BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The 7th Annual Bloomfield Restaurant Week (BRW) kicks off this Saturday, August 4th with a “who’s who” of Bloomfield’s long-time favorites and new entries to the growing restaurant scene in town. More than 25 restaurants are lined up to be included in the event has been a summer highlight over the years. This year, lunch offerings start as low as $8.00 and dinner options range from $13-$30, so there’s sure to be something for practically every "taste" and budget.

"BRW is important because it showcases diverse cuisines to match our diverse community and also promotes shopping and eating locally," said event chair Maria Probst. "I hope many will come celebrate BRW with us."

In addition to a growing list of restaurant participants, this year's BRW event is getting a boost from corporate sponsors like Xfinity and Comcast Spotlight, several Bloomfield-based businesses, and multiple Bloomfield and Essex County officials, including Mayor Michael J. Venezia.

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“Bloomfield Restaurant Week is one of the most eagerly-anticipated annual events our township has to offer,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “We are thrilled that so many local establishments have enjoyed participating over the past six years and look forward to many more joining in this year’s festivities. Our residents get to have great meals for less than they normally would pay for them and Bloomfield restaurants receive added exposure for taking part - It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Complimentary two-hour parking will be available during BRW beginning at 11:00 AM at bagged meters, courtesy of the Bloomfield Parking Utility. 

In addition, there is a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to a BRW restaurant through a sweepstakes going on through August 12th. Entries are made through the event's Facebook page or website. 

Also, in conjunction with Bloomfield Restaurant Week, the Bloomfield Recreation Department will offer "Drop & Dine" nights at the Civic Center on August 9-11 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for children in grades K-6 (Fee: $20 per night, per child). There will be a hands-on class for children to participate in each night: August 9 – Minds In Motion, August 10 – Chef it Up, August 11 – You Scream, Ice Cream. Space is limited. Call 973-743-9074 to register or online at www.bloomfieldrecreation.org.

For the full list of participating restaurants, visit www.bloomfieldrestaurantweek.com