By Jon Faronea
NOW-MAY 18th: Atlantic City: Tropicana Bacon Week
Tropicana is changing the way you look at bacon with its first ever Bacon Week Sunday, May 12th through Saturday, May 18th. These dining and retail specials are guaranteed to make your mouth water. They are mixing bacon in your martini, wrapping your steak in it, dipping it in chocolate and even making a bouquet of roses with it! It’s all about the “B” word at Tropicana… BACON!
Receive a bacon tour card at any of their participating outlets and collect stamps with qualifying bacon purchases. Fill your card and submit it for a chance to win an overnight stay at Tropicana Atlantic City and a gift basket by Bacon Bites Inc.! For more information, contact Tropicana at 1-800-THE- TROP.
MAY 17th-18th: Morristown: Food Revolution WeekendFriday, May 17th: at Historic Speedwell; Food to Faces (2-4pm) is a program for kids ages six and older learn the basics of portraiture and create a self-portrait using images of food. See and discuss artwork from the fam0ouns 16th century, Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo who used pictures of food to create portraits of people. Bring a small mirror. Snack and Learn. (6-8pm) Learn about making healthy choices in the grocery store and the kitchen. Enjoy your food while listening to a selection of talks covering Genetically Modified Organisms, decoding food labeling, and the tools for combating childhood obesity. Share a healthy snack and recipe.
Saturday, May 18th: at Fosterfields Living Historical farm, Morris Township. Food Revolution Day! (11am-4pm) Enjoy fun food demonstrations and fitness activities ongoing throughout the day, including exhibits, vendors, and health and wellness organization. Food revolution Day is FREE, but regular admission is charged to visit the farm for Bring a Guest event.
MAY 18th: Atlantic City: Clam Bake Cooking Class at 11:30am. This interactive cooking class with chef Paul Drew will be held at Phillips Seafood, The Pier Shops at Caesars 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City. The class includes the chef’s demonstration, lunch and a wine tasting. $75. To register, call 609-348-2273.
MAY 18th: Spring Lake: Spring Lake Irish Festival. This festival promises to be a day of family entertainment for all ages with a soda bread contest, food, entertainment and kids activities. Click for more details.
MAY 18th: Marlton: ShopRite of Marlton to host a Gluten-Free Festival. 10am-2pm.
ShopRite’s very own in-store dietitian, Ashley Cully, RD, will be on hand to educate individuals and families on budget-friendly ways to manage Celiac disease and will offer recipe and product suggestions to help ease the transition into a gluten-free lifestyle. Dr. Ritu Verma, a pediatric gastroenterologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Director of the Center for Celiac Disease, will also be available to advise families on the ways in which to navigate a Celiac diagnosis.
The Gluten-Free festival will include samplings, cooking demos, tasting and giveaways from some of the most popular national, gluten-free brands.
MAY 18th and 19th: Smithville: Mayfest at Historic Smithville from 10am to 5pm. Enjoy lots of food, shops, rides and music! Even lodging! Free admission with over 100 juried crafters! Rt 9 at Moss Mill Rd. call 609-748-8999 for info.
: Atlantic City: 3rd Annual Big Teplitzky Challenge
The Chelsea, Atlantic City’s chic non-gaming hotel on the Boardwalk, will host the 3rd Annual Big Teplitzky Challenge on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The Atlantic City Fire Department will face off with the Atlantic City Police Department and compete to be the first to clear their plates of the mega 4-pound Big Teplitzky breakfast of pancakes, stuffed French toast, eggs, bacon, turkey sausage, pork roll, hash browns, grilled tomato, toast, a bagel, along with orange juice and coffee to wash it all down! While competing for fun, both departments are partnering for a serious cause-to raise community support and awareness of suicide prevention particularly among first responders.
