May 29th & 30th at Monmouth Park Racetrack
Event: Munchmobile Hot Dog Showdown
Dates & Time: Saturday May 29th and Sunday May 30th from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Monmouth Park Racetrack, 175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport (event is inside the main gate, behind the grandstand.) Event goes on Rain or shine
Cost: General admission to track: $3, children age 12 & under free. Food and drink prices vary
Additional info for public: www.monmouthpark.com or 732.222.5100
Oceanport, NJ: Do you relish great hot dogs and burgers? Kick off the summer by munching on the best hot dogs and burgers from across the Garden State. Decide which ones cut the mustard, and cast your vote for top dog and burger at the Munchmobile Hot Dog Showdown, Saturday May 29th and Sunday May 30th from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport.
The Windmill, with eight central New Jersey locations, competes for top dog honors against Jersey Johnny’s from Pequanock, Charlie’s Famous Italian Hot Dogs of Kenilworth and Wally’s Hot Diggity Dogs of Bayonne. In the burger category Consolidated Dairies, Wallington, now offering Pat LaFrieda Meats to restaurants across the state, will go head to head with The Windmill.
These hot dog and burger pros are ready for battle and confident that they know how to create the sizzle. Throughout the event, the public is invited to enter to win great prizes and cast their vote for People’s Choice Awards in both categories. On Sunday afternoon, Munch master Pete Genovese & The Munchmobile will be onsite on Sunday to meet Munchmobile fans. Hot dog and burger judging by Genovese and a panel of food and media industry judges begins at approximately 1:30 p.m. Awards in all categories will be announced on Sunday afternoon at approximately 3 pm.
On Saturday enjoy live music from The Amboys. On Sunday The Koots entertain. Bring the whole family for Sunday’s Star Ledger Family Day with clowns, pony rides, face painting & more. Of course there’s exciting thoroughbred racing all weekend, with the first race starting at 12:50 p.m. General admission to Monmouth Park Racetrack is $3. Children age 12 and under are admitted free. Food and drink prices vary. Visit www.MonmouthPark.com or 732-222-5100 for more event information.
The Hot Dog Showdown is sponsored by Monmouth Park Racetrack, Star-Ledger & nj.com / Everything Jersey, 90.5 FM The Night, Garden State Menu, Renewal by Andersen, DonQ Rum and Alure Owens Corning Basement Finishing System. Event Management provided by Spark Market Solutions.
Fighting words from the participants:
“A WindMill hot dog isn’t just something you eat. It’s an experience. From the grill, to the bun, to the tray…the anticipation of the first bite builds and never disappoints..pure hot dog bliss…. and one of Martha Stewart’s favorite hot dogs,” says Rena Levine, CEO of WindMill’s eight location empire. “Windmill has been serving great dogs and more since ’64. And have I mentioned our cheese fries are to die for?” According to Levine, “a WindMill hot dog is done to perfection when it blows up and cracks wide open.”
“Wally’s Hot Diggidy Dogs is Bayonne’s place to go for the best grilled and water cooked dogs. Wally’s offers top quality Boars Head Hot Dogs in three sizes. Go for tradition or try a Reuben dog, a Chicago Rock or top them off with homemade mouth watering chili and homemade sweet onions. Not hot for hotdogs? Try a grilled burger, cheesesteak, chicken burger or Wally’s sausage, peppers and onion sandwiches. Round it out fresh cut fries, grilled pretzels and fried dill pickles. So come on in, you’re sure to grin at Wally’s Hot Diggidy Dogs,” says Wally’s owner Walt Schember. “Wally’s hot dogs are done to perfection,” says Schember, “when the color is just the right deep reddish brown.” “Legendary Pat La Frieda Wholesale Meat Purveyors has supplied the best restaurants in New York for three generations and will now be offering those meats to Jersey eateries through its distributer Consolidated Dairies. To whet the appetites of Garden State foodies for the ultimate beef, Consolidated Dairies’ burgers will be smokin’ the competition in the Hot Dog Showdown,” says Jim Higgins, Consolidated Diaries’ Supply Chain Manager, standing on the combined 175+ years of experience of the two food firms.
