Edison, NJ - The Edison Chamber of Commerce recently held its 3rd annual Food, Wine and Beer Festival at Papaianni Park in Edison on Saturday.
The event featured a variety of food and dessert trucks, face painting and activities for children, live bands, local vendors, artists, and retailers. Vendors included the Coffee House, Asbury Park Brewery, HempWorx, and Jersey Mike’s Subs, along with many others.
George Pezet and Joanne Pezet, like many attendees, said that they were drawn to the Festival by the food and music. “There's a great choice of food, and the weather’s beautiful. It’s a nice thing to do on a Saturday afternoon.”
“It’s been an awesome event, it’s been a huge turnout. Everybody seems to be so happy,“ said Karen Gourley, who serves on the Board of Directors for the Edison Chamber of Commerce. “There’s been awesome entertainment, so it’s really been a great event.”
The event also offered vendors, many of which were small businesses, an opportunity to showcase their products and services. In total, 55 vendors participated at the festival.
For some businesses, it was an opportunity to educate the public about their products, while others viewed the festival as a platform to increase their visibility.
“It’s definitely a great festival. We were packed before just telling people about CBD,”said Michael Veltre from HempWorx.
“What this festival has done for us here today is, it’s exposed us to a whole new group of people. Coming to the food, wine and beer festival, you get a good mix of people whether it’s from all different kinds of backgrounds, all different kinds of ethnicities, and it brings together a community that you can really educate and promote our product,” said Mr. Veltre.
Gloria Briggs, a brand ambassador for Momentum Solar, told TAPinto Edison that the festival allows her company to increase its visibility. “When you come out to events like this you meet new people, you get to feel new vibes, and you can network – it takes your business far.”
“There’s so many really cool vendors, and I wish I could get around and look at more, but it’s nice to support local small businesses, and I think it’s important to do that, especially now,” said Kathy Lanzen, event supervisor for Popcorn for the People.