All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships will benefit The Andrew Fisher Memorial Scholarship Fund and Cop2Cop. Andrew’s Scholarship Fund is a tribute to Captain James’ son who was a brilliant chemical engineering student at Northeastern University in Boston at the time of his tragic death. Cop2Cop is a New Jersey based phone counseling service for law enforcement. Law enforcement officers, some of who have faced their own struggles with depression or seen colleagues suffer, volunteer their time to staff the service.Individuals or businesses interested in becoming sponsors of The Big Teplitzky Challenge should contact the Atlantic City Firemen’s Federal Credit Union at (609) 272-1000. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 each through ACPD (Jane Tayoun: Janejap@aol.com/ 609-271-2500) or ACFD (Christine Parker: email@example.com/609-576-4084) or purchased at the door.
Glassboro: Glassboro Vintage South Jersey Wine Festival
Come to the 2nd Annual Wine Festival where fifteen southern New Jersey wineries will be on hand for tastings and purchases. Live musical entertainment and gourmet food selections will also be featured in this two-day event, expected to draw more than 5,000 guests. Tickets are now available for the event which runs 12:00-5:00 p.m. each day on Rowan Boulevard as part of the Glassboro Marketplace series of large-scale community activities.
Participating wineries include Amalthea Winery, Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery, Bellview Winery, Cedarvale Winery, Chestnut Run Farm, Coda Rossa Winery, DiBella Winery, DiMatteo Vineyards, Heritage Vineyards, Monroeville Winery, Natali Vineyards, Plagido’s Winery, Sharrott Winery, Valenzano Winery and Wagonhouse Winery.
Local restaurants including Landmark Americana, Bomb Bomb BBQ and Sandwich Grille, Think Greek Grill and Yogurt Bar, Little Beef’s, Carolina Blue, Liscio’s and Green Zebra will offer gourmet and pre-packaged food selections. Glassboro artisans including Second Look Mosaic and the Glassboro Honey Company will join more than two dozen vendors offering specialty items for wine lovers.
The festival will be alive with musical entertainment. Appearing from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Saturday is Cold Blue Electric, featuring their brand of Jazz fusion. Enjoy classic rock from Love Alive on Saturday from 2:30-5:00 p.m. Singer/songwriter Dan Bell kicks off Sunday’s entertainment from 12:00-2:00 p.m., followed by Mike Dugan and the Blues Mission from 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Advance tickets are available at www.glassboromarketplace.com. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Admission includes a souvenir glass and parking is free.
The Wine Festival will take place rain or shine. Additional tents will be used in case of inclement weather.
MAY 19th: Edison: A Sweet Escape: NJ Confection & Dessert Tasting Expo. 2-6pm
Held at the NJ Convention and Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison, featuring pastry professionals, bakeries, local restaurants, caterers, confectioners, chocolatiers confectionary caterers, ice cream shops, frozen dessert makers and boutique dessert companies from the tri-state area. Sample and purchase an abundance of sweets, and network. Click for more information and tickets.
MAY 19th: Tuckerton: Bluegrass & Barbecue Festival. 11am-5pm, held at the Tuckerton Seaport. Kick-off the summer with the down home sounds of bluegrass and the sweet smell of barbecue. Crafters, vendors, food, refreshments, family activities, demonstrations, decoy carvers, boat building and boat rides. Click for more details.
MAY 20th: Somerset: A Taste of Somerset. 6-9pm at The Palace at Somerset.
A fantastic evening of food and drink from more than 50 of the area’s finest restaurants, caterers and beverage purveyors supporting the PeopleCare Center for Nonprofits. Click for tickets and more information.
MAY 21st: Northfield: Come celebrate the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Beach Ball at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield on Tuesday, May 21st, from 5pm to 8pm. Taste a sampling of the area’s finest restaurants, entertainment courtesy of KOOL 98.3, auction items and much more! Tickets are $100 each. Help fight hunger. Call 609-383-8843 for tics and info. Presented by CapeBank.
