The Best Food Events in NJ This May

Mark your calendar for this month's tastiest happenings.

Seafood festival
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Enjoy May in New Jersey with this delicious assortment of dining and drinking events.

NORTH JERSEY

Opera Matinee & Luncheon

📅: Thursday, May 2 (1-3 pm)
📍: Cenzinos Ristorante • Oakland
ℹ️: Enjoy a three-course Italian luncheon while listening to music by Verdi, Puccini and Bellini, performed by Anthony Serrao.
💸: $35

New Jersey Wine & Food Festival

📅: Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5
📍: Crystal Springs Resort • Hamburg
ℹ️: One of the state’s most beloved and prestigious wine and food festivals will return after a four-year hiatus. The festival, held at Sussex County’s luxury resort, will feature grand tastings, seminars, parties and guest chefs like Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, David Burke and David Viana.
💸: $32-$373+

Meadowlands Racetrack Beer Fest

📅: Saturday, May 4 (5-9 pm)
📍: Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment • East Rutherford
ℹ️: A festival featuring beers from local and nationwide breweries, plus live music, seminars, live horse racing and a screening of the Kentucky Derby. 21+ event.
💸: $45-$65, $15 designated driver ticket

Chester Food Truck & Music Festival

📅: Saturday, May 4 (11 am-7 pm)
📍: Municipal Field • Chester
ℹ️: 20 food trucks; beer, sangria and margarita garden; live music; family friendly activities and more. Benefits Chester First Aid Squad.
💸: $5 admission, kids under 5 free

Sussex County Miners Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

📅: Saturday, May 4 (noon-7 pm)
📍: Municipal Field • Chester
ℹ️: 20+ food trucks; 100+ craft beers; live music and performances; family friendly activities and more.
💸: $5 admission, kids 38 inches tall and under free

West Milford Food Truck & Music Festival

📅: Sunday, May 5 (11 am-7 pm)
📍: Wallisch Homstead • West Milford
ℹ️: 18 food trucks; beer, sangria and margarita garden; live music; family friendly activities; vendors and more. Benefits Highlander Education Foundation.
💸: $5 admission, kids under 5 free

5th Annual VetFest Food Truck and Music Festival

📅: Sunday, May 5 (noon-6 pm)
📍: Dave Waks Memorial Park • Wayne
ℹ️: Multiple food trucks, several live bands, and family friendly activities like bounce houses. The event benefits the non-profit organization Community Hope for Veterans in Parsippany. Rain date May 19.
💸: $10-$39.50

Easton Wine Dinner

📅: Thursday, May 9 (7 pm)
📍: Blu on the Hudson • Weehawken
ℹ️: Acclaimed winemaker Bill Easton will host a 5-course dinner paired with rare, vintage wines.
💸: $200 per person

Bloomfield Food Truck & Music Festival

📅: Friday, May 17 (4-10 pm)
📍: St. Thomas the Apostle School • Bloomfield
ℹ️: 15+ food trucks; beer, sangria and margarita garden; live music; family friendly activities and more. Benefits St. Thomas the Apostle School.
💸: $5 admission, kids under 5 free

10 Year Ani-versary Specials

📅: Monday, May 20 (11:30 am)
📍: Ani Ramen • Montclair
ℹ️: Celebrate Ani Ramen’s Montclair location’s 10th Anniversary with a 1,000 Ramen Bowl Giveaway. Choose between a complimentary bowl of classic vegan ramen or the chef’s special bowl; available first come, first serve, while supplies last. Additionally, all Ani Ramen locations will bring back 2014 pricing with a $12 bowl of vegan spicy miso, served alongside a medley of roasted vegetables and corn, available throughout the entire month.
💸: Free, while supplies last

Spring Rosé Wine Dinner

📅: Wednesday, May 22 (7 pm)
📍: Sátis Bistro • Jersey City
ℹ️: Enjoy a tasting of ros​​é wines, paired with dinner and guest speakers. Hosted by Moet Hennessy.
💸: $80 per person

Maggie Cooks in Brooklyn Live Event

📅: Wednesday, May 22 (6:30-8 pm)
📍: The Cranford Theater • Cranford
ℹ️: Join the chefs behind the Westfield caterer Maggie Cooks for a screening of their new short film, Maggie Cooks in Brooklyn. There will be a live Q&A after the screening, plus a variety of appetizers and desserts to indulge in.
💸: Free

Hoboken Memorial Day Party

📅: Monday, May 27 (8 pm-close)
📍: Madd Hatter • Hoboken
ℹ️: Celebrate Memorial Day all night long at one of Hoboken’s hottest bars.
💸: Free-$19.99 admission

CENTRAL JERSEY

May The Fourth Be With You

📅: Saturday, May 4
📍: Winberie’s Restaurant & Bar • Princeton
ℹ️: A perfect meal for Star Wars fans. Winberie’s will be offering a special Star Wars-themed menu, including a Master Yoda BLT and a Lord Vader Burger.
💸: Prices vary

Asbury Park Vegan Food Festival

📅: Saturday, May 11-Sunday May 19 (11 am-5 pm)
📍: Bradley Park • Asbury Park
ℹ️: A two-day celebration of vegan and plant-based foods from local chefs and vendors, plus vegan products and fashion, live music, and more.
💸: $20-$30, kids 13 and under free

Branchburg Food Truck & Music Festival

📅: Saturday, May 11 (11 am-7 pm)
📍: White Oak Park • Branchburg
ℹ️: 20+ food trucks; beer, sangria and margarita garden; live music; family friendly activities and more. Benefits Branchburg Fire.
💸: $5 admission, kids 5 and under free

