Foodie Things To Do This Weekend And Beyond

3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off & Homebrewing Contest, Saturday, February 25th from 2pm-6pm. To support HOPES CAP, Inc. and their adult services that provide clients assistance with employment, self-sufficiency and education, Hoboken Volunteers holds this event. For more information: Hoboken Volunteers

“Feast in February” Wine Festival, Saturday, February 25th from 12pm-5pm. Natali Vineyards, Cape May Court House, NJ. Featuring six local Cape May County food vendors offering some light samples of their newest dishes, as well as foods for sale. 12 Natali Wines in stock (enjoy five wine samples for $5 all day), purchase wines by the bottle or try sipping on some heated mulled spice sangria for $5 a glass. The Ravioli Shanker Band will be returning to the stage and guests will be able to shop the wares of local vendors. Free admission and free educational vineyard & barrel room tour at 2:30 pm.

And Beyond…

8th Annual Taste of the World, Monday, February 27th from 6pm-9pm. Hosted by the West Orange Rotary, held at Mayfair Farms, Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange. ; $45 in advance, $55 at the door. For tickets, e-mail info@westorangerotary.org or call 973-768-0773.

A Taste of Morristown, Monday, February 27th from 6pm-9pm. Sponsored by Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, held at the Hanover Marriott, 1401 Rt 10 E, Whippany, to benefit the Morristown Rotary Club’s local and international service projects. Tickets are $60. For tickets or more information, call 973-631–7985 or click here.

An Evening in Spain, Tuesday, February 28th from 6pm-9pm. Culinary Workshops Offer Taste of Global Cuisine at Atlantic Cape. Experience the classic tastes of the Iberian Peninsula. Start with assorted Tapas, Almond Soup and Paella Valencia. The night wouldn’t be complete without a classic Flan. To register, call 609-343-4829 or visit www.atlantic.edu/conted.

Dine Out For CASA, Wednesday, February 29th. Arthur’s St. Moritz will make a generous donation to CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties based on your lunch or dinner check on February 29th. Enjoy Arthur’s famous hand-cut Delmonico steaks, burgers, seafood, pasta, and salad dishes while taking in the scenery of beautiful Lake Mohawk. For more information please call: 973-729-5677

5th Annual New York Wine Expo

Friday, March 2, 2012
6:00 – 10:00 PM

Saturday, March 3, 2012
2:00 – 6:00 PM

Don’t miss this opportunity to sample over 760 wines from over 190 winemakers from around the globe in the Grand Tasting. The Expo is open on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon allowing consumers to take a tasting tour around the world. Several seminars will be available as well.

This event will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in NY. For more information: NY Wine Expo

Food For Thought, Sunday, March 4th from 12:30pm-4:30pm. Celebrate all the roles food plays in our lives! The New Jersey Center for the Book and the Monmouth County Library will play host to a food festival featuring speakers American Chef David Burke of David Burke Fromagerie in Rumson and Lynne Bugai of Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, whose topic will be: Hope is Delicious: Food as Community Service. Also featured will be a demonstration by Kiwi Magazine’s Next Great Young Chef Chloe Rosen. For more information: Monmouth County Library Free and open to the public!

Atlantic City Restaurant Week, March 4th – March 10th. During the week, fine restaurants throughout Atlantic County will offer value priced three-course lunches and three-course dinners. A full list of participating restaurants, menu items, chef biographies and other details are available online. Restaurant Week hotel packages will also be available through the site, as well as the ability to book reservations online through Open Table at restaurants that use the Open Table reservation service. www.acrestaurantweek.com

A Taste of the Two Rivers, Monday, March 5th from 6pm-9pm. The Molly Pitcher Inn hosts area restaurants serving up a night of delicious food, decadent desserts and wine and spirits to benefit The Community YMCA. Participating restaurants and purveyors will be vying for the “Best Display” and “Best Dish,” as selected by votes from the evening’s guests. There will be live music and a chance to win prizes. For more information call 732-671-5505 ext. 20 or visit cymca.org.

Revel Begins Reservations for Preview, Monday, March 5th. Revel Entertainment, the newest resort to open in Atlantic City, will open it’s doors for an 8-week preview. Opening will be 12 restaurants! RevelResorts.com

19th Annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Friday-Sunday, March 9th-10th. Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Held at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. There will be crafts representing “a sensory celebration,” gourmet food and favorites, live demonstrations and family entertainment. For more information and tickets: Sugarloaf Festival

Chili & Chowder Cook-Off, Saturday, March 10th from 12pm-4 pm. The Marquis de Lafayette Pub, Cape May, NJ. Some of the best restaurants and home chefs in the area will be spicing things up while preparing their tastiest dishes! All who attend not only have a chance to sample the delicious food, but also to judge the competition in various categories. Admission is $5 and benefits the Cape May Food Bank. For more information or to enter, call 609.884.5508 ext 102.

Belmar Restaurant Tour, Sunday, March 11th from 11am-4pm. Sample chefs creations at many of Belmar’s fine restaurants. Buy tickets early and save. For tickets and more information: Visit Belmar

Forum on the Green – Farm to Table Dinner, Friday, March 16th at 6 pm. Go “green” this St. Patrick’s Day weekend as Cape May Forum partners with Slow Food South Jersey Shore in Congress Hall’s Ballroom. Acclaimed farm-to-table Executive Chef Lucas Manteca of The Virginia Hotel’s Ebbitt Room will craft this five course dinner using the freshest of ingredients from Beach Plum Farm and other local sources. Tickets are $50/ person with proceeds to benefit Cape May Forum & Slow Food South Jersey Shore. For more information, call 609.770-2626 or visit www.capemayforum.org. Congress Hall is located at 251 Beach Ave. in Cape May.

