Celebrate April with food festivals, competitions, live music and more throughout New Jersey.
Sip + Bite, Mountain Creek • Vernon Township
April 2, 6-10 pm
Ten people will compete against the clock to find the perfect sip-and-bite. Contestants will have 45 seconds to choose items from a pantry and 60 minutes to combine them into a gourmet treat. One partner will create the “sip,” the other will create the “bite.” Tickets are $60pp and the two winners will advance to the Culinary Fight Fest 2022.
200 New Jersey 94 (Red Tail Lodge), Vernon; 973-827-2000
Beers for a Cause, Iron Hill Brewery • Maple Shade & Voorhees
On March 31, Iron Hill Brewery debuted two new beers in support of the Red Cross Humanitarian Relief Efforts for Ukraine. The beers are named Resist (stout with notes of dark cocoa, espresso and vanilla) and Rye of the Tiger (porter draft, aged in whiskey barrels). On April 7, a third beer, benefiting the Philadelphia and Atlanta chapters of the Pink Boots Society, will be released, named We all Beelong (Pilsner brewed with honey). Beers available while supplies last.
124 East Kings Highway, Maple Shade; 856-273-0300
13107 Town Center Boulevard, Voorhees; 856-545-9009
Two Bridges Wine, Beer, & Spirits Trail Festival, Dalton Farms • Swedesboro
April 9, 11 am-6 pm
South Jersey wineries, breweries and distilleries are getting together for a special event at Dalton Farms. The trail will be available to guests attending the farm’s Tulips Festival. Drink tickets are $8 and can be exchanged for a glass of wine, a cocktail or beer of choice from participating vendors. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the farm. Limit to three drink tickets per guest.
660 Oak Grove Road, Swedesboro; 856-628-7313
Naturally Grown and Locally Loved Week, Bally’s • Atlantic City
The resort is highlighting locally produced beer, spirits and seafood for a four-day weekend. Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, Jerry Longo’s Meatballs, Water Dog and Sportsbook Lounge will participate, with libations from Little Water Distillery’s Liberty Rum, Cape May Brewing Company, Flying Fish Brewing and more. The weekend will include local artists, live entertainment, beverage pairing dinners and special dishes.
1900 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City; 609-340-2000
Easter Specials, Gordon Ramsay Steak (Harrah’s Resort) • Atlantic City
Celebrate the holiday with a special menu at this new addition to Harrah’s. The pre-fixe menu includes lamb shank, prime rib marinated in everything-spice, wedge salad with bacon, tomatoes and blue cheese dressing, and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. The menu is $89pp and available only on Easter Sunday.
777 Harrah’s Boulevard, Atlantic City; 609-441-5000
Wine Dinner Series, Mediterra • Princeton
April 20, 6:30-9 pm
Mediterra is bringing back its wine dinner series this month. A guest winemaker from Alpasion will feature wines from Uco Valley, Argentina. Dinner will feature Argentinian barbecue, with each dish accompanied by a bold wine. Tickets for the event are on sale now for $135 per person.
29 Hulfish Street, Princeton; 609-252-9680
Spring & Bubbles Dinner, Faubourg • Montclair
April 21, 6:30 pm
To celebrate the Spring season, Faubourg—which is one of New Jersey Monthly’s 30 Best Restaurants—is hosting a special Champagne dinner to feature all the best seasonal ingredients. Dishes will include fluke and rhubarb spring beans, lobster and pea risotto, chicken and morels, and almond and vanilla cream for dessert. Each dish will be paired with wines from Champagne Taittinger. The dinner is $250 per person.
544 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair; 973-542-7700
Asbury Park Restaurant Tour • Asbury Park
April 24, 12-4 pm
After a two-year hiatus, the restaurant tour is back. Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, guests will taste small bites, samplings and demos from more than 20 Asbury Park restaurants, juice bars, lounges and more. A portion of the funds will be donated to World Central Kitchen. Tickets are $50pp; the event begins in Kennedy Park.
104 Grand Avenue (Kennedy Park), Asbury Park
Outdoor Dining, Orchard Park by David Burke
The Orchard Terrace will open for lunch and dinner. The outdoor patio offers a full-service bar, comfy lounges, fireplaces, televisions, heaters and more. On Fridays, guests can expect live music as the weather warms. Orchard Park offers Tuesday Burger Night, Wednesday Prix Fixe Date Night, Thursday Sushi Night and more.
