Getting your foodie fix isn’t hard to do in a place like Jersey City. Manhattan’s next-door neighbor (and vibrant city in its own right) is home to top-notch restaurants, chefs, and bars that always draw a crowd. What’s the best way to enjoy the food scene? On foot. Here’s our guide to Jersey City’s best street food markets.
Hamilton Park BBQ Festival
If there’s one thing that the folks in Jersey City are good at, it’s cooking up some mouthwatering BBQ. This annual celebration gathers together local BBQ vendors like Hamilton Pork, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Jimmy’s BBQ and more. Plus, there are plenty of local breweries to pour you a cold one and live music for a fun vibe. Hosted by The Hamilton Park Conservancy, this event raises important funds to help keep their green space clean and pristine year-round. Check out this year’s festival, happening September 23, 2018.
Jersey City’s non-profit foundation, The Jersey City Project, holds their most delicious event every year called Project Eats. With a name like that, it’s everything you want and more—from gourmet food vendors and trucks to four hand-picked beverage bars to whet your whistle while you munch. It only happens for one weekend in the summer, so you better make sure you’re there. This food-centric festival brings together all the best eateries in Jersey City in one place.
Belgian Beer and Food Fest
If the 40 different Belgian beers on tap don’t entice you to come to JC’s Belgian Beer and Food Fest, then the truffle fries and Belgian waffles will do the trick. Hosted by Zeppelin Hall, this festival pairs an impressive Belgian food menu (warning, vegetarians: it’s heavy on the meat) with their wide array of Belgian beers on draft and ready to drink. Come hungry, thirsty and ready to dance, of course, because like any good street fair, there’s plenty of live music.
Zeppelin Hall, 88 Liberty View Drive, Jersey City, NJ, USA, +1 201 721 8888
The Journal Square Green Market
For over 20 years, the Journal Square Greenmarket has been a weekly staple for locals. Although this isn’t a special event, a good farmer’s market lives at the heart of every great neighborhood, and this one is no exception. Dealing out fresh fruits and veggies as well as homemade goods such as empanadas, mozzarella, and even fresh fish, you’ll always score a good market haul here.
All About Downtown Street Fair
Few things could be better than spending your day cruising the streets of town enjoying the area’s best food trucks all in one spot and well, everything else. From artisanal goods to live music and more, the All About Downtown Street Fair draws thousands of hungry festival-goers to JC to enjoy a taste of what makes the town so great—most importantly, the food.