- VNJ Wine & Food Festival, August 19 & 20

  Click here for directions. Vintage North Jersey, a collaboration of northern New Jersey wineries, announces its 3rd annual  Wine & Food Festival to be held at one of the oldest north Jersey wineries – Four Sisters Winery, located just outside of Belvidere on County Route 519.four_sisters_winery_1

Take a ride through beautiful northern New Jersey and experience some of their fine wines and local flavors at one centrally located venue. There will be wineries from Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon and Mercer Counties.

Food trucks, specialty food and wine-related vendors, farmers’ market will have a variety of food available for purchase. Enjoy the entertainment of local bands daily. Food Trucks include Oink and Moo BBQ, Surf and Turf and Waffle De Lys. Watch daily demonstrations by Two Sisters Canning. Two Sisters Canning, owned and operated by Marie Rickards, started her business in  2013 when she had a closet full of Jams and Jellies and no more room for the new season's batches.  She started selling at neighborhood farmers markets, eventually opening her first store in May of 2015. She started making jams and jellies because the selections offered commercially were just too sweet and so full of chemicals and additives. Today, she has over 400 flavor varieties including her traditional line, gourmet jams, hot stuff and her adult flavors. As a chef she understands the importance of getting in and out of the kitchen and spending time with her family.  Consequently, she has developed recipes that use her jams and jellies that complement food and add tons of flavors without all the hard work.  The preserves are great as a glaze or marinade over chicken, fish, pork or beef.  They are also great as a vinegarette for salads. Also available will be  food by Four Sister's proprietor and Chef, Matty Matarazzo. Matty is in his 12th year as head chef at Four Sisters Winery.  He trained under Executive Chefs Inaki Lete from Spain and Lucy Lete from Brazil and filling his educational experience at numerous cooking schools in New Jersey and Florida.  Matty using some of his fresh produce from his farm has created a number of menus from his family's long line of quality chef,  as well as devoting much of his creative time to enhancing traditional Italian meals into something more than tradition. On Saturday enjoy  DNA’s MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT – Two musicians on stage bring a world of entertainment with upbeat sounds and crowd interactions. Using the Steelpan, Keys and vocals, the duo creates a party like atmosphere for all ages. The band has been in existence for about 5 years and has performed numerous stages and events. Their musical entertainment  is ever evolving in sound and image and keeps things ‘fresh’ by actively seeking popular music and sounds to add to their rich repertoire. Instruments include: Steelpan, Keyboard, Vocals, while the genres covered are Caribbean Island’s Soca, Reggae  and Calypso , R&B, Pop Latin Pop, Jouk. All music is family friendly and non offensive. On Sunday enjoy local band Truth & Soul, a Lehigh Valley cover band that has been performing together for over seventeen years. This talented musical act is known mostly for their unique song selection, tight vocal harmonies, and small but mighty horn section. Their diverse repertoire (well over 200 songs) consists of everything from the classic music of the 70’s to the latest chart topping hits. Lead vocalist, Victoria Butz, has been fronting the band for the past nine years. Rounding out the rest of the group are founding members: Steve Placotaris on guitar and vocals, Bob Giovannetti on keyboards and vocals, Rich Giancamilli on saxophone and vocals and longtime friend Dave Frinzi on trumpet Powerful vocals, accomplished musicianship, and a state-of-the-art computer controlled live show all add up to place “Truth & Soul”; in a class by themselves. The Wine & Food Festival is easily accessible from Route 80, Four Sisters Winery is located on County Route 519 off exit 12, six miles south of Route of 80 and 2 miles north of Route 46. Sample New Jersey wines from Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon and Mercer County. Four Sisters Winery, owned and operated by the Matarazzo family, has a long history of farming even before planting their first vines 33 years ago.   ventimiglia_vineyards_2Participating wineries include: Ventimiglia Vineyard ventivines.com Cava Winery & Vineyard‎ cavawinery.com‎ Brook Hollow Winery brookhollowwinery.com Four Sisters Winery foursisterswinery.com Villa Milagro Vineyards villamilagrovineyards.com Beneduce Vineyards beneducevineyards.com Old York Cellars oldyorkcellars.com Unionville Vineyards unionvillevineyards.com Hopewell Valley Vineyards hopewellvalleyvineyards.com Terhune Orchards Vineyard & Winery terhuneorchards.com   Food and Wine Related Vendors welcomed! If you have unique, handmade products contact Lainie at Unionville Vineyards via email at lkepley@unionvillevineyards.com. Click here to download the application. Specialty Food and Wine/Food Related Vendor Contract 2016 There will be musical entertainment on Saturday and Sunday. Matty's Pizza smGates open at 12 noon through 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday. One Day Tickets for the event are $25 at the gate, $15 in advance, through August 10, 2016. Two Day Tickets for the event are $45 at the gate, $30 in advance, through August 10th, 2016.  ($10 non-drinkers) Each ticket includes admission, wine glass for tasting at the wineries, and live music.   Save Save