Tips & Rules for a great Fireworks Festival experience!

The 6th Independence Day Fireworks Festival will be held on Monday, July 3, 2017.   Our goal is always to make this event more fun, more entertaining and more comfortable for our family and guests.  If you are new to Valenzano Festivals, below is a list of policies that have been put in place to ensure the most amount of visitors have the best possible experience. We look forward to your visit! 

UPDATE:  IN ORDER TO MANAGER CUSTOMER’S QUESTIONS AND PHONE CALLS, WE ARE ASKING THAT PEOPLE DO NOT CALL THE WINERY AND ASK IF TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT.

UPDATE:  THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT , THERE ARE NO TICKETS BEING SOLD AT THE GATE.

 UPDATE: OUR NEIGHBORS AT V&V FARMS HAVE PARKING WHERE YOU CAN WATCH THE SHOW IF YOU WERE UNABLE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR OUR FESTIVAL.  THEY WILL BE CHARGING $10.00.

UPDATE:  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE YOUR BARCODED TICKETS PRINTED – BUT IF YOU DO, THE LINE TO GET IN THE EVENT WILL BE MUCH MUCH QUICKER AND THE PEOPLE IN LINE BEHIND YOU WILL NOT GET MAD THAT YOU DID NOT READ THIS AND PRINT YOUR TICKETS.

UPDATE:  PLEASE PRINT YOUR BARCODED TICKETS!!! IT WILL MAKE ACCESS TO THE EVENT MUCH FASTER FOR EVERYONE!!!

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!   THERE ARE NO ADDITIONAL TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT.  TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

