Just as the harvest season winds down this fall, the 2nd annual After the Harvest Wine & Food event will headline the Culinary Arts Institute at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City on Saturday, October 27 from 1-5 p.m. when member wineries of the Garden State Wine Growers Association and the Culinary Arts Institute and Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development team up for this fall event.
Unlike many of the outdoor festivals in the state, the After the Harvest event will be an intimate experience, allowing for engagement with winery representatives to discuss the wines being sampled. Educational wine tutorials will also be held. Musical entertainment, vendors and other refreshments will be on the docket.
Participating wineries will be Amalthea Cellars (Atco), Cedar Rose Vineyards (Vineland), Tomasello Winery (Hammonton), Valenzano Winery (Shamong) and Villa Milagro Vineyards (Finesville).
There will be a maximum of 300 tickets sold for this event. Each ticket is $25 and entitles you to tastings, wine seminars and a FREE wine glass, which you will pick up on the day of the event (proper ID required). There is also a non-drinker ticket priced at $10 available. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at http://tinyurl.com/AfterTheHarvest. All attendees must be at least 21 years old. Advance sales are encouraged as there will only be a limited supply of tickets sold the day of the event for the price of $30. Attendees will be admitted at 12.30 pm and wine tasting will begin at 1 pm
Garden State Wine Growers Association member wineries will sample on the first floor of the Culinary Arts Center from 1-5 pm and attendees will be able to buy wine by the bottle and case. Educational wine tutorials will be held from 1-4 pm in the meeting rooms adjacent to the wine tasting area. Talks will feature topics such as the Health Benefits of Drinking Wine, hosted by Dr. Audrey Gambino, owner and winemaker at Villa Milagro Vineyards. Dr. Gambino is author of numerous books, a former television show host and one of the most quoted nutritionist in the country. Tom Cosentino, executive director of the Garden State Wine Growers Association will give a talk on the 5 S’s of wine tasting. On the third floor in the Culinary Arts Center kitchens, guests will be able to enjoy small samples paired with a wine from each of the participating wineries. Other elements of the event will include musical entertainment, vendors and other refreshments.