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bbq and beer fest at Monmouth this weekend

KathyH Aug 30, 2012 05:24 PM

I just saw that there is a bbq and beer festival at Monmouth raceway this weekend. Anyone been to this in the past? My sister and husband were thinking of going and thought we might join them if worth it.

Looking to see if I can find out what breweries are there and also an idea of cost of the food and of course quality.

Any input would be appreciated.


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    1stand3rd Sep 4, 2012 07:43 AM

    This event was run terribly.
    Although the lines weren't long at all (except for Local Smoke), the beers being poured were mainly those that can be found anywhere. Yuengling, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams, Blue Moon, etc. Where were the local brewers? Where was Kane, Carton, Flying Fish, or River Horse?

    The pourers knew absolutely nothing about the beers they were serving. We even had a comical moment where one pourer actually served water into the sample glass due to water leaking into the empty bottle while sitting in the ice tub.

    I wasn't expecting much to begin with, but I certainly won't bother going again.
    The only positive was enjoying the pulled pork, brisket, and ribs from Local Smoke.

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    1. re: 1stand3rd
      JustJake Sep 7, 2012 07:52 AM

      I mean, why bother? These events, be it the Seafood Festival in Belmar, the recent Food Truck or this event are complete waste of time .....for all the reasons cited above: long lines, no fun, and no value. And as a local, it'll be the last place you'll find me. If I want to have a pulled pork, a brisket sandwich, I'll go to Smoke. If I want Q chicken I can always go to Jameson's, if I want soul foot I'll got ATT.......all that these events create is 'traffic', ergo, I'll think twice of visiting a friend who lives in Oceanport (behind the track) and whom I haven't seen in a couple of weeks as I've been away (mostly) for the past two weeks (CM, Poconos, FL).

      The HS football season starts this weekend (doesn't it? I hope so). I've had enough of the touristas and if you're a local who's champing at the bit to go here, you need a lobotomy.

      1. re: JustJake
        HillJ Sep 7, 2012 08:00 AM

        In some ways I c ur point and I have to agree (even if it bothers me to do so). The local food truck scene has really replaced my urge to deal with food fests & events. The same great food to sample without the trappings of entrance fees, a-holes who can't be civil standing on a line and the bother. Sad because I love a good food fest...but yeah, I'm getting tired of the grind.

        1. re: JustJake
          drongo Sep 7, 2012 03:20 PM

          "... if I want soul foot I'll go to ATT..."

          That "soul foot" sounds interesting, JJ... how is that prepared? Rolled in bread crumbs and sauteed?

          1. re: drongo
            JustJake Sep 7, 2012 03:35 PM

            Drongo, it's hard to describe as it's so unique and I swear by it. Not the heavy breading one is accustomed to seeing. It's outrageous and if you go say Mon-Thurs, those dinners can be had at 2 for $20 (or at least they used to be). I find their meatloaf, while delicious to be a bit oversalted at times.

            But that chicken has a thin unique bread crumb coating, with wonderful flavors, and not greasy. They almost appear to be baked, but I don't really know. Try it and get back to the board should you decide to sit down (it's a BYOB - I think they'll allow you to bring in, though that's not a given).

            1. re: JustJake
              drongo Sep 7, 2012 03:53 PM

              Sounds good... perhaps we should be clear that we're referring to "At The Table" in Asbury Park.
              Some previous threads on ATT:

      2. Quine Aug 31, 2012 01:23 PM

        The Food Truck thing that they held at the start of the summer, was sort of a disaster, crowds, wait times, food running out. That was discussed in this forum.

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          seal Sep 1, 2012 04:40 AM

          If you want to eat without waiting an hour on line for each thing, get there as early as you can.

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            jracpa Sep 3, 2012 08:16 AM

            I agree with this assessment. It was a failure because of such a large crowd. The shortest line I found took almost an hour. At least the food was pretty good after that wait.

            1. re: jracpa
              equal_Mark Sep 3, 2012 09:30 AM

              Which vendor do you feel had the best BBQ?


              1. re: jracpa
                HillJ Sep 3, 2012 10:31 AM

                jracap, is your comment meant to agree with the Food Truck fest earlier this summer or with the Beer & BBQ running now?

            2. equal_Mark Aug 31, 2012 08:15 AM


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                tk07457 Aug 31, 2012 04:45 AM

                BBQ & Craft Beer Festival Day One
                Saturday, September 1, 2012

                lightboxIt's delicious. It's juicy. It's messy.

                IT'S BACK!!!

                Don't miss our celebration of everything barbeque at our annual BBQ & Craft Beer Festival. And because one day of barbeque and beer just isn't enough, our event is both Saturday, September 1 AND Sunday, September 2. (Don't worry, those calories burn right off!)

                Ribs, pulled pork, brisket - it's all back and better than ever, served up by some of the Garden State's best BBQ joints. In addition, cool off with a cold one in our beer garden.

                Food vendors include: A-Maize-Ing Roast, Ben's BBG & Catering, ChipStix, Chop Shop BBQ, Delano's Food Service, DRJ Catering, Harvest Specialty, Kona Ice, Local Smoke BBQ, Max's Famous Hot Dogs, Memphis Pig Out, Nitro Cream Cafe, RTC BBQ Pit, and Ryan's Deli.

                $3 general admission gets you into the track AND festival area. Food items are priced a la carte. Beer Garden is $10 for ten 2oz samples and a commemorative mini-Pilsner glass.

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                  cke25 Aug 30, 2012 06:27 PM

                  Local Smoke BBQ from Neptune is scheduled to appear at this event. If I go, that's where I will eat lunch. Memphis Pig Out would be my second choice. The ad in the APP did not mention the cost of admission.

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                  1. re: cke25
                    gigotz Aug 31, 2012 04:07 AM

                    $3.00 to enter. Food is ala carte. Craft beer samples are ten 2oz glasses for $10 (I think), plus you get a small pilsner glass.

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