Red Bank’s thriving arts and music scene, combined with its lengthy list of shopping establishments, make it the ideal spot for a relaxing New Jersey experience. Those looking to soak in the city’s unique brand of creative expression and culture will love visiting the Count Basie Theater, Two River Theatre Company, and Beacon Fine Arts Gallery. If your ideal getaway includes shopping, then the RiverCenter Business District is a must. Here travelers will find a plethora of internationally renowned retailers including Tiffany & Co., Urban Outfitters, and more.
The Red Bank International Beer, Wine, and Food Fest is one of the top spring culinary events in New Jersey, and it will take place April 22 in the White Street Parking Lot. This year's event will feature 25 Red Bank restaurants serving cuisines from Korea, America, China, Italy, and more. From Italian Fried Calamari to London Broil, people will have little trouble finding foods to delight their taste buds. Those with a sweet tooth will love the selection of desserts such as Dutch Funnel Cake, Italian Zeppoli, and Nutella Mini Donuts. Attendees over 21 years old can purchase beers from renowned producers like Heineken and Newcastle. Oenophiles will find a variety of wines with vintages coming from as far away as Spain and Australia. A spectrum of musicians and groups will perform live throughout the event including genres such as Reggae, Irish Rock, and German Oompah. The event benefits local organizations such as Red Bank RiverCenter, Booker Cancer Center, and Red Bank Regional High School. ResortsandLodges.com interviewed Event Representative, Ruthanne Harrison, to learn more about this unique celebration of international food and drink.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
RH: This will be the 7th year.
RAL: How many annual attendees do you draw?
RH: Organizers expect between 16,000 and 20,000 attendees.
RAL: What demographic does your event attract? Children? Families? Couples?
RH: The event has something for all ages.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
RH: The international flavor. People will find a variety of foods and beverages from around the world.
RAL: Take me through a day at the event. What can I expect as an attendee?
RH: Live music on two stages, International Food, Beer & Wine, Unique Vendors.
RAL: Will there be any guest appearances?
RH: There will be a variety of performing acts including Metalachi, The Weeklings, The Nerds, Remember Jones, Italian Street Band, Edelweiss Oompah Band, Atlantic Watch Pipes & Drums, Verdict Reggae, Colossal Street Jam, and more!
RAL: What dining options will attendees encounter?
RH: 20 Red Bank Restaurants will be on-hand serving festival-style foods.
RAL: Tell us about the overall atmosphere?
RH: It’s a fun family-friendly party!
RAL: Are there any lodging specials that are set up for the event.
RH: Yes, Molly Pitcher Inn and Oyster Point Hotel
RAL: Does this drive business to your local economy?
RH: Absolutely, attendees end up patronizing many of the vendors and local businesses.
RAL: Does the event support a particular cause in the community?
RH: Yes, funds benefit Red Bank RiverCenter, Booker Cancer Center, and Red Bank Regional High School.
RAL: Why should people come to your event?
RH: It’s a family-friendly, outdoor celebration of International food, music, wine, and beer! Red Banks eateries will be selling great food throughout the festival! International wines and beers will also be available for purchase. You’ll also be able to experience unique vendors, activities for kids, a petting zoo, as well as great live International and All American music on two stages! Admission is $5 for anyone over the age of 10. The event is a fundraiser for Red Bank RiverCenter & other local non-profit organizations.
For more information about the Red Bank International Beer, Wine, and Food Festival, please visit the event website.