THRU SEPTEMBER 4
FESTIVAL DE HELADOS the Annual Ice Cream Festival at Rosa Mexicano is back by popular demand, with a 'cooking' demonstration on Aug. 20 for you do- it- yourself-ers. Newly created flavors such as Mexican Corn Truffle Ice Cream (with cinnamon swirls and chocolate shavings) and Piloncillo Ice Cream (with Mexican carrot cake pieces and smoked cashews) are sure to entice. Visit the website for more info and details about demonstration. Riverside Square, Hackensack.
THRU NOVEMBER 25th, Fridays, 6:30 - 9 pm
RESTAURANT SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE SERIES Every Friday evening enjoy a complete dinner based on local in-season ingredients. In this unique series created by long-time Slow Food proponent and Tre Piani chef/owner Jim Weaver, you can purchase advance passports for one, or all of the meals with discounts for multiple purchases. Extras include special guests, cooking demos, wine tasting and educational information. Visit Tre Piani's website to learn more. 120 Rockingham Row, Princeton (Forrestal Village, off Route 1 South). 609-452-1515.
MAIZE QUEST Join the 2011 cornfield Maze Adventure, Let Freedom Ring at Stony Hill Farm Market. Maze fun for the entire family through November 13th. (Flashlight nights start Sept. 16). Click through for details to plan your family's perfect maze adventure or call 908-879-2908 for more info. 15 North Road, Chester.
SEPTEMBER 3, 4-8pm
HARVEST FEST BEEFSTEAK EVENT Donaldson Farms invites you for 'All-you-can-eat', featuring dishes made with their own fresh fruits & vegetables. Enjoy steak, appetizers, salad, side dishes, drinks & desserts, as well as live entertainment by the band RBI. Brook Hollow Winery will be sampling their local wines; roll up your pants and stomp some grapes with them too! Scenic hayrides follow dinner. Adults $35, kids 5-12 $15; click through to reserve you spot or contact email@example.com for more info. 358 Allen Road Hackettstown.
SEPTEMBER 3 & 4, Noon to 5pm
JAZZ IT UP, New Jersey's largest wine festival, held at Allaire State Park, features nearly 300 different, locally-produced wines, live jazz entertainment by Around the Horn on Saturday and The Keith Marks Quintet on Sunday and an opportunity to explore the 19th Century industrial iron producing history of the park. Attendees will also be eligible for a free drawing for a $150 gift certificate to a Preferred Inns of New Jersey. Tickets: $25 pp; call 609-588-0085 for more info or visit The Garden State Wine Growers Association to purchase tickets on line. Allaire State Park, Farmingdale.
FARM TO TABLE Chef Larry Baldwin of David Burke Fromagerie is going to the farm with Bob Sickles of Sickles Market every Wednesday and Thursday thru October for the best of NJ harvests, The delicious results will be presented in the restaurant's special four-course menu each Wednesday and Thursday night at David Burke Fromagerie. Menus change weekly based on whatever is freshest from the fields. Cost is $40/pp, reservations advised. David Burke Fromagerie, 26 Ridge Road, Rumson.
OYSTER FESTIVAL One of AP's Biggest! Enjoy all three days as Lake Avenue becomes a water-lined funway of oysters, restaurant samplings and non-stop music. You'll also enjoy children's rides and amusements, over 100 crafters and gift vendors, and cold beer & wine stops. $3 gets you a weekend-long pass. Visit the website for more details. Lake Ave, Asbury Park.
SEPTEMBER 10, 11am-4pm
GARLIC AND ART FEST Taste of Dawn invites you to join them for a day of art and garlic. Ebb & Flow Organic Farm will be offering their garlic harvest along with other seasonal fresh produce and raw honey. Enjoy garlic tastings, store wide sales, artisan jewels and crafts for sale, giveaways and more.192 Main Street, Butler.
GUESS WHAT'S COMING FOR DINNER? THE POLITICS OF FOOD IN THE 21st CENTURY The city of Cape May transforms into a campus of activities and events designed to explore the politics of food. Enjoy lectures, workshops, arts and cultural offerings, special restaurant menus. Click through for information about this comprehensive 10-day event presented by the nonprofit Cape May Forum Chautauqua at the Shore.
