Festivals of Food – Summer 2008

After several days of work, we have put together a list of food events taking place throughout South Jersey. Are they all festivals? No. Are they all just food-based? No, but we tried to keep the focus on food. Did we list every single possible event? Well, we did have to draw the line somewhere. We didn’t list every pancake breakfast and spaghetti dinner being held, but there are some smaller events mixed in with the big ones. We tried to make sure every county was fairly represented.

We have tried to be as accurate as possible with the information; however, we cannot guarantee that we have everything 100% correct (that would be nothing short of a miracle). If you find any errors and/or come across any updates that we have missed, please let us know. Also, if there’s an event that you think should be here, let us know. Furthermore, if you attend any of these events, please share your experiences, positive or negative. We will do the same. If all goes well, we will put this list together for each season – and possibly one for Christmas and New Years.

So, let’s get to the list!


6/20Summer Solstice Wine Tasting
Sounds like a pretty good way to officially welcome summer
Absecon Lighthouse – 31 S Rhode Island Ave, Atlantic City. 609.449.1360. Starts at 5:30PM.

6/20 – Blueberry Festival
Desserts a-plenty with the blueberries being supplied by a local farm
Trinity Episcopal Church – 207 W Main St, Moorestown. 856.235.0811. 5PM to 9PM.

6/20-22Cape May Harbor Fest
New this year, and it’s being billed as “a celebration of the sea”.
1600 Delaware Ave, Cape May. 609.884.5508. 10AM to 5PM.

6/2116th Annual Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival
Food, music and many activities…including clam shucking classes
Tuckerton Seaport – Route 9 & 539, Tuckerton. 609.296.8868. 11AM to 5PM.

6/2112th Annual New Jersey Craft Brewers Beer Festival
Sample the best in Jersey microbrews and brewpubs
Battleship New Jersey, Camden. 856.966.1652 x107. 12PM to 4PM.

6/23A Taste of South Jersey
A gathering of local restaurants, hotels and caterers
Adventure Aquarium – Camden Waterfront, One Aquarium Drive, Camden. 856.667.1600. 6PM to 8:30PM.

6/24-25South Jersey’s Off The Hook
Restaurants in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties featuring local seafood
Participating restaurants:
Joe Palombo’s Mirabella Cafe – Barclay Farms Shopping Center, 210 Rt 70 East, Cherry Hill. 856.354.1888.
A Little Cafe – Plaza Shoppes, 118 White Horse Rd, Voorhees. 856.784.3344.
Tortilla Press – 703 Haddon Ave, Collingswood. 856.869.3345.
Tortilla Press Cantina – 7716 Maple Ave, Pennsauken. 856.488.0005.
Emerald Fish – 65 Barclay Farms Shopping Center, Rt 70 East, Cherry Hill. 856.616.9192.
Andreotti’s – 1442 Rt 70 East, Cherry Hill. 856.795.0172.
Filomena – 13 Cross Keys Rd, Berlin. 856.753.3540.
blueplate – 47 S Main St, Mullica Hill. 856.478.2112.
High Street Grill – 64 High St, Mount Holly. 609.265.9199.

6/24-8/19Crabbing 101 on the Skimmer
Learn about crabbing…and keep the ones you catch!
Dolphin Cove Marina – Ocean Drive, Cape May. 609.884.3100. 1:30PM.

6/26-29Toast to the Coast: Food & Wine Spectacular
Atlantic City.
Events Include: Food & Wine Expo & Tasting, The Biggest Champagne Toast to the Coast, “Splash” Poolside Dine Around, A Taste of The Pier, Vine and Dine, and celeb chef appearances Participating casinos:
Harrah’s Resort – 609.441.5000.
Caesars – 609.348.4411
Showboat – 609.343.4000
Bally’s – 609.340.2000

6/27-2914th Annual Original North Wildwood Italian-American Festival
You don’t have to be Italian to enjoy Italian festival food!
Olde New Jersey Ave, North Wildwood. 609.729.4533. 5PM to 11PM (Fri), 11AM to 11PM (Sat), 11AM to 4PM (Sun).