Piscataway Township Restaurant Week

📅: Monday, May 13-Sunday, May 19
📍: Various Restaurants • Piscataway
ℹ️: Piscataway Township’s 1st Annual Restaurant Week will offer specials and deals from various eateries.
💸: Prices vary

35th Annual NJ Seafood Festival

📅: Friday, May 17-Sunday, May 19 (4-8 pm, 11 am-8 pm, 11 am-6 pm)
📍: Ferruggiaro Park at Silver Lake • Belmar
ℹ️: A weekend packed with delectable seafood from New Jersey’s top restaurants, plus live music, vendors and more.
💸: Free admission

World Food Extravaganza

📅: Saturday, May 18-Sunday, May 19 (11 am-7 pm)
📍: Mercer County Park • West Windsor Township
ℹ️: 50+ food vendors serving cuisine and alcoholic beverages from across the globe, plus live music, entertainment and a kids’ play zone.
💸: $15-$25 admission, kids under 12 free

Clinton Township Food Truck & Music Festival

📅: Sunday, May 19 (11 am-7 pm)
📍: Bundt Park • Clinton Township
ℹ️: 15+ food trucks; beer, sangria and margarita garden; live music; family friendly activities and more.
💸: $5 admission, kids 5 and under free

Chefs Who Care

📅: Monday, May 20 (6-10 pm)
📍: Various Restaurants • Piscataway
ℹ️: Chefs from New Jersey and New York City will share their food and drinks in an exclusive tasting benefit for The Ashley Lauren Foundation, which provides support for children with cancer in New Jersey.
💸: $195-$250

Penelope Bourbon Tasting Event

📅: Wednesday, May 22 (6-9 pm)
📍: Tommy’s Tavern + Tap • Sea Bright
ℹ️: An exclusive tasting event of food and drinks crafted with Penelope Bourbon.
💸: $125

Keyport Food Truck & Music FEASTival

📅: Saturday, May 25 (11 am-8 pm)
📍: Keyport Waterfront Park • Keyport
ℹ️: 15+ food trucks; beer, sangria and margarita garden; live music; family friendly activities and more.
💸: $5 admission, kids under 5 free

Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival

📅: Saturday, May 25-Monday, May 27 (11 am-5 pm)
📍: Monmouth Park • Oceanport
ℹ️: 30+ trucks with local eats, and live music all three days of Memorial Day weekend.
💸: $6 admission, kids 12 and under free

NJ Jerk Fest

📅: Saturday, May 26 (1-8 pm)
📍: Boyd Park • New Brunswick
ℹ️: A festival celebrating Caribbean cuisine, culture and community. There will be food trucks, drink vendors, live music, games for all ages, shopping and more.
💸: $10-$20 admission, kids under 10 free

SOUTH JERSEY

Spring Craft & Food Festival

📅: Saturday, May 4 (11 am-5 pm)
📍: Duffield’s Farm • Sewell
ℹ️: Food trucks, live music, craft vendors, pony and hay rides, and more at this Gloucester County farm.
💸:Free admission

Taste of the Tides

📅: Monday, May 6 (10 am-3 pm)
📍: Harrah’s Resort & Casino • Atlantic City
ℹ️: Hosted by Ferraro Food, this beach-themed food show will feature Italian cuisine while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
💸:Free admission

Wildwoods Restaurant Showcase

📅: Wednesday, May 8 (5-8 pm)
📍: Bolero Resort & Conference Center • Wildwood
ℹ️: Samplings of food and desserts from dozens of eateries located in the Wildwoods. Benefits the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
💸: $40

Runnemede’s Pike Jam Food & Music Festival

📅: Friday, May 10 (5:30-9 pm)
📍: Harry Williams Building • Runnemede
ℹ️: Food trucks, alcoholic beverages, live music, family friendly activities and more.
💸:Free admission

Hops Into Spring Beer Festival

📅: Saturday, May 11 (noon-4 pm)
📍: Deauville Inn • Strathmere
ℹ️: Beers from 22 New Jersey breweries, bites from local eateries, craft vendors, live music and bayside views.
💸:$35-$45

Exit Zero Filling Station’s Spring Fling

📅: Saturday, May 11 (1-4 pm)
📍: Exit Zero • Cape May
ℹ️: An afternoon filled with games, music, vendors, a dunk tank and photo booth, plus snacks like popcorn, hot dogs and pretzels. The restaurant will be open for its regular dining hours.
💸: Free admission

Wine Workout

📅: Saturday, May 18 (10:30 am)
📍: Autumn Lake Winery • Williamstown
ℹ️: 45-minute workout class followed by a glass of wine. Those of all fitness levels are welcome.
💸: $30

Sourfest

📅: Saturday, May 18 (noon-8 pm)
📍: Neck of the Woods Brewing • Pitman
ℹ️: 24 sours, 14 seltzers, beer, food trucks, music, games and more.
💸: $35

Brunch is a Drag – Summer Kickoff

📅: Sunday, May 26 (11 am-2 pm)
📍: Hard Rock Cafe • Atlantic City
ℹ️: Start the summer season off with a beach-themed drag performance. Tickets include an all-you-can-eat buffet, one cocktail, and a meet and greet with the queens. 21+ event.
💸:$65

Wildwood Food Truck & Music Festival

📅: Sunday, May 26 (noon-10 pm)
📍: Bryne Plaza • Wildwood
ℹ️: 15+ food trucks, live music, art vendors, family friendly activities and more.
💸:$5 admission, kids under 5 free

AAPI Month Specials

📅: All Month
📍: Kyuramen • Long Beach Island & Cherry Hill locations
ℹ️: This ramen restaurant will celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month all of May with signature dishes and specials, including the Yin-Yang Ramen Bowl and Honeycomb Platter, which includes a sampling of appetizers.
💸: Prices vary


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