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New JerseyCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

A culinary vacation in New Jersey can be a delicious multi-cultural experience. The bountiful Atlantic Ocean provides fresh seafood to the state's beach-side communities and beyond. Come and sample the flounder, butter fish, fluke, sea scallops, and lobster. In Newark, the Ironbound district features authentic Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian cuisine, while authentic Asian and Asian-influenced restaurants operate all around the state.  Be dazzled by Atlantic City's many fine-dining restaurants.which not only offer celebrity chefs and award-winning cuisine, but each brings a glamorous culinary experience directly to your table. With more than 500 diners scattered all over the state, New Jersey is the diner capital of the world. These comfortable eateries boast menus as thick as telephone directories. In just about every corner of New Jersey, a culinary experience awaits.

— New Jersey Cooking Schools —

Braddock’s Tavern
Medford 609-654-1604
Exciting and educational! Don't miss your opportunity to experience "An Evening with the Chef." Cooking classes are hosted on Monday evenings throughout the year. With a variety of topics to choose from, your evening will be a fun filled night of learning and eating!
Chambers Walk Café
Lawrenceville 609-896-5995
Want to learn how to cook up a gourmet meal that’s not soon to be forgotten? Our classes are designed to inspire the beginner, as well as the seasoned cook. Join us for an evening of fabulous food, great instruction and fun, fun, fun.
Chef Central
Paramus 201-576-0100
Established in 1998, Chef Central is a culinary superstore guaranteed to inspire everyone from the amateur gourmet to the seasoned professional. We also offer an endless schedule of cooking events for kids and adults held in our fully equipped demo kitchen.
Cook 'N' Tell with Sue Sell
Colts Neck 732-577-8484
We offer classes for children as young as three (when accompanied by a parent) through teens who can build lifetime culinary friendships. The many varied courses appeal to food lovers, amateur chefs & culinary enthusiasts alike. There is always something new cooking up at Cook ‘N’ Tell.
Tenafly 201-568-7990
Cooktique stresses technique, not the recipe, but with the children only!!! Want your little one to learn how to cook? Try our basic classes for children and treat them to a foundation of learning that will last a lifetime.
Girlfriends in the Kitchen
Sea Girt 732-245-4931
Girlfriends in the Kitchen™, a part of the Cook With Confidence Cooking School of New Jersey, is a unique cooking school that comes to you. These cooking lessons and cooking parties are designed to help you learn how to cook with ease, and have fun at the same time.
Grade School Gourmet
Rumson 732-747-3416
All classes feature “hands-on” learning experiences with emphasis on the importance of cleanliness and kitchen safety, as well as basic measuring and cooking skills. Students will learn to be comfortable in the kitchen while gaining useful culinary experience.
In The Kitchen Cooking School
Haddonfield 609-206-4511
Release your inner chef at our deliciously fun, technique based, hands-on cooking classes. We have classes for every level-come play with us In The Kitchen, and then dine with us at our farmhouse table. We are dedicated to teaching real kitchen skills, not just a menu. Once you have learned proper cooking methods, let your imagination and palate take you on a culinary journey!
Kings Cooking Studio
Short Hills 973-258-4009
At Kings Cooking Studio, we welcome everyone who loves to cook – or who think they might love to cook if only they knew how. Whether your skill level is advanced, nonexistent or just rusty, we have classes guaranteed to meet your needs and expectations.
Kitchen Kapers
Moorestown 856-778-7705
Get ready to cook at Kitchen Kapers! A complete schedule of classes and demonstrations is planned to challenge and inspire cooks of all ages. At the Culinary Academy at Kitchen Kapers, cooking classes include chef’s recipes, step-by-step instructions, and generous samplings.
Millstone Township 732-446-8500
Executive Chef Thomas Luchento Jr., a graduate of the Academy of Culinary Arts, demonstrates proper cooking techniques, procedures, terminology, sanitary cutting skills, purchasing of food and easier methods of preparation…in a casual and friendly atmosphere.
Simple Creations School of Cooking
For the novice cook, we want to build a repertoire of basic skills and knowledge to boost self-confidence in the kitchen. For children, we want to endow them with the simplicity of cooking, inspire their creativity and most of all have fun.
The Cookin’ Cow Cooking School
Colonia 732-882-1234
The Cookin' Cow cooking school is quickly becoming the "place to be" for fun, learning, and cooking. Cook, create, and educate is our motto. The Cookin' Cow is a place for students of all ages to get together, learn new recipes and techniques for cooking.
The Urban Kitchen
Hoboken 201-418-0101
The Urban Kitchen was created for the individual with a passion for fine foods and a desire to prepare mouth-watering cuisine. Since our opening in April 2004, hundreds of people have taken classes in our state of the art kitchen, and the response has been overwhelming.
Young Chefs Academy
Marlboro 732-536-7777
Young Chefs Academy offers cooking classes to children in a safe environment that encourages discovery and creativity. While learning food preparation skills is the main ingredient at YCA, each class adds a heap of kitchen safety, a scoop of etiquette, a handful of table setting, and laughter to taste.

