September 19, 6-8 pm – Meet Joss & Jules, new caterer and partner at The Grape Escape Winery. Appetizers are from Chef Christopher Dutka, Christopher's Kitchen. Chris is a master at creating different ethnic cuisines such as Italian, Asian, Latin, French and Caribbean, as well as vegetarian and organic. Enjoy great food and wine to the sounds of Darla & Rich and learn about how The Grape Escape program works. Admission is only $5 at the door. The Grape Escape Winery, 12 Stults Road, Dayton (Near Princeton); for further information or directions, call 609-409-9463
September 20, 6:30-10:30 p.m. – CNJ 4th Annual Wine Tasting and Food Pairings to benefit the Ronald MacDonald House. Tempt your palate with good wine, fine food, chocolate and cheese samples. The 4th Annual Wine Tasting Event is a benefit for the children and families staying at the Ronald McDonald Houses in Long Branch & New Brunswick. Business attire keeps it casual while wines from around the world can be sampled and orders placed for those you like. There will be live and silent auctions and a prize raffle. Live auctions include: an African Photo Safari; a 10,000 square foot private Mexican Villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and four tickets on the Giants’ 50-yard line. Last year a rare bottle of Jarvis was auctioned for over $1,000. Proceeds will contribute to the mission of providing a "home away from home" for the families of seriously ill children undergoing medical treatment at area medical facilities. The benefit will be held at the Robert B. Meyner Reception Center, PNC Arts Center, GSP Exit 116, Holmdel. Tickets are $75. For further information, call 732-222-8755 Ext. 30.
September 20, 6-9 p.m. – An Evening in the Vineyards at the Star & Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus, Centrastate Medical Center – As the old saying goes “good friends and good wine go together,” so gather your friends, purchase your tickets or sponsorship and register to attend the 12th Annual Wine Tasting Event. Savor a sampling of more than 70 fine wines, craft beers, and spirits along with scrumptious hors d'oeuvres provided by Great Restaurants of Freehold, Buy chances to win a prize in the new "mystery" auction. Proceeds of this event will be dedicated to the Linda E. Cardinale Multiple Sclerosis Center at CentraState Medical Center. The MS Center opened in 2002 and is now the largest such center in New Jersey.
September 21, 5-7:30 p.m. - Paulsdale Uncorked: 6th Annual Wine Tasting Event - Alice Paul Institute's (API) annual wine tasting event - The South Jersey Chapter of the United States Personal Chef Association will prepare fresh gourmet cuisine and Traino's Wine and Spirits will provide a wonderful selection of hand-picked wines to complement the chefs' preparations. Tickets are $60 per person ($65 at the door). Proceeds from this event will support the continued preservation of Paulsdale. 128 Hooton Road, Mount Laurel. For more information, contact API at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 856-231-1885.
September 21, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. - 36th Annual Festival of the Sea - a street fair located in the heart of downtown Point Pleasant Beach where visitors sample dishes by the area's finest restaurants (from clam chowder and lobster to steak); wine garden, arts & crafts, pony rides, antiques, kiddie games and live entertainment.
September 21 and 22 – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. - Visit Terhune Orchards for a day of family fun on the farm. Celebrate the beginning of fall with Pick-Your-Own Apples and Pumpkins. Enjoy pony and wagon rides; visit the Corn Stalk Maze and Terhune’s barnyard of farm animals. For your lunch break there will be soup, chili, hot dogs, pies, apple cider donuts and apple cider. From 12 noon to 4 p.m. Terhune Orchards will feature live music played by some of the best local talent. For the adults, Terhune’s Vineyard and Winery tasting room will be open starting at noon where you can sample award-winning wines. Tastings are $5. Admission to the festival area is $5 from age 3 and up. No admission fee to farm store, winery or pick-your-own apples. Parking is at the farm. Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
September 22, 2 p.m. - Blessing of the Grapes - Father John Morley of Seton Hall University will be officiating at the Blessing of the Grapes. Each guest will receive a prayer card imprinted with the iconic images of Saint Isidore and his wife Maria. As part of this year’s Grape Blessing Ceremony, Laurita invites Skyelanders to participate in this very important annual event. Fun band Sweet Karma will be performing in Laurita’s beautiful wine garden. Join the winery’s crew in giving thanks for the harvest of the grapes and enjoying the fruits of its bounty. Admission is free. For details, visit Laurita Winery, 85 Archertown Road, New Egypt.
September 22, 12 noon-7 p.m. - Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival - Guinness and oysters top the menu at this annual event held in the White Street downtown parking lot. Rain date is September 29. For further information, call 732.829.1104 or visit Only One Red Bank.
September 28 and 29 – Grand Harvest Festival - New Jersey's largest premium wine and food event. The original Grand Harvest Festival started over 13 years ago at Alba Vineyard. New Jersey's top commercial wineries will participate. These professional wineries all share a unique common interest, which is focusing on estate-grown wines of exceptional value. All are crafted by the state's very best professional wine makers. Wegmans, the events main sponsor, will showcase New Jersey's best fine wine wholesalers who will pour samples of wines from every major growing region around the globe. Great food will be available for sale by Country Picnic of Bedminster. Musical entertainment by renowned local musicians, Electric Gumbo and the VooDUDES, will play both days. Admission is $30 at the gate, which includes wine tastings, an etched wine glass, and musical entertainment. Alba Vineyard, 269 Route 627, Village of Finesville, Milford.
September 28, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – Trucktoberfest - Jersey Shore Food Trucks return to Monmouth Park. Award-winning food trucks featuring foods of all global regions will be there to satisfy the most discerning palate. Some tastes of ethnic specialties will include: Aroy-D The Thai Elephant, El Lechon de Negron, The French Quarter, Hibachi Heaven and The Empanada Guy (recently featured in Lifetime's Supermarket Superstar). For the carnivore’s taste, don't miss The Outslider, Tony's Italian Sausage, Dark Side of the Moo and the award-winning specialties of Bacon on Wheels. There will be many more trucks to indulge in hot dogs, pizza, grilled specialties, lobster and sweet treats. Kick back and enjoy imported German brews to the music of a live oompah band in the Star-Ledger German Beer Garden. Trucktoberfest is presented by The Star-Ledger. Grandstand admission is $3 for adults 12 and over; food prices vary by vendor.
Also on that day, the Red Bank Regional Educational Foundation's fourth annual "Day at the Races" will be held to benefit the school’s educational enrichment program. Monmouth Park Racetrack is located at 175 Oceanport Avenue in Oceanport (Exit 105 off the Garden State Parkway). For more information on Trucktoberfest at Monmouth Park, visit monmouthpark.com, jsfoodtrucks.com or contact Spark Market Solutions at 732-747-4449.
September 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. - Souper Sunday Chili & Chowder Cook-Off, Morey’s Piers – it’s the annual farewell to the summer season with a host of events including individual, professional and corporate/media categories for cook-offs. For details, call 609-522-3900 or visit Morey's Piers.
September 29, 1-4 p.m. –Epicurean Palette at Grounds for Sculpture, Deliciously woven throughout the beautifully landscaped sculpture park, this crowd-pleasing event is renowned for featuring more than 20 of the finest area chefs. Chefs from gourmet restaurants around the region present artistically designed gourmet samplings as guests stroll through the magnificent sculpture gardens. The extraordinary culinary offerings will be complemented by a robust selection of great wines, craft beers, and exclusive spirits from regional purveyors. Tickets are $99 for members, $120 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, call 609-586-0616 ext. 243 or visit Epicurean Palette. Grounds for Sculpture, 126 Sculptor’s Way, Hamilton
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