Here it is, big and bold…your Festivals of Food for Fall 2008! This time around, I included the cost of admission. For a number of these events, I just don’t have the information yet for the admission fee (if there is one or not); for others, there was enough information to make an educated guess. As always, this list will be updated as more information becomes available and more events get announced. Feel free to let me know of any changes that need to be made.
9/19 – The Pier Shops Uncorked
A wine-tasting event with food pairings provided by the restaurants at The Pier
The Pier Shops at Caesars – Boardwalk, Atlantic City. 609.345.3100. 5:30PM to 8:30PM.
Admission: $25 (tickets purchased through Ticketmaster).
9/19-21 – Atlantic City Greek Food Festival
Traditional music and dance, games, gifts…and, oh yeah, Greek food
St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church – Mt Vernon and Atlantic Aves, Atlantic City. 609.348.3495. 11AM to 10PM (Fri), 12PM to 12AM (Sat), 11AM to 8PM (Sun).
9/19-20 – 2nd 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).
Admission: $2, kids 12 and under are free.
9/20 – 31st Annual Festival of the Sea
Lots of seafood provided by local restaurants and vendors
Downtown Pt Pleasant Beach. 10AM to 7PM.
9/20 – Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Burlington County Amphitheater – 5 Pioneer Blvd, Westampton. 609.518.7171. 3PM to 9PM.
Admission: $3 donation for adults, $1 for kids.
9/20 – A 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.
Admission: $15 ($12 if purchased in advance), $5 for kids.
9/20 – Little Red Schoolhouse Pig Roast
Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Little Red Schoolhouse
Little Red Schoolhouse – 12 Harmony Rd, Mickelton. 856.223.5111. 2PM to 5PM.
Admission: free; $10 for the pig roast ($8 if purchased in advance).
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.
9/20-25 – Cape May Food and Wine Festival
A nice way to welcome in the autumn season with events taking place throughout Cape May
Cape May. 609.884.5404.
Admission: varies from event to event.
9/23 – 8th Annual Fall Wine & Food Classic
A wide selection of wine and beer offerings, and food provided by a number of SJ Hot Chefs restaurants
Barry D Brown Health Education Center – 106 Carnie Blvd, Voorhees. 856.355.0830. 6PM to 9PM.
9/26-28 – 3rd Annual Egyptian Festival
Egyptian foods to taste and to take home…and get that Bangles song out of your head!
St Anthony’s Coptic Orthodox Church – 267 Hartford Rd, Medford. 609.714.7100. 5PM to 10PM (Fri), 11AM to 8PM (Sat), 12PM to 5PM (Sun).
9/26-27 – An Olde Time Italian Festival
If the food is olde time, then it should be wonderful
Fox Park – Ocean Ave, Wildwood. 609.374.0016. 6PM to 11PM (Fri), 12PM to 11PM (Sat).
9/26-28, 10/24-26, 11/21-23 – Cape May Wine Weekends
Three-day events that include a wine-tasting dinner at The Washington Inn, a winery tour, and a wine class
Washington Inn – 801 Washington St, Cape May. 609.884.5404. 6PM (Fri), 3PM (Sat), 1PM (Sun).
Admission: $135 for the weekend.
9/27 – 15th Annual Apple Festival
Compete in the “Any-Which-Way” Apple Pie Contest
Schoolhouse Museum and Forked River Fire House – Route 9, Forked River. 609.693.5420. 9AM to 3PM.
9/27 – 6th Annual Crab and Craft Festival
As far as I know, the crabs won’t be involved in making crafts
Municipal Building on Locust Island Road, Hancock’s Bridge. 856.981.3944. 11AM to Dusk.
9/27 – Bookfest 2008
The theme is cooking, and a number of chefs and food writers will be on hand
Ocean County Library, Toms River branch – 101 Washington St, Toms River. 732.349.6200. 11AM.
9/27 – Pizza-Pasta-Pastry Italian Food Festival
One of many Italian festivals taking place this fall
Washington St, Toms River. 11AM to 5PM.
