Plenty of music and wine and beer and food to keep people very happy. While I didn't eat any of the food, I did have a quite tasty rosé from Ventimiglia Vineyards.
Raymond's was offering what appeared to be very good fried chicken. Do they have this on their menu? If not it should be. And they should also offer chicken and waffles during brunch. I'd go every week.
Lisa's Mediterranean was doing their thing.
The Stable with meats on sticks
Lots of other restaurants had stands, including A Mano, Park West Tavern, Ridgewood Fare, and many which I forget. There was certainly a good selection of food. I can't say the same about the beer, which consisted of Coors Light, Yuengling, and Blue Moon. Standard distributor stuff. Maybe next year they can get a few local NJ brewers in there. Cricket HIll, High Point, there are plenty to choose from, and they could use the exposure more than Coors. Maybe I'll volunteer next year and get the beer sorted out.
The music was top-notch. I was sort of expecting cookie-cutter snoozy jazz, catering to boring white-bread Bergenites. But what we got were three incredible and well-regarded acts, spanning a wide range of jazz and blues. The acts played over the course of what seemed like 5 hours. The lulls between bands were brief, which meant the music kept pumping almost constantly.
This was a well-run and organized event. Congrats to everyone involved.
Rob Paparozzi was up next with his bluesy jazzy harmonica-filled rock. I've never seen this guy perform, but he puts on a show. Lots of energy from this band, and they're all great players. Rob is a fantastic frontman and gives 120%.
Winard Harper played with Jeli Posse. Jazz from a renown drummer with a healthy dose of African and Caribbean rhythms. This stuff was phenomenal. So damned tasty you could eat it.
I can't imagine they'll be able to top this one next year, but I'm looking forward to finding out.