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Residents will feel the ‘Vibe’ at annual Chocolate and Wine event

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Nancy Thayer, left, and Marie Schubel, of Freehold, enjoy a variety of wines at the Chocolate and Wine Event held at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.

By JENNIFER AMATO
Staff Writer

Residents from around the area are invited to once again “reflect” on their love for sweets.

For the fourth consecutive year, Newspaper Media Group (NMG) will host its Chocolate and Wine event from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 27 inside the Reflections Ballroom at Vibe Tap & Grill in Hazlet.

Offered selections will include a variety of wines, treats and gifts, according to NMG Director of Marketing and Events Angela Smith, including “returning favorites” Nothing Bundt Cakes, Duck Donuts and Gourmet Creations. Artisan vendors will display items such as wine accessories and jewelry.

“This is a fun and well attended event because it is a great, affordable way to spend the afternoon with your friends and family. You can come to one place, drink some wine, taste some delicious sweets and even buy yourself a little treat if you want,” Smith said.

On the heels of a very successful event last year when the all-day affair welcomed more than 600 people to Branches in West Long Branch, this year’s event will welcome people just as eager to enjoy samples from Reflections, Vibe and a multitude of vendors from the community.

“The Reflections Ballroom at Vibe Tap and Grill is a beautiful venue with a wonderful ambiance and a great layout for this event. In the past, our vendors have been separated into three large rooms and this year, we are able to have everyone rotate through the main ballroom and the foyer,” Smith said. “We also wanted to find a new spot that would is more centrally located for our readers, allowing our readers to attend who may have felt Long Branch was too far of a drive for them.”

Smith said NMG employees enjoy taking part in “the sweet life” in order to engage with its audience.

“Our job is to inform the readers in our community, and events are another way that we do that. And what’s great about them is that we see familiar faces – we see people who come to event after event and the reason is because they are enjoying themselves and they see the value of being a part of the community,” she said.

Tickets are $10 in advance for adults 21 and older, or $15 at the door. Children ages 13-20 are $5. Children under 5 are free. For advance tickets, visit www.nmg.ticketleap.com/chocolate

To showcase a business as a vendor, contact a local NMG sales representative or Smith at asmith@newspapermediagroup.com.

Vibe is located at 2870 Route 35, Hazlet.

For more information, visit www.centraljersey.com.

Contact Jennifer Amato at jamato@gmnews.com.

Ana Machado, of Perth Amboy, and Donna Perez, of Bloomfield, browse through a collection of jewelry located at the Laurimar table at the Chocolate and Wine Event held at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
The Vibe of Hazlet was the location for the Chocolate and Wine Event on Jan 27. Vibe Employees served tastings of wine through out the day.
The Vibe of Hazlet was the location for the Chocolate and Wine Event on Jan 27. Vibe Employees served tastings of wine through out the day.
The Vibe of Hazlet was the location for the Chocolate and Wine Event on Jan 27. Vibe Employees served tastings of wine through out the day.
The Vibe of Hazlet was the location for the Chocolate and Wine Event on Jan 27. Vibe Employees served tastings of wine through out the day.
The Vibe of Hazlet was the location for the Chocolate and Wine Event on Jan 27. Vibe Employees served tastings of wine through out the day.
Gabriel and Nivena, 14 months, enjoy fresh tea served by ShenYun Performing Arts at the Chocolate and Wine Event that was located at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
Nicole Brodeur, of Point Pleasant, and Mara Hussey, of Red Bank, enjoy fresh tea served by ShenYun Performing Arts at the Chocolate and Wine Event that was located at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
Nicole Brodeur, of Point Pleasant, and Mara Hussey, of Red Bank, enjoy fresh tea served by ShenYun Performing Arts at the Chocolate and Wine Event that was located at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
Jean Punzone, of Aberdee, took home one of the door prizes are the Chocolate and Wine event held at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
Richard, 12, Kelly, and Tom Peterman sampled honey from the Historic at the Neshanic Valley Beekeepers table at The Vibes Chocolate and WIne Event in Hazlet on Jan 27.
Richard, 12, Kelly, and Tom Peterman sampled chocolate and wine at The Vibes Chocolate and WIne Event in Hazlet on Jan 27.
Barbara Myers, of Forked River, browsed through a few oriental wine coozies at the Chocolate and Wine Event held at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
Karen and Rick Mnich, of Holmdel, sip on a sample of the chocolate wine as they attended the Chocolate and Wine Event at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
Matthew (10) and Robin Gardiner, of Aberdeen, browse through a collection of