles including police fire and EMS as well as dump trucks and more. Meet the people who drive them and see the equipment they use. For more information visit http://www.thejlbc.org

Touch-a-Truck is Mountain Top School’s largest event of the year, held May 15th. This community wide event helps fundraise and raise awareness of the school. Touch-a-Truck is a hands-on experience for kids and families to explore, interact and experience the service providers of Somerset County and their speciality vehicles. The event features of 35 different vehicles, is sponsored by 35 different local business, and is atteneded by over 1300 people each year. Food, games and rides all add to a day of family fun! For more information visit http://www.mountaintopschool.org

The ALCC 5th Annual Spring All Car Show will be held at 2245 Route 130 South Dayton. Free general admission. There will be Street rods, pro streeters, customs, modified trucks, racing cars, classics, all imports, stock production, motorcycles, wild, mild, extreme! All makes and models welcome. All proceeds go to ALCC Youth Group. http://www.facebook.com/groups/Streetfurymuscle

The 38th Annual North Jersey Auto Show presented by the Restored Rusty Relics will be held May 15th from 8am to 3pm. Stop by Bergen Community College: 400 Paramus Road Lot C, Paramus and see 400+ Show Cars & Trucks, 75+ Flea Market Vendors. Click Here For The PDF Show Flyer.

The 16th annual Chester Classic and Antique car and Truck show will be held May 15th at three locations. Downtown Historic District (Main Street), The Streets of Chester Shopping Center and Alstede Farms. Visit http://www.ilovechester.com for more details.

On the 3rd Thursday of every month thruout the summer you can attend the Collingswood Cruise night, this month its May 19th. Come see classic cars, enjoy live music, good food and good company. Visit http://www.collingswood.com for more information.

VFW Robbins American Legion Post 194 invites you to their 3rd Annual Car Show on May 21. Bring your friends and family out for a day of classic cars, food & fun! Make your song requests, and hear all the best music being spun by our DJ, Cruzin Tunes! All proceeds benefit American Legion Post 194, its local veterans, and will go towards outreach in our surrounding community. VFW 194 is located at 601 Broad Street, Florence.

The 6th Annual PBA Local 233-399 Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be held May 22. There will be judging, trophies, music, food, vendors and a K9 demonstration. The event is held at NV Demarest High School, 162 Knickerbocker Road, Demaresy. All proceeds go to the US War Dogs Association, Paws of War and the Semper Fi Foundation. Click Here for the show flyer.

The Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom is annual motorcycle ride from NJ to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from NJ will begin on May 27th with a candlelight vigil followed by the ride on the 29th. There are other rides that start in other states, as well as other memorial events thruout the entire weekend, concluding with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial. There will be speakers discussing efforts to find those who were lost and never found as well as efforts to help those who have been wounded fighting on behalf of our country. For more details visit http://www.rollingthunderrun.com.

On May 29th, the Hackettstown Rotary holds its 22nd Anniversary Memorial Motor Madness car show. It will be held on the grounds of MARS Chocolate North America 800 High Street in Hackettstown, NJ. There will be trophies awarded in 19 different classes of cars. The show kicks off at 9 am, however cars participating in the show should arrive no later than 8:00 am. For more details visit their website http://www.hackettstownrotary.org.

Wallington Plumbing Supply holds their annual summer car show on May 29th. Held at 21 Passaic St, Fairfield there are prizes, food and vendors. Click here for the show flyer.

Events for April 23-24

Deep Cut Gardens holds its annual Spring Plant Swap on April 23 rd . Grab your plants and bring them to 152 Red Hill Road in Middletown between 830-10AM. Make sure the plants are in a 1 quart or 1 or 2 gallon container and that they are labeled. Herb and vegetable seedlings may also be exchanged. Invasive plants will not be accepted a list of such plants and further information is available at http://www.njisst.org. After the plansdt are inspected, plants may be selected and taken from 10-noon. For more information visit http://www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

The annual Waretown Wine Fetival will be held April 23-24 at the Waretown Recreation and Lake Area, located at 182 Wells Mill Road. Festival goers can look forward to sampling wines from a nice variety of award-winning Garden State wineries, including Cava Winery And Vineyard, Chestnut Run Farms, Coda Rosa Winery, DiMatteo Winery, Monroeville Vineyard & Winery LLC, Plagido’s Winery, Sharrott Winery, Valenzano Winery and the Wagonhouse Winery. In addition to wine tastings, there will also be live entertainment, as well as crafters, retail vendors, food vendors, and a children’s play area. The festival will be held each day from 12-5PM. V isit http://waretownwinefestival.com for more informatrion.

