Through August 16: Cherry Hill Township’s first-ever Restaurant Week continues through Saturday, August 16. Guests can enjoy specially selected three-course dinner menus for either $25 or $35 per person. Select restaurants are also offering two-course lunch menus for $15 or $20. Visit here for more information, or follow@CHRestaurantWk on Twitter.
Through August 17: Caldwell Restaurant Week continues through Sunday, August 17. Featuring prix-fixe menus and specials at participating restaurants, the week showcases the true variety of restaurants in the Caldwell area. For more information, click here.
August 16: The EARTH Center’s Garden Field Day takes place at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park in South Brunswick. A variety of events are scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. including garden tours, live music, samples of local produce from Middlesex County farmers, and a Backyard Garden Contest where guests are welcome to bring their biggest tomato, pumpkin or pepper. Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick, 732-398-5262.
August 16 and 17: Four Sisters Winery of Belvidere hosts Vintage North Jersey’s first annual Wine and Food Festival. Taste some of the best wines North Jersey has to offer along with samples of the finest cheeses, breads, produce, sauces, and more. The event beings at 12 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 at the gate, or can be purchased in advance online. Four Sisters Winery, 783 County Road 519, Belvidere, 908-475-3671. Sponsored listing.
August 17: Monmouth Park holds its first Home Cookin’ Amateur Crab Cake Contest. The competition will allow home and amateur chefs to test their skills as part of the Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off. The top entry will be named Home Cookin’ Champion. Visit here to register your recipe. Monmouth Park, 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, 732-222-5100.
August 18: Corner Bakery and Café opens its doors in South Plainfield. To mark to the occasion, the first 100 customers to enter (starting at 7 a.m.) will receive a free travel mug and free coffee refills for a year. Corner Bakery and Café, 6400 Hadley Road, South Plainfield, 908-769-6177.
August 24: Sweet tooth, anyone? Kean University is the place to be for the NJ Confection & Dessert Tasting Expo. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy workshops for all ages along with sweet samplings and goodies that will be for sale. A Sweet Demonstration Stage will feature baking demonstrations from award-winning bakers and sweet entrepreneurs. General admission tickets are $35 and VIP tickets are available for $65. Contact info@NJDessertTastingExpo.com for more details. Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union. Sponsored listing.
August 24: Friends of Fosterfields hosts Heritage Dinner – A Century of Food and Farming, an event perfect for fans of locally grown food. Guests will enjoy a five-course dinner based on late-19th century and early-20th century menus. A tour of the farm will accompany the meal. Cost is $150 per person, and proceeds will benefit educational programs at the farm. Reserve a spot here. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Rd., Morristown, 973-326-7600.
August 27: The Annual Snyder Farm Open House and Great Tomato Tasting takes place from 3 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature more than 60 varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes for guests, along with a chef demonstration, wagon tours and more. General admission is $7, and children under 10 are free. Advance registration is suggested. Clifford E. and Miranda C. Snyder Research Farm, 140 Locust Grove Rd., Pittstown, 908-730-9419.
August 31: The 30th annual ScanFest takes place at Vasa Park at Budd Lake. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., experience some of the best the Scandinavian culture has to offer with ethnic food, performances and artisans. Tickets for the Scandinavian Festival, are $14 at the gate for adults, $13 for seniors, and children under 12 are free. Vasa Park, 1 Vasa Drive, Hackettstown.
September 12 and 13: The New Jersey Chefs Tableside Dinner and Wine Weekend heads to the Westin Governor Morris. The two-day event kicks off with a five-course tableside dinner on Friday night at 7 p.m. Saturday begins with a champagne lunch at 1 p.m., and is followed by a 100-point dinner featuring 100-point rated wines and a five-course menu at—also at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Community FoodBank of NJ. Westin Governor Morris, 2 Whippany Road, Morristown, 973-539-7300.
September 16: Terre à Terre in Carlstadt hosts a five-course tasting with a menu featuring ingredients of the season and carefully selected wine pairings from Unionville Vineyards. The winemaker will be on hand for an amazing evening. 7 p.m. $79 per person. Reservations required. Terre à Terre, 312 Hackensack St., Carlstadt, 201-507-0500. Sponsored Listing.
October 16: Highlawn Pavilion hosts a wine and beer charity dinner from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Proceeds from the five-course meal—coupled with wines and beer from Amanti Vino of Montlcair—benefit both Intensive Therapeutics and MACHE (Montclair Academy for Culinary and Hospitality Education). General admission for the event is $165 per person. Highlawn Pavilion 1 Crest Drive, West Orange, 973-731-3463.
October 20: The second annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gourmet Gala returns to The Terrace at Biaggio’s Restaurant in Paramus. Guests will experience an upscale night of dancing, spirits, and food from dozens of North Jersey’s top chefs. There will also be a silent auction and chances to win great prizes. The Terrace at Biaggio’s Restaurant, 299 Paramus Road, Paramus, 201-652-0201.
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