6/2825th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival
Blueberries and bluegrass
Route 530, Browns Mills. 609.893.4646. 10AM to 4PM.

6/286th Annual Woodbine Family Festival
Festivities include a cultural cook-off
Rt 557 and Rt 550, Woodbine. 609.861.2400/2172. 10AM to 4PM.

6/284th Annual Music Festival and Pig Roast
Plenty o’ music and plenty o’ pork
Francis W Robbins American Legion Post 194 – 6th and Broad Sts, Florence. 609.499.9803. 12PM to 7PM.

6/28Restoration Fund Dinner Gala
Local restaurants participating to help raise funds to restore the Townsends Inlet Civic Center
Townsends Inlet Civic Center – 138 85th St, Sea Isle City. 609.263.3002. 6PM to 9PM.

6/29Red, White & Blueberry Festival
The big one in The Blueberry Capital of the World
Hammonton High School – Old Forks Rd, Hammonton. 609.561.9080. 10AM to 5PM.

6/30-7/5Cumberland County Fair
Celebrating its 40th year in Millville
Carmel Rd, Millville. 856.825.3820. 4PM to 11PM (Mon, Tues & Thurs), 11AM to 11PM (Wed), 11AM to 12AM (Fri & Sat)


7/5 – All-American Burger Throw-Down
Local chefs battle it out for burger supremacy
Wildwood Crest. 1PM.
Participating motels:
American Safari Motel – 5610 Ocean Ave. 609.522.0157.
Aztec Motel – 411 E Lavendar Rd. 609.522.7000.
Caribbean Motel – 5600 Ocean Ave. 609.522.8292.
The Gondolier Motel – 5701 Ocean Ave. 609.522.6974.

7/5Red Wine and Blues
Wine tasting and blues music
Tuckerton Seaport, Tuckerton. 609.296.8868. 3PM to 8PM.

7/8-13Ocean County Fair
Can personally vouch for the fried candy bars served here
Robert J Miller Air Park – Route 530, Berkeley Twp. 732.914.9466. 5PM to 11PM (Tues & Wed), 11AM to 11PM (Thurs, Fri & Sat), 11AM to 5PM (Sun).

7/11-13New Jersey State BBQ Championship
The best in barbecue bringing it low and slow!
2nd and Olde New Jersey Ave, North Wildwood. 609.523.6565. 4PM to 11PM (Fri), 10AM to 11PM (Sat), 10AM to 6PM (Sun).

7/12Red, White and Blueberry Festival & Silent Auction
Only the blueberries are allowed to talk during the silent auction
Central United Methodist Church – Arnold Ave, Pt Pleasant Beach. 732.892.3233. 8AM to 3PM.

7/12VDID/Main St Vineland Seafood Festival
Part of the effort to make Vineland known as a food town
600 Block of Landis Ave, Vineland. 856.794.8653. 2PM to 7PM.

7/124th Annual People’s Choice Chili Cook-Off at SummerFest 2008
You taste. You decide.
Glasstown Arts District, Millville. 800.887.4957. 11AM to 6PM. Chili cook-off 12NOON to 3:30PM.

7/12-13Walk In The Vineyard Wine Trail Weekend
Wineries from around the state holding special tours and tastings
12NOON to 5PM. Participating wineries:
Amalthea Cellars – 209 Vineyard Rd, Atco. 856.768.8585.
Auburn Road Vineyards – 117 Sharptown-Auburn Rd, Pilesgrove. 856.769.WINE.
Bellview Winery – 150 Atlantic St, Landisville. 856.697.7172.
Cape May Winery & Vineyard – 711 Townback Rd, Cape May. 609.884.1169.
DiMatteo Vineyards – 779 11th St, Hammonton. 609.561.8106.
Heritage Vineyards of Richwood – 480 Mullica Hill Rd (Rt 322), Richwood. 856.589.4474.
Plagido’s Winery – 570 N First Rd, Hammonton. 609.567.4633.
Renault Winery – 72 N Bremen Ave, Egg Harbor City. 609.965.2111.
Sharrott Winery – 370 S Egg Harbor Rd (Rt 561), Winslow. 609.567.WINE.
Swansea Vineyards – 860 Main St, Shiloh. 856.453.5778.
Sylvin Farms – 24 N Vienna Ave, Germania. 609.965.1548.
Tomasello Winery – 225 White Horse Pike, Hammonton. 800.MMM.WINE.
Valenzano Winery – 1320 Old Indian Mills Rd, Shamong. 609.268.6731.

