Coming Soon: Jazz It Up Wine Festival


This sponsored article is brought to you by the Garden State Wine Growers Association.

Jazz It Up Wine Festival, hosted by the Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA), hits Allaire State Park in Farmingdale on August 30 and 31. Guests can enjoy a combination of music, food and nearly 300 New Jersey-grown wine options.

Tasters can try the wines, selected from 18 local wineries, from 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. They can also picnic on the grounds as the Eric Mintel Quartet performs on Saturday, and Craig Kastelnik & Friends, with esteemed drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie perform on Sunday.

Foodies will surely appreciate the assortment of caterers for the event. Hopewell-based Nomad Pizza will serve wood-fired pizzas, while Waffle de Lys will provide Belgian waffles to match the ice wines and ports available at each winery’s tent. Food trucks (and those lines are never as long as they seem!), will include Surf & Turf (featuring domestic, wild caught seafood) and Empanada Guy, with one third one of his ever-impressive three-truck fleet.

Between courses, guests can tour Allaire Village, a historic village based on a 19th-century ironworking town. The festival will also have kids’ activities and vendors with pastas, vinegars, and many other gourmet foodstuffs.

Tickets are $25 per person, but free for non-tasters and guests under 21 years old. Tickets are also $5 off when purchased online before August 29. Visit for more details.

John Cifelli, executive director of the GSWGA, said festival attendees have plenty to look forward to. “Wine has been frequently referred to as ‘liquid music,’” he said. “Can you think of a better match than wine and jazz? Allaire is a gorgeous, densely wooded state park, it’s a great setting, and a lot of fun,” he added.

Extreme Weather Rain Date: September 1. Please check event site for details.