For 27 years, sometimes seven and a half days a week, John DiGangi has been cooking up classic dogs. For 23 years, he’s been making chili sauce with secret ingredients he’s not about to share. Just four months ago, DiGangi opened Jersey Johnny’s Grill, in Pequanock, in Morris County. Jersey Johnny’s serves classic North Jersey dogs “all the way”-that is deep fried with chili sauce, onions and spicy brown mustard. “One taste of our food will have you coming back again and again, says DiGangi. The new spot’s rallying cry is “let’s go all the way at Jersey Johnny’s.” And how does this seasoned veteran know when a Jersey Johnny’s hot dog is at its best? “It talks to you,” responds DiGangi!
“Charlie’s Famous Italian Hot Dogs of Kenilworth has been serving Italian hot dogs forever,” according to owner, Jimmy Guarino. “Look for dogs that are just like the old days in the old neighborhood. Charlie’s dogs are not too spicy, with mustard, perfectly cooked peppers and onions and crispy potatoes on a half of pizza roll.” Asked when a Charlie’s hot dog is cooked to perfection, Guarino explains that “Italian hot dogs thrive on more than a bit of grease. A Charlie’s dog is done to perfection when it floats.”
Festival Dates: June 11, 12 &13, 2010
Hours: Friday, 4-7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Silver Lake Park, Belmar (Ocean Avenue between 5th and 6th avenues)
Produced by: The Belmar Tourism Commission, 601 W. Main St., Belmar, NJ 07719
Pricing: Admission to the festival is free. Food, beverages, crafts and other items are for sale
Entertainment Schedule at end of Release
Additional Public Information: www.belmar.com 732 681-3700, ext. 214
Belmar, NJ – May 25, 2010: Where can you see lobsters fly and clams roll? The New Jersey Seafood Festival in Belmar, June 11 – 13, 2010 is the place to go. “The amount and variety of seafood that will be dished out at the food extravaganza, now in its 24th year, is truly astonishing,” according to Mary Brabazon, festival coordinator and Belmar Tourism Director. This year the festival expands to Friday evening to attract local area residents, and for 19 memorable hours, chefs from 45 of the area’s finest restaurants and food vendors will serve all manner of seafood from traditional steamed lobster, crab cakes, shrimp and calamari to the more exotic alligator sausage, sushi, conch fritters and fish tacos.
Renowned Jersey Shore caterer Branches Catering, West Long Branch, will host an international wine tent and garden that offers visitors age 21 and over a spot where they can listen to live music, enjoy a glass of wine with the Festival’s tasty offerings, including Branches’ raw bar and delicious lobster rolls, and talk with wine experts about food and wine pairings, vintages and more. New this year, connoisseurs will be able to enjoy specially chosen New Jersey Seafood Festival Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
The festival, organized by the Belmar Tourism Commission, also features live entertainment by R&B Express on Friday evening, Red Wagon, HOLME and the Shore Blues Band on Saturday and The Pat Roddy Band, Living Proof and The Blackberry Blues Band on Sunday. Dozens of crafters and commercial vendors, community organizations and a children’s tent with a variety of activities for young visitors provide lots of enjoyment for the whole family. It has twice been named one of the top 100 events in the United States by the American Bus Association and received a New Jersey Governor’s Tourism Award for Excellence.
The festival is held in Silver Lake Park, on the west side of Ocean Avenue between 5th and 6th avenues. Admission is free and food prices vary. For the first time the festival expands to Friday evening. Festival hours are Friday 4-7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine. On Saturday and Sunday, a free festival trolley will loop through Belmar with stops at the festival, Belmar’s Train Station and the Belmar Marina parking lot, located west of Route 35. No pets please.
Hosting the giant festival is a huge undertaking, according to Ms. Brabazon, but one that is well worth the effort as it showcases Belmar as a fabulous vacation destination and enables the Belmar Tourism Commission to assist a variety of local non-profit organizations. A pre-festival VIP cocktail party will be held at Brandl, 703 Belmar Plaza, Belmar, from 6 to 9 p.m., on Tuesday, June 8, with proceeds supporting the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Cocktail party tickets are $50 and are available through the Food Bank at 732.918.2600 or the Belmar Tourism Commission at 732.681.3700, ext. 214. For additional festival and cocktail party information please visitwww.belmar.com.
Entertainment Schedule Friday, June 11th 4-7 pm R&B Express
Saturday June 12th 11:30 am-1:30 pm Red Wagon 2-4:30 pm HOLME 5-7 pm The Shore Blues Band
Sunday June 13th 11:30 am-1:30 pm The Pat Roddy Band 2-5 pm Living Proof 5:30-7 pm Blackberry Blues Band