New Jersey Food & Wine Festival 2011

by Melody Kettle

From March 11 – 13, the upscale, four-season property, Crystal Springs Resort, in Hardystown and Vernon, NJ, will host the third annual New Jersey Food & Wine Festival.  The three-day bacchanal will feature lavish dinners and copious elixirs of red, aged, and bubbly persuasions, and even a few cigars.

The weekend’s events will include dinners, tastings, and seminars featuring celebrity chefs and New Jersey natives such as Food Network’s newest Iron Chef Marc Forgione, Top Chef Season 7 Winner Kevin Sbraga, Top Chef All-stars contestant Angelo Sosa, Umberto Campos, Jr, owner of Lorena’s in Maplewood, Thomas Ciszak of Chakra in Paramus, Ariane Duarte of CulinAriane in Montclair, James Laird of Serenade in Chatham, and Franceso Palmieri of The Orange Squirrel

Gary's Wine & Marketplace is the only retail sponsor of the event and will be pouring some of Gary's private label GF and Going Forward wines, plus a couple of others

Special guest will be Pino Luongo, signing his new book, “Dirty Dishes: A Restauranteur’s Story of Passion, Pain and Pasta.”

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in the United States by 2015. 

Photo from 2010 NJ Food & Wine Festival

Share Our Strength® is the leading national organization working to end childhood hunger in America. We weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to catch every at-risk child and make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. Visit and learn more about our goal of ending childhood hunger in America by 2015.