9/27 – Woodstown Fall Festival
Includes a wine tasting and a chili contest
Intersection of Routes 40 & 45, Woodstown. 8AM to 5PM.
9/27 – 19th Annual Haddon Township Block Party
Festivities include a meatball eating contest and the Firehouse Chili Contest
W Park Blvd, Haddon Township. 856.858.7811. 12PM to 6PM.
9/27 – American Rock-n-Roll-n-Ribs-n-Chili Cook-Off
Music, ribs and chili – do you really need anything else?
500-600 Block of Landis Ave, Vineland. 856.794.8653. 3PM to 8PM.
Admission: $5 to be a taster/judge.
9/27-28 – Margate Fall Funfest By The Bay
Hopefully Lucy the Elephant won’t eat up all the food
Amherst Ave (between Decatur and Coolidge Aves), Margate. 609.704.8166.
9/27-28 and 10/18-19 – Weekend Harvest Celebration
Free wine tasting, food, music and grape stomping demonstrations
Amalthea Cellars – 209 Vineyard Rd, Atco. 856.768.8585. 11AM to 5PM.
9/27-28 – Commercial Township Seafood Festival
Way down by the Maurice River
Mauricetown Fire Company – Mauricetown. 856.785.1696. 1PM to 6PM.
Admission: $22 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12.
9/28 – 5th Annual Italian Heritage Festival of Gloucester County
ANOTHER Italian festival??? Absolutely.
Gloucester County College – 1400 Tanyard Rd, Sewell. 856.468.5000. 12PM to 6PM.
10/3 – Gloucester County College Foundation’s 2nd Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting
Y’know, you could do worse than wine and chocolate
College Center Mezzanine, Gloucester County College – 1400 Tanyard Rd, Sewell. 856.681.6202. 6PM to 9PM.
10/3 – Harvest of Hope
Wine and restaurant tasting to help support The Alcove Center for Grieving Children & Families
Caesars Palladium Ballroom – Atlantic City. 6:30PM to 9:30PM.
10/4 – Oktoberfest
Traditional German food and music, a beer garden and craft and antique vendors
Jackson St, Cape May. 609.884.2226. 10AM to 5PM.
10/4 – Seafood and Music Festival
Music, food, a pie eating contest and a clam chowder cook-off
Atlantic Ave (between Wildwood and Schellenger Aves), Wildwood. 609.729.4000. 11AM to 8PM.
10/4 – Wine Tasting Benefit
First annual event to benefit Moorestown Visiting Nurses & Hospice
300 Harper Dr, Moorestown. 856.552.1313. 5:30PM to 8:30PM.
Admission: $60 ($50 if purchased in advance).
10/4-5 – Chowderfest
The BIG one on LBI
Taylor Avenue Ballfield – 9th St and Taylor Ave, Beach Haven. 609.494.7211. 10AM to 4PM (Sat), 11AM to 4PM (Sun).
Admission: Saturday is free; Sunday is $20 a person, $10 for kids 4 to 12.
10/4-5 – Oktoberfest
Festivities include an international food court
Historic Smithville & Village Green – 1 North New York Rd, Smithville. 609.652.7777. 10AM to 5PM.
10/4-5 – 19th Annual Cranberry Festival
It’s cranberry time! Enjoy the classic cars, juried craft show and, of course, food
Farnsworth Ave (between Burlington and Park Sts), Bordentown. 609.298.8066. 11AM to 5PM. Admission: free.
10/5 – October Festival & Craft Show
German food and grape stomping
Renault Winery – 72 North Bremen Ave, Egg Harbor City. 609.965.2111. 12PM to 4PM.
10/10-12 – Italian Street Festival
Keep those Italian festivals a-comin’
Grant Ave, Seaside Heights. 1.800.SEA.SHORE. 4PM to 10PM (Fri), 10AM (Sat), 10AM to 8PM (Sun).
