RED BANK: FLAVOUR FEST FEEDS THRONGS

Does Red Bank know how to eat or whut?

Mais oui! As proof, thousands of visitors jammed the White Street parking lot Sunday for the second annual Red Bank International Flavour Festival, bringing appetites not only for food, served up by two dozen of the town’s restaurants and food stores, but for dancing and general bonhomie.

redbankgreen was there with its point-and-shoot. Were you? Check out our collection of 75 snaps if you’re unsure.

Up next: Sippin’ on the River, in June.

RED BANK: EAT THE WORLD, ON WHITE STREET

It’s one of the inarguable upsides of immigration: the tickling of America’s taste buds. And visitors to Red Bank are among the beneficiaries this Sunday as the White Street parking lot morphs into a smorgasbord of border-crossing cuisines for the second annual International Flavour Festival. Sponsored by Red Bank RiverCenter, the event highlights the output of grilles, ovens and stoves of two dozen Red Bank restaurants and food retailers, with live entertainment and thousands of friendly faces from noon to 7 p.m. Rain date: May 5.  (Click to enlarge)

FIRED UP FOR THE FAIR HAVEN FAIR


There’s just enough room to squeeze between the rides and booths that pack the grounds of the Fire Haven firehouse for the annual Firemen’s Fair, touted as the largest such event in New Jersey. On Tuesday, volunteers oiled gears on a truck-themed  merry-go-round and hosed down each car of the ferris wheel, which can be seen from far down River Road.

The fair kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. and runs nightly through September 1, except on Sundays. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

WEEKEND: PINKHATSYARDSALEFOODFEST

Red Bank becomes a bargainhunter’s paradise on Saturday. On Sunday: food, acres of food. (Click to enlarge)

As the headline suggests, the weekend that awaits is jammed with the potential for good times.

We’ve got the fifth Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, this one making a migration from fall to spring.

We’ve got one of the inaugural events of this year’s weeklong Paint the Town Pink festivities to raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

And capping it all off, rain or shine, is the first-ever Red Bank International Flavour Fest, an outdoor celebration of the wide variety of cuisines available year-round at Red Bank restaurants.

And Mother Nature appears to be in a mood to cooperate.

Details, as they used to say when that was still a two-syllable word, are just below.

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SECOND FOOD FEST ADDED FOR 2012

oysterfest-2011Despite a one-week rain delay, the 2011 edition of the Oysterfest was packed most of the day. Proceeds help pay for downtown holiday lights, seen below being installed on Broad Street Thursday. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

stringerStart that diet or get ready to loosen your belt some more, because here comes another heaping plateful.

Red Bank RiverCenter, having pulled off two annual Guinness Oyster Festivals that each drew tens of thousands of visitors downtown, plans to add an International Food Festival to the same location – the White Street municipal parking lot – next spring.

The tentative date for the one-day event is Saturday, May 6, and as with Oysterfest, the event will serve as a showcase for Red Bank restaurants, says RiverCenter executive director Nancy Adams.

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OYSTERFEST: WORTH THE EXTRA WEEK’S WAIT

The second annual Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival, delayed a week by rain that never came, roared into in town on Sunday  under classic autumn conditions: cool, partly sunny and heartily festive.

Twenty-five Red Bank restaurants supplied culinary delights such as lobster rolls, seafood chowder, corned-beef sandwiches, bacon-topped cupcakes and, of course, Guinness and oysters by the boatload for thousands of visitors to the White Street municipal lot.

redbankgreen was there, natch. Were you? Look for yourself and your friends in our photos.

OYSTERFEST II SLIDES INTO TOWN SUNDAY

oysterfest-2010-1The event is once again a showcase for borough-based eateries, organizers say. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

An ongoing effort by Red Bank restaurateurs to reclaim downtown visitors and show off their skills with a spatula marks a milestone Sunday.

That’s when the second edition of the Guinness Oyster Festival, an event widely considered a success in its 2010 inaugural, returns to the White Street municipal parking lot for an afternoon of food, dry stout and music Sunday.

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JAZZ & BLUES: WE DIDN’T ‘HIJACK’ FOOD FEST

sausageFood vendors at the 2009 edition of the Jazz & Blues Festival in Marine Park. (Click to enlarge)

Stung by the way it says it has been characterized recently, the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation has taken to the media to trumpet its virtues and push back against claims that it “hijacked” an event that began as a showcase for Red Bank restaurants.

In the wake of a decision last month by borough restaurateurs and local officials to revive Riverfest, the predecessor event to the former Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival, foundation officials say in a letter distributed to news outlets that they didn’t know they were in a conflict until they read claims that Riverfest proponents had “won” the battle between the two.

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KABOOM: BRILLIANCE BEFORE & AFTER DARK

It seems that KaBoomfest is becoming two events in one: a night of drunken rowdiness, largely among teenagers who hang out on Red Bank’s West Front and Broad streets during the fireworks, and the traditional night of family-oriented entertainment.

These photos capture the brighter side of the event, from the smiles of festivalgoers to the gunpowder wizardry of the folks at Garden State Fireworks, who paint the sky so brilliantly.

Thanks to Peter Lindner for the barge pix and shots of the Friday night concert in Marine Park.

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