Get Jazzed About New Jersey Wines at the Jazz it Up Wine Festival, September 5 & 6

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Garden State Wine Growers Association holds 2 day wine tasting event to be held at the stunning & historic Allaire State Park in Farmingdale

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Patrons tasting NJ's latest vintage at the 2014 Jazz It Up Festival

The Pine Creek Railroad operates a steam engine train that chugs through the park as well, making Jazz it Up one of the most family friendly events on the GSWGA festival calendar.

Wine and Jazz have many similar sensory aspects. Both can be surprising and unexpected. They are each crafted by masters who spend lifetimes practicing their art, and both have the ability to transport the soul! Jazz it Up, New Jersey’s largest wine festival, will feature 17 Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA) wineries, nearly 300 locally-produced wines to sample, live jazz music, kids’ activities, and delicious food and craft vendors. Patrons will enjoy five hours of wine tasting and celebrate the beginning of the 2015 harvest with NJ winemakers and grape growers.

The festival also provides visitors with the opportunity to tour Allaire Village, a 19th century ironworking living history town located within the festival grounds at the state park. Guests learn the daily life of early American manufacturing in the 1830s and ‘40s. If they’re lucky, they can help with the chores too! The Pine Creek Railroad operates a steam engine train that chugs through the park as well, making Jazz it Up one of the most family friendly events on the GSWGA festival calendar.

Festival attendees will have the opportunity to sample wines from 12 to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, or set up a picnic on the lawn while listening to the jazz performances. On Saturday, the Dirk Quinn Band will take to the stage in anticipation of its soon to be released third studio album. This Philadelphia-based, high energy funk fusion Jazz group has toured extensively through the United States and Canada. On Sunday, The Jazz Lobsters will serve a dish of hot brass- drawn butter and a sip of Chardonnay optional. The Lobsters have a wide range of musical styles to draw from- from Count Basie and Sinatra standards to classic Motown and even Reggae. If the genre shows off the horn section, this band has been playing it for decades through the Jersey Shore club scene.

An assortment of delicious foods will be available all weekend to round out the festival attractions. Nomad Pizza of Hopewell will serve rustic wood-fired pizzas, while food truck favorites like the Mexiflip Taco Truck and Oink & Moo BBQ will also be serving. Waffle de Lys creates decadent Belgium Waffles, perfect for both the fantastic ice wines and ports that you can find at the winery tents. Craft vendors will offer an assortment of jams, jellies, sauces, pastas, vinegars, oils and more.

Tickets are $25 per person; non-tasters and those under 21 are free. Tickets can be purchased online at a $5 discount, which is available through Friday September 4th. Admission includes a souvenir wine glass that can be used to sample the wines. Ticket price does not include a $5 state park parking donation used to support the historic village and park maintenance. Allaire State Park is located in Farmingdale, NJ, and the Jazz it Up festival will run from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Ticket information, a festival guide, and the full list of winery participants can be found visit

The GSWGA is a coalition of nearly 50 wineries and vineyards across New Jersey, dedicated to raising the quality and awareness of the New Jersey wine industry. For more information, please contact Executive Director John Cifelli at 908-866-6529 or John(at)newjerseywines(dot)com.

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