670 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick; 732-554-5714
Opus One Wine Dinner, American Cut (Ocean Casino Resort), Atlantic City
April 28, 7 pm
Chef Romeo DiBona showcases a new menu at this exclusive event in Atlantic City, including steak and eggs, foie gras with scallop and green apple, lobster and wagyu tempura, rack of elk in cinnamon coffee rub and a cheese course. The dinner will be accompanied with the wines of Opus One. Limited seating is available. Reservations can be made online. $385 per person.
500 Boardwalk (Ocean Casino Resort), Atlantic City; 609-783-8000
Women in Wine Series, Son Cubano • West New York
April 28, 6:30 pm
A new monthly series is coming to Son Cubano. The restaurant will spotlight women in the wine industry. The dinner will be hosted by E&J Gallo Winery, the largest family-owned winery in the US. McKenna Cassidy, a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) will lead the dinner. The event will include a 5-course wine-tasting dinner executed by Culinary Director David Burke and Executive Chef Brian Morales, featuring scallops, duck breast, pork tenderloin, prime New York strip and poached pear. Email [email protected] or reserve online. $125+ pp.
40-4 Riverwalk Place, West New York; 201-399-2020
TEDxAsburyPark, Two River Theater • Red Bank
New Jersey Chef David Burke will speak at the annual Asbury Park TED Talk conference. This year’s theme is JOY, and Chef Burke will expound on all manner of joy at the table. The Monmouth native’s talk will begin at 2:30 pm, followed by other speakers, musicians, comics and more. Tickets can be bought online; the event begins at 1 pm.
21 Bridge Avenue (Two River Theater), Red Bank; 732-345-1400
Three-Course Weeknight Prix Fixe, The Feathered Fox • Livingston
Tuesdays-Thursdays, 5:30-10 pm
An ongoing prix fixe special is happening at The Feathered Fox. Every Tuesday-Thursday, guests can enjoy $55-per-person dinners. The menu includes options such as beet salad, wild boar & mushroom ragout with fettuccini, sea scallops, filet mignon, hazelnut chocolate cake and more. Menu subject to change.
550 W Mount Pleasant Avenue (#1608), Livingston; 973-994-4900
New Brunch Menu, Charley • Harrison
This Viennese Bistro opened in early 2022. Now Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner is introducing a new brunch menu. Dishes include Kaiserschmarrn (Australian caramelized pancakes with raisins and blueberries), bratwurst & eggs, smoked salmon & potato rosti, and more. Brunch will begin at 11 am every Saturday and Sunday. Reservations can be made online.
202 Angelo Cifelli Drive, Harrison; 973-268-8000
Sunday Supper, Eno Terra, Kingston
Every Sunday from 3-8 pm, guests can enjoy a three-course dinner with plenty of choices, including vegetable arancini, Tuscan flatbread, ricotta gnocchi, Amish half chicken, gelato, cannoli and more. The dinner is $45 per person; reservations can be made online.
4484 NJ-27, Kingston; 609-497-1777
Passover Treats, The Hive, Hoboken
This coffee and retail shop is offering Passover treats through April. Chef Kristin Yacovone Karotkin is preparing “Matzoh Crack” topped with chocolate, coconut, nuts, marshmallow and more. Open daily.
1000 Park Avenue, Hoboken; 201-238-2333
Spring Menu, Iron Hill Brewing Company, Maple Shade & Voorhees
Both locations have debuted a menu. The new dishes include Bavarian pretzel sticks, hearth-baked pizza, grilled salmon salad, mushroom & Brie eggrolls and more. Iron Hill is also introducing new dishes made with its own brews, including the Vienna Red Lager.
124 E Kings Highway, Maple Shade; 856-273-0300
13107 Town Center Boulevard, Voorhees; 856-545-9009
Tickets on Sale, NJ Beer & Food Festival • Hamburg
This compelling event for aficionados takes place June 18, but tickets are on sale now. The day will include selections from over 200 breweries, BBQ bites, seasonal snacks, live music from Atomic Funk Project, outdoor games and more. VIP price is $125; Public Price $100. Tickets can be bought online.
Wild Turkey Way (Crystal Springs Resort), Hamburg; 866-489-5435
New Spring Menu, Paris Baguette • Multiple Locations
With the new season comes a new menu at Paris Baguette. Springtime items include a yuzu mochi donut, a blood orange mochi donut, berries and cream brioche (topped with custard cream) and more. This bakery café has five locations in the Garden State: Bound Brook, Edison, Fort Lee, Palisades Park and Ridgefield.Click here to leave a comment