The Best Food Events in NJ This April

Mark your calendar for this month's tastiest happenings.

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Enjoy April in New Jersey with this delicious assortment of dining and drinking events.


5th Annual Hoboken Mac & Cheese Festival

📅: Saturday, April 6 (1-5 pm)
📍: Multiple Restaurants • Hoboken
ℹ️: Like a classic Hoboken bar crawl, but with mac & cheese. Head to 10+ participating restaurants to sample innovative mac & cheese creations. Rain or shine event.

Spring Break Camp – Pastries from Paris

📅: Tuesday, April 9 (9 am-1 pm)
📍: Montclair Culinary Academy • Montclair
ℹ️: Sign the kids up for a fun day of baking during their spring break. Campers will bake popular French pastries and take them home to share with family. Lunch and snacks included.
💸: $135

Gourmet Style Indian Cooking Class

📅: Friday, April 12 (6-9 pm)
📍: Passion for Spices Cooking School • Summit
ℹ️: Learn to cook Indian cuisine at this hands-on class. Dishes include Kalonji Jhinga (tiger prawns), Nalli Gosht Punj-e-aab (Punjabi lamb shanks), tumeric infused lemon rice, and carrot halwa.

Latin Food Festival

📅: Sunday, April 14 (12 am-7pm)
📍: Westfield Garden State Plaza (Nordstrom Parking Lot) • Paramus
ℹ️: Celebrate the flavors of Latin cuisine at this festival, featuring tasty food like fajitas, street-style tacos and empanadas. There will be live Latin music and dance performances, culinary demonstrations and activities for all ages.
💸:$6 admission, kids 5 and under free

Morristown Restaurant Week

📅: Monday, April 15-Friday, April 19
📍: Multiple Restaurants • Morristown
ℹ️: More than 30 restaurants in Morristown, one of NJM’s favorite restaurant towns, host special events, discounts and menus.
💸: Prices vary

Whole Lotta Empanada & Food Truck Festival

📅: Saturday, April 20 (11 am-7pm)
📍: 20th Century Park • Garfield
ℹ️: Try a whole lotta empanadas from 15 vendors, plus other great food from 8 additional vendors. An empanada eating contest will start at 2:45 pm.
💸:$5 admission, kids 5 and under free

Honey Tasting with Frank “The Beeman” Mortimer

📅: Thursday, April 25 (7 pm)
📍: Olive R Twist Olive Oil • Ridgewood
ℹ️: Join passionate NJ beekeeper Frank Mortimer in tasting honey from his beehives and trying it in different recipes, like barbecued honey bacon wrapped meatballs, banana bread and a cocktail.

Randolph Food Truck & Music Festival

📅: Saturday, April 27 (11 am-7pm)
📍: County College of Morris • Randolph
ℹ️: 18 food trucks, a beer, wine and sangria garden, live music and activities for all ages. Proceeds will benefit the Randolph Rescue Squad.
💸:$5 admission, kids 5 and under free

Paramus Food Truck Festival

📅: Sunday, April 28 (11 am-7pm)
📍: Paramus Park Mall • Paramus
ℹ️: 23 food trucks, a beer, wine and sangria garden, and activities for all ages. Attendees are asked to bring at least one non-perishable item to support the Paramus Food Pantry.
💸:$5 admission, kids 5 and under free

12th Annual Mutzfest Celebration

📅: Sunday, April 28 (1-5 pm)
📍: Viaduct Playground • Hoboken
ℹ️: A day filled with cheesy, Italian goodness. Sample mozzarella creations from some of the best local mutz makers. Other fun activities at the festival include a cannoli eating contest and a Frank Sinatra sing-a-long.
💸:$50, kids 12 and under free


Dinner in the Dark by Chef David Burke

📅: Thursday, April 4 (6:15-9 pm)
📍: Red Horse by David Burke – Bernards Inn • Rumson
ℹ️: In this spring-themed culinary adventure, chef and owner David Burke will guide guests on a blindfolded 4-course sensory experience with wine pairings.
💸: $100

May’s Barden Café

📅: Sunday, April 7 (9-11 am)
📍: Herrontown Woods • Princeton
ℹ️: A pop-up café in the woods, serving freshly brewed coffee and homemade treats. Located in the Botanical Art Garden (Barden) area of the Herrontown Woods.
💸: Prices for coffee & treats vary

Passover with a Twist

📅: Thursday, April 11 (6-9 pm)
📍: Taste & Technique • Fair Haven
ℹ️: In this partial hands-on class, learn to cook dishes to celebrate Passover, featuring matzo ball soup, Kibbeh Sanieh, cucumber tomato mint salad and almond olive oil cake.
💸: $85

Spring Disco + Night Market

📅: Friday, April 12 (6 pm-midnight)
📍: Grand Arcade of Convention Hall • Asbury Park
ℹ️: This 21+ nighttime event features international street food vendors, multiple on-site bars, dancing, shopping, photo-ops and more. Ticket does not include the cost of food and drinks.
💸: $25-$30

Hunterdon Wine Express

📅: Saturday, April 13 & Saturday, April 27 (11:15 am-3:40 pm)
📍: Old York Cellars Winery • Ringoes
ℹ️: Explore Hunterdon County on a round trip train ride along the historic Black River & Western Railroad from Flemington to Old York Cellars Winery. Once at the winery, enjoy a wine tasting and lunch before heading back on the train to the station. The Wine Express will run most Saturdays April-September.
💸: $99

