The NEW 2015 Visit Monmouth Guide is Here!

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We are SO excited to present the 2015 Visit Monmouth Guide
Now available in print and online.

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2015 Events


Spark’s events enjoy a well-earned reputation as the top events in the area, with tremendous promotion, attendance and mass appeal.

2015 Events

March 8, 2015
Belmar Restaurant Tour (Dining throughout Belmar)
Attendance: 1,500

May 23-25, 2015
Food Truck Showdown (Monmouth Park)
Attendance: 40,000

June 12-14, 2015
NJ Seafood Festival (Silver Lake Park, Belmar NJ)
Attendance: 200,000+

June 27, 2015
Food Truck Jam (Manahawkin Mart)
Attendance: 5,000

July-August 2015
Belmar Movies on the Beach (8 Saturday evenings in Belmar (rain date: Sun))
Attendance: 300-500+/week

July-August 2015
90.5 The NIGHT’s Songwriters on the Beach (5th Ave. Beach, Belmar)
Several hundred people per week plus extensive radio

July 15, 2015
NJ Sandcastle Contest (18th Ave. Beach, Belmar)
Attendance: 10,000

July 25, 2015
Food Truck Jam (Manahawkin Mart)
Attendance: 5,000

August 15-16, 2015
Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-off (Monmouth Park)
Attendance: 30,000

August 29, 2015
Food Truck Jam (Manahawkin Mart)
Attendance: 5,000

September TBD
Trucktoberfest (Monmouth Park)

September 5-7, 2015
BBQ Craft Beer Fest (Monmouth Park)
Attendance: 30,000

September 11-13 2015
Belmar Pro Surf Tournament (Belmar)
Attendance: 40,000

September 19-20 2015
Belmar Feast of San Gennaro (Belmar)
Attendance: 20,000

September 26, 2015
Food Truck Jam (Manahawkin Mart)
Attendance: 5,000

October 11, 2015
Belmar Oktoberfest (Belmar)
Attendance: 5,000

October 31, 2015
Food Truck Jam (Manahawkin Mart)
Attendance: 5,000

Attendance numbers are estimates based on past performance. Attendance at outdoor events is weather dependent.

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Belmar Beer on the Pier

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Food Trucktoberfest at Monmouth Park

El Lechon de Negro wins “Top Truck” award at Trucktoberfest. Click here for the full article: Food Truckoberfest at Monmouth Park

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Swing Dancing performance at the Feast of San Gennaro!


Sunday, September 21st , LIVE Swing Dancing with Paolo & Laurentina and the City Rhythm Orchestra.
Paolo & Lauren have been dancing together for over 7 years. They are experts in the historical Swing styles such as The Lindy Hop, The Balboa and Collegiate Shag. Early on Paolo trained with Swing Specialists Steven Mitchell, Ryan & Jenny, Marcus & Barble, Old Timer Frankie Manning and others of great stature. Paolo and his original partner Janice Wilson rapidly found success as Lindy Hoppers, winning competitions and teaching/performing worldwide (from Montreal to Australia). Paolo Pasta Lanna’s first Theater/Stage Tour came in 2000 when invited by Wynton Marsalis to travel with The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Theater Tours that followed included “Swing Dance America” and “Forever Swing” The Big Band Musical Revue that featured Michael Buble. Paolo also appeared on Television programs CNBC’s Great Stuff, The David Letterman Show, and most recently Project Runway Season 11.  Lauren trained early on as a Ballroom Dancer and developed her own graceful smooth styling in Swing. Paolo and Lauren both appear in several dance instructional DVDs produced by Jumpin’ Entertainment.
Today they continue to hone their skills of these historic American dances by teaching and performing throughout the Country.


The Feast of San Gennaro
September 20 & 21, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Main St. between 10th and 13th Avenues, Belmar, New Jersey
The festival will feature plenty of Italian foods, wines, games and activities, starting with the traditional procession of the statue of San Gennaro.

Featured News

Photo Contest – Monmouth & Ocean County Photos

Calling all professional, amateur and enthusiastic shutterbugs…Two major Jersey Shore tourism organizations, the Ocean County Department of Business Development and Tourism and Monmouth County Tourism have partnered with Spark Market Solutions, LLC of Red Bank, NJ to produce Explore Ocean ’16, and the 2016 issue of the Visit Monmouth Guide. These two power house high-end travel and tourism guides will highlight both regions as vacation destinations. Spark Market Solutions is looking for diverse, artistic photos of your favorite areas of Ocean & Monmouth Counties. Think beach, surf, family fun or what makes people come to the Jersey Shore. Please remember releases will be needed for children.

Images chosen for these publications will be featured with full photo credit, and the grand prize winner will appear on the cover and receive a $250 cash prize.
Submit all high resolution photos via email to:
Deadline: September 30, 2015


2014 Belmar Seafood Festival

28th Annual Belmar Seafood Festival at Silver Lake Park, Belmar, NJ, June 13-15 2014


Food Truck Showdown

Hungry for good eats? Make your way to the Manahawkin Mart on East Bay Avenue on Saturday, July 5th and Saturday July 26th from 10 am until 5 pm when the best food trucks from New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia roll into town for the ultimate Food Truck Showdown. Chow down on ethnic delicacies from Empanada Guy, El Lechon de Negron, and Hibachi Heaven. Sink your teeth into all-American favorites like Callahan’s Hot Dogs, Oink and the Moo BBQ and Five Sisters and outrageous specialties from Bacon on Wheels, 1 Potato Two and  Chimney Cake Factory. Savor sweet treats from Waffle de Lys, Four Boys, Kona Ice and Hoffman’s Ice Cream, just to name a few. Enter to win a four pack of tickets to a 2014 New Jersey Devils game or an overnight stay at FantaSeas Resort in Atlantic City. While you’re there, browse specialty and craft vendors and the Shoppes at Manahawkin Mart.


Don’t miss the Manahawkin Food Truck Showdown on Saturday July 5th and Saturday July 26th, from 10 am until 5 pm at the Shoppes at Manahawkin Mart on East Bay Avenue. Brought to you by Power Home Remodeling, the New Jersey Devils, 95.9 The Rat and Country Thunder 106 and produced by Spark Market Solutions. For more information call 732-747-4449.

 Admission is free.


Hot Rods & Food Trucks

Hot Rods and Food Trucks

Saturday 6/21/2014

Bay Blvd., Seaside Heights, NJ


Cost/Cover: Free to spectators; car owners $20 to register

Contact Info: Tom Michaels 855-478-6888

The Food Trucks…

1 Potato Two

Callahan’s Hot Dogs

Chimney Cake Factory

Chip Stix

Dellano’s Food Service

El Lechon de Negron

Four Boys Concessions

Hibachi Heaven

Hoffman’s Ice Cream

Jersey Johnny’s Grill

Kona Ice

Mary Queen of Pork

Sanducci’s Wood Fried Pizza

Zinna’s Bistro