7/15-20133rd Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Italian Festival
The longest running Italian festival in the United States
Mount Carmel Grounds – 298 Tilton St, Hammonton. 609.561.4818. 6PM to 11PM (Tues, Thurs, Fri), 12PM to 12AM (Wed), 6PM to 12AM (Sat, Sun)

7/17-19Cape May County 4-H Fair
Festivities include a chicken BBQ
355 Court House-So Dennis Rd, Cape May Courthouse. 609.465.5115.

7/18Merchants in Venice Seafood Festival
A pound of flesh will not be required to attend
Asbury Ave (bewteen 6th and 9th Sts), Ocean City. 609.399.2269. 5PM to 9PM.

7/196th Annual New Jersey State Ice Cream Festival
Taste several flavors of ice cream? Don’t mind if I do…
Washington St, Toms River. 732.341.8738. 11:30AM to 5PM.

7/19Caribbean Carnival
A parade followed by food and music at Wiggins Park
Wiggins Waterfront Park – Mickle Blvd, Camden. 856.580.0178. 12PM to 8PM.

7/19Fusion 2008
Asian festival with music, dance and food from many regions including China, Korea, India and the Philippines
D&Q Plaza – 1720 Route 70 East, Cherry Hill. 856.596.2651. 2PM to 11PM.

7/19-20Foodways & Folklife
Demonstration of historic cooking methods
Historic Cold Spring Village. 609.898.2300.

7/19-8/31“Key Ingredients: America By Food” Exhibit
The historic and regional connections we have with food
County Library Woodbine Branch, Woodbine. 609.861.2501.
Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage, Woodbine. 609.861.5355.

7/23-26Burlington County Farm Fair
All the fun of a county fair
62 Chestnut St, Lumberton. 609.267.2881. 9AM to 11PM (Wed), 8:30AM to 11PM (Thurs), 8AM to 11PM (Fri), 8:30AM to 11PM (Sat)

7/24-27Gloucester County 4-H Fair and NJ Peach Festival
All the fun of a county fair…with peaches!
275 Bridgeton Pike (Route 77), Mullica Hill. 856.307.6476.

7/26Cluck ‘N Claw
Chicken and crabs, of course. Love the name.
Wenonah Lake – Maple & Jefferson Ave, Wenonah. 856.468.9701. 3PM to 7PM.

7/26Down Bay Wine Tasting
Sample American and international wines
Holiday Inn – Rt 72, Manahawkin. 609.296.8868. 6PM to 9PM.

7/27 – Ethnic Fair and Gift Auction
Featuring Slavic, Mediterranean and American food
Annunciation Orthodox Church – 360 Van Zile Rd, Brick. 732.458.9032. 12PM to 6PM.

7/27-8/1Farm to Fork Week
Special 4-course meals using ingredients from local NJ farmers
Participating restaurants:
Too many to list here. Seriously.


8/1-3Camden County 4-H Fair
Celebrating its 50th year
Lakeland Complex – County House Rd & Salina Rd, Blackwood. 856.566.2900.

8/224th Annual Peach Festival
Dude, it’s fresh peaches…as if you need a reason
Dutch Neck Village – 97 Trench Rd, Bridgeton. 856.455.6003. 10AM to 5PM.