  • Ticket are SOLD OUT for this event.  There will be no ticket sales at the gate.
  • Printed paper tickets are required.  When you made your online ticket purchase you would have been sent 2 emails to the email address you provided.  The second email will have bar-code tickets that you will need to print.  These must be scanned at the gate.  If there is internet connectivity issues at the gate – we need paper backups so we can log your ticket manually.  Please print your ticket!!!
  • We have a lot of parking but it is limited.  We do not charge for parking at our property.  If our lot fills up – and it might- you may park at neighboring fields.  These fields are not owned by us and will charge a small fee for parking.
  • Getting to our festival site from the south end of Old Indian Mills Rd. is always the quicker route.  Tuckerton road is the route most traveled.
  • Busses and Limos – Pull down the main driveway (even if the lot is filled up).
  • There are 2 entrances. One is by our main parking lot.  This can only be accessed by customers parking in our main lot.  The second entrance is just off of Old Indian Mills Rd and the sough end of our farm.  Only visitors parking at our neighbor’s lots can access this entrance.   No pedestrians will be permitted to walk down our main driveway.  If you park north of our farm you must walk to the southern roadside entrance – not down the main driveway.  If our driveway is not full use our main parking.   Do not park on the side of the street. Parking on the street will cause an unnecessary long walk and will take you longer to get onto the property.
  • There will be  limited handicap parking.  This parking lot will fill up.  If it does, you can still drop off the handicap person by the main gate and then go park the car.  After our main parking lot fills up the only parking will be neighboring fields.  If you are visiting with someone in a walker or wheel chair please be sure to arrive before 6pm in order to ensure convenient parking.
  • Even though our family and staff are very friends to dogs – pets are not permitted at this event due to past incidents.
  • Your ticket is for entrance to the festival grounds, entertainment and an amazing fireworks display.  Wine and food are not included in the ticket price.   As always – if you have never tried Valenzano Wines – we invite you to visit our tasting room during regular business hours 7 days a week for a complimentary wine tasting.  We will offer you a one-on-one tasting with a knowledgeable wine representative who will walk you through our selection of wines and help you find the perfect bottle to match your tastes.  You may find this a more comfortable setting for wine tasting.  Regular business hours are Monday-Friday 11-5, Saturday and Sunday 11-4.  We encourage you to visit for a complimentary wine tasting.
  • Outside alcohol is not permitted other than wines produced by Valenzano Winery. There will be plenty of wine to purchase at the festival but we also allow customers to bring in their own selection of Valenzano Wines if those wines are in sealed, original bottles.
  • We are working on getting an ATM at the event but mobile ATMs do not always perform at large festivals.  Most food vendors and crafters will only accept cash.
  • Tents, and beach umbrellas are not permitted.
  • Tables larger than 20″x20″ are not permitted.
  • All visitors over 21 must have valid state driver’s license, passport or military ID.  Over-21 guests will be given a designated wrist band indicating their age.
  • NJ State Troopers will be patrolling the festival to ensure that only visitors with an over-21 wrist band are consuming wine.  NJ State Police ensure us that there will be no tolerance for underage drinking.
  • Bring a corkscrew!
  • Bring a flashlight!
  • Bring a lawn chair – lawn blankets are discouraged.  We have no problem with lawn blankets if they are being used.  Our customers do have a problem with unattended lawn blankets laid all over the property.  Unattended lawn blankets will be collected and given to Goodwill.
  • Keep hydrated.  All of our vendors will be selling water and you can purchase bottled water for $1.00 at our wine sales tent.
  • Keep an eye on your children.  We have had several ‘lost kid’ incidents at festivals and it is never fun.  Luckily our security has always done a great job and reuniting kids and parents but 2 years ago a lost child caused a 1-hour delay before we could start the fireworks display.
  • Do not try smuggling beer or alcohol into this event.  When you get caught you will be asked to leave.  Our post-festival employee party will be stocked with all the confiscated alcohol we catch visitors trying to smuggle into the festival.  You are welcome to try – but the people searching are the ones who plan on drinking later that evening.  It’s not likely they are going to miss something – especially if it’s a good bourbon, Kettle One, or cold Jaegermister.  One More Bar and Grill and Pic-A-Lilli play a big part in the organization and execution of this event.  They will be open after the show so save your ‘non-wine drinking’ till then.
  • Please drink responsibly.  Valenzano Winery has been hosting festivals for 16 years and our crowds are always the best!  Please continue this tradition of responsible beverage consumption.  Our trained staff will do its best to ensure that there are no incidents, but that can only be done if our customers are drinking responsibly as well as looking after their friends and family.
  • Designate a Driver!  After the festival there will be a lot of traffic with a lot of pedestrians.  Be sure no one under the influence has a chance to get behind the wheel.  NJ State Police will be monitoring activity in the parking lot after the festival.
  • We put a lot of effort into ensuring there is always a great selection of food trucks and food vendors at WineFest.  Supporting these local food vendors is the best way to ensure they keep coming back.
  • Please post pictures to #winefestnj .  You may win a prize or possibly a VIP tent for next year’s event.

Our staff at Valenzano Family Winery puts an enormous amount of effort into planning our festivals.  Our goal is always ‘to provide the best possible experience for the largest number of visitors’.  We are not perfect; we will anticipate incorrectly or forget something that should have been obvious.  We assure you that when these things become evident – we will recognize our mistakes and plan for it the following year.  One thing we are very proud if is the fact that every event we do is better managed, more entertaining, and more comfortable than the previous year’s event.  This is only possible because our amazing customers consistently give us the benefit of the doubt, and understand their best interest is our ultimate goal.

With that said – if something about the festival still drives you crazy to the point that you are compelled lay into us – please do so at [email protected] .  I have this email set to forward all emails daily to my brother at 10:00pm, just before he goes to bed.

New Vintage Shamong Red Reserve

Due to the growing conditions of 2016 for the Ives grape – our current vintage of Shamong Red Reserve will be slightly lighter in color than the previous 3 vintages. Shamong Red Reserve is a blend of Ives and concord.  shamong_shamongredreserve_transThe Ives grapes give the wine a distinct ‘cotton candy’ taste and smell and provided s a richer, jammier body and bouquet.  The taste of our 2016 should remain consistent but you will notice a slight variate in color from last years.  A very limited amount of this wine will be available so it will most likely be sold out from November ’17 – March ’18, with a new vintage being released in April 2018.