Taste What's Happening!

New Jersey Food & Wine Festival

Sussex County
3/20/2015 - 3/22/2015
A celebration of the world's best wines and renowned local and national chefs, benefiting the James Beard Foundation.

Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival

Atlantic City
3/20/2015 - 3/21/2015
The focus of The Atlantic City Beer Festival is the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them.

New Jersey Food and Wine Festival

3/20/2015 - 3/22/2015
A celebration of the world's best wines and top local chefs.

Annual Spring Wine Festival

Wine tasting, live music, vineyard walks, and winery tours! Gourmet foods and talks by industry leaders!

Garden State Brewfest

Berkeley Heights
Enjoy an afternoon of fresh, local microbrews and local bands, as well as a beer pong tournament and a homebrew competition.

NJ Greek Fest

5/28/2015 - 5/31/2015
Enjoy Gyros fresh off the rotisserie, Spanakopita hot out of the oven, world famous Greek Feta Cheese and fantastic Fried Calamari.

Annual Crawfish Fest

5/29/2015 - 5/31/2015
Louisiana and New Orleans style music, food, and camping festival. Funk, Food & Fun!

Big Greek Festival

6/4/2015 - 6/6/2015
Big Greek Festival features hot off the grill Gyros, Souvlaki and much more ... top it all off with traditional Greek pastries!

West Cape May Strawberry Festival

West Cape May
Strawberries abound in both edible and non-edible form.

West Cape May Strawberry Festival

West Cape May
Fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, seafood, kettle corn, fresh produce, fresh barbecued meats, plus antiques, arts & crafts.

Baymen”s Seafood & Music Festival

6/20/2015 - 6/21/2015
Fresh clams, crabs, scallops & shrimp from the finest local seafood purveyors. Crafters, vendors, music, food, refreshments.

Annual Rock, Ribs & Ridges

6/27/2015 - 6/28/2015
It”s another two-day celebration of great music, finger-lickin” barbeque and good times at Hidden Valley Club.

New Jersey State Barbecue Championship

7/10/2015 - 7/12/2015
Come witness barbecue teams from around the country show off their skills in a quest for the best.

NJ State Ice Cream Festival

Toms River
Does your ice cream have what it takes to be named best in New Jersey? Introduce your ice cream to over 8,000 attendees at the Festival!

Monmouth County Fair

7/22/2015 - 7/26/2015
Join in the fun during this traditional county fair.Don't miss the Home and Garden Competition.

New Jersey State Fair

7/31/2015 - 8/9/2015
Where Farm Meets Fun! Featuring agricultural events, animals, exhibits, horse shows, crafts and vendors, flower and vegetable shows, and much more!

Just Peachy Festival

8/1/2015 - 8/2/2015
Celebrate "everything peach" with tasty peach treats -muffins, pie, tea, ice cream. Try our peach salsa, Just Peachy wine and summer peach sangria.

Honey Harvest

Meet the queens, drones & workers who produced this year’s crop of clover honey, help extract honey, taste honey, and see working hives.

Seafood Festival

8/15/2015 - 8/16/2015
All kinds of delicious seafood prepared fresh along with great live music, crafters, gourmet food vendors, and wine tasting.

Indo American Fair

West Windsor
9/5/2015 - 9/6/2015
Enjoy a two day event with authentic South Asian ethnic food, music, crafts, and vendors.
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