Six Flags will host its 3 rd annual Fast Tracks Food Trcusk Festival April 23 and 24. There will be 22 different food trucks on hand from 12 -7PM each day, with wine sampling open from 1 -6 PM each day. Admission to the festival is included with theme park admission or a season pass. Food is available for an additional fee. Entrance to the event is located in Movietown. Wine tasting portion requires a ticket. Tickets are available online for $12.99 in advance or $15.99 at the park on the day of the event. Visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/special-events/celebration/fast-tracks-food-trucks-festival for more information.

On April 23 rd and 24 th , historic Long street Farm, (Longstreet Road, Holmdel) will host Wool Days/Sheep Shearing. Events include sheep-shearing and demonstrations by sheep-herding dogs. Visitors can also enjoy wagon rides to a neighboring site, the Monmouth County Historical Associations’ Holmes-Hendrickson House, where staff will demonstrate the way wool was used in Colonial America with spinning and weaving activities. Parking and admission are free. For more information, visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com

Sterling Hill Mineral Museum and the New Jersey Earth Science Association (NJESA) will host the 44 th annual Gem & Mineral Show / Outdoor Swap & Sell at the Franklin School, 50 Washington Ave, Franklin. There will be numerous vendors with lots of gems and minerals on display and for sale. For more information visit http://sterlinghillminingmuseum.org or http://www.njesa.org

The 5 th annual Feis at the Beach is held April 23. This annual Irish Dance Competition is held at the Wildwood Convention Center . Over 1300 entrants will compete for prizes. An Irish art competition is also held at the feis and submissons should be on the table by 2pm. For more information visit http://cumminsschool.com/feisatthebeach.

The Blackwood American Legion hosts its 4 th annual cigar night on the Quaterdeck from 6-10PM, Join them for evening of camaraderie with Cigar enthusiasts while enjoying some truly exceptional premium smokes. $65 per person includes 5 premium cigars, premium draft beers, finger foods. For non-smokers tickets are available for beer and food for just $20. The Blackwood American Legion is located at 2101 Chews Landing Rd., Blackwood. There is a sign up sheet at bar or call 856-228-9869.

Bellview Winery has a release of their Dandelion wine April 23rd and 24th. You can sample or purchase their latest dandelion wine or any of their many other vintages, or just take a tour of the winery (which is free). There is no charge to enter the event but there is a fee for the tasting. For more information visit www.bellviewwinery.com/event/spring-wine-release-16.cfm

The Fabian Theater 8 at Center City Mall in Paterson hosts the Passaic County Film Commissions 12 th annual Passaic County Film Festival. On April 23 rd , a selection of short films will be seen on the big screen. Over one hundred films were submitted to the festival this year by students and independent film makers who live, attend school or work in Passaic County. Film entries are 10 minutes in length and are in the following categories: general short film public service announcement music video and documentary/historic film. The films were judged by members of the Passaic County Film Commission in February. Awards will be presented at the festival and one Grand Prize for the best film of the festival will also be awarded. The objective of the Passaic County Film Festival is to support students and independent film makers by providing a public forum in which to showcase their films.

The Red Bank International Beer Wine & Food Fest will be held April 24 th in the White Street Municipal Parking Lot . This street festival features international food from Red Bank’s great restaurants, international beer & wine, live entertainment on two stages, unique crafters & vendors, and lots of family fun. It’s a huge food and music festival with lots of activities for the kids. For more information visit www.redbank.org/events/7/international-beer-wine-food-fest/

The Wayne Comic book show is a much more traditional comic con, focused on comics as opposed to all manner of pop culture, movies and television. This annual con is held at the Regency Hotel in Pompton Plains on April 24. Admission is $3. Visit http://www.njcomicbookshows.com/wayne.html for more details.