Feast all day, then stay for the Night of Lights on the river
Lacey United Methodist Church – 203 Lacey Rd, Forked River. 609.693.5222. 12PM to 4PM.

8/2Woolwich Tomato and Heritage Festival
Making their debut this year
Locke Ave Park, Woolwich Twp. 856.467.2666 x101. 4PM to 9PM.

8/2Peach Festival
Fresh peaches, cakes, pies and homemade ice cream
Mount Laurel Friends Meetinghouse – Moorestown-Mt Laurel and Hainesport-Mt Laurel Rds, Mount Laurel. 856.235.1561. 4:30PM to 7PM.

8/2Seafood Festival
Clams, crabcakes, flounder… but no holy mackerel
St Mary’s Episcopal Church – 95th St & Third Ave, Stone Harbor. 609.368.5922. Lunch from 12PM to 2PM, Dinner from 4:30PM to 7PM.

8/2-3Toms River Fest
Back after a year hiatus. Hopefully, the food court will be as big as previous years.
Toms River North High School, Toms River. 2PM to 10PM.

8/3-7Collingswood Restaurant Week
The best of Haddon Avenue and beyond.
Participating restaurants:
Bistro di Marino – 492 Haddon Avenue. 856.858.1700.
Blackbird – 619 Collings Avenue. 856.854.3444.
Cafe Antonio – 827 Haddon Avenue. 856.854.9400.
Casona – 563 Haddon Avenue. 856.854.5555.
Il Fiore – 693-695 Haddon Avenue. 856.833.0808.
Joe Pesce – 833 Haddon Avenue. 856.833.9888.
Lo Bianco – 2 Powell Lane. 856.854.4500.
Nunzio’s Ristorante Rustico – 706-708 Haddon Avenue. 856.858.9840.
Painted Cottage Cafe – 714 Haddon Avenue. 856.854.8060.
The Pop Shop – 729 Haddon Avenue. 856.869.0111.
Sapori – 601 Haddon Avenue. 856.858.2288.
Tortilla Press – 701-703 Haddon Avenue. 856.869.3345.
Villa Barone – 751-753 Haddon Avenue. 856.858.2999.
Water Lily Bistro – 655 Haddon Avenue. 856.833.0098.
Woksabi – 610 Haddon Avenue. 856.858.6688.
Word of Mouth – 729 Haddon Avenue-Front Right. 856.858.2228.

8/5-8Salem County Fair
2008 schedule is now available
Salem County Fairgrounds – Route 40, Woodstown. 856.769.0414. 8AM to 11PM (Tues), 9AM to 11PM (Wed), 8:30AM to 11PM (Thurs), 8:30AM to 10PM (Fri).

8/7-9Atlantic County 4-H Fair
Limited information available
David C Wood 4-H Fairgrounds – Route 50, South Egg Harbor. 609.625.0056. 11AM to 10PM.

8/8Peach Social
Peach desserts on the lawn
Historic Friends Meeting House – 302 Farnsworth Ave, Bordentown. 609.298.3481/9181.

8/10Atlantic County Puerto Rican Parade & Latin Music Festival
Parade through Atlantic City, then a music festival
Boardwalk, Atlantic City. 609.909.0262. 12PM to 10:30PM

8/1232nd Annual Women’s Community Club of Cape May Peach Festival
Cobblers, cakes and pies…oh my!
Our Lady Star of the Sea auditorium Washington & Ocean Sts, Cape May. 609.889.1069. 9AM to 3PM.

8/14Chocolate Fair
There should be one of these every day!
LBI Historical Association – Engleside and Beach Ave, Beach Haven. 609.492.0700. 6PM to 9PM.

8/16VDID/Main Street Vineland International Food and Cultural Festival
New this year as well
500 Block of Landis Ave, Vineland. 856.794.8653. 3PM to 8PM.

Clams. Lots and lots of clams.
Waretown Vol Fire Co #1 – Route 532 and Corliss St, Waretown. 609.693.5407. 3PM to 12AM.

