Flavor of Freehold event to benefit community alliance

FREEHOLD – A trip to Freehold Borough during October will support efforts to fight substance abuse in the community.

On Oct. 10-11 from 5:30-8 p.m., the downtown district will host the third annual Flavor of Freehold featuring offerings from local businesses.

The event is presented by Downtown Freehold, which schedules and promotes events in the borough, and by the Freehold Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse, which promotes the awareness and prevention of substance abuse in Freehold Borough and Freehold Township.

Attendees at the Flavor of Freehold will receive selected offerings from restaurants and cafes. Participating businesses include Cafe 360, A Little Bit of Cuba, Aarzu Modern Indian Bistro, Market Yard Grille (in the American Hotel), the Court Jester, El Mason, Federici’s, Metropolitan Cafe, San Marzano Trattoria, Shloka of Freehold and Uncle Ralston’s Homestyle Cooking.

Proceeds from the Flavor of Freehold will benefit the alliance.

“In addition to the Flavor of Freehold, there will be a strolling saxophone player downtown on Oct. 10,” said Dru-Anne Palaima, Downtown Freehold’s events director. “On Oct. 11, Jimmy and the Parrots will be performing at our Fall Concert Series, produced in association with OceanFirst Bank and CentraState Healthcare systems, at the Hall of Records, starting at 7:30 p.m.”

Tickets for the Flavor of Freehold are $20 and may be purchased by contacting Lauren Mann at 732-294-5103 or lmann@twp.freehold.nj.us

According to Freehold Alliance representatives, individuals who purchase a ticket in advance of the event will receive a $10 gift card to some of these participating businesses, including Chips Salon, Especially For You Florist and Gift Shop, Jemm Opticals, the Freehold Art Gallery, Sholka ($10 dinner only) and Uncle Ralston’s ($10 dinner coupon).

“Downtown Freehold’s Flavor of Freehold is a culinary world tour in thee blocks featuring a number of our fine restaurants and shops,” said Jeffrey Friedman, Downtown Freehold’s business advocate and executive director. “It is another great way to expose people in the area to all that is going on in Downtown Freehold.

“We are again donating a portion of the proceeds to the Freehold Municipal Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse,” Friedman said. “The outreach and educational support the alliance provides to our community is critical, particularly now, when a seemingly benign prescription for a minor injury can lead to a lifetime of opioid addiction.”