The Best Food Events in New Jersey This October

There are plenty of fun food and drink events in New Jersey this October, including Halloween parties and beer pairings.

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The charcuterie spread at Halifax in Hoboken. Photo courtesy of Halifax

Enjoy New Jersey dining and drinking this October with spooky events, beer pairings and more.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, Chevys • Clifton & Linden

October 2-8

A week-long Hispanic Heritage Month is happening at two Chevys locations in New Jersey. The celebration includes live music, mariachi bands, tequila tastings and more. In addition, a donation drive is sending supplies to Puerto Rico, which was recently devastated by Hurricane Fiona. Collection trucks can be found at the Linden location on October 5 and the Clifton location on October 7.
1150 S Stiles St, Linden; 908-862-9800
365 NJ-3, Clifton; 973-777-6277

Ramen Eating Contest, Ani Ramen House • New Brunswick

October 6, 6-8 pm

In celebration of National Noodle Day, Ani Ramen is hosting its fourth annual ramen eating contest. The winner is the person who eats the most bowls of ramen in 15 minutes or the first person to eat 10 bowls. All entrants must be 18 and older and the entry fee is a $25 donation that benefits Ani Ramen’s Employee Emergency Hardship Fund. First place receives a $1,000 cash prize and a pair of golden chopsticks, second place receives a $500 cash prize, and third place wins a $250 cash prize.
37 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick; 732-371-8200

Mushroom Dinner, Halifax • Hoboken

October 14, 6:45 pm

Executive Chef Seadon Shouse is curating a special five-course menu featuring one of his favorite fall ingredients, mushrooms. Each dish is paired with an American wine from California, Oregon and New York, plus a special sparkling wine from Shouse’s native Canada. The menu includes lobster mushroom carpaccio, snow crab egg custard, raviolo al uvo, Millbrook venison and candy cap mushroom gelato. Tickets are $150 per person.
225 River Street, Hoboken; 201-253-2500

Bonetoberfest, Bonesaw Brewing • Glassboro

October 15, 12 pm

Celebrate Oktoberfest Bonesaw Brewing style at the establishment’s annual Bonetoberfest event. Guests can purchase a $12 20 oz commemorative stein glass, which includes a first fill of the Bonetoberfest lager. Live German music is playing from 2-5 pm, and the first 150 people get free t-shirts. There’s also going to be giveaways and $6 refills all day.
570 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro; 856-243-5464

Chef’s Tasting Dinner, Sorriso Kitchen • Sorriso Kitchen

October 20, 6:30 pm

Executive Chef Ryan Chatfield is preparing for the return of Sorriso Kitchen’s monthly Tasting Dinners. This month, the six-course menu includes crusted catfish, apple, arugula and goat cheese salad, wild mushroom bread pudding, large mouth bass with crab, quail roulade and melon ice cream. Jazz guitarist Michele Fiorindo is providing live music. Reservations are required to attend and the dinner is $125 per person. BYO, with wine pairings suggested.
252 Main Street, Chatham; 973-665-8068

Beer Pairing Dinner, La Mer Beachfront Resort • Cape May

October 21, 6 pm

The newest addition to this resort’s pairing dinner series is perfect for Fall. The four-course dinner is paired with seasonal ales, porters and IPAs. The menu includes ginger pork belly, cured salmon, braised short rib and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. The dinner is $85 per person.
1317 Beach Avenue, Cape May; 609-898-2244

Diwali Celebration, Jashan by Dhaba • Parsippany

October 21, 6:30-11:30 pm

This Indian restaurant is celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights observed by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. The night includes a grand buffet and live cooking stations, as well as performances, a mocktail bar and fireworks. The Diwali buffet is offering lunch and dinner from October 22-October 24.
252 US-46, Parsippany; 973-521-9100

Halloween Celebration, Showboat • Atlantic City

October 24-28

Families can enjoy a Halloween celebration from 5-8 pm at Showboat. The week’s events include a screening of Hocus Pocus (Monday), a pumpkin painting contest (Tuesday), a costume contest (Wednesday), a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt (Thursday) and a haunted house (Friday). The event(s) registration is free and tickets for the pumpkin painting contest and haunted house can be purchased in advance.
801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-487-4600

Halloween Bar Crawl, Asbury Park

October 29, 4-10 pm

The streets of Asbury are turning into a spooky and haunted walk to celebrate Halloween. The crawl is free to register and includes entry into the best Asbury bars, as well as exclusive drink specials. The event also includes a costume contest that guests can enter by posting an image of their costume on social media. Full list of venues to be announced.