8/16-177th Annual Seafood Festival
Seafood and wine? Yeah, I’d say they go together.
Bellview Winery – 150 Atlantic St, Landisville. 856.697.7172. 11AM to 5PM.

8/22Peach Festival
More peachy fun!
Central United Methodist Church – Arnold Ave, Pt Pleasant Beach. 732.892.3233. 4PM to 7PM.

8/23Market Street Day
34th year
Market Street, Salem. 856.935.0075. 10AM to 5PM.

8/23Chocolate & Vanilla Family Festival
Food and activities for the kids
Camden Children’s Garden, Camden. 856.365.8733. 12PM to 4PM.

8/23Ukrainian Festival
First Ukrainian festival in Ocean County
St Stephen’s Ukrainian Catholic Church – 1344 White Oak Bottom Rd, Toms River. 732.505.6053. 12PM to 7PM.

8/25 – Taste of The Quarter
Sampling the best of The Quarter restaurants for charity
Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City. 800.736.1420 (Ticketmaster). 7PM to 9PM.

8/30Tomato Festival
Hope more information becomes available
Borough Hall, West Cape May. 608.884.8382.


9/6-10/19“Key Ingredients: America By Food” Exhibit
The exhibit moves from Woodbine to Tuckerton
Tuckerton Seaport, Tuckerton. 609.296.8868.

9/7Seafood in Seaside Seafood Festival
Seafood dishes made by local restaurants along with music, shopping and crafts
Grant Ave, Seaside Heights. 1.800.SEA.SHORE. 10AM to 7PM.

9/711th Annual Beach Plum Festival
Plum picking, plum jelly, plum good
Island Beach State Park. 9AM to 4PM. 732.793.0506

9/11-14Taste of Greece
Greek food, music and dancing…doesn’t get much better
Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church – 2200 Church St, Toms River. 732.255.5525. 5PM to 10PM (Thurs), 12PM to 12AM (Fri and Sat), 12PM to 7PM (Sun).

9/12-13Boardwalk Air Show & Great American Barbeque Cook Off
Watch the planes, but make sure no one swipes your BBQ!
Tabernacle Grounds (6th & Asbury Ave), Ocean City. 609.525.9300. 11AM to 6PM.

9/12-13Festival of India
A celebration of music, dance, art and food from India
WheatonArts – 1501 Glasstown Rd, Millville. 856.825.6800.

9/13Hispanic Heritage Family Festival
Traditional music, food, arts and crafts
Rt 557 and Rt 550, Woodbine. 609.861.5800 x11. 11AM to 5PM.

9/19-202nd Annual Bridgeton King Pig BBQ
Another fun but serious ‘cue competition
Sunset Lake Amphitheater – Bridgeton City Park, Bridgeton. 856.285.4638. 12PM to 9PM (Fri), 10AM to 7PM (Sat).

9/20A Taste of Medford
Music, family activities (including hayrides), 40 business booths and food from Medford-area restaurants
Freedom Park, Medford. 609.654.6485. 12PM to 3PM.

9/20 – Little Red Schoolhouse Pig Roast
This we know so far: there will be pork and homemade apple cake
Little Red Schoolhouse – 12 Harmony Rd, Mickelton. 856.223.5111.

9/20-21 WineFest 2008
Big boffo event with wine tasting, food from local restaurants, music and lots of activities
Valenzano Winery – 1320 Old Indian Mills Rd, Shamong. 609.268.6731. 12PM to 6PM.

9/20-25Cape May Food and Wine Festival
A nice way to say goodbye to the summer and welcome in autumn
Cape May. 609.884.5404.


2 thoughts on “Festivals of Food – Summer 2008

  1. Thanks so much for the list! I think we’ll try and get to the seafood dinners at Mirabella’s next week. Yum!

  2. Thank you for posting your comments and the link for our Gloucester County 4-H Fair and NJ Peach Festival! For more info about the Fair/Fest, one can call the 4-H Dept. at Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Gloucester County. 856-307-6450, Ext. 3. Thanks again!

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