Raceway Park hosts the 18th Annual Spring VW/Audi/Eurofest Show & Go. No Test & Tune on April 24 th . For details visit www.etownraceway.com.

The 7 th annual South Jersey Law Enforcement Outdoor Challenge will be held April 26 th , and is a fundraiser for the Police Unity Tour, which raises money for the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial and Museum in Wahsington DC. It is held at the Medford YMCA. For more details visit their website at www.sjlawenforcementoutdoorchallenge.com.

The Long Hill Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Annual Stirling Street Fair on April 24. Held on Main Avenue between Mercer and Somerset Streets from 10-5PM. Karaoke, crafts, collectables, more then 100 different vendors, face painting, rides, all sorts of great food, even a petting zoo.

Historic Downtown Somerville hosts their 3 rd annual arts and crafts fair April 24. Aartisans, craftsmen and photographers will display and sell all manner of crafts and fine art including handmade works such as oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photography, pottery, jewelry, decorative fiber works, metal works, paper, stone, garden works and much more. Come down to 5 E Main St for all the festivities.

The 27 th annual Tour de Franklin will be held April 24 th in Somerset. The fundraiser helps raise money for the Franklin Township Food Bank. In 2014 650 bike riders raised over $60,000 for the food bank. There are seven different events, the largest one is a 62 mile bike ride. To celebrate our 25th year, individuals who raise/donate $250 or more will receive a commemorative Tour t-shirt, in addition to the standard t-shirt. Similarly, teams that raise $2,500 or more will get a commemorative t-shirt for each of their members. For more information visit http://franklinfoodbank.org/events/tour-de-franklin/

Upcoming Earth Day Celebrations

Earth Day is an annual celebration began in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, mostly at schools thru out the country. The event was held again in 1990 and in 2000 before it became an annual event used the promote green activities, learn conservation techniques and promote sustainable living and recycling. Began here in the US, it is now celebrated in 192 countries often as Earth week and events are coordinated and promoted thru the Earth Day Network. Visit www.earthday.org for information. Most celebrations in 2016 will be held the weekend of April 23/24th (Earth Day itself is the 22nd) I’ve listed a few of the events that will be held in NJ. If you know of an event not listed please share it with us.

Come to DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst from 1-330, join Don Torino, President of the Bergen County Audubon Society to learn more about why Eagles, Osprey and Peregrine Falcons have returned to our area plus how you might have raptors sightings in your backyard. After talk, there will be a walk around DeKorte Park to hopefully catch a glimpse of any raptors in the area. This event is free and will take place the at the Meadowlands Environment Center.

Winslow Township hosts its 3 rd annual Green Fair in the Municipal Complex Parking Area (125 S Route 73). Come out and learn about water conservation, recycling, speak to a local dietician from ShopRite, take home a tree seedling or two, a peat pot with a seed of your choice – and bring the kids for some fun games, mobile aquarium, face painting, balloon twisting and more! The Township will have a drop-off location for unused prescription medication (no needles accepted). The E-Waste recycling center will be open for unused TVs, computers, etc. Cleaning out your home for spring cleaning? The shredder truck will be back and NEW this year – GreenDrop (Purple Heart) which will accept gently used or new household items. Visit www.winslowtownship.com for more information.

Somerdale celebrates Earth Day from 10-noon at the Somerdale Community/Senior Center, Hilltop and Ogg Ave. Learn how to attract bees, bats and butterflies to your garden. Find out which plants naturally deter mosquitoes. Activities include: How to build a Bat House. Replanting the Community Garden. Free plant giveaways to all residents who attend. The Somerdale Police Department will be on-site to collect & dispose of old prescription and over the counter drugs.

