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- Georgie - 05-03-2003 07:54 AM

The Biggest Gets Better!

The Garden State Wine Growers Association is bringing its popular Blues
& Wine at Waterloo festival to Waterloo Village on May 24 & 25 from Noon
to 5:00 p.m. The festival will once again feature several hundred New
Jersey wines for sampling and sales, great blues music, crafters, kids
activities, classic cars, and gourmet food with the gorgeous historic
Waterloo Village and its restored buildings as a backdrop.

A record 13 New Jersey wineries will offer samples and sales of their
award-winning wines. Wineries participating include: Alba Vineyard,
Amalthea Cellars, Amwell Valley Vineyard, Balic Winery, Bellview Winery,
Cream Ridge Winery, Four Sisters Winery, Hopewell Valley Vineyards,
King’s Road Winery, Sylvin Farms, Tomasello Winery, Unionville
Vineyards, and Valenzano Winery.

Gourmet food will once again accompany the award-winning wines this
year. Everything from jumbalya in bread bowls to baby crab cakes to
cheese and fruit platters to London Broil sandwiches to chicken Caesar
wraps to gourmet desserts will be available (at an additional charge).

Back by popular demand, the Black Widow Blues Band. The large horn and
rhythm sections of the Black Widow Blues Band is sure to get you on your
feet and dancing! Their version of the blues includes lots of soul and
funk along with many Motown favorites. Come hear why fans flock back
every year to hear this fantastic band!

They will be joined by the well-known BC and The Blues Crew. This band
has an attractive combination of Blues, R & B, Soul, Zydeco, Jazz, Funk
and Rock. As one critic put it: “If ever there was an election for
‘Queen of Pennsylvania Blues’ anyone who has seen or heard her voice
would vote for Bev Conklin, the powerful vocalist for BC and the Blues
Crew. This multi-award-winning band has made a name for itself with
outstanding live performances and great recordings.”

There will also be activities for children (carriage rides through the
restored village, sand art, face painting, etc.) and a large variety of
crafts and wine related items including gourmet foods, jewelry, cigars,
and gorgeous hand painted glass ware. A display of beautifully restored
classic cars rounds out the list of activities at this year’s show.

The festival is held at Waterloo Village, in Stanhope, New Jersey.
Waterloo is a National Historic Site located in the Allamuchy Mountain
State Park along the banks of the Musconetcong River in Sussex County.
The site includes a 1625 Lenape Indian village with authentically
recreated longhouses; an 1826 Farmsite with one of New Jersey’s only
preserved log cabin; and the 1880 Canal Town with restored blacksmith,
miller, General Store, Stagecoach Inn, homes and the Morris Canal with
lock and towpaths.

Admission is $16.00 for adults (which is an increase from the past
years), $9,00 for children. The admission fee includes a Garden State
Wine Growers Association wine glass, free samples of the more than 150
wines offered, great blues music, parking and entrance into the restored

Additional festivals for 2003 include:

» Salute to Summer: June 21 & 22 from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. at the
Battleship, New Jersey, Camden Waterfront, New Jersey. Salute the
beginning of summer and New Jersey’s rich naval history at this South
Jersey festival right at the Battleship New Jersey. Enjoy the cool
breezes off of the river and the great views of Philadelphia (you can
even take the ferry to and from Philadelphia), sample award-winning
wine, tour the Battleship, and much more. Pricing to be announced.

» Jersey Fresh Wine and Food Festival: July 12 & 13, from 12 noon to
5:00 p.m. at The Horse Park of New Jersey, Allentown, New Jersey. Enjoy
great wine while enjoying the beautiful views of rolling farm land in
Central New Jersey. This festival is co-sponsored by the Central Jersey
Slow Food Chapter and will feature not only New Jersey wines but also
fresh Jersey produce and award-winning restaurants providing samples of
recipes made from local produce. $16.00 for adults.

» Rockin’ Oldies Fall Wine Festival: September 6 & 7 New Date this
Year: from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. at Waterloo Village, Stanhope, New
Jersey. Listen to fabulous music from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s
while sampling award-winning wines, take the kids to our new “Kids Zone”
area for activities especially for them, browse the vendors, or visit
the beautifully restored village. $16.00 for adults.

» Grand Harvest Festival: October 4 & 5 from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. at
Alba Vineyard, Finesville, New Jersey. Set high on a hill surrounded by
spectacular scenery of wooded hills ablaze with fall colors and acres of
vineyards, this festival is one of the most popular festivals of the
year. Wine cellar tours, kids activities, food and craft vendors will
also be part of the festivities. $14.00 for adults.

» South Jersey Harvest Festival: October 11 & 12 from 12 noon to 5:00
p.m. at Bellview Winery, Landisville, New Jersey. What better place to
celebrate the fall harvest than in South Jersey farm country? Live
music, a record number of wineries, wine cellar tours, kids activities,
food and craft vendors will round out the festival. $14.00 for adults.

Additional information on all of this year’s festivals can be found by
calling The Garden State Wine Growers Association at 609-588-0085.