MAY 22nd: Fair Haven: Book Signing & Tasting with Debra Levy Picardat River Road Books from 7-9pm. The author of TASTOSTERONE: The Best Cookbook for Men will host a book signing and tasting to benefit Move For Hunger. The suggested donation is $10. The cookbook will be available that evening for $39.95. For information, call 201-892-9403 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Bank: Party on the Promenade at Molly Pitcher Inn, 6-9pm.
Taste great food and drink samplings from twenty Red Bank eateries, live tropical music, prize giveaways and more presented by Flavour! To benefit Friends of Monmouth County Parks. For tickets and more information, click here.
MAY 30th: Paramus: Fork & Cork Dinner | White Asparagus. 7pm at Chakra.
White asparagus signals the start of spring in Europe where it is treated as a main ingredient not a side note. As a young cook, Thomas spent three hours a day (and often more) peeling white asparagus during its season, which runs from April to June. To celebrate the peak of the season, Thomas has created a menu showcasing this delicious white stalk, which is not nearly as known or popular in the U.S. as the green variety. Click for more information and to make reservations.
MAY 31st-June 2nd: Red Bank: Riverfest | Food & Music Fest. Three days of sunsets and evening stars with the best Red bank area restaurants, non-stop music and family fun for everyone. Free admission. Click for more details.
JUNE 1st: East Rutherford: JerseyFest at Meadowlands Racetrack, 5-11pm.A partnership of the Meadowlands Racetrack and North Jersey Media Group, the festival will showcase businesses with a New Jersey connection. During the afternoon and into the evening there will be local, family-appropriate entertainment featuring Kimmy Schwimmy and local performing arts students and lots of fun stuff for the kids. Once the races begin, there will be live music sponsored by classic rock station WDHA-FM, craft beer sampling, barbecue and harness racing!
Sports Authority sponsors the ‘Fun Zone’ for kids. Jersey Bites is sponsoring the ‘Jersey’s Best Bites’ area, which features local food producers like Bai, Rutgers Food Innovation Center, Jersey Flavored Chips, Fatboy Cookies, Crazy Steve’s Pickles and Salsa, Semisweet Desserts and many more. JerseyFest will also feature a sampling section from NJ craft brewers and wineries. Click here for more information and to pre-register.
Oldwick: The Food Truck Festival: A Moving Culinary Event
Equine meets epicurean when a Hunterdon County non-profit hosts an evening of charitable giving this June called The Food Truck Festival: A Moving Culinary Event. Mane Stream is an organization that provides equine therapy to over 200 riders with physical, developmental, emotional, and medical challenges. In keeping with the hottest trends in food and drink, The Food Truck Festival: A Moving Culinary Event will feature six gourmet food trucks from the tri-state area plus beer pairings from the tri-state’s finest microbreweries, full open bar, dancing, and two raffles. This will all take place in a fantastic lounge atmosphere on Saturday June 1, 2013 at 6:30 P.M. at 14 Holland Brook Road, Whitehouse Station, NJ.
The featured food trucks are sure to satisfy adventurous eaters and picky eaters alike. The evening will begin with The Cow and the Curd’s battered and fried cheese curds, plus Rickshaw Dumplings will feature all of their most sought after dumplings and dipping sauces. Next to roll up are the main course trucks. Amped up comfort food from Lil Dan’s, Foo Truck’s Asian-fusion flavors and Indian cuisine from Mausam Curry & Bites will not disappoint. End the evening on a sweet note with Belgian waffles piled high with Wafels & Dinges’ gourmet ice cream, fresh fruit, and toppings galore —everything homemade and everything delicious. These food trucks may call NYC and Philadelphia home, but they are coming to the country to satisfy hungry Mane Stream supporters.
Additionally, New Jersey Craft Beer has carefully paired each truck’s cuisine with amazing local brews. It’s the perfect opportunity to taste test the best of New Jersey’s pint-sized selections. These nine different breweries will be serving up cold ones: Weyerbacher, Smuttynose, Troegs, River Horse, Flying Dog, Yards, Boulder, Breckenridge and Sly Fox.