Please remember that grape growing conditions change every year so you best bet is to plan an annual visit the the winery where you can sample all of the wines that we have to offer before making a purchase.  We are also offering winery tours Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays which end with a private wine tasting and pairing.  This highly reviewed tour is a great reason to plan your next trip to the vineyards.

 

Valenzano Winery awarded two more Double Gold Medals!

Valenzano Family Winery,

Congratulations from the Great American International Wine Competition!  We are very happy to announce that you have received the following awards:

Double Gold         Malbec   2014
Double Gold         Sangiovese   2014
Silver                     Chambourcin   2015
Bronze                  Old Indian Mills Blend   2015
Bronze                  Vidal Blanc   2015Raiseaglass

Thank you for participating in our inaugural Competition – the event was a tremendous success and we have you to thank for it!   We had over 1,000 entries from 200+ wineries representing 12 countries and 26 US states!

Raise a Glass Foundation was founded to support worthy charities focused on adults and children throughout the world. Your submissions this year directly supported InterVol, a humanitarian group that recovers unused medical supplies and hospital equipment and ships them to countries in urgent need of assistance.

 

Drinking Pink…

Thanks again to the visitors to the Foodie Festival who shifted to the second sangria option to give it a try…our Pink Potion is a nice way to welcome the morning after a late night with friends, family, and celebration as well as an ideal addition to a brunch menu.

3 Parts Shamong Blush

2 Parts Shamong White

1 Part Ginger Ale

 

*We mixed our two wines thoroughly, in the case of the weekend pitchers, we used 3 to 2 bottles respectively. Once they were well blended, we added our sliced fresh strawberries and about 4 cups of Ginger Ale to top it off. Two healthy helpings of ice and we were good to go!

 

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The Bee’s Needs Recipe

To everyone who visited over the weekend and slipped into the barrel room with an open mind and an empty glass – thank you. We are always looking to find a new innovation and take on wine mixtures, and are overjoyed when they’re delicious and well received – and even more so when they have a socially conscious origin, Save the Bees!

The Bee’s Needs
3 parts Valenzano Vidal Blanc
2 parts Pinelands Blend Honey
1 parts Passionfruit Juice
(I used Welch’s Tropical Trio to save on having to measure quantities of juices)

Chill your Vidal Blanc. For the weekend pitcher we used three bottles, two helpings of ice, and stirred in about 3/4 of a medium sized bottle of honey from the Happy Bees Apiary NJ. Once we have these two elements incorporated we added our juice element. Continue stirring faithfully and keep chilled. Serve, Sip & Savor….and thank the bees

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Foodie Prep Steps

foodie instructions

Now Accepting Crafters and Food Trucks

WineFest 2017 is scheduled for September 16 & 17, 2017.  Registration for crafters and food trucks is now open.

Click Here Craft Vendor Application

Click Here Food Truck Vendor Application

We look forward to another great year of WineFest!!!

WINEFESTNJ 2017 UPDATE

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We are happy to announce that we have booked one of South Jersey’s most requested bands to perform Saturday at WineFest 2017.

Don’t Call Me Francis will be performing Saturday September 16, 2017 at this year’s event from 12:50-5:00pm.  We look forward to they amazing performance.

With over 25 years experience in the industry, the Don’t Call Me Francis Band is one of the most requested bands in the Philadelphia Tri-state area and beyond.

For 15 consecutive years, “DCMF” was voted the Best Band in South Jersey and the Delaware Valley, by the Courier Post’s Readers Choice Awards.

“DCMF” boasts a lineup of musicians whose credits include performances with Tower of Power, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Pretty Poison, Michael Bolton, Paula Abdul, Robert Hazard, Chicago, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Gloria Estefan, the Stylistics and the list continues.

Well known musicians including Mark Anthony, Morris Day of the Time, Max Weinberg, drummer of the Bruce Springsteen band, Neil Shawn of Motley Crue, and the members of the Beach Boys have played with the “DCMF” band.  Don’t Call Me Francis has even performed before entertainers such as Steve Winwood, Tom Jones and Brian Setzer.

