Thursday, December 4, 2014

Food Trucks and Fire Pits

On our way back from New York on the Saturday after Thanksgiving we stopped at Laurita Winery in New Egypt, New Jersey for Food Trucks & Fire Pits.  This was my first time at this winery and I had no expectations on what to expect.

The grounds were very impressive and huge.  It is clear this winery can accommodate a huge crowd on it's grounds for events.  The picture above is the food truck area that lead to a stage and the tasting room.

The tasting room area was beautiful and huge.  Two levels to taste and enjoy a bottle of wine and be warm.  They do make a variety of wine ranging from dry to sweet and chocolate and strawberry.  The winery is fairly new as they planted in 1998 and they had their first harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in 2003.  Today they produce between 14,000 and 16,000 cases.

After our tasting we purchased a bottle of Cabernet Franc and headed to find a fire pit to hang out at and some food.
Cab Franc & Fried Cheese Curds
There were fire pits all around the property and they supplied the firewood.  We found a nice fire pit to hang out at and met some new friends. Now it was time to make trips to the food trucks.
Chicken Tacos

Chicken Braciole Sandwich
What I didn't like about the event:
  • $8 to get into the event and free glass, $7 to do a tasting.  Why not just charge $15 or even $20 for admission, keep the glass and get a free tasting.
  • Being served Naked Chardonnay that was flawed with Ethyl Acetate (nail polish remover smell) and not having another bottle opened.
What I liked about the event:
  • Part of the admission went to charity. 
  • The grounds!  Very impressive and able to hold lots of people and not feel crowded
  • Very well organized
  • The shuttles to/from parking area ran very frequently
  • Great variety of food trucks!
  • Overall it was a great event!

The evening ended with fireworks, but unfortunately we didn't stay for them.  We were a bit chilly even though we were sitting by the fire.

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