Haddon Township will be celebrating Earth Day this year at the annual Go Green event at MacArthur Blvd. & W. Crystal Lake Ave. To learn more about the day’s activities and to see what items you can bring for recycling, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HaddonTwpEvents.

The Point Pleasant Environmental Commission will hold their annual Earth Day celebration at Riverfront Park at River Rd and Maxson Ave in Point Pleasant.

The Northern Valley Earth Fair will be held at the Creskill Community Center, 100 3 rd St, Creskill. Free drawings, “Green” Vendors, Exhibitors & Demonstrations, Live Music & Animals, Kid’s Arts & Crafts, Games, WoodsWalks, Educational Presentations, Giveaways, Refreshments & Much more, including Electronics & Vegetable Oil Recycling Collection Home Office Document Shredding Information on Energy Efficiency, Gardening, Green Cleaning,& Clean Water. For more info visit www.nv-earth-fair.org

Union holds an Earth Day Rahway River Clean-Up at Bloodgoods Dam, on the Rahway River on Union County Parkway in Winfield Park. All participants should wear jeans, long-sleeved shirts, gloves and boots, and waders are welcome for folks who like to get a little wet. We recommend that each participant bring a standard 5-gallon carry bucket with a handle (put your name on the bottom)…this makes for easy carrying of “stuff” for transfer to the large garbage bags.

Head to Liberty State Park for the Earth Day 5K Run/”Walk for Liberty State Park” and Fair from 10-4PM. The run is $25 but the fair is free (parking fees apply). There will be over 100 vendors available, food and games as well. For more details visit www.hcia.org

The Leonard J Buck Garden in Far Hills celebrate Earth Day April 23-24. Weekend highlights include a plant sale featuring many choice selections of rock garden plants, perennials, ferns and woody shrubs, hypertufa planting troughs, inspiring garden lectures, and guided tours of this magnificent naturalistic rock garden. For additional information, please call the Buck Garden at (908) 234-2677, ext. 21.

The Camden Childrens Garden celebrates Earth Day April 24 th . Amid the beauty of children’s themed gardens and the Philadelphia Eagles Four Seasons Butterfly House, this event includes planting activities, crafts and educational activities for the kids, Visit www.camdenchildrensgarden.org for more information.

Come to Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold to celebrate Earth day. Join a Park System Naturalist as we look for returning birds, wandering wildlife, emergent buds, blooming wildflowers and other fun sights of spring. Binoculars provided. Tours depart at 11, 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m.

Linctoft will host an Earth Day Celebration in Thompson Park. Green is the new Black. Have fun making some eco-fashion items from recycled materials. Need to spruce up an old outfit? Join them as they help people look fabulous this spring with ideas devoted to the future of green, sustainable, and ethical fashion design.

Edison holds its earth day celebration at Papaianni Park, 100 Municipal Boulevard. First 150 guests receive a free gift. You are encouraged to bring food donation s for the Hands of Hope food pantry. There will be on-site water and soil testing, recycling information, a composting demo, flower plant and lake cleanup as well as childrens activities. The Edison Farmers Market qwill have lots of produce for sale. Visit www.EdisonNJ.org for more information.

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority holds its annual Earth Day celebration at Haneman Environmental Park, 6700 Delilah, Rd Egg Harbor Twp. Over 4,000 people typically attend the event which features live music, special performances, workshops, a hayride, interactive tours, as well as tours of the local waste treatment facility. Visit www.acua.com/earthday/ for more information.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Dept of Parks and recreation will hold the Wild Earth Fest at the Trailside Nature and Science Center on April 24th. There will be animal demonstrations, recycling olympics, educational displays, music and face painting. Admission is $4 with 6 and under admitted for free. The center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside. Visit http://ucnj.org/parks-recreation/trailside-nature-science-center/wild-earth-fest/ for more details.