10/10-13 – Indian Summer Weekend
Sample seafood from a number of vendors at the Music Pier
6th to 14th Sts on the boardwalk and Asbury Ave, Ocean City. 609.525.9300.
10/10-12 – 30th Annual Deerfield Township Harvest Festival
Here come the harvest festivals
Rosenhayn Fire Company and Frank LoBiondo, Sr Recreation Park – 678 Morton Ave, Rosenhayn. 856.455.0025. 6PM to 10PM (Fri), 12PM to 10PM (Sat and Sun).
Admission: free; $5 parking fee at official lot.
10/11 – 24th Annual Lima Bean Festival
A unique tradition – and one that Lisa will probably avoid
Wilbraham Park – Broadway and Perry St, West Cape May. 609.884.9325. 9AM to 5PM.
10/11 – Apple Festival at Kirby’s Mill
Hope you like them apples
Kirby’s Mill – 275 Church Rd, Medford. 609.654.5382. 9AM to 4PM.
10/11 – 19th Annual Pedricktown Day
Includes a farm market and a food court that offers many items, including a pork chop on a stick
Mill St and Railroad Ave, Pedricktown. 856.299.2133. 9AM to 5PM.
10/11 – 13th Annual Unity Day Celebration
They’re promising ‘food from all around the world’!
College Ave, Glassboro. 856.881.0500. 10AM to 4PM.
10/11 – 14th Annual Pine Barrens Jamboree
Bluegrass music, an appearance by The Jersey Devil and “Piney Vittles” – oh yeah, we’re there
Wells Mills County Park – Route 532, Waretown. 609.971.3085. 10AM to 5PM.
10/11 – Columbus Day Parade and Italian Festival
For those keeping score: Italian festivals 5, harvest festivals 1
63rd St and Landis Ave, Sea Isle City. 609.263.4461 x230. 1PM to 8PM.
10/11-12 – Octoberfest
Featuring Bavarian food
1st and New Jersey Aves, North Wildwood. 609.522.2955. 10AM to 10PM (Sat), 12PM to 6PM (Sun)
10/11-12 – Chamber of Commerce Seafood Festival
Includes a chowder contest on Sunday
30th St and Ocean Drive, Avalon. 609.967.3936. 11AM to 5PM.
10/11-12 – Cape May Wine Festival
Lots of wines, and so close to the water – just be careful
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Lower Twp. 609.884.5404. 12PM to 5PM.
Admission: $20 per person, $10 for designated drivers and children.
10/11-12 – Mullica Hill’s Fall Festival
Events throughout town including special meals from blueplate and Country Critters
Mullica Hill. 856.310.0299.
10/11-13 – Italian Festival
Just your typical Italian festival, done AC-style – and that makes the score 6-1
Mardi Gras Casino at Showboat, Atlantic City. 609.343.4000. 12PM to 8PM (Sat and Sun), 12PM to 6PM (Mon).
10/12 and 11/22 – Chocolate Fantasy Buffet
Washington Inn – Cape May. 609.884.5404. 2PM.
Admission: $35; tickets must be bought in advance.
10/17 – Pier Shops Oktoberfest
Sample over 30 beers from around the world
The Pier Shops at Caesars – Atlantic City. 5:30PM to 8:30PM.
Admisssion: $25; tickets purchased through Ticketmaster.
10/17-19 – Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival
Three days of food and wine fun, not to mention celeb chef Tyler Florence
Atlantic City Convention Center – Atlantic City. 609.398.4547. 3PM to 9PM (Fri), 10AM to 7PM (Sat), 10AM to 5PM (Sun).
Admission: ticket prices range from $15 to $195 per person.
10/18 – 10th Annual Harvest Day Festival
Italian festivals 6, harvest festivals 2
Centennial Park (between Broad and State Sts), Elmer. 856.498.6850. 10AM to 9PM.
