Friday, May 12, 2006

New Jersey's First Festival of Wine and Other Winery Events



FIRST ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF WINE
Hosted at Alba Vineyard
Saturday, June 3rd & Sunday June 4th ~ Noon till 5:00 pm
The Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce and J. Vero & Associates are proud to present the first annual New Jersey Festival of Wine hosted at Alba Vineyard & Winery in the Village of Finesville, Milford, New Jersey, June 3 and June 4. This weekend-long event will present the best of wines from around the world, and will also showcase gourmet foods from the same regions as the featured wines.

For additional information and admission fee for the New Jersey Festival of Wine please call 877-868-9501 or visit www.NewJerseyWineFest.com.

MAY 27 & 28 (Noon to 5:00 p.m.)
Blues & Wine at Waterloo Village Stanhope, NJ
With 17 wineries, this festival is one of the year’s most popular. Attendees can listen to great blues music performed by The Black Widow Blues Band and BC and the Blues Crew, take the kids to the “Kids Zone” area for activities especially for them, browse the craft vendors, purchase gourmet food, tour the classic and antique car display, or visit the beautifully restored village. Waterloo is a National Historic Site located in the Allamuchy Mountain State Park along the banks of the Musconetcong River in Sussex County. The site includes a 1625 Lenape Indian village with authentically recreated longhouses; an 1826 Farmsite with one of New Jersey’s only preserved log cabins; and the 1880 Canal Town with restored blacksmith, miller, General Store, Stagecoach Inn, homes and the Morris Canal with lock and towpaths.
Admission is $18 for adults and includes wine tasting, a wine glass, and admission into the restored village, $10 for ages 16-20 (admission to the restored village), under 16 free.

JULY 22 & 23 (Noon to 5:00 p.m.)
"A Walk in the Vineyard" Wine Trail Weekend at
Participating Wineries across the State
New Jersey wineries are hosting a “Walk In the Vineyard” Wine Trail Weekend on July 22 & 23. Visitors to participating wineries this weekend can sample great summertime wines, learn about the vineyard and how grapes are grown, talk with the winemakers, take wine cellar tours, and stock up on some great award-winning wines. The event (which is free at all but two wineries) takes place on New Jersey’s Wine Trails, which are day trips to several wineries.

Participating wineries include: Alba Vineyard, Village of Finesville, Milford (charges $5/person); Amalthea Cellars, Atco; Amwell Valley Vineyard, Ringoes; Balic Winery, Mays Landing; Bellview Winery, Landisville; Cape May Winery, Cape May; Cream Ridge Winery, Cream Ridge; DiMatteo Winery, Hammonton; Four JGs Winery, Colts Neck; Four Sisters Winery, Belvidere; Heritage Vineyards of Richwood, Richwood; Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Pennington; Renault Winery, Egg Harbor (charges $3/person); Silver Decoy Winery, Robbinsville; Tomasello Winery, Hammonton; Turdo Vineyards & Winery, North Cape May; Unionville Vineyards, Ringoes; Valenzano Winery, Shamong; and Westfall Winery, Montague.

AUGUST 12 & 13 (Noon to 5:00 p.m.)
Jersey Fresh Wine & Food Festival
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
Pennington, NJ
New Jersey wineries, restaurants and farmers are teaming up to celebrate the Garden State’s wealth of summer in one of the largest wine and food festivals the State has ever seen. On Saturday and Sunday, August 12th & 13th, visitors to the Jersey Fresh Wine & Food Festival at Hopewell Valley Vineyards in Pennington will sample award-winning wines from the State’s most celebrated vineyards while feasting on summertime dishes prepared with the season’s locally grown vegetables, fruits, seafood, chicken, meats, etc., dished up by some of the most exciting chefs in New Jersey. Visitors will also be able to purchase local produce and seafood to take home with them at the festival’s Farmer’s Market and Seafood Market.

The festival is being presented by the Garden State Wine Growers Association in conjunction with the Central New Jersey chapter of Slow Food, and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture -- organizations devoted to promoting the amazing abundance and variety of the Garden State. The festival is sponsored in part by Wegmans Wine & Spirits and Marriott Fairway Villas at Seaview.

This year a dozen or more of the State’s finest restaurants will be providing exciting summertime dishes. Gourmet food made from New Jersey produce, meats and seafood will be provided by Tre Piani, the Forrestal Village restaurant which has received New Jersey Monthly’s Reader’s Choice Award; John Henry’s, the extraordinary seafood restaurant in the Chambersburg section of Trenton; Rats, perennially listed as one of the best restaurants in New Jersey; No. 9, listed by New Jersey Life as one of their 50 favorite restaurants in the State; as well as High Street Grill, Lawrenceville Inn, Slow Food, Central New Jersey chapter; Mercer County Community College’s Culinary Institute and more.

Sixteen award-winning New Jersey wineries will be participating including Alba Vineyard, Finesville; Amalthea Cellars, Atco; Amwell Valley Vineyard, Ringoes; Bellview Winery, Landisville; Cape May Winery, Cape May; Cream Ridge Winery, Cream Ridge; DiMatteo Vineyards & Winery, Hammonton; Four JG’s Winery, Colts Neck; Four Sisters Winery, Belvidere; Heritage Vineyards of Richwood, Richwood; Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Pennington; Silver Decoy Winery, Robbinsville; Sylvin Farms, Germania; Tomasello Winery, Hammonton; Unionville Vineyards, Ringoes; and Valenzano Winery, Shamong.

