2nd Annual After the Harvest Wine & Food Event Presented to Headline Culinary Arts Institute at Hudson County Community College on October 27

October 8, 2018

Event to feature New Jersey wines, tastings, culinary pairings, wine tutorials and live music.


October 8, 2018, Jersey City, NJ – Just as the harvest season winds down this fall, the 2nd annual After the Harvest Wine & Food event will headline the Culinary Arts Institute at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City on Saturday, October 27 from 1-5 p.m. when member wineries of the Garden State Wine Growers Association and the Culinary Arts Institute and Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development team up for this fall event.

Unlike many of the outdoor festivals in the state, the After the Harvest event will be an intimate experience, allowing for engagement with winery representatives to discuss the wines being sampled. Educational wine tutorials will also be held. Musical entertainment, vendors and other refreshments will be on the docket.

Participating wineries will be Amalthea Cellars (Atco), Cedar Rose Vineyards (Vineland), Tomasello Winery (Hammonton), Valenzano Winery (Shamong) and Villa Milagro Vineyards (Finesville).

There will be a maximum of 300 tickets sold for this event. Each ticket is $25 and entitles you to tastings, wine seminars and a FREE wine glass, which you will pick up on the day of the event (proper ID required). There is also a non-drinker ticket priced at $10 available. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at http://tinyurl.com/wineandfood2018 All attendees must be at least 21 years old. Advance sales are encouraged as there will only be a limited supply of tickets sold the day of the event for the price of $30. Attendees will be admitted at 12.30 pm and wine tasting will begin at 1 pm.

“Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success and helped introduce New Jersey wines and our wineries to a brand new audience in Jersey City. Attendees enjoyed not only the wine sampling but being able to interact with the Culinary Arts Institute’s team of student chefs as they prepared sample dishes paired with NJ wines,” said Tom Cosentino, Executive Director of the Garden State Wine Growers Association.

“After the Harvest Wine & Food event is a great showcase for Hudson County Community College. We’re very happy to team with the New Jersey wine industry and host the event for a second year,” said Dr. Eric Friedman, Executive Vice President and Provost at Hudson County Community College.

Hudson County Community College President Dr. Chris Reber added, “Thanks to our partnership with the Garden State Wine Growers Association and the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, more people can discover our nationally ranked Culinary Arts Institute as a premier venue and learn about New Jersey’s premier growing wine producers.”

Garden State Wine Growers Association member wineries will sample on the first floor of the Culinary Arts Center from 1-5 pm and attendees will be able to buy wine by the bottle and case. Educational wine tutorials will be held from 1-4 pm in the meeting rooms adjacent to the wine tasting area. Talks will feature topics such as the Health Benefits of Drinking Wine, hosted by Dr. Audrey Gambino, owner and winemaker at Villa Milagro Vineyards. Dr. Gambino is author of numerous books, a former television show host and one of the most quoted nutritionist in the country. Tom Cosentino, executive director of the Garden State Wine Growers Association will give a talk on the 5 S’s of wine tasting. On the third floor in the Culinary Arts Center kitchens, guests will be able to enjoy small samples paired with a wine from each of the participating wineries. Other elements of the event will include musical entertainment, vendors and other refreshments.

New Jersey wines continue to achieve great acclaim and awareness. New Jersey wines regularly win Best of Show, Double Gold and Gold Medals in such prestigious competitions as the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, Tasters Guild International Competition, Beverage Tasting Institute World Wine Championship and Indianapolis Wine Competition among others.

The Garden State Wine Growers Association is the statewide organization for the advocacy and promotion of the New Jersey wine industry. Founded in 1984, the association has driven exponential growth through wine education initiatives, cooperative marketing campaigns, and a slate of annual events dedicated to taking our wines across New Jersey, and encouraging enthusiasts to visit our wineries. Comprised of over 50 members, the GSWGA produces wine events and wine trail weekends in participating winery tasting rooms statewide, to market the locally produced wines of the Garden State. The Association also addresses the legislative affairs and public relations of the state’s wine industry.

For more information, visit www.newjerseywines.com.