The Barnegat Bay Partnership is hosting a free Earth Day event at Brown’s Woods Preserve, 117 Haines Road, Toms River. They will be celebrating Earth Day with fun (and free!) family activities, including a scavenger hunt, nature walk, composting demonstration, seining at the beach, and crafts for kids. A schedule of activities are available at http://bbp.ocean.edu

The Clean Ocean Action group holds an annual beach cleanup in the spring and fall and this years event will be held April 30th. Beginning in 1085 with 75 volunteers at Sandy Hook, the event has significantly grown in size and scope. In 2012 nearly 7,000 volunteers collected 350,000 pieces of trash off of NJ beaches and the event now includes many parks and river ways as well. Visit www.cleanoceanaction.org for lots of details.

Cherry Hill Earth Festival will be April 30 th and feature more than 100 displays from sponsors, vendors, groups and schools across more than three acres of farmstead. The festival will be held aat Croft Farm, from 10-2. Events include Composting: ABCs of how to compost at home collecting rain water: expert ‘how to’ sessions on building rain barrels + barrels for purchase planting: Plant swap- details gardening tips saving: energy and home improvement and school sustainability projects.


Rock Center Cafe: Christmas Eve by the Rockefeller Tree



Piano Boy’s Roasted Prime Rib of Beef came cold. Yes, cold. I usually don’t suggest sending food back, but this was too hard to dismiss. I know this isn’t Smith and Wollensky, but seriously, our expectations weren’t too high to begin with. They brought it back warm and apologized, we just crossed our fingers and prayed they didn’t spit or put any “special” seasoning on it. The tuscan style double baked potato wasn’t bad with the crusty top, but not exceptional either.

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That's sweet, but CCG, why the lack of holiday decor in your apartment? Little (fake) trees don't take up much room. You could even make one on a bulletin board with all your Christmas cards. Just pin them up in the shape of a tree. You could also put Christmassy pictures on top of your usual photos to fill the room with holiday spirit. (I just saw that on HGTV.)

Anyway, I love your Christmas Eve tradition. Happy New Year's too!

An excellent restaurant to hang out!!

Ok…I know I am a foodie and have travelled quite a bit and been to lot many places but the one city which is always an extension of mine is undoubtedly New York. I am proud to wear my Nike NY cap and cheer my Basketball

team without fail. I have been to almost all the food joints, restaurants, pubs and bars located in Manhattan and I must say they all are pretty good considering this age of twittering and Face book wherein if you fail once your

name pops up on all the social networking websites with negative comments. This is a welcome change becoz ultimately we the customers become the king as shoddy service or bad quality food can easily land the owners into

But the one place which has succeeded in amazing me is the newly refurbished Restaurant named Point Break. Formerly named as Nation Restaurant & Bar, Point Break is a new Surf Bar located in the heart of mid-town

Manhattan. Now I remember sometime back I had been to this place when it had the old look and feel and I thought ok..seems to be an average place..what's the big deal? But even during my last visit when it was still in its old

shape it served me excellent food and the service was razor sharp. So last Saturday when one of my friend threw a party and told me the venue to be a swanky new outlet which he was speaking so highly about I thought ok..let's

try this one too. When he told me about the address I wasn't sure it was the same place but when I reached there the whole look and feel from Outside was changed and once I entered in, the earlier known Nation was truly

looking like a break from the past and hats off this guy, I don't remember the name of the owner, but he has rightly renamed it as Point Break!! It appeals to the newer generation guys like me. We had a great time there. The

menu featured old classics and new additions. I loved the wheel o' shots which made me crazy!! I had the fish tacos which was delicious..yummeee and it has got plenty of room for parties, the DJ that they had was great,

excellent sound system as well and the drinks were strong and I had a look at the menu and thought the prices were pretty good.

Guys on top of it the next day when I searched this place on the internet, this restaurant has a Face book page too wherein they post photos and updates of recent happenings/parties and upcoming events/parties/offers too.

They tweet also which is really nice thinking by the owner.

Anyways not wanting to sound like a paid blogger I would say as a foodie this restaurant is a nice one and I would not hesitate to give my recommendation for it to my guests coming in from out of town. Go and try once and do

not hesitate to leave a comment once you are there. I know I am only going to get thumbs up from you all.