Tickets are $20 for adults (children are free) and can be purchased at the door. Tickets include free wine tasting, a souvenir wine glass, and entrance into the cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. Food will be available for a nominal fee. The event, which will be under tents, will be held rain or shine. There will also be cheeses made from local artisans, fresh baked breads, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, cook book authors, honey producers, displays from the New Jersey Mycological Association and the Garden State Seafood Association, a Jersey Fresh produce sampling tent courtesy of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, a farmer’s market and seafood market with produce and seafood for purchase, craft vendors, a Kids Zone with activities especially for the younger attendees, and great jazz music.

This fun and informative event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 12th & 13th from noon to 5:00 p.m at Hopewell Valley Vineyards in Pennington, New Jersey. Directions to the vineyard can be found at the bottom of this page or by calling the vineyard at (866) HVV-Wine.

Slow Food is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 in Italy in response to the opening of the first McDonald’s in Rome. The organization currently has 100,000 members worldwide in 45 countries. Slow Food “promotes a philosophy of pleasure, protects small food producers who make quality products, counters the effects of industrial and fast food culture, and works towards safeguarding traditional food and wine heritage.” For further information on the Central Jersey Slow Food chapter contact Jim Weaver at (609) 452-1515.

WINERY EVENTS

Mother's Day
May 14, 2006
2:00pm Totally Tenors Tomasello Winery
225 White Horse Pike Hammonton, NJ 08037 Price: $75.00 per Ticket, $65.00 for Subscribers. Call 1-800-MMM-WINE to reserve.

MOTHER'S DAY CELEBRATION
Sunday, May 14th ~ Noon till 5:00 pm
Live Music: The VooDUDES
Children's activities
Wine and Food sold separately
FREE admission & FREE parking
Nominal Fee $ for Tasting
Bring chairs or a blanket
NO PETS ALLOWED ~ NO BYOB
By law, only Alba Vineyard’s wines
can be consumed on the property
Alba Vineyards

Father’s Day Music Fest
Unionville Vineyards
Saturday, June 17, 2006
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Bring your lawn chairs and join us for a day of music, winery tours & relaxation. Light fare and snacks available for purchase.
Free gift for all dads!
Benefit for the Black River Horse Farm (a local farm that recently suffered from devastating fire to their business).
Admission:
$15 per person
$5.00 ages 5-20
Under (5) Free!

Blues Under the Stars
Unionville Vineyards
Saturday, July 15, 2006
4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Our annual “Blues Under the Stars” event. Also our annual benefit for the American Cancer Society! Bring your lawn chairs & join us for an evening of great Blues & great wine!
Music provided by Chuck Lambert Band, a 5 piece powerhouse blues band.
Admission $15 per person.
Unionville Vineyards will donate $5 of each admission to the American Cancer Society.
Rain date to be announced at a later date!

FATHER'S DAY CELEBRATION
Alba Vineyards
Sunday, June 18th ~ Noon till 5:00 pm
Live Music: The Jeff Bellfy Band
Children's activities
Wine and Food sold separately
FREE admission & FREE parking
Nominal Fee $ for Tasting
Bring chairs or a blanket
NO PETS ALLOWED ~ NO BYOB
By law, only Alba Vineyard’s wines
can be consumed on the property


SUMMERFEST 2006
“FIREWORKS” Alba Vineyards
Saturday ~ July 22nd ~ 4:00 pm till 10ish
(Rain date July 29th)
LIVE MUSIC: (2 bands)
Children's activities: Moon bounce, Face & Body Art,
Sandy Candy, Sand Art, Pony / Horse Rides,
Horse drawn Carriage Rides
Wine and Food sold separately
Admission: $10.00 (Adults)
$5.00 (6-12 years old)
Free (5 and under)
Bring chairs or a blanket
NO PETS ALLOWED ~ NO BYOB
By law, only Alba Vineyard’s wines can be
consumed on the property

Cream Ridge Winery
Saturday, June 17
Family Fun Day
Benefit for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
12 noon - 5:00 pm Wine tasting and tours. Music. Face painting and moonwalk for children. Food available for purchase. Wine releases: Pear, Fredonia.
Glass with $10.00 admission. Children free. All proceeds benefit JDRF

Cream Ridge Winery
AUGUST 5 & 6
15th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival
Listen to Bluegrass Bands all day!
12 noon - 5pm
Wine tasting and tours. Sample products from our gourmet shop. Wine release: Red Raspberry
Food available for purchase
Rain or Shine!
Glass with $8.00 admission, children free
No pets please

Cream Ridge Winery
SEPTEMBER 16 & 17
HARVESTFEST & PIG ROAST FESTIVAL
12 noon - 5 pm
Wine tasting and tours. Observe pig being roasted. Fresh Roasted Pork sandwiches available for purchase. See fruit crushed before it is made into wine. Gourmet food sampling. Live music. Face & pumpkin painting. Moonwalk.
Wine Releases: Apricot, Cherry
Glass with $8.00 admission.
RAIN OR SHINE!!!
no pets please