Gourmet Food Truck Invitational
Winery Hosts Central Jersey’s First Food Truck Festival Weekend
August 10 & 11, 2013
Saturday 11 am –9 pm
Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
Daily admission: $7; children 12 & under free.
Save $2 per person by reserving in advance at www.LauritaWinery.com/foodtruck.php
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Food and wine lovers will converge at the Laurita Winery in New Egypt on August 10th and 11th for the first annual Laurita Gourmet Food Truck Invitational. The event will bring fourteen different gourmet food trucks to one of the most scenic settings in New Jersey. This is a weekend that will satisfy food and wine enthusiasts and discerning palates with a taste-tingling array of global cuisine.
No palate will be left unsatisfied, with selections from sweet to savory and ethnic to outrageous. Several award winners from this year’s Monmouth Park Food Truck event will be featured.
Truck offerings include Bacon on Wheels’ show-stopping Southern fried bacon on a stick, chocolate covered bacon and other bacon-centric specialties; delicious Pad Thai, satay and curry puffs from Aroy-D the Thai Elephant Truck; and Puerto Rican specialties such as roasted pork flat bread sandwiches, chorizo sliders and tostones from El Lechon de Negron and mouthwatering empanadas from Freehold’s own Empanada Guy. Morris Grilled Cheese will delight with a selection of grilled cheese favorites, including the savory Delicate Cheese sandwich made with truffle cheese and truffle butter. The Outslider brings a new twist to the popular slider fad, and Ahh! la Cart offers unique takes on favorites such as meatball sliders and chicken cheesesteak sandwiches. Taste of Smoke’s big rig tempts with beef, pork and chicken cooked low and slow, and perennial NYC favorite Red Hook Lobster Pound will bring its legendary lobster rolls for a one-day stop on Saturday.
Wine bars are conveniently located inside the winery and throughout the grounds serving Laurita’s award winning wines and their cooling Summer Sangria. Be sure to save room for dessert from Four Boys ice cream truck and Cupcake Carnivale.
Inside Laurita’s breathtaking air conditioned winery, Branches Catering, a Laurita house caterer, will be serving roast tenderloin sandwich on a brioche roll with cabernet mayonnaise, artisanal cheese selections, and two dishes featuring local farm-to-table cuisine: a grilled vegetable plate with mozzarella and olive oil, and “5-Mile Fruit Cup,” featuring fruit grown within five miles of Laurita Winery.
Bring your lawn chairs and beach blankets to enjoy the festivities on Laurita Winery’s rolling grassy slopes, many terraces and pergolas overlooking 40 cultivated acres of vineyards, or stake your spot in the adjacent Wine Garden, a cool, shaded area with a children’s playground and two entertainment stages. Live entertainment on Saturday includes License to Chill featuring Vini Lopez, former drummer of the E Street Band, The Backseat Devils, and Thomas Wesley Stern. Sunday entertainment showcases Half Brothers, The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn and the Matt O’Ree Band. Browse crafters and artisans including live exhibitions from Dan the Chainsaw Wood Carver. There will be plenty of activities for the kids, including pony rides, face painters and more.
Complimentary vineyard wagon tours are offered both days. A special feature is the Laurita Barrel Tasting, an informal talk limited to small groups and taking place in the indoor wine production facility, for a cost of $10 per person. A souvenir Laurita wine glass is included.
Branches Catering operates ‘The MarketPlace‘ at the winery for walk-up offerings of artisanal cheese plates, panini sandwiches and daily specials. Headquartered in West Long Branch for 11 years, the award-winning Branches caters indoor or tented wedding in the vineyard or at the charming Inn at Laurita just minutes away. Social milestones can be booked in one of the winery’s three indoor rooms or the entire facility, accommodating 45 to 200 guests. Visit www.BranchesCatering.com for more information or call 732-542-5050.
Minutes away is The Inn at Laurita Winery, a restored and renovated farmhouse offering the rustic appeal of the original homestead with the elegance of designer appointed guest rooms and the comforts of modern amenities. Full service massage and spa services are available to Inn guests and the public at the onsite Healing Spirits Spa. Check www.InnatLauritaWinery.com for more details and availability. The adjacent Equestrian Center offers riding lessons and trail rides, to complete the Laurita Winery experience.
The Laurita Gourmet Food Truck Invitational will take place from 11 am until 9 pm on Saturday and from 11 am until 6 pm on Sunday. Daily admission is $7 per adult, (save $2 by purchasing on-line at www.Lauritawinery.com/foodtruck.php). Children 12 and-under are free. Admission includes parking, shuttle service, and entrance to the event . Food prices vary by vendor. Laurita Winery is located in Central New Jersey, 10 minutes from Great Adventure, with easy access from Philadelphia and NYC areas via NJ Turnpike, I-195 and Garden State Parkway. GPS users enter 85 Archertown Road, New Egypt 08533. Call 609-758-8000 or visit online for more information. Click here for directions