BWAC Newletter for Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The BWAC Newsletter presents BWAC news and deadlines, announcements of the art activities of BWAC members and opportunities open to them in the art world. To submit an announcement, send an e-mail to Marvin Schneider at [email protected]

Please put your announcement into the body of the e-mail and not in attachments or in picture format. Formatting guidelines: keep text simple and avoid abbreviations, bold fonts, display fonts, underlining, italics, centered alignment and color. If possible use Arial 12 point font. Please write “For BWAC Newsletter” in the subject of your e-mail. Each week the issue is closed on Tuesday night.

Announcements are not automatically repeated week after week until the future date of an event, but should be submitted each week separately.

To unsubscribe from this newsletter, please contact [email protected]

I’m not worried. John Sloan didn’t sell anything for a long time also. But the show really does look beautiful, and hats off to all who worked to put it together. Keep your good news and dire warnings (see below) coming to the e-mail address given above, and have a great week. — Marvin

After a wonderful opening weekend, I have some very sad news to report. BWAC member, Brian Young passed away last week. Even if you only knew Brian a little, I’m sure you recognized what a smart, kind and talented guy he was. His paintings were humorous, sensitive, and masterfully executed. We will really miss him.

Brian’s friend Jonathan Stone sent us the following information and asked us to share it with the BWAC member:

Brian Steven Young
(March 18, 1967 – May 7, 2009)

Brooklyn, NY: Thursday, May 7, 2009. Age 42. He is survived by his parents, Lysle and Hedwig Young of Webster brothers, Daniel (Diana) Young of GA Gary Young of Rochester and Greg Young of Webster aunts, uncles and cousins. Brian was a painter and a poet. He graduated from Webster High School and Syracuse University.

His family will receive friends on THURSDAY 7-9 PM at the funeral home. On FRIDAY please join his family at Peace of Christ Parish at St. Ambrose Church (25 Empire Blvd.,Rochester) for his Funeral Mass at 12:15 PM.Contributions may be directed to bwac (a non profit organization for artists) c/o OHM, 76 Degraw St., Brooklyn, NY 11231.

PROFETTA FUNERAL CHAPEL 1650 Empire Blvd.Webster/Penfield”

The funeral home website is www.profettafuneralchapel.com/index.cfm.
You can find Brian’s page by looking under “Recent Obituaries” on the
right-hand side.

IMPORTANT DATES

May 16 In the BWAC Screening Room – HOME, Emmy award winning documentary by Brooklyn filmmaker Dawn Scibilia, 3PM

Making Books Sing presents The Museum Trip at 1:30 and 2:30

May 17 UnPlugged in Red Hook Concert – Chris Lind & Friends, 3PM and 4PM

May 30/31 Red Hook/Carroll Gardens Open Studio Tour. Go to www.BrooklynStudioTour.com . There is still time to participate. Contact

Jun 14 Closing Day with Fund Raising Auction. Take down – 6:15-8:00PM on Sunday, Thur/Fri Jun 18/19: 5:00-8:00PM, Sat Jun 20, 11:30-4

FROM THE PRESIDENT

1. Spring Show: Opening Day saw lots and lots of people. The show looks wonderful. Our thanks go to Dawn, Scott and everybody who worked so hard to make it such a success.

67 pieces were sold (as compared with 60 last year’s Opening Weekend), however the total dollar sales were down by 40%. We are feeling the economy.

2. Weekly Craft Fair in Conjunction with the BWAC art exhibits: Until or unless NYCreates gets funding for this fair, BWAC will organize a weekly Craft Fair on the esplanade at 499 Van Brunt. It will be open on the same days and times as the BWAC art shows. BWAC will not charge any sales commission. The NYCreates tables, chairs, umbrellas and stands will be available on a first come/first served basis. The Craftspeople will be responsible to take out and return all supplied materials like carts, tables, chairs…Setup will be from 10:30 to noon each day. Take down will be from 6 to 6:30 each day. The Craftspeople will be responsible for collecting and paying all sales tax. The Craftspeople will have to join BWAC and pay the $100/calendar year membership fee as well as $20 in cash each weekend they participate.