New Hope/Lambertville Restaurant Week, Sunday-Friday, March 18th-23rd. This year, 28 restaurants will participate in the week, long promotion of either a fine dining $29.95 pre-fixe dinner or $19.95 pre-fixe dinner. The following sponsors make new Hope/Lambertville Restaurant Week possible:  E&J Gallo Winery, River Horse Brewery, Stoli Vodka, Local Living Magazine and Packet Publications. Please visit www.VisitNewHope.com andwww.Lambertville.org to view the pre-fixe menus and detailed information on all of the restaurants.

Atlantic Bakery Expo 2012, Industry Expo. Sunday & Monday, March 19th & 20th. A complete educational program with demonstrations, seminars and hands-on classes to go along with a trade show floor packed with all the exhibitors you need for your business. This years expansion will help meet your need for new products to help increase profits. For more information:Expo 2012

Taste of Montclair, Monday, March 19th.  AND Montclair Restaurant Week, March 20th – April 1st (no Joke). For more information: Montclair

15th Annual Taste of Middlesex on March 19, 2012, at the Pines Manor, 2085 Lincoln Highway/Route 27, and Edison, NJ presented by the Edison Chamber of Commerce.

29th Annual Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala, Thursday, March 22nd at 6:30pm. Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino. The event celebrates food by highlighting thousands of hors d’oeuvres prepared by students at the Academy of Culinary Arts and showcasing the specialties of 40 of the area’s best restaurants at a progressive dining experience. The Gala raises money for student scholarships. There will be 3 lucky winners will share up to $15,000 in the 50/50 raffle. For tickets and raffle tickets, please contact Lauren Canzanese at (609) 463-4672, acccfdn@atlantic.edu, or online atwww.atlantic.edu/gala.

Beers on the Boards, Saturday, March 24th. Two sessions: 12:30pm-4pm & 6pm-9:30pm. A craft beer tasting festival on the boardwalk! With over 20 breweries and an all day gourmet buffet. Taste a tremendous variety of beer flavors. Buffet to include some cool beer inspired fare and different beer/food pairings to sample. Held Indoors at Martell’s Tiki Bar.For more information and tickets: BeersontheBoards.com

Taste Of Home Cooking Show, Thursday, March 29th. Edison, NJ. A traveling culinary event produced by “Taste of Home Cooking.”  Each show features live cooking demonstrations of up to 10 new seasonal recipes performed by a Taste of Home Culinary Specialist. Attendees will take away cooking tips that will make anyone a star in their own kitchen. They’ll also receive a gift bag chock full of more than $40 in valuable merchandise, including cooking magazines, cooking tools/utensils, promotional items, coupons and more. For ticket & venue information click here.

Husdon County CASA’s 6th Annual Wine Tasting, Sweets & Eats, Friday, March 30th from 6pm-9pm. Atrium in the Harborside Financial Center on the Jersey City waterfront. Enjoy sampling over 90 wines with sweets and treats gathered from the metropolitan area’s best purveyors. The night will also include hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction featuring one-of-a kind prizes, free parking, and much more!

New Jersey Wine & Food Festival, March 30th-April 1st. Held at Crystal Springs Resort this even is a celebration of the world’s best wines and renowned local and national chefs. 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 information: Crystal Springs

Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival 2012

The focus of The Atlantic City Beer Festival is the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them. Now in its 7th year the festival has taken a truly organic turn with the addition of original music from artists across the Tri-State area.

Session 1: Friday, March 30th from 7pm-11pm. Session 2: Saturday, March 31st from 12pm-4pm. Session 3: Saturday, March 31st from 6pm-10pm.

The 2012 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will not only highlight great beer and music but will also feature culinary demonstrations from local area chefs, beer seminars hosted by author and television personality Gary Monterosso as well as others and we can’t forget the amazing festival vendors… lots and lots of food and beer related vendors. This year’s festival will appeal to absolutely everyone.

For more information and tickets: AC Beer & Music Fest

Taste Of Home Cooking Show, Thursday, April 26th. Mays Landing, NJ. A traveling culinary event produced by “Taste of Home Cooking.”  Each show features live cooking demonstrations of up to 10 new seasonal recipes performed by a Taste of Home Culinary Specialist. Attendees will take away cooking tips that will make anyone a star in their own kitchen. They’ll also receive a gift bag chock full of more than $40 in valuable merchandise, including cooking magazines, cooking tools/utensils, promotional items, coupons and more. For ticket & venue information click here.

Garden State Brewfest, Saturday, May 12th from 2pm-6pm. Support your local community! Come on out to sample great beers from local breweries while supporting charities. Enjoy music from live local bands. For more information and tickets: Garden State Brewfest

Chili & Salsa Cook-Off, Saturday, May 19th from 11am-5pm. Come to Downtown Toms River to taste tons of chili and salsa. There will be live entertainment, vendors and crafts. For more information: Chili & Salsa Cook-Off

Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars, Sunday, May 27th. Join us for the first ever Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars! The top food trucks in town (and out of town) will be rolling in to serve up their delicious dishes and try to earn your vote for People’s Choice. JS Food Truck Wars

Farm-to-Fork Fundraiser, Saturday, June 9th at 6pm. Brady Life Camp in Pottersville, NJ. There will be a farm fresh meal catered, live entertainment, 50/50 and live and silent auctions. Proceeds go towards America’s Grow-a-Row’s mission to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce. For more information and to be a sponsor, please visit: America’s Grow a Row

42nd Annual New Jersey Irish Festival, Sunday, June 10th. Join us for live entertainment on two different stages, Pipe & Drum Band Competition, Catholic Mass, Food Vendors, Craft Vendors, Irish Step Dancing, Family Activities, 50/50 Raffle and a full day of live Thoroughbred racing. Irish Festival

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