10/18 – Community Day & International Festival
Festivities include food vendors and a flea market
Stackhouse School Complex – Trenton Rd, Pemberton. 609.893.5034. 11AM to 4PM.
10/18 – Fall Festival & Craft Show
Food, crafts and music throughout the town of Haddonfield
Haddonfield. 856.216.7253. 10AM to 5PM.
10/18-19 – 25th Annual Chatsworth Cranberry Festival
The big dog in cranberry festivals in South Jersey
Chatsworth. 609.726.9237. 9AM to 4PM.
Admission: free; $5 donation for special parking.
10/18-19 – 6th Annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show
Lots of food vendors, pumpkin dessert contests, and a huuuuuuuge pumpkin pie!
Cumberland County Fairground – 3001 Carmel Rd, Millville. 856.765.0118. 10AM to 7PM. Admission: $4 ($2 for seniors, free for kids 6 and under).
10/18-19 – Oktoberfest
German food, beer and music – all the essentials
Trump Taj Mahal – Boardwalk, Atlantic City. 609.755.4424. 12PM to 8PM (Sat), 12PM to 6PM (Sun).
10/19 – Country Living Fair
Keep getting ‘Country House’ by Blur stuck in my head
Batsto Village – 4110 Nesco Rd, Hammonton. 609.561.0024. 10AM to 4PM.
10/19-24 – SJ Restaurant Week
Four courses for $35 served at some of South Jersey’s finest restaurants
Many, many locations throughout Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.
10/20 – A Taste of Gloucester Township
Gloucester Township restaurants, of course – not the land itself
The Palace by Paris Caterers – 109 North Black Horse Pike, Blackwood. 856.667.1600. 5:30PM to 8:30PM.
Admission: $15 per person.
10/25 – 11th Annual Olde Tyme Harvest Festival
Italians 6, Harvests 3
Middle Township. 609.465.8743. 12PM to 5PM.
10/25 – Octoberfest
Festivities include an apple and pumpkin pie baking contest
JFK Blvd and Promenade, Sea Isle City. 609.263.9090. 12PM to 6PM.
10/25-26 – Italian Festival
7-3, and yes, I do believe that wine and Italian food match up well
Bellview Winery – 150 Atlantic St, Landisville. 856.697.7172. 11AM to 5PM.
Admission: $5, kids are free.
11/1 – 1st Annual Riverbank Chowder Cook-Off & Seafood Festival
Sample chowders from competitors and seafood from local restaurants
Riverfront Promenade – Burlington. 609.239.1020. 11AM to 4PM.
Admission: $20, $10 for kids 4 to 12.
11/1 – Spirits and Spirits at Smithville Mansion
Love ths idea of this event
Smithville Mansion – Eastampton. 856.778.8052. 4PM to 8PM.
Admission: $25 per person.
11/1-2 – Sharrott Winery Fall Festival
Food, music, wine tasting and kids activities
Sharrott Winery – 370 S Egg Harbor Rd (Rt 561), Winslow. 609.567.WINE. 12PM to 5PM.
Admission: $10, $5 for kids 5 and older.
11/2 – Fall Harvest Festival & Oyster Dinner
Harvests making a late rally…7-4
Main St, New Egypt. 609.758.7539. 11AM to 4PM.
11/14 – OysterFest 2008
Benefit dinner for the Bayshore Discovery Project with oysters prepared every which way
Centerton Country Club – 1022 Almond Rd, Pittsgrove. 856.785.2060. Starts at 6:30PM.
11/15 – Fall Harvest Festival
Theme is “Stomp Out Breast Cancer” and events include wine trails, grape stomp, dinner and tasting bar. Italians hold on 7-5!
Heritage Station – 480 Mullica Hill Rd, Richwood. 856.589.4474. 12PM to 7PM.
Admission: $50 ($45 if purchased in advance).
11/17-20 – South Jersey’s Off The Hook
Once again, restaurants in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties will be having a special four-course meal that will feature Jersey seafood
Check link for the participating restaurants.