The 7th Annual Stafford Fall Wine Festival will be held October 13th and 14th at Manahawkin Lake Park, Manahawkin. Sample dozens of wines from some of New Jersey’s leading wineries while enjoying the beautiful lake-front setting. Unique crafters, vendors and food will also on hand. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit and enjoy live music Saturday from the Pennington Station band; on Sunday crowd-pleaser Acoustic NRG will perform. Although the festival is rain or shine, in the event of extreme weather a cancelation decision will be made the evening prior and posted on the event Facebook page. Tickets are $12* in advance, $15 at the gate. Under 21 years of age and designated drivers are free. Discounted advance tickets can be purchased by visiting https://stafford2018winefest.eventbrite.com. The Stafford Township Fall Wine Festival is sponsored by WJRZ 100.1 and sister station WRAT 95.9 and is funded in part by a grant from the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, explore more at oceancountytourism.com.
The festival will offer sampling from some of New Jersey’s leading wineries; participants include Auburn Road Vineyard, Chestnut Run Farm, Coda Rossa Winery, Cream Ridge Winery, DiMatteo Winery, Monroeville Vineyard & Winery, Plagido’s Winery, Wagonhouse Winery, and Villari Vineyards. Dozens of varieties of wines will be available for sampling; each paid admission includes a commemorative wine glass to use for the tasting and guests can purchase favorites by the bottle or case during the event.
The wine festival is being held in conjunction with the Stafford Township Recreation Department’s Fall Harvest Festival. According to Recreation Director Betti Anne McVey “The festival is a highly anticipated day in the township and it has continued to grow in popularity each year. We have lots of activities for children and families, and at dusk we will have a bonfire and family movie.” On Saturday the festival features free entertainment and family fun events including the Halloween parade, costume contest, scarecrow making area, hayrides, jalapeno eating contest, and pumpkin picking. Sunday will feature a classic car show. Both days will offer food vendors and crafters along with the wine festival and live musical entertainment.
The festival is sponsored in part by a grant from the Ocean County Board of Freeholders, explore more at oceancountytourism.com.
For more information on the wine festival or to purchase advance tickets, visit https://stafford2018winefest.eventbrite.com. For more information about the Stafford Township Fall Harvest Festival, call the Recreation Department at 609-597-1000 ext. 8573.
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