The Best Food Events in New Jersey Happening This November

Craving some fall fun? Mark your calendar for these foodie-focused affairs.

Dig into vegan mac and cheese at the New Jersey Vegan Food Festival, November 13–14. Courtesy of VegFest

Looking to get your food fix? Check out some of our favorite restaurant happenings, food festivals and other fun dining and drinks events taking place all over New Jersey this November.

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week

November 5–14

Over 45 Shore restaurants are offering three-course meals for either $24.21 or $34.21. Each meal will comprise an appetizer, entrée and dessert. New restaurants participating this year include Belmar Kitchen by David Burke (Belmar), Anthony’s Seafood Restaurant (Forked River), The Robinson Ale House (Freehold) and B2 Bistro (Toms River).
Various locations

Madison Food Truck Fest

November 6

Hosted at the Madison Police Department, this festival includes over 14 food trucks, craft vendors and a Biergarten. Enjoy games and entertainment including live music, hatchet tossing, face painting and cornhole. 11am–5pm; $4–$8 (kids under 3 free).
62 Kings Rd., Madison

Italian Open at Harbor Pines Golf Club • Egg Harbor Township

November 7

The golf club’s all-day event is filled with Italian-themed food and beverages. Harbor Pines will open its doors to the public at 9:30 am for registration, with a Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar. Along the golf course, there will be Italian-themed food and beverage stations. Golfers are invited to the clubhouse afterward for light bites and drink specials. $95 for Harbor Pines members; $109 for non-members.
Harbor Pines Golf Club, 500 St. Andrews Dr., Egg Harbor Township

Hoboken Coffee Festival

November 7

Hoboken is offering coffee tastings, demos and talks from local purveyors, including a discussion about coffee’s origins in Haiti from Tats Mori-Ryan of bwè kafe. In addition to coffee, vendors will sell tea and sweet treats. 11 am–4:30 pm; free to enter, $10 to attend a talk.
Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken

The New Jersey Vegan Food Festival • Secaucus

November 13–14

Featuring a record number of new vendors, the two-day vegan event returns to the Meadowlands, spearheaded by VegFest founders Kendra Arnold and Marisa Sweeney. Open to anyone, the festival features plant-based clothing, products and food. Tickets are $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday (kids 13 and under free). Prices are higher for same-day ticket purchase. 11 am–5 pm daily.
Meadowlands Expo Center, 355 Plaza Dr., Secaucus

Italian Wine Dinner at Porter • Weehawken

November 17 at 6 & 7:30 pm

Enjoy a night of Italian dishes and drinks at Porter. Mushroom arancini (Italian rice balls), butternut squash gnocchi, New York sirloin, short ribs and flourless chocolate cake will all be accompanied by Italian wine. The night is hosted by wine expert Giulia Cecchi. $225 per person.
Porter, 1100 Ave. at Port Imperial, Weehawken 

Spanish Wine Pairing Dinner at La Mer Beachfront Resort • Cape May

November 19 at 6 pm

A four-course menu will be paired with four Spanish wines and corresponding wine teachings. The first course is tomato bread and croquette de jamón, followed by salt cod with tomato, saffron and bell pepper; then Spanish meatballs in smoked tomato marinara sauce over angel hair pasta. The dinner concludes with flan atop chocolate and strawberry sponge cake. $75 per person; reservations required.
La Mer Beachfront Resort, 1317 Beachfront Ave., Cape May

Hot Chocolate Bomb Class at Mattarello Bakery & Café • Montclair

November 19 from 7–8:30 pm

In this holiday-themed baking class, an instructor will walk guests through making the perfect hot cocoa bomb to take home at the end of the evening. All tools and ingredients will be provided. $58 per person; space is limited, so be sure to book in advance.
Mattarello Bakery & Café, 254 Bellevue Ave., Montclair

Skyline Dinner Party at The Highlawn • West Orange

November 23 at 7 pm

Chef Ariane Duarte will head this dinner party just before Thanksgiving at the newly reopened Highlawn. Guests can enjoy a night of good eats with beautiful views of the NYC skyline. Chef Duarte’s menu will include some of her favorite cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, food stations and desserts. $150 per person.
The Highlawn, 1 Crest Dr., West Orange

Savor and Swig Workshop at Sharrott Winery • Hammonton

Wednesday, November 24, 6:30–8:30 pm 

Learn how to craft the perfect grazing board for your Thanksgiving guests. This event takes place on the winery’s open-air patio. Attendees can sip local wines as April Collison, owner of Grazing Affair, walks through the assembly of one-of-a-kind boards. Guests will take home their wrapped boards, ready for enjoying on Turkey Day. Tickets are $81 per person.
Sharrott Winery, 370 South Egg Harbor Rd., Hammonton; 609-567-9463 

Year-Round Farmers Markets • Hunterdon County

The county has farmers markets open year-round for fresh produce and homemade items. The Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers Market (Flemington) operates the first and third Sunday of each month, 11 am–1 pm; The Strangl Factory Farmers Market (Flemington) is open every Saturday, 9 am–3 pm; the Stockton Farmers Market (Stockton) is open Wednesday–Sunday, 8 am–3 pm.

Tree Lighting Event at La Mer Beachfront Resort • Cape May

Saturday, November 27, 5–9 pm

Kick off the holiday season by the beach with a tree lighting ceremony. Mayor Zachary Mullock will light the tree at 6 pm; a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus will follow. Guests can enjoy fire pits, crafts and holiday shopping, as well as hot chocolate and a special Lite Bite menu from the resort.
La Mer Beachfront Resort, 1317 Beachfront Ave., Cape May; 609-884-9000

Thanksgiving Feast & Fiesta at Persis Indian Grill • Monroe

Saturday, November 27, 8 pm–1 am

Celebrate Thanksgiving through the end of the weekend with dancing and food. A fiesta with a DJ will follow the eatery’s dinner buffet. Tickets are $25 per person; BYO.
Persis Indian Grill, 146 Applegarth Rd., Monroe; 609-918-9010

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