September has arrived. It’s not only my birthday month (!!!), but it’s also the wind down to summer and the kickoff to cool autumn days. The first half of the month is filled with the last of the seafood festivals and beach-side events. The latter part of the month is the introduction to harvest related festivities. So enjoy one last weekend at the seaside and then welcome Fall with open arms.
September 12th– Chocolate Lover’s Feast; Cape May, NJ: This is the chocolate lover’s ultimate meal. There will be seven (yes, seven!) courses of chocolate creations by the chef at Blue Rose Inn and Restaurant. The chef will even be explaining each of the dishes as they are presented. Make your reservations now for this sweet dinner. http://www.blueroseinn.com/new-events-1/2015/9/12/chocolate-lovers-feast
September 20th – Fall Harvest Festival; Ringoes, NJ: Old York Cellars is hosting their annual kickoff to the harvest season. For $15 you’ll get to take their winery or bee keeping tours, take a hayride, and enjoy the kickoff to the new season. There will be local food and craft vendors on site for purchase as well.http://www.newjerseywines.com/event/fall-harvest-festival-3/
September 27th – Jersey Fresh Wine Festival; Columbus, NJ: Come join 10 New Jersey wineries for the first fall weekend. This weekend party will include food trucks, wine tastings and even a farmers market. Tickets are $20. http://www.newjerseywines.com/event/jersey-fresh-wine-festival-2/2015-09-27/
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Missy Somers is the creator and editor of Behind the Plates, a restaurant, recipe and travel site dedicated to all things for the love of the dish. She graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University and went on to get her Masters in Marketing from Montclair State University. She is a Jersey girl, born and raised. She grew up in Monmouth County and is now residing in Morristown, these locations becoming some of the food culture focuses on her site. Explore her discoveries at behindtheplates.com and be sure to like Behind The Plates on Facebook and follow her on twitter at @behindthepl8s.