New Jersey’s Largest Wine Festival Features Live Jazz Music
and Wine Tasting from 19 of New Jersey’s Finest Wineries
FARMINGDALE, NJ— New Jersey’s largest wine festival will once again headline the Labor Day weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1 from noon to 5 p.m. when the Garden State Wine Growers Association holds its annual Jazz It Up Festival at historic Allaire State Park in Farmingdale. Sponsored by the Asbury Park Press, Great Gold 1410, B98.5 Thunder 106 and 107.1 fm, the event will feature 19 GSWGA wineries, sampling nearly 300 different, locally-produced wines along with great live jazz music, craft and food vendors and the ability to tour Allaire State Park’s historic 19th century village.
Tickets for the festival are $25 a person at the gate. Advance discount tickets for $20 can be purchased by clicking here. Large groups and bus groups can call 609-588-0085 for more information. Admission includes a souvenir wine glass. The rain date is Monday, September 2.
The Jazz it Up Festival is a family-fun event. Anyone under 21 is admitted free and children can enjoy the Kid Zone and other kid-friendly attractions on-site, including touring the historic Allaire Village and seeing demonstrations of life in the 19th century bog iron producing community. Costumed interpreters and craftsmen in period garb will explain and demonstrate their trades in their shops in the historic village.
Once again, a highlight of the weekend will be the live jazz entertainment. This year’s featured performers are The Sandy Sasso Band on Saturday and Gil Parris on Sunday.
Jazz vocalist Sandy Sasso sings with and for the best in the business. As a young woman, she had a chance audition and started working with a local big band. This eventually opened the doors to steady work with the Dorsey, Goodman, Riddle and Pops big bands.
Sandy tours world-wide, while keeping her performance base in New York City, with everything from small jazz combos to 17 piece big bands. She is one of the busiest singers in the business.
Grammy-Nominated guitar virtuoso Gil Parris is known for his special blend of Blues, Jazz, Rock and Smooth Jazz. He has recorded and toured both as a solo artist and sideman with major artists like Dr. John, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Diane Schuur, David Mann, Billy Vera, Bobby Caldwell, Toni Braxton to name just a few. His self-titled debut CD was released by RCA/BMG and received rave reviews. He has performed on NBC's THE TODAY SHOW, CBS, WPIX, BET's "Studio Jams", The YES Network, The Food Network and on the national DVD release" Masters of the Stratocaster." The Gil Parris Model Signature Guitar (Reverend) was named "One of the Coolest Artist Signature Guitars of All-Time" by Guitar Player Magazine. He also has an acclaimed DVD out now with Paul Shaffer, Bernie Williams, Randy Brecker, David Mann., hosted by Carolyn Kepcher.
Jazz It Up Festival Wineries:
4JG's Vineyards, Colts Neck
Auburn Road Vineyards, Pilesgrove
Bellview Winery, Landisville
Cava Winery, Hamburg
Chestnut Run Farm, Pilesgrove
Coda Rossa Winery, Franklinville
Cream Ridge Winery, Cream Ridge
DiMatteo Vineyard, Hammonton
Four Sisters Winery, Belvidere
Heritage Vineyards, Mullica Hill
Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Pennington
Old York Cellars, Ringoes
Plagido's Winery, Hammonton
Renault Winery, Egg Harbor/Galloway
Sharrott Winery, Blue Anchor
Tomasello Winery, Hammonton
Valenzano Winery, Shamong
Wagonhouse Winery, Swedesboro
Working Dog Winery, East Windsor