Along with the tent came 3 bottles of some of Valenzano's
As far as the food goes, it was "carnival food" for the most part. I grabbed a gyro from one of the catering places that was there, and it was your typical processed gyro meat on a cold pita that seemed a bit on the stale side. The sauce was boring, the lettuce was wilted, and the onions tasted as though they were chopped 2 weeks prior.
There was plenty of live music being played, and the grounds were absolutely packed! You could also do some tasting, and the lines for tasting and to purchase other bottles was ridiculous. What I found most amusing was the people walking around with bottle in one hang, glasses in another as though they were drinking Krug! It really was a funny sight, but all that matters is that it was a great afternoon with great friends.
Below is information cut and pasted from their website:
September 18 & 19, 2010 - Noon to 5:30pm Valenzano Winery, Old Indian Mills Rd, Shamong, NJ
All information from their website at: http://www.valenzanowine.com/
Musical Performers Include:
Gas House Gorillas - Saturday & Sunday
Scoville Blues Band - Sunday
South Saturn Delta - Saturday
* New Model Car Show by Cherry Hill Auto Group
* Helicopter Rides of the Pine Barrens
* Cheese Tasting by Cabot Creamery
* Children's Concert and activities by Studio Lulu
Participating Restaurants and Food Vendors:
* Murphy's Market & Catering
* Best of Show Catering
* J-Dogs Catering
* Corny Island
* Mom's Food Concessionaires
Tickets at the Gate: $12.00
Children Enter for FREE (under 17)
Tickets are valid for ONE DAY ONLY.
Two day ticketing is available.
Be sure to get your advanced tickets. It will save you money and time getting into the event.
* Parking on the road is prohibited. There is 20 acres of open parking right next to the entrance of the event. Why people continue to park on the road and walk a mile to the festival is beyond me. Last year I posted 75 signs along the side of the road informing people about our CONVENIENT FREE PARKING and asking them not to park on the road. All 75 signs were run over by parked cars.
* Coolers and picnics are permitted but security will search bags and coolers upon entrance to the festival.
* Any found beer or liquor will be confiscated and consumed by our staff at a later time and location.
* Small, well behaved dogs are permitted as long as we do not get many complaints. I can handle a few complaints but if there are more than a handful we will no longer allow dogs.
* Wine consumption and having a good time is permitted and recommended
* Being drunk and out of control is not permitted. We reserve the right to stop serving anyone for any reason at any time. Refunds will not be given.
* Discounted Tickets are available to Designated Drivers. We encourage everyone to have a designated driver.
* Please be nice to our volunteers. It takes over 85 friend, family and volunteers to pull off WineFest. Not everyone is informed about all the aspects of our winery or the event.
1) There is no line for wine tasting
2) Step up to the tables and let our volunteers know what you would like to sample
3) step back to make room for the people behind you while you sample your wine
4) step back to the table when you would like another sample
5) Drink dry whites first, then dry reds, than sweet wines, and fruit wines last. If you sample in this order there is no need to constantly rinse your glass and you can actually TASTE the different characteristics in the specific wine.