There will be a riding demonstration (weather permitting), so festival participants will be able to see how Mane Stream’s clients benefit from equine assisted therapy and other equestrian activities. Music and dancing will provide additional entertainment well into the night.
All-inclusive tickets are $150 and must be purchased online via manestreaminc.org, under Special Events.
JUNE 2nd-9th: Cape May: Cape May Restaurant Week. Known for its variety of fine dining experiences, from casual sit-down to formal dining, Cape May, NJ will showcase its best restaurants for the eight-day event, with restaurants offering fixed prices that make our culinary adventure both affordable and tempting. cmrestaurantweek.com
Holmdel: Italian Essentials: Wine & Entertaining with Victor Rallo
Dearborn Market is thrilled to include an evening with Victor Rallo in their new series of Home & Garden Workshops for the months of May and June. “Italian Essentials: Wine & Entertaining with Victor Rallo” will take place on Thursday, June 6th from 7pm- 9pm in their garden center. To coincide with the launch of a new book, restaurateur, wine connoisseur, and television personality Vic Rallo, along with his co-author, Anthony Verdoni, will discuss their favorite Italian Wines and how best to enjoy and entertain with them. Guests will sample rosé, white, & red wines, an assortment of authentic Dearborn antipasti & cheeses, and purchase their brand new book, 21 Wines. Beautiful Italian Specialty baskets will be raffled throughout the evening.
The cost of the evening is $20 and space is limited, so guests are encouraged to purchase spots by calling 732.264.0256 or online at www.dearbornmarket.com. Copies of Vic and Anthony’s new book, 21 Wines ($45), will be available for purchase at Dearborn prior to and during the event. To purchase tickets, click here.
JUNE 7th: Morristown: Five Course Tasting Dinner at The Artist Baker
A five course tasting menu of locally sourced foods will be prepared by Chef Andrea Lekberg at her boutique bakery located in downtown Morristown to raise funds for Slow Food Northern New Jersey‘s School Vegetable Garden Program. Gary Tonucci, the chapter’s wine enthusiast, has selected the New Jersey wines to pair with each course. Gary will provide information about the wines being served and viniculture in the state.
Please note that both vegetarian and vegan options will be available upon request. Tickets are $80 for Slow Food Members and $85 for non-members. Please book soon as space is limited by purchasing tickets online.
Belmar: 27th Annual Belmar Seafood Festival
Visit Belmar for all things seafood during the New Jersey Seafood Festival June 7th 4-8pm, June 8th 11am-8pm and June 9th 11am-6pm. Held at Silver Lake Park, 5th & Ocean Ave, there are tents from top NJ restaurants, a beer and wine garden, children’s activities and live music. Click for more information.
Allendale: Nosher-Rye Deli Fundraiser
Nosher-Rye, the New York-Style deli, will be hosting a series of Borscht Belt comedy and trivia nights to be hosted by stand-up comic Esther Goodhart, a.k.a. Oriental Beauty. The series will kick off on Saturday, June 8th at the 51 West Allendale Ave. eatery with two shows: 6-8PM and 9-11PM.
Patrons pay $20 as a cover and may choose from a price fixe menu ranging from $15.95-$17.95 for three courses. Nosher-Rye’s over-stuffed sandwiches have a cult-like following among deli enthusiasts who clamor for their house-prepared pastrami, corned beef and chopped live,r and other traditional kosher-style favorites. Goodhart promises to have guests laughing “their tuchases off” with her schtick (she’s a Korean who converted to Judaism, and her humor blends Asian and Jewish/Yiddish flavor) to salute Catskill’s greatest comics.
The event will raise funds for Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels. Reservations are required: 201-784-1818.
JUNE 8th: Asbury Park: Asbury Park Blues & Brews Festival. 12-8pm. Enjoy six great bands, a beer garden, vendors, crafters, art and above all, Music! Click for more information.
JUNE 23rd: Holmdel: Italian Food Festival
Sunday, June 23rd from 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