Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

Food Events in New JerseyTHIS WEEKEND:

smore_brownie_133000133October 19th “Halloween in Disguise” (ages 5 – 9 w/ adult) is fun for any Halloween-loving child who wants to have to some fun baking the “Ultimate Rage Bar,” (brownie with bits of biscuit, marshmallow, chocolate, graham cracker) and other delicious treats! This event is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 778 Morris Turnpike in Short Hills. Cost is $50 per parent/child pair.

October 19th & 20th: Beer Challenge at the Last Fling Pumpkin Sling After all that slingin’, you’re likely to be hungry and thirsty. Here’s the perfect event to whet your whistle and your appetite for danger .

October 19th & 20th: Chatsworth Cranberry FestivalThe Cranberry Festival is a celebration of New Jersey’s cranberry harvest, the 3rd largest in the United States, and offers a tribute to the Pine Barrens & Local Culture. The main attraction is the diverse showing of many artists & craftsmen, some of which will also be demonstrating their crafts as well as displaying them for sale. Admission to the festival is FREE.


Sunday, October 20 – Friday, October 25. SJ Hot Chefs Presents Fall Harvest Week South Jersey chefs will showcase seasonal fall ingredients like ripe Macintosh apples, fresh garden kale, butternut squash and delectable sweet potatoes in memorable four-course menus priced from $25 -$35.
Hosted by the South Jersey Independent Restaurant Association, known as the SJ HOT Chefs, Fall Harvest Week invites the community to savor the bounty of local farmers and fishermen. 40 participating restaurants will offer specially created farm-to-table-inspired menus featuring seasonal offerings from local farms and seafood from Barnegat Bay.
For a list of participating restaurants or more information on Fall Harvest Week or SJ Hot Chefs, please visit

October 24th: An Evening of Hot Chili & Cool Brew at the Newark Museum Taste the finest local, domestic and international beers from more than 25 breweries and sample 12 varieties of meat and vegetarian chili, along with other delicious treats. For a donation of $125 (Pint Level Individual Sponsorship) or $50 for a general admission (all but $15 of each ticket is tax deductible), guests can sample unlimited beers and chili, hot dogs, cornbread and desserts. Participants will have exclusive access to the historic Ballantine House – once home of the famed beer and ale brewing family – and the exhibition Ming to Modern: Elevating the Everyday in Chinese Art. Tickets (restricted to purchasers 21 and older) may be purchased by calling (973) 596-6559; visiting

foodtruckbanner2013October 26th: Fall Foodtruck Festival at Raceway Park. Monster trucks, drag races, BMX exhibitions, classic cars, boulder climbing, live entertainment, and of course FOOD TRUCKS in Englishtown, NJ! Event features 30 gourmet food trucks, live music, FREE monster truck rides, BMX Freestyle Stunt Show, Rock Crawl Exhibition – Fun for the whole family

October 28th: Signature Chefs Auction Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Drive, Farmingdale.  Bring together top local chefs showcasing their culinary masterpieces, a generous sampling of fine wines and spirits, fabulous entertainment and a lively auction featuring one-of-a-kind packages, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for a Signature Chefs Auction. This event, which helps raise much needed revenue for the March of Dimes, pays tribute to the culinary excellence of local chefs and caterers in the Central Jersey area.

apple-tart-47906722October 29th Fall Pies Baking Class will teach you the secrets of baking and much much more. Chef Deb Barrett will guide you through several dough recipes that create the most heavenly pies. This demonstration takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 778 Morris Turnpike in Short Hills. Cost is $65 per person.

November 7: The Third Annual Long Branch Chef’s Challenge 6:00 PM at Ocean Place Resort and Spa. $75. per person. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Kay Guadagno Memorial Fund at Monmouth Medical Center. Our competing chefs will be judged by a professional panel and all attendees will have an opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice too!! Also there will be a Tabletop competition which will be judged by DesignNJ but you will have a chance to vote your People’s Choice!! For tickets call or email the Chamber office (732-222-0400 or (cash, checks and credit cards accepted).

Forks & Corks to benefit the Algonquin Arts TheartreNovember 18th: Jersey Bites Presents Forks & Corks to benefit the Algonquin Arts Theatre at the Mill, Spring Lake Heights from 6 to 9pm. This event will showcase deliciously diverse cuisine from the area’s most popular restaurants along with a cast of renowned wines and beers.  $65 per person. Entertainment: The Paul Marino Band Dress: Business Attire Sponsorship Opportunities contact Teresa Staub Development Director, 732-528-4336or

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