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Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

Foodie-Events-Header2June 22nd & 23rd: The summer will uncork in grand style when 18 of New Jersey’s finest wineries join together for the “Washington Lake Park Wine Festival” on June 22 – 23 from 12 noon – 5 pm each day. Produced by GPS, Inc. this weekend of great New Jersey wine, local culinary treats, fabulous live music, hand-made artisan crafts and kids activities is the right way to “sip into summer.” Live performances by The Gas House Gorillas on Saturday and The Funktion on Sunday. Tickets for the “Washington Lake Park Wine Festival” can be purchased in advance at a discounted rate of $15 and at the gate for $20. Spectators and those under 21 are free. Paid admission includes wine tasting of more than 300 NJ wines and a souvenir wine glass. Eats and treats are available to purchase and are not included in the paid admission. Washington Lake Park
647 Hurffville Cross Keys Road, Sewell, NJ 08080 609-758-5400 Website

June 22nd and 23rd: The Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival Tuckerton Seaport, 120 West Main St, Tuckerton. 11 AM to 5 PM; $8; seniors $6; ages 5 to 12, $5; under 5, free; members, free; nominal cost for food. New for 2013… micro-brew court! Enjoy delicious Jersey fresh clams, crabs, scallops and shrimp from the finest local seafood purveyors. 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.Information: 609-296-8868.

June 23rd: Holmdel:  Italian Food Festival 11am – 7pm, Dearborn Market’s first-ever Italian Food Festival will take place tented outside in the garden center. Enjoy delicious, Italian-American cuisine like homemade sausage, peppers & onions, porchetta, cured meats, cheeses, gelato, cannoli, zeppoles, and samplings from some of our favorite Italian Specialty vendors. Enjoy good food & family fun with live music, face painting and pony rides. More information is available by calling 732.264.0256, or online at www.dearbornmarket.com

June 26th: Brooklyn Brewery Beer Dinner… Brooklyn all the way!!  Morris Tap & Grill. Menu:  Welcome Beer, Brooklyn Weiss | 1st Course Sheepshead Bay Spicy Clam Strips with Garlic Foam, Bacon and Corn &
Brooklyn Summer Ale | 2nd Course Lundy’s Crab stuffed Shrimp with Sugar Snap Peas, Butter Lobster Meat on Sweet Pea Risotto & Brooklyn Scorcher | 3rd Course Bay Ridge Prosciutto and Burrata Pizza Roll with
Arugula Salad and Fennel, & Brooklyn Sorachi Ale | 4th Course Five Spice Rubbed Pork Loin and Coney Island Waffle Style Chips & Brooklyn Blast | Dessert The Brooklyn Bridge (surprise) with Brooklyn Monster Ale
$65 exc. tax & tip email to jruiz@morristapandgrill.com to register with your credit card information.

June 29 and 30thSangria Sampler Wine Trail There is nothing like a tall, cool glass of Sangria on a hot, sweltering summer day.  Travel the Vintage North Jersey wine trail to experience a wide range of mouth watering sangrias.  From tropical white wine sangrias to deep fruity sangrias, you will learn a wide range of Sangria styles that you can make for your next summer party.  Vintage North Jersey wineries located in Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon and Mercer counties will blend up their best Sangria recipes for you to sample.  They will also offer recipes to help you mix your own at home.  It’s a Sangria sipping adventure along the Vintage North Jersey wine trail.  For more information: http://www.vintagenorthjersey.com/wine-trails/sangria-challenge-wine-trail/

June 29 and 30th: Jersey Shore Wine Festival 12 – 5pm Tropicana is proud to announce the Jersey Shore Wine Festival. This two-day festival will feature some of New Jersey’s best wineries and will take place on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in front of Tropicana.  Click for more information and to purchase tickets.

sipping-logoJune 29 and 30th: Sippin on the River in Red Bank. Sippin’ On The River will turn Marine Park, Red Bank into a two day fantastic celebration of summer fun. Presented by Red Bank Flavour, the last weekend of June promises top culinary delights, all day live music, festival amusements, and the most refreshing beer & wine garden Red Bank has ever seen. Located on the banks of the Navesink River, there’s no other place to be sippin’ on the river this summer!! $5 admission at the door. Featuring Red Bank’s own: Bistro at Red Bank, Teak, Gaetano’s, Front St. Trattoria, Dish, Sicilia Cafe, Cheese Cave, Jamian’s, Tony’s Sausage, New Corner Pizza, Sugarush, Boondock’s Fishery, The Lusty Lobster, Red, The Downtown, Mumford’s Culinary Center and Readie’s Cafe. Plus Beer & Wine Garden, Live Music & Festival Amusements and more!  http://sippinontheriver.org/

June 29th: A Summer Beer Festival at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford. $40 includes admission, live racing program, commemorative tasting glass, and unlimited beer samplings; gate opens at 5 PM; tasting begins at 6 PM; racing at 7:15 PM.  Featured beers include: Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat | Unibroue Fin Du Monde |Leinenkugels Summer Shandy | Sixteen Mile Inlet IPA | Hooker Blond Ale | Flying Fish Farmhouse Ale For tickets, visit: http://meadowlandsracetrack.ticketleap.com/summer-beerfest2013/.

July 12 – 14 New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠. Free Admission. North Wildwood.The New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠ is a three-day open-air festival featuring championship barbecue competition; live cooking demonstrations, special displays, and food and beverage vendors to satisfy every taste and appetite. http://www.njbbq.com/

July 20: NJ State Crab Festival Ice House Restaurant, 4415 Park Blvd., Wildwood. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. “Crabby” fun for all ages! Blue Claw crabs! Beer Garden, “must try” crabby bloody mary! Vendors and exciting things for the kids including a crab race at 6 p.m. Live outdoor entertainment all day. 609.522.0033 or http://www.IceHouseWildwood.com

July 25 – 28: Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. Headlining talents include: Robert Irvine, Rocco Dispirito and The Neely’s. Join us this summer at the Atlantic City shore for four days of fabulous foods, winning wines and celebrity chefs at the 2013 Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. View Food & Wine Event Schedule   This Years Celebrity Appearances   Purchase and Event Package

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Deborah Smith is the Founder and Publisher of JerseyBites.com, a collaborative website focused on food news in New Jersey.

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