Don’t Call Me Francis the high energy, smash-mouth, get up and jam type of band. SOMEBODY SCREAM! Don’t be tardy! It’s time to party!

 

Cake Off Recipes

After learning our lesson the first year of the Cake Off, we have provided a concise and fairly easy to make list of recipes to enjoy the moist, succulent samples from the Cake Off at home with friends & family.

To everyone who came out to try the samples and test the recipes with us, thank you again for the great weekend that celebrated our 3rd year of this tradition. Your open minds and willing appetites help make these events so much greater – Danny & the Crew

 

Pumpkin Spice Carrot Cake

Using the available Betty Crocker Carrot Cake mix, substitute the necessary 1 1/3 cup of water with the Valenzano Pumpkin Spice wine (or Jersey Devil Mead if unavailable). Mix thoroughly with the necessary oil & egg measurements. Add 1 tbsp of Half & Half or Whole Milk to mixture. Grease pan thoroughly before adding mixture. Cook for 20-25 mins, checking at least twice for consistency. Apply a liberal amount of Maple Buttercream icing after allowing to cool for 20 minutes.

 

Bramble On Red Velvet Cake

Using the available Betty Crocker Red Velvet Cake mix, substitute the necessary 1 1/3 cup of water with the Valenzano Bramble On Raspberry wine. Mix thoroughly with the necessary oil & egg measurements. Add 1 tbsp of Half & Half or Whole Milk to mixture. Grease pan thoroughly before adding mixture. Cook for 20-25 mins, checking at least twice for consistency. Apply a liberal amount of Cream Cheese icing after allowing to cool for 20 minutes.

 

Peach Pinot Grigio Lemon Cake

Using the available Betty Crocker Lemon Cake mix, substitute the necessary 1 1/3 cup of water with the Valenzano Peach Pinot Grigio wine. Mix thoroughly with the necessary oil & egg measurements. Add 1 tbsp of Half & Half or Whole Milk to mixture. Grease pan thoroughly before adding mixture. Cook for 20-25 mins, checking at least twice for consistency. Apply a liberal amount of Cream Cheese icing after allowing to cool for 20 minutes.

 

Plums Up Strawberry Sponge

Using the available Betty Crocker Strawberry Cake mix, substitute the necessary 1 1/3 cup of water with the Valenzano Plums Up wine. Mix thoroughly with the necessary oil & egg measurements. Add 1 tbsp of Half & Half or Whole Milk to mixture. Grease pan thoroughly before adding mixture. Cook for 20-25 mins, checking at least twice for consistency. Apply a liberal amount of Cream Cheese or Vanilla icing after allowing to cool for 20 minutes.

 

Jersey Devil’s Food Cake

Using the available Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake mix, substitute the necessary 1 1/3 cup of water with the Valenzano Jersey Devil Forte wine. Mix thoroughly with the necessary oil & egg measurements. Add 1 tbsp of Half & Half or Whole Milk to mixture. Grease pan thoroughly before adding mixture. Cook for 20-25 mins, checking at least twice for consistency. Apply a liberal amount of Dark Chocolate or Fudge icing after allowing to cool for 20 minutes (we whisked in almost ¼ cup of additional Port to the icing before liberally washing it over the cake).

 

German Chocolate Chambourcin Cake

Using the available Betty Crocker German Chocolate Cake mix, substitute the necessary 1 1/3 cup of water with the Valenzano Chambourcin wine. Mix thoroughly with the necessary oil & egg measurements. Add 1 tbsp of Half & Half or Whole Milk to mixture. Grease pan thoroughly before adding mixture. Cook for 20-25 mins, checking at least twice for consistency. Apply a liberal amount of Salted Caramel icing after allowing to cool for 20 minutes.

 

Sinfully Sweet & Foodie Festival Update

As we near the festival, we’ve reached out to our friends and affiliates
who are contributing to this first time experience to get a peak at some
of the free samples being offered to the visitors. Here’s a small list of
some of the sweets, treats, and nibbles available to sample as you make
your way around the facility.

foodie samples