Whether you’re an expert wine drinker, someone who’s interested in finding something new to enjoy or simply looking for a great way to spend a June weekend, the ninth annual Jersey Shore Wine Festival is sure to please your palate!
New Jersey wineries have been growing more in popularity each year, and many vineyards are producing an array of award-winning wines. Scheduled this year on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 from noon to 5 pm, the Jersey Shore Wine Festival offers a terrific opportunity to sample a variety of them while enjoying a summer day. The festival takes place at FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way in Lakewood, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws baseball team, and will be set up on the grassy grounds outside the stadium, with easy access to sit inside and enjoy the view across the baseball field.
At the festival, you’ll find tents and tables staffed by friendly and knowledgeable representatives from participating wineries offering free tastings of more than 100 wines. Once you’re done perusing the tents, you can circle back and make your purchases right on the spot, to be shared later with family and friends at home or at your next BYOB restaurant dinner.
Popular participating wineries will include Cedar Rose Winery, DiMatteo Vineyards, Valenzano Winery, Plagido’s Winery, Wagonhouse Winery, White Horse Winery and Villari Vineyards.
The Jersey Shore Wine Festival, held rain or shine, will also feature live musical entertainment by the Crabdaddy Band and by Tony Costa – so bring a chair to sit back and enjoy. No outside food or beverages are permitted, but there will be a bounty of food vendors serving up a tasty assortment of items from which to choose. And if you enjoy shopping, check out the crafters and vendors that will also be on hand throughout the weekend. Follow updates at Jersey Shore Wine Festival on Facebook.
Advance tickets for the Jersey Shore Wine Festival are $30 per person (over 21 years of age only). You may also buy a two-day ticket for $40. Individual day tickets can be used on either Saturday or Sunday. Each ticket comes with a commemorative glass. Tickets may be ordered through Eventbrite.com and on Groupon.com with special discount offers while they last.
All of the net proceeds from the Jersey Shore Wine Festival go to benefit Sylvia’s Children, a Holmdel-based nonprofit organization that has been working for more than 15 years to improve the living conditions for more than 1,000 children – 25 percent of whom are orphans – in the village of Mbiriizi in Uganda, Africa.
By Joanne Colella