Halloween Parties, Bradford Rooftop & Concourse Club • Bridgewater & Wood-Ridge

October 29

This rooftop is hosting a special Halloween party. The theme is Day of the Dead and guests are encouraged to dress up for the night. The event includes a live DJ, craft cocktails and a costume contest. The next day, the Bradford is hosting a Halloween Brunch for guests who stay over at the hotel. The Concourse Club, The Bradford’s sister rooftop, is also hosting a Great Gatsby-themed Halloween party with a DJ and costume contest on the same night.
The Bradford Rooftop, 600 Somerset Corporate Blvd (Floor 7), Bridgewater; 732-384-6831
379 NJ-17 South, Wood-Ridge; 201-710-6459

Fall Festival, La Mer Beachfront Resort • Cape May

October 29, 11 am-4 pm

Ring in Halloween weekend at La Mer. This festival include s’mores by the fire pit, food trucks, live music, pumpkin decorating and more. Guests can enjoy the lawn bar’s menu of fall-inspired cocktails and Oktoberfest brews. Wristbands can be purchased on-site the day of the event.
1317 Beach Avenue, Cape May; 609-884-9000

Pasta Happy Hour, Nunzio • Collingswood 

Wednesdays

October is National Pasta Month, and Chef Michael DeLone is celebrating with specials. Every Wednesday, guests can partake in a pasta happy hour at Nunzio, which includes new dishes at special prices. The shapes themselves are all made in house, including cavatelli, gnocchi and more.
706 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood; 856-858-9840

Track or Treat, Meadowlands Racetrack • East Rutherford

Thursdays-Sundays through October

The Meadowlands Racetrack is hosting Halloween festivities all month long. Every weekend, the track features live entertainment, carnival games, free hayrides around the track, a pumpkin patch, food vendors and more. After 9 pm, Haunt After Nine begins, with frightful characters roaming around the track. Tickets are $35 per person.
1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford; 201-843-2446

Beers & Brats, Seaview Hotel & Golf Club • Galloway

Through October 31

Guests at the Seaview can ring in the Fall season with a new beer and brats combination. For $14, the shop snack bar is offering a freshly grilled bratwurst wrapped in a toasted pretzel bun, paired with Cape May Brewing Co’s Oktoberfest brew. The offer is available to golfers, hotel guests and Galloway locals. In addition, the hotel is also offering a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar every Sunday from 9 am-12 pm.
401 S New York Road, Galloway; 609-652-1800

Burgers for Ballfields, Burgertime & The Fare Porter • Audobon & Haddonfield 

Through October 31

Marcello De Feo (owner of The Fare Porter) and Dane DeMarco (owner of Burgertime) have teamed up for a good cause this month. Through the month of October, both burger spots agreed that whoever sells more burgers this month will donate 75% of the proceeds raised to their local parks and recreation department— especially for baseball field upkeep. The Fare Porter’s burger is called the “Tallow, is it Me You’re Looking For?” and topped with shaved Brussels sprouts, abruzze jawn cheese and sweet onion pickles. Burgertime’s “Green Wave Burger” is topped with green chili relish, pickled onion, ranch and salsa verde tortilla chips.
Burgertime, 123 West Merchant Street, Audubon; 856-323-8389
The Fare Porter, 109 Kings Highway E, Haddonfield; 856-843-8003

Pumpkin Patch, Carnegie Diner & Cafe • Secaucus

Through October 31

This recently opened diner is embracing the fall season this month. The diner’s outside patio is being transformed into a pumpkin patch, complete with hay and autumn decor. Each pumpkin sold benefits students and youth in Secaucus, with all proceeds being donated to Secaucus High School at the end of the month.
700 Plaza Drive, Secaucus; 201-267-6111

New Jersey Self-Guided Pizza Trail

In 2021, Food + Wine Magazine named New Jersey the No. 1 pizza state in the country. This month celebrates National Pizza Month, and the Visit NJ team has curated a self-guided pizza tour for all kinds of pizza lovers. The carefully curated list includes Talula’s in Asbury Park, Federici’s Family Restaurant in Freehold, De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies in Robbinsville and more. Check out the full list online.

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