From taco fests to fruit celebrations, the Garden State has it all. Check out some of the best New Jersey food festivals you won’t want to miss.
New Jersey Taco Festival
If you love Mexican food, you won’t want to miss out on a visit to the New Jersey Taco Festival in September. The annual event features the best gourmet taco chefs in the Garden State, as well as live music, premium tequilas, contests and more.
NJ State Crab Festival
The NJ State Crab Festival boasts a block party atmosphere in front of the Ice House Restaurant in Wildwood. Between live entertainment, crabby bloody marys, a beer garden, various vendors, kid-friendly activities and buckets of blue claw crabs, there’s something for everyone.
Helmetta Strawberry Festival
The Helmetta Strawberry Festival showcases a variety of vendors and historic church tours. The festival includes a Kidz Zone and face painting, as well as live music. Breakfast and lunch dishes include locally grown strawberries as the main ingredient for strawberry shortcakes, smoothies and more. Home-baked goods are also available for purchase at Ye Olde Bake Shop.
The Italian American Association of the Township of Ocean hosts the Italian Festival every year to celebrate Italian heritage and culture. There are plenty of eating contests that include pizza and pasta, as well as zeppoles as dessert. Live performances and interactive activities are featured throughout each day of the festival.
Just Jersey Fest
Chester, Mendham, Bound Brook, Sewell, Rockaway, Hopatcong, Long Valley & more
The Just Jersey Fest hosts several spring and summertime festivals throughout the state featuring over 20 local gourmet food trucks. The event also includes a craft beer and wine bar, plenty of vendors, live performances and activities for kids.