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Eat to live, or live to eat? If you’re a foodie, you know the answer. There are so many amazing restaurants in NJ but out favorite way to sample a menu when the weather warms up is at a food fest! Come hungry and stay all day. Make sure you check dates, times and weather before you head out.

April 14

Latin Food Festival
Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Try tacos, fajitas, arepas, empanadas and desserts. Listen to live Latin music and watch cultural dance performances. There will be cooking demos, food contests and family activities.

CHALL Food Truck Festival
Cherry Hill Atlantic Complex, Cherry Hill
Visit the food trucks first so you have something to eat while you watch the Little League baseball and softball games.

April 20

Fur Baby Food and Music Fest
Burlington County Fairgrounds, Columbus
Leash up your furry friends and bring them to this festival that will have a dozen food vendors, live music by Grand Theft Audio NJ and Guy Smiley, face painting, a dog agility course, a pet costume contest, pet adoptions, games and vendors.

Whole Lotta Empanada Food Truck & Music Festival
20th Century Park, Garfield
The name says it all: there will be empanadas, food trucks, live music and kids’ activities all day in the park. You can vote for your favorite empanada to win the People’s Choice Best Empanada. And, take a chance to be a cash prize winner by entering the Empanada Eating Contest.

April 21

South Orange Downtown Food Stroll & Pub Crawl
Spiotta Park, South Orange
There will be tasting stations and special deals from restaurants in town.

April 27

The Original NJ Empanada Fest
Rustic Mall, Manville
Try a range of empanadas, BBQ, All-American, and Asian delights from food trucks in town. There will be live music, a bungee trampoline, a bounce house, a face painter, a henna tattoo artist, sand art and craft vendors. Adults can purchase beer and wine.

Spring Festival and Street Fair
Market Street, Elmwood Park
Shop from more than 50 vendors, then grab a bite to eat at any of the 10 food trucks on site.

April 27-28

BaconFest
Laurita Winery, New Egypt
This weekend kicks off Laurita’s Food Truck Festival Season with everything bacon! Macaroni Anne Cheeze will be doing face and arm painting in The Grove. There will be vineyard wagon tours and wine tastings. There will be lots of food trucks and musical acts on site both days, plus fireworks on Saturday night.

April 28

Paramus Food Truck Festival
Paramus Park Mall, Paramus
Considered the OG Bergen County food truck festival, there will be two dozen gourmet food trucks,  music, pony rides, a petting zoo, knockerball, a bungee trampoline, mini golf, inflatables, face painting, sand art, vendors, a beer/sangria/margarita garden, and the new Dinosaurs Arise! animatronic costumes and puppets.

NEW JERSEY WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL

May 3-5

New Jersey Wine & Food Festival
Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg
If you love food, and you love wine, and you want to meet the world’s finest chefs and winemakers, this 3-day fest is for you. There will be tons of gourmet tastings, hands-on seminars, stellar dinners and an over-the-top after party.

May 4

Fiesta de Mayo Cantina Crawl
Huddy Park, Highlands
There will be a margarita contest, live Mariachi music and lots of foods to try.

MEREDITH EDLOW / Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village

May 4-5

Strawberry Festival
Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, PA
The 43rd annual strawberry weekend will include lawn games, axe throwing, kids crafts, face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo, live music and performances, viewing of the entries for the cupcake decorating competition, pie-eating contests for adults and children on Sunday, and strawberry-themed menu specials at the restaurants.

May 8

Wildwoods Restaurant Showcase
Bolero Resort & Conference Center, Wildwood
There will be food and dessert samplings from dozens of The Wildwoods’ restaurants and specialty shops. New for 2024, your ticket includes a pasta buffet. There will be an auction of prizes.

May 18-19

World Food Extravaganza
Mercer County Park, West Windsor
Discover over 50 vendors, each proudly presenting their country or regional food specialties. The Nerds will play on Saturday. On Sunday, catch live pro wrestling action from UWA Elite. Adults can purchase beer, wine and hard seltzers from around the world. Bring your young ones to the MEGA Kids Zone.

Asbury Park Vegan Food Festival
Bradley Park and Atlantic Square Park
Taste lots of vegan and plant-based meals from local chefs, as well as vegan products, plant-based fashion, live music and good times.

May 19

Denville Garlic Festival
Todd Johnson Field, Denville
Denville’s first Garlic Festival will include food trucks and vendors, kids games and more.

May 26

NJ Jerk Festival
Boyd Park, New Brunswick
There will be food trucks featuring awesome jerk foods, live performances, shopping, kids’ activities and more.

June 1

Arc of Warren County Food Truck Fest
Donaldson Farms, Hackettstown
There will be a dozen food trucks, live music from The Big Fuss and Brian Dean Moore Band, games, activities, ARTstitution, bungee trampoline, balloon art, and visits with ponies. Czig Meister Brewery Company will sell craft beers and hard Czelters.

June 15

The Big Dill World’s Largest Pickle Party®
Xfinity Live!, Philadelphia, PA
Come to “the world’s largest pickle party” for samples of 100 different flavors of pickles, a brine chug challenge, a pickle eating challenge, a pickle rave, pickle ball, food trucks, a kids’ zone and live entertainment.

June 22-23

NJ Pizza Festival
Monmouth Park, Oceanport
Try slices from 30+ New Jersey pizzerias while enjoying live music, horse racing, competitions and more. Presented by Jersey Eats.

June 28

Savor Borgata’s Summer Social: A Taste of Paradise
Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa, Atlantic City
Chef Michael Symon of Angeline will emcee as you taste food and drinks from Borgata’s 11 restaurants following the tropical theme of the event. There will be dancers and water performers, lawn games by the Beer Garden, and time at Borgata’s newly expanded outdoor pool.

ROCK, RIBS AND RIDGES FESTIVAL

June 28-30

Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival
Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta
How about a main course of southern classic rock music with BBQ food on the side? Headliners Blackberry Smoke, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws and Larkin Poe will take center stage, joined by Sugar Mountain, Matt Coffy Band, Sharp Dressed Band, Hannah Wicklund, Six Gun Sally and Artimus Pyle. Champion BBQ pitmasters bring their prize-winning recipes for ribs, sauces and rubs.

August 17-18

A Taste of New Jersey
The Terminal at the Showboat Resort and Hotel, Atlantic City
There will be more than 100 food vendors, a sports lounge, face painting, balloon twisting, and music. Presented by Jersey Eats.

October 26-27

A Taste of New Jersey
Meadowlands Expo Center, Secaucus
There will be more than 100 food vendors, a sports lounge, face painting, balloon twisting, and music. Presented by Jersey Eats.

We’ll be adding to this list of food fests all year. Know of a festival that’s not listed? Email jennifer@njfamily.com.

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