If you need more information please call Bob at 646-552-6640.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

Attention all artists – especially those who have web sites. This is to inform you of a banking and mail fraud (scam) targeting artists.

Several of us have been contacted by a Susan Miles, representing herself as a potential client. After negotiating with you to purchase some of your art, she advises you that she and her husband are moving to South Africa, and she is in Texas expecting a baby. Susan ‘freight forwarder’ may event contact you about picking up your art.

Susan then advises that her husband has made a mistake and is sending both the payment of the art and for the services of the ‘freight forwarder.’ She asks you kindly to cash the check take your fee and send a check to the freight forwarder. At this point hit the delete button, your potential client is a scam artist.

Do not be fooled – this is a basic scam, and the check that you received will be ‘stopped paid’ and you will eventually owe your bank the full amount of the check. I have contacted the nation US Postal Service’s Fraud task force and am waiting for further feedback since in today’s mail I received the check. If you receive a check, do not cash or deposit it. If possible, do not touch the check since there may be finger prints that could be identified. When receiving such a request from someone you do not know , first insist on the person’s phone number and address. This would allow you to track the person and the request if the request is a scam, most likely you will not hear further from this party.

Even if your bank tells you that the check has “cleared’ the scam artist has 30 days from the receipt of their bank statement to stop payment on this check, and this is how they get their money. If you mail them your check or send them your art, you will loose the value of your art and/or be responsible for the entire check amount that you received.

If you receive another Email from this party – hold your temper – and hit the delete button. Do not respond further. Instead, Contact the national Postal Inspector’s office at 1-877 876 2455, prompt # 4 for the Fraud taskforce or go to www.usps.com/postalinspectors . If you call in the AM you may reach a live person. Please do this if in any way you have been further involved financially. Request that they send you a complaint-filling package and so you can enclose all Emails, check etc.

The US Postal Inspector’s office is interested in all fraud complaints and they will direct you accordingly. Even if you don’t receive a check and had deleted this scam, you are encouraged to file a complaint through this website listed above, or you can go to www.ic3.com , which is a liaison group with the FBI and white collar crime enforcement. Also, you can look at www.fakechecks.org for additional information.

From Joanna Reynolds, Assistant to the Executive Director, Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership www.myrtleavenue.org :

I am writing to you about a project that I am working on for MARP’s 10 th Anniversary. We are beginning the process of putting together a community archive of Myrtle Avenue, focusing on the neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, that captures the past, present and future through oral histories, images, original artwork, collage, found objects, personal artifacts, photographs, handwritten documents, stories, recordings, creative interpretations, receipts, menus, and mappings of life on Myrtle Avenue.

This archive will become a ttime capsule representing the past, present and future of Myrtle Avenue’s public life in order to preserve it for future generations. In September, the contents of the time capsule will be displayed either at the Brooklyn Historical Society or in a space somewhere in the Myrtle Avenue community as a celebration of Myrtle and MARP’s 10 th Anniversary.

As Brooklyn-based artists I am reaching out to you for your ideas and creative contributions to our time capsule. Whether you have or would like to create an artwork for this project or have items/photographs/stories etc. that you would like to contribute as well.

I hope to hear from you soon! Feel free to contact me in the office at (718) 230-1689 or by e-mail [email protected]

MARP LDC / Myrtle Ave Brooklyn BID, 472 Myrtle Avenue, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11205 t: 718.230.1689 f: 718.230.3674

Art opening: Lafayette Grill and Gallery, 54 Franklin Street, New York City
3 blocks below Canal Street off Broadway 212-732-4449

Spring Ahead Paintings by Barbara Listenik, May 23rd to June 30th 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, May 29th from 5 to 8 PM
Information on artist: www.FierceRelease.com

CLASSIFIEDS

Studio space available at the Court Street Clay Studio. A share in the space is available for $500 a month including basic electric, not including firings, and carting fees for garbage. The studio is the first floor and the basement of a building on Court Street between 9 th and Garnett Streets in Brooklyn, close to the F and G trains. It is wired for up to three kilns. While designed for clay work, artists working in other media are welcome.


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