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May 14, 2014 03:20 PM

Food trucks & fire pits in Jackson on May 18 Sunday

I saw this sign today. I couldn't read it and didn't see a second sign. Anybody know anything about it?

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    1. re: Foody4life

      Thank you so much Foody4life! This sounds really interesting, really appreciate your help.

      1. re: EL7

        Happened to get an email from them this am. Have you been to Laurita Winery?

        It's a pretty big place and their tasting "barn" looks like it's out of Napa Valley.

        Wines we tasted were OK. We'll be going over for the trucks and the music!

        1. re: Foody4life

          Really appreciate your kindness Foody4life. I've never heard of Laurita Winery till you wrote about it. This sounds like something we would enjoy. Will try to rearrange weekend plans, thanks so much for sharing.

    2. I am going! Taste of Smoke BBQ and red hook lobster at the same place? count me in! : )

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      1. re: corvette johnny

        no doubt regarding red hook lobster! they're usually at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. Great guys and great lobstah.

        1. re: Foody4life

          I know. that is why I am surprised to see them traveling that far "west"

          Should be a good day of chowing down!

      2. perfect day. lots of trucks so quick to get served. red hook lobster roll CT style, hit the spot.

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        1. re: Foody4life

          On my way home from Connecticut! Just had soft shell crab from joe & Lenny's in new haven found it on Chow! ( I couldn't resist but not worth it)

          So glad to read your post again Foody! Looking forward to going tomorrow thanks to you!

          1. re: EL7


            Such a great venue. Bring beach or pop up chairs. Huge lawn overlooking the vineyards. Huge grove of shade trees too.

            Enjoyed a bottle of their reserve chardonnay. Went well with pulled pork tacos! Bands were great as well!

            1. re: Foody4life

              Nice....can't wait. Can you bring a cooler with some beer?

              1. re: corvette johnny

                I so wanted a beer... but they ask you not bring in any outside food or bev. Security wasn't very tight, so if one was discreet, you could manage a bottle or few. Didn't see anyone walking around with coolers.

                1. re: Foody4life

                  Laurita Winery is in new Egypt not Jackson,.....
                  Cops are all out this weekend for DWI, Cell phone,
                  Seat belts, be careful on all major roads..
                  I would only drink a beer at home... unless there's a sober designated driver,....just too risky.
                  have fun.

        2. Overall it was a nice time.

          I was kind of disappointed in the redhook lobster roll. My wife took her first bite and says "it tastes fishy" and sure enough, she was right. Oh well, maybe the meat was getting old but I still ate it...just not great.

          "Taste of smoke" ribs were pretty good and the brisket sandwich was tasty.

          "bacon on wheels" chocolate covered bacon was an interesting snack as well.

          The empanada guy truck was KILLING IT there. Did anyone see how long his lines were?

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          1. re: corvette johnny

            We arrived early on Sunday and departed early...just as things were really starting to get busy. No "fishy" problem with our lobster rolls. I could have finished off another roll or two, but figured I'd be hitting them up again this weekend at Monmouth Park. I was quite impressed with the winery in general. Had never been previously. It seemed a very professional operation.

            By the way, the Empanada Guy has a storefront restaurant in Freehold in case you ever have a hankering.

            1. re: jsfein

              Thanks for the tip. I see he is on rt 33

              Yes that winery is quite an operation.

              I wanted to try the bacon on a stick but was too stuffed to eat anymore.

              1. re: corvette johnny

                I attempted to eat the bacon on a stick from that truck last year. As much as I wanted to love it, it was too greasy and fatty, and I simply couldn't stomach it (and that's saying a lot from me).

                1. re: jsfein

                  Wow, I have yet to meet a piece of bacon I didn't like LOL

                  The chocolate bacon was good....very rich and after like a slice or two you are good. I might have to hit the empanada guy's place in freehold. I didn't feel like waiting on that line.

            2. re: corvette johnny

              How bout Laurita's wines - anyone find any they liked?

              We prefer dry reds and find most NJ wines too sweet.

              Laurita's reds were OK but we did not like enough to buy any last time we were here. Their sangria was way too sweet. Hangover in a cup!

              Laurita's reserve 2011 Chardonnay was the best of the bunch. We enjoyed a bottle while grazing and brought another home.

              1. re: Foody4life

                I got a bottle of cab franc and cab sauv. They definitely are on the sweeter side but they were not bad. For 25 per bottle it was definitely festival pricing. They really should sell beer too at this event.

                1. re: Foody4life

                  Hi Foody,
                  For producers focusing on dry wines from European grape varieties, try Heritage in Mullica Hill, Amalthea in Atco, Sharrott in Hammonton, or Bellview in Landisville. All are making excellent wines from estate fruit.
                  -John Cifelli, Executive Director, Garden State Wine Growers Association

                  1. re: GardenStateJohn

                    Thanks. We'll definitely check these out.

                    In our area, we like the wines from Hopewell Valley Vineyards and Working Dog Winery (x-Silver Decoy). Both do a great job with their red varietals.

                    1. re: GardenStateJohn

                      Do you happen to know anything about "two river winery" in middletown? It is on navesink river road across from Bon Jovi's house. I am not sure they sell to the public but I would like to try it out (from that town)

                      1. re: corvette johnny

                        Hi Johnny,
                        Two River, to my knowledge, is a vineyard but not a winery. They are not in the association but I know that they have consulted for and sold grapes to some Association members. You might want to try 4JGs in Colts Neck, or Peppadew Fresh who just added 4 acres of vineyards to their peppadew and flower farming operation. They are in
                        -John Cifelli

                2. oh well... all we saw was the parking lot. We got there and a friend called needing a hand, of course we are not busy...
                  It looked lovely! It sounds lovely! I signed up for their email list and hope to actually be able to attend a future event. Thanks for all the info it sounds like a great find. We also saw an interesting Asian Fusion restaurant on our way. It is called Wok and Roll. Despite the cutsey name it looked worthy of a try. Will write after we check it out. Wish we could have gone to Laurita, but so appreciate the info. Thanks again Foody4Life .

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