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Passport to a Culinary Adventure Part of Jazz Thursdays at Union Farmers Market


UNION, NJ – “Jazz Thursdays” are coming to the Union Farmers Market, beginning opening day, June 22.  

In conjunction with the Farmers Market and Jazz Thursdays, Union's Special Improvement District (SID) has created a “flavor-filled journey” with a ‘Passport to a Culinary Adventure in Union Center’ program with participating local downtown eateries.

“Jazz Thursdays at the Union Farmers Market”, hosted by the SID and sponsored in part by PSE&G, will include a line-up of a variety of jazz bands, orchestras and ensembles.

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“At every Jazz Thursday event, the SID will be there to welcome you and to register you to participate in the ‘Passport for a Culinary Adventure in Union Center’,” said SID Director Fatimah Raymond.  “This passport allows you to take a culinary journey to your favorite eateries and enjoy culturally diverse food right here in our Center and win big by getting your passport booklet stamped to be entered into a drawing for a grand prize.”

A purchase of $5 or more is required to receive a stamp in the culinary passport from participating merchants.

“It’s great to see the Center come alive with jazz and see our bakeries, pastry shops and restaurants so excited to participate in this event,” said SID President Joe Leo.  Over 20 merchants are participating in the Culinary Passport program.

Eateries participating in the “Passport to Culinary Adventure in Union Center” include:

Blue Ribbon Bakery

Bon Chon



Emily’s Portuguese Bakery

Gusta Rosso Trattoria & Bar

Magic Fountain

Barangay Union Grill & Food Mart

Brooklyn Pizza

Conca D’Oro

Don Alex Restaurant


Garden City

Great Wall Kitchen

Gusto & Sabor Colombiano

Hao Cai

Joe’s Place

Killer Vegan

Mommy’s African Bakery & Restaurant

Morris Thai Cuisine

Noodle Fan Thai & Asian Cuisine

Patio Café & Grill

Prestige Bagels & Deli

Style Sushi

Union BBQ

Van Gogh’s Ear Café

The Jazz Thursdays at the Union Farmers Market band schedule is as follows:

June 22:  Vernon Crowe

June 29:  David Cedeno Orchestra

July 6:  Clarence Connova

July 13:  Stephen Fuller

July 20:  Mike Kaplan Nonet

August 3:  Jay Rodriguez Jazz

August 10:  953 Music Group

August 17:  Bill Ware Puppeteers

August 24:  Dave Braham Ensemble

August 31:  Adam Brenner Quintet

September 7:  Adelante Latin Jazz Orchestra

September 14:  The Matt King Jazz Ensemble

September 28:  William Paterson University Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Thursdays music series is a free and family friendly event from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  (The Farmers Market is open 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.)  

Visitors to the Farmers Market can enter the promotion starting on June 22.  The winner(s) will be determined from all eligible entries received and selected based on the participant(s) with the most culinary adventure stamps on their Passport from the participating merchants during the promotional period.

The promotional period will be from Thursday, June 22,  to Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. All entries must be received during the promotional period to be eligible for selection.

For additional information on the Jazz Thursdays at the Union Farmers Market, visit or contact Fatimah Raymond, SID Director, at

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