Enjoy New Jersey dining and drinking this August with special events, festivals and more. And if you’re heading to the shore, check out New Jersey Monthly‘s best places to eat by the beach.
Tiki Time at the Rose, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub • Ramsey & Clifton
August is National Rum Month, and the Shannon Rose is embracing the spirit at both of its Garden State locations. From August 1-31, guests can enjoy tiki cocktails, rum fishbowls and special tropical cuisine. Open daily at 11 am.
1200 NJ-17, Ramsey; 201-962-7602
98 Kingsland Road, Clifton; 973-284-0200
Limited-time Sopranos flavors, APEM Creamery/Sorbetteria • Bloomfield
APEM Creamery is tipping its hat to The Sopranos with flavors such as Richie Aprile’s Leather Jacket (salted chocolate caramel), The Guy Was an Interior Decorator (pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt), Ginny Sack’s Secret Stash (chocolate with candy), Johnnycakes (lemon buttermilk cornbread with blueberries), Gabagool (strawberry coconut) and more. The creamery opens at 12:30 pm, Thursday-Sunday.
870 Broad Street, Bloomfield; 973-666-0438
Private Dinner, ESO Artisanal Pasta • Morristown
August 11 & 19
ESO Artisanal Pasta is hosting two private dinners (only 12 guests each) to display its culinary talents beyond fresh pasta. Joined by Chefs Russell Farr, Kristina Gambarian and AJ Sankofa, the team is offering six courses. The dinner includes oysters, summer squash, cucumber salad, shrimp cappellacci, mint panna cotta and more. It is taking place at an upscale secret location and tickets are $175 per person.
92A Elm Street, Morristown; 201-520-1546
Seltzerland, ShoreTown Ballpark • Lakewood
This hard seltzer event is making its first appearance at the Shore. Guests can sample more than 100 different hard seltzer brands, including Mike’s Hard, White Claw, Vizzy and more. Tickets are $29 for general admission and $49 for VIP, which includes early access, a full can of hard seltzer, a special cocktail and a commemorative tasting cup. Sessions are from 1:30-4 pm and 5:30-8 pm.
2 Stadium Way, Lakewood; 732-901-7000
Corn, Tomato & Beer Festival • Flemington
August 13, noon-8pm
Celebrate the Garden State’s favorite produce—plus beer!—at this fifth annual festival. The event offers farm-to-table corn and tomato dishes prepared by local restaurants and farmers. The beer garden features 10 Jersey craft breweries. Live music, crafts for kids and artisan vendors are part of the festival, too.
Stangl Road, Flemington
Chester Food Truck Festival • Chester
August 13, 10 am-6 pm
More than 20 gourmet food trucks, plus a beer garden with sangria and margaritas, are benefiting the Chester First Aid Squad. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable items to donate to support the local food pantry. Admission $5.
134 Main Street, Chester
Demarest Wine Festival • Demarest
August 13 & 14, 12-6 pm
Enjoy a weekend sipping vintages from top wineries in Jersey. Admission includes a wine glass and tastings from Villari Vineyards, DiMatteo Winery, Villa Milagro Vineyards and Valenzano Family Winery. Both days include entertainment by Kover Up, as well as a retail market with fresh baked goods, prepared foods, salads, local produce and more. Tickets $10 per person.
244 Wierimus Road, Demarest; 201-666-0472
Surf & Turf Seafood Festival, Monmouth Park • Oceanport
August 13 & 14
This Shore festival at the horse racing track features nearly 20 favorite New Jersey seafood and dining establishments. Vendors include Cousins Maine Lobster, Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Highway to Ohana, Wild Bill’s Old Fashioned Soda and more. The two-day festival includes live music and family-friendly activities. General admission is $6; the first horse race goes off at 12:15 pm.
Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport; 732-222-5100
National Rum Day, Kona Grill • Woodbridge
On National Rum Day, Kona Grill is serving its Rum Drink, made with coconut rum, pineapple, orange and a splash of grenadine. Enjoy your beverage indoors or out on Kona’s patio.
511 US-1, Woodbridge Township; 732-750-4400
Wine + Cheese Tasting, Salt Water Market • Asbury Park
August 17, 6-8 pm
Head to Salt Water Market on the third of each month for a wine and cheese tasting hosted by the market’s sommelier. Guests can experience nine wines paired with cheeses from around the world. Tickets are $45 per person.
1000 Ocean Avenue North, Asbury Park; 732-361-7886
Vegan BBQ Dinner, Long Branch
August 25, 6 pm
Enjoy a pre-fixe vegan dinner presented by The Fox and The Beast at the Whitechapel Projects. The event takes place under the stars; guests are encouraged to bring along their furry friends. Desserts from Molly Mack Vegan Bakery are being offered. The event is $90 per person and takes place rain or shine.
15 2nd Avenue, Long Branch; 732-963-9218
Wine Dinner, Red Horse by David Burke • Rumson
August 25, 6:30 pm
Winemaker Justin Neufeld is heading to Rumson for a special wine dinner. Owner of JB Neufeld wines, Neufeld is hosting a five-course dinner with a menu crafted by Chef David Burke. Each dish is paired with a wine and guests receive light appetizers and sparkling wine upon arrival. Tickets are $160+ and there is limited seating. Call to reserve your spot or purchase a ticket online.
26 Ridge Road, Rumson; 732-576-3400
Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival • Sea Isle
Sea Isle City is dedicating a weekend to food trucks, games, live music and family fun. It takes place Friday, August 26 from 4-8 pm and Saturday, August 27 from 12-8 pm.
63rd and Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City
Farmers Market • Paramus
Sundays, 9 am- 2 pm
Stop by the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall for an array of fresh produce, snacks, crafts and more. Every Sunday, Paramus hosts a farmers’ market with over 20 food vendors, food trucks, a car meet-up and activities for kids. NJ Exotic Pets is hosting a live animal presentation on August 21, while Oceans Rocks is offering an interactive experience on August 28.
Garden State Plaza, 1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Community Farmers’ Market • West Windsor
The 19th annual market in West Windsor is held every Saturday from 9 am-1 pm. Shoppers can find fresh pastas, chocolates, meat, poultry, beer, jams, Jersey Fresh produce and more. Food trucks serve crepes, fresh juices, sandwiches and vegan options. The market is held at the southbound side of the Princeton Junction train station at the Vaughn commuter lot.
877 Alexander Road, West Windsor; 609-913-7581