So much to do in October (But apple pie contest is cancelled)

Hamiltons Grill Room

The cozy interior of Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville

I’m still catching up from the flu, so am just now getting around to this rundown of some October events. (Sadly, there were cancelations so there just weren’t quite enough entries to hold a meaningful contest.)

And a special notice – how’s your apple pie? If you bake a good one, consider entering the October 10 West Windsor Community Farmers Market Apple Pie Contest. Pre-registration required, email wwcfm @ to enter before October 5. Yours truly is one of the judges! (Other judges are Pam Parseghian, Martha Blom, and Kim Rizk.)

Brothers Moon in Hopewell is participating in several Hope Is In The Bag events during October, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There will be yummy pink cupcakes and several special dinners (check the link for details). Hope Is In The Bag will be held in Pennington & Hopewell Boroughs October 9 through October 23. Funds raised through the events will enhance services that help support women undergoing breast cancer care at Capital Health’s Center for Comprehensive Breast Care.

Our World Our Choices founder Judith Robinson continues a series of healthy eating workshops, this time at Progression Physical Therapy. This four session workshop starts Monday October 5, details are here.

Hopewell Valley Vineyards has weekly wine and music events, so check out their calendar for the latest and also look for them on Saturdays at the West Windsor and Pennington Farmers Markets. And, this Saturday, Oct. 3, they’ll be at the Garden State Wine Growers Grand Harvest Wine Festival at Fosterfields Living Historic Farm in Morris Township.

Unionville Vineyards offers yoga and wine tasting on Saturday, October 3. Enjoy an inspirational morning at Unionville Vineyards as you take in our breathtaking beautiful property while finding your inner peace. Concludes with one hour wine tasting class. Starts at 11 am (check in 10:45), you must prepay $25 by calling (908) 788-0400.

Slow Food Northern New Jersey is having a Farm To Table Dinner, prepared by Chef Todd Villani of Terre a Terre in Carlstadt, NJ (the location of the dinner). The evening benefits the SFNNJ school and community garden fund. The dinner is Tuesday, October 8. The scrumptious menu is here, and buy your tickets here.

Here’s an interesting event featuring the inimitable Jim Hamilton, owner co-founder of Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville. For One Night Only, October 10, “Jim Hamilton & Friends” take the stage at the New Hope Arts Center (and benefits them). He’ll share his personal stories of the famous artists and artisans of New Hope and environs, from the 1950s through the 1980s. Tickets available at the Grill Room, or online. A bargain at $30, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Terhune Orchards puts on a three day extravaganza Columbus Day Weekend, October 10, 11, 12, 10:00am – 5:00pm, or choose a great pumpkin at any of their Fall Festival Weekends through November 1. Event information is here.

Witherspoon Grill’s annual Harvest Food & Wine Festival takes place on Sunday, October 11, 11:30am-5:30pm on Hinds Plaza in front of the restaurant. The event, in its seventh year, benefits the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. The details are here.

Mercer Street Friends annual fundraiser, A Tasteful Evening, takes place on October 16. The event features food tastings prepared by area chefs; wine and beer; live music; a silent auction and more. The event takes place at their food bank warehouse in Ewing, the information is here.

Gary’s Wine & Marketplace is expanding their annual fall fundraiser into a three-day event packed with wine tastings, seminars, and dinners: Gary’s Grand Wine Experience, October 24-26. Since Gary’s has several locations, including their newer Hillsborough store, these events are spread out around central and northern New Jersey. Details here. (The events benefit medical, hunger relief, and arts organizations.)

Mercer County Community College holds its 2nd Annual MCCC Culinary/Pastry Arts Tasting Event on October 13, in the MCCC Cafeteria. The event features some of the area’s finest restaurants along with several MCCC Culinary tables showcasing Alumni and current students in action. Purchase tickets here.

The Fulper Family Farmstead’s Harvest Festival is Saturday October 24, 2:00-5:00pm, information, tickets here. Bring your kids to this one, on a 106-year-old family farm. Milking, feeding calves, hayrides, food, music and plain ol’ fun.

The Rocky Hill Inn’s Oktoberfest continues through October 4, and then look for a special Portuguese Dinner on Wednesday, October 28. Their Restaurant Manager, Carlos, has arranged an authentic Portuguese Dinner.  Very limited seating.  $65.  The Dinner will be hosted by Antonio Soares Franco, owner of J.M. Fonesca, the oldest winery in Portugal. Information, and the Inn’s new fall menus, are here.

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