Looking Ahead: BBQ, Bourbon & Biergarten

Plus: Father's Day options to show dad a delicious day.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 9, from 6 to 10 PM when the Montclair Food & Wine Festival presents an outdoor BBQ, Bourbon & Biergarten themed tasting event at the Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Avenue, Montclair. Attendees can sample dishes from the area chefs including a wide array of bourbon and craft beer from local artisanal and national brands. This fun-filled evening will also include live music provided by The Wellmont Theater, as well as a raffle and silent auction. General admission $85 and a premium bourbon and beer tasting experience is also available for an additional $35.

A spirited BBQ competition will be judged by some notable personalities including: Author John Holl, an acclaimed beer and food writer, and Veronique Deblois, KCBS Certified Judge and food blogger. Guests will also get in on the judging action via a people’s choice vote. John Holl will be signing his new book Dishing Up New Jersey (with purchase).

Visit the event website or this website for more information and full list of participating vendors.

FATHER’S DAY SUNDAY JUNE 19
Here are some dining options for your dad or the love of your life:

FATHER’S DAY BBQ PAT LAFRIEDA STYLE
On Saturday, June 18, a Father’s Day BBQ, Pat LaFrieda Style, will be held at Heirloom Kitchen, 3853 Rt 516, Old Bridge. Learn to handle your BBQ like a pro as you get new tips and tricks from guest chef Brian Bennett. Learn the secrets to dry rubs, wet marinades and mop sauces. All meat provided will be sourced from Pat LaFrieda. Bring your own beer or wine. 1 PM; $95. Reservations: 732-727-9444.

BROTHER’S MOON, HOPEWELL
Take dad to brunch at The Brothers Moon, 7 W Broad Street, Hopewell, which will be offered from 10 AM to 2 PM or dinner from 4 to 8 PM. Reservations: 609-333-1330; BYO.

RAILS STEAKHOUSE, TOWACO
Rails Steakhouse, 10 Whitehall Road, Towaco, will host a Father’s Day buffet from 11 AM to 3 PM; $34.95; children $17.95. In addition to their regular dinner menu they will have Father’s Day Specials from noon to 9 PM. Reservations: 973-335-0006.

BALVENIE SCOTCH TASTING
On June 16, treat dad to a Balvenie Scotch Tasting and four-course dinner at Blue Morel, 2 Whippany Road, Morristown. 7 PM; $99 all inclusive. Reservations: 973-451-2619

OTHER NJ FOOD EVENTS
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8
FERRARI CARANO WINE DINNER
A four-course Ferrari Carano wine dinner will be held at Salt Creek Grille, 4 Bingham Avenue, Rumson at 6:30 PM. Information and reservations: 732- 922-9272.

THURSDAY, JUNE 9
SPECIALTY BEER AND GOURMET FOOD TASTING
A Specialty Beer And Gourmet food tasting will be held at Park West Loft (Park West Tavern), 30 Oak Street Ridgewood. 6 to 11 PM; $45 Reservations: 201-445-5400.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10
RODNEY STRONG WINE DINNER
A five-course Rodney Strong wine dinner will be held at the Metuchen Inn, 424 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen. 6:30 PM; $85. Reservations: 732-494-6444.

A Whiskey of the World dinner will be held at Steakhouse 85, 85 Church Street, New Brunswick. 7:30 PM; $99 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 732-247-8585.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11 AND SUNDAY, JUNE 12
JERSEY SHORE WINE FESTIVAL
The Jersey Shore Wine Festival will be held from 12 noon to 5 PM at FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood to benefit Sylvia’s Children, a Holmdel-based 501(c)3 organization working over the past 13 years to improve the living conditions for more than 1,000 children in the village of Mbiriizi in Uganda, Africa. This event will feature samplings of wines from Garden State wineries, live entertainment, crafters, retail vendors, food truck vendors and a children’s play area. $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for those over 21.  Designated drivers are free. Tickets can be purchased through EventBrite.

MONDAY, JUNE 13
GERMAN WINE DINNER WITH JOHANNES SELBACH
A German Wine dinner with Johannes Selbach will be held at Stage Left, 5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick. 6:30 PM; $139 plus tax and service. Reservations: 732-828-4444.

TUESDAY, JUNE 14
SUMMER WINE TASTING
A summer wine tasting with appetizers and hors d’oeuvres will be held at the River Palm Terrace, 1416 River Road, Edgewater. 6:30 to 8:30 PM; $45. Reservations: 201-224-2013.

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