Ewing Restaurant Week

📅: Saturday, April 13-Sunday, April 21
📍: Multiple Eateries • Ewing
ℹ️: Eat out in Ewing at a variety of participating eateries, each offering specials and discounts to celebrate the town’s third annual Restaurant Week.
💸: Prices vary

Tax Day Promo

📅: Monday, April 15
📍: Kona Grill • Woodbridge
ℹ️: Ease your Tax Day stress with all-day margarita specials, available at the bar and on the patio.
💸: $10.40 per margarita

Martini Cocktail Class

📅: Thursday, April 18 (6:30-8:30 pm)
📍: 618 Restaurant • Freehold
ℹ️: At this workshop, learn to make three martini cocktails while enjoying light bites.
💸: $99

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week

📅: Friday, April 19-Sunday, April 28
📍: Multiple Restaurants • Ocean and Monmouth Counties
ℹ️: Order a three-course meal at a variety of Shore restaurants at low costs.
💸: $32.24 or $42.24

The Beer Run

📅: Saturday, April 20 (12-4 pm)
📍: Allaire State Park • Farmingdale
ℹ️: A perfect way to spend time with your running buddies and drinking buddies. The 5K run/walk ends at a craft beer festival with drinks and food from local breweries and vendors. Participants can attend the festival without running for a lower cost.
💸: $20-$70

The Original NJ Empanada Festival

📅: Saturday, April 27 (12-7pm)
📍: Rustic Mall • Manville
ℹ️: Sample all kinds of empanadas, plus other great food, beer and wine. Live music, activities and craft vendors will be at the festival.
💸:$6 admission, kids 5 and under free


Bottles & Besties

📅: Thursday, April 11 (5-9 pm)
📍: Autumn Lake Winery • Williamstown
ℹ️: It’s a girls night out! Enjoy discounts on wine and sangria, food from Tacos al Carbon, vendors selling everything from jewelry to clothes, and tarot card readings, all with your besties.
💸: Free admission

Haddon Township Brews & Crews Car Show

📅: Thursday, April 11 (5-8 pm)
📍: Crystal Lake Pool Complex • Haddon Township
ℹ️: A classic car show featuring vehicles and motorcycles from every decade, live music, games, a beer garden and food vendors. Proceeds donated to Haddon Township’s Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD) initiative.
💸: Free admission

Atlantic City Beer & Music Fest

Crowd drinking beer and celebrating

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📅: Friday, April 12-Saturday, April 13
📍: Atlantic City Convention Center • Atlantic City
ℹ️: Enjoy beer and tunes from Hot Mulligan, Saves the Day and Goldfinger over this two-day festival.
💸: $75+

Hops Trot 5K

📅: Saturday, April 13
📍: Atlantic City Boardwalk • Atlantic City
ℹ️: Trot along the boardwalk and hydrate with beers from 150+ breweries. Finish line is at the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival.
💸: $125+

Plant & Sip

📅: Thursday, April 18 (6:30-8:30 pm)
📍: Bellview Winery • Landisville
ℹ️: Sip on a glass of fresh wine while designing your own succulent garden. Choose to plant inside of a cedar box, mason jar, glass terrarium or wine bottle.
💸: $45-$60

IPA 5K & Beer Mile

📅: Friday, April 19 (6:30 pm)
📍: MudHen Brewing Co. • Wildwood
ℹ️: Run a 5K or “beer mile” through Wildwood and end up at MudHen Brewing Co. for a celebration.
💸: $45-$55

4/20 Munchie Madness

Photo: Courtesy of Food Shelter PR/Nunzio by Chef Michael DeLone

📅: Saturday, April 20 (6 pm)
📍: Nunzio by Chef Michael DeLone • Collingswood
ℹ️: A four-course dinner paired with cannabis- and CBD-infused beverages. Drinks have no booze, but will leave a buzz. 21+ only.
💸: $120

Gibbstown Food Truck & Music Festival

📅: Saturday, April 27 (11 am-7 pm)
📍: Memorial Park • Gibbstown
ℹ️: Spend the day in the park with activities like pony rides, mini golf and sand art while listening to live music and enjoying food from various trucks. Adults can enjoy the beer, sangria and margarita garden. Dogs allowed.
💸: $5 admission, kids 5 and under free

Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival

📅: Saturday, April 27 (1-7 pm)
📍: Veterans Bicentennial Park • Beach Haven
ℹ️: 10 breweries, 6 food trucks, 30 craft vendors and live music will be at this festival. Rain date May 4, 2024.
💸: Donation-based entry

BaconFest 2024

📅: Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28 (11 am-9 pm; 11 am-7 pm)
📍: Laurita Winery • New Egypt
ℹ️: Wine, bacon-themed food, live music, winery wagon tours and more at this festival.
💸: $13-$15, free for anyone under 21

Run the Vineyards

📅: Sunday, April 28 (8 am-5 pm)
📍: Renault Winery • Egg Harbor City
ℹ️: A five mile run and food truck festival held at New Jersey’s oldest active winery. There will be awards for the top three racers in each age group, live music, diverse cuisine and wine, of course.
💸: $50

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