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Exciting September food events from 'As It Grows' to Tour De Farm New Jersey

Bob Sickles and Claire Knopf, Co-Hosts of As It Grows
Bob Sickles and Claire Knopf, Co-Hosts of As It Grows
Andrei Jackamets Photography

Sunday, September 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. – It’s a Local Food Festival at Dearborn Market. Commemorate the end of summer with some of the markets favorite Garden State food producers who will be at the store; sample their products, and share their stories. Learn about the artisan chocolate, cookies, cheese, coffee, honey, ice tea, ice cream, tomato sauce, relish, spices and more -all produced in New Jersey and available at the market. Visit Dearborn Market for more information. Dearborn Market, 2170 Route 35, Holmdel Township.

The Parker Homestead, one of NJ's oldest homes
Monmouth County Historical Association

Saturday, September 13, 6:30 p.m. – “As It Grows” is a celebration of the American farm at one of America’s oldest farmsteads, The Parker Homestead in Little Silver. The event will feature a tribute to the local bounty of New Jersey with a one-time-only farm-to-table menu created by celebrity chef David Burke. In addition to locally grown produce, meats, cheeses and specialty food products, the event will feature New Jersey wines grown and harvested by 4JGs vineyards in Colts Neck. There will also be rare, collectible wines donated from private wine collectors available at the Premium Wine Bar.

The event includes music, dancing under the stars, a silent auction and a live auction conducted by Antiques Roadshow star Nicholas Dawes all to benefit The Parker Homestead-1665, which is leading efforts to preserve the home, and Monmouth County Historical Association, preserving Monmouth County history for last 115 years.

“It’s a serious food and wine event with a fun, casual approach,” said Bob Sickles, co-chair of the event with Claire Knopf, President of Monmouth Historical Association. “This is going to be the premiere wine and food event of the year for the Two River community and it’s great that it will benefit two very important charities with missions to preserve our rich heritage.” Sickles, owner of Sickles’ Market and president of the board of the Parker Homestead-1665, is a direct descendant of the Parker clan who owned and occupied the property for eight generations.

Tickets to the farm-to-table dinner are $250 each. Dress is elegant casual. Individual tickets, raffle tickets and sponsorships can be purchased at As It Grows or by calling 732.462.1466. “As It Grows” will be held at The Parker Homestead-1665, 235 Rumson Road, Little Silver

Sunday, September 14, Noon-5 p.m. - The Taste of Atlantic Highlands - The Taste offers a sampling of the many wonderful restaurants in Atlantic Highlands while enjoying the unique retail shops along the way. Travel through the waterfront town on a classic trolley or party buses that will shuttle you around the town to over 30 participating businesses. Tickets are $35 and are available now at any participating restaurant or business; visit The Taste of Atlantic Highlands for more information. Atlantic Highlands.

Saturday, September 27 - Tour De Farm, New Jersey - A cycling and culinary tour of New Jersey farms with gourmet farmer’s breakfasts, tastings, post ride hors d’oeuvres and a farm-to-fork celebration feast prepared by New Jersey’s top chefs. Register now to be a part of this fall's Tour De Farm, New Jersey. Choose from among four spectacular bicycle routes and enjoy a fabulous, 10-course, farm-to-table feast at the end of the ride. Start at Race Farm, 87 Belcher Road, Blairstown. Visit Tour De Farm for registration details.

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