CAPE MAY FOOD AND WINE CELEBRATION This 15th annual celebration features 10 days of events and activities for food and wine lovers. Sponsored by the by Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), this year's festivities will also include a Scotch Tasting Dinner and Self-Guided Wine Trails. Visit the website for all the details and participating restaurants. Cape May.
SEPTEMBER 17 & 18, Noon- 5pm
GRAND HARVEST WINE FESTIVAL The Garden State Wine Growers Association will hold this annual event at Lana Lobell Farms. Enjoy nearly 300 locally-produced wines, food, crafts vendors, live bands and the opportunity to experience the equestrian atmosphere of this very historic farm. $25 ticket includes a complimentary wine glass and sampling of all wines. Call 609-588-0085 for more info or click through to purchase tickets on line. Lana Lobell Farms, Bedminister.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2-6pm
TASTE OF PLACE Join Eno Terra for their Annual Taste of Place event (formerly known as Farm-to-Table). Menu for the feast will feature fresh-picked items from Eno Terra's own farm as well as other farms in the area, all prepared under the expert direction of Eno Terra executive chef Chris Albrecht. Beer and wine will be served, and there will be activities for the kids, too. Proceeds benefit Stony Brook Millstone Watershed. Rain or Shine. Call for reservations: 609-497-1777; $49 per adult, $15 per child, under 5 free. Eno Terra, 4484 Route 27, Kingston (approx. 3 miles north of Princeton).
SEPTEMBER 23, 6-10 pm
SUNSET AT SANDY HOOK Experience the sunset at Sandy Hook as you show support for Clean Ocean Action at this annual event at Sea Gulls' Nest Deck Restaurant. Enjoy live music by The Thom White Band and Art Servilla, The Green Earth Troubadour. Take a chance on exciting raffles and participate in the silent auction. Enjoy specialty fare from over twenty of the shore's best restaurants and caterers along with beer and wine. Tickets are $100 in advance, $125 at the door. Sea Gulls' Nest is located inside Sandy Hook Park. Parking lot D, 100 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands.
SEPTEMBER 23, 11am - 5:30pm
FRESH, FAST AND FABULOUS at Highland Park Farmers' Market. It's Highland Park Restaurant Week! Shop and sample at the market, then stay for dinner at one of the nearby restaurants and enjoy prix fixe menus and other goodies.Downtown on Raritan Avenue.
SEPTEMBER 24, 6pm
COACHES CARRIAGES AND CONSERVATION The Monmouth Conservation Foundation invites you to their annual fund raiser. Enjoy cocktails, a coachman horn blowing demonstration, dinner and dancing to the Somers Dream Orchestra. Visit the website for invitation details. Claypit Creek, Hartshorne Woods, 239 Locust Rd., Middletown.
SEPTEMBER 24 & 25, Noon- 5pm
GRAND HARVEST WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL Six of the Garden State's finest vineyards will showcase their wines at this fourth annual event to benefit NORWESCAP and The ARC. Alba Vineyard will play host for this fun-filled event which includes wine tastings, great food, vendors, tethered hot air balloon rides, kid activites, vineyard tours, live music and more! Food includes edibles from Country Picnic in Bedminster and artisan cheeses and breads from nearby Bobolink Dairy. Admission is $25 in advance, $30 at gate. Visit the website for more details. 269 Route 627, Village of Finesville, Milford.
SEPTEMBER 25, 9am - 1pm
FAMILY DAY at Nutley Farmers' Market. Every day is family day at the Nutley farmers' market, but today they are celebrating National Family Day with extra special activities and events for all ages. William Street municipal parking lot. Nutley.
OCTOBER 15, 9am - 2pm
HARVEST FESTIVAL at Sussex County Farmers' Market. Celebrate the area's local agriculture, history and eco-initiatives with this day full of demonstrations, samplings, activities and more. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta.