The Jetty Rock Foundation & Spice It Up are thrilled to officially announce the arrival of the Hop Sauce Festival.
The inaugural event will take place on Saturday, May 31, at the Taylor Avenue Ball field, and will surely provide the foundation for a new Long Beach Island tradition.
As a gathering of craft beer and gourmet hot sauce enthusiasts, the Hop Sauce Festival will feature regional hot sauces paired with local fare and twenty varieties of microbrews. This community-oriented event invites beer aficionados and foodies to enjoy a high-energy festival with live music that celebrates the beginning of another beautiful summer on Long Beach Island.
The quotes above come from the organizers of Hop Sauce. This graphic below pretty much sums up the event but there’s plenty more info below here from the organizers including a discount code.
NJCB Members, use the code njcraftbeer and save.
It’s valid for $5 off the Hop Sauce + Beer Ticket.
the code will only work for email address on our 2014 NJCB Member list.
The Hop Sauce Festival is aimed at creating a new event on LBI, a celebration for the traditional LBI visitor, but also to draw a new, younger demographic with an interest in culture. It provides an invaluable opportunity for local businesses to promote themselves before the influx of seasonal visitors. The hand-selected sponsors have proven to be active community members, and we are honored collaborate with them to make Hop Sauce a success in it’s first year.
“Sometime in June of 2013, Ed Bucholtz from Born To Hula Hot Sauce dropped off product to the store. We were looking out to the field and bay and he suggested it would be a great place to have a hot sauce festival. This is the same field where Chowderfest is held, so we knew it was possible. From there, the idea blossomed into hot sauce with food and craft beer and I realized planning a festival was much larger than planning a party. One morning Jeremy from The Jetty Rock Foundation texted me and said, ‘Let’s do this festival.’ and so the journey began to take shape,” says Event Director Regina Lotito, owner of Spice It Up Gourmet Hot Sauce in Beach Haven.
“My real goal with the festival was to bring new people to our island and to show what a great place it is to visit and a celebration for the locals.”
Local eateries like the Black Whale Bar & Fish House, Country Kettle, Buckalew’s, the Dutchman’s Brauhaus, El Swell, the Chicken or the Egg will be serving food to pair with gourmet hot sauces from Born to Hula, Red Hawk Premium Peppers, Jak Jeckel Pepper Sauce, Love of JoJo and Deception Salsa as well as 20 craft beers.
The line up of original musical acts includes For the Foxes, the Lawsuits, Starlight Girls, Jared Hard (of the Scandals) and the Brigantines.
A portion of the proceeds from Hop Sauce will benefit the Jetty Rock Foundation, the non-profit division of the lifestyle apparel brand, which is dedicated to beautifying the Long Beach Island and Mainland communities and directing aid to locals in need.
We’re saving the bottom of this article for the beers that are currently being sampled and organized by Jetty and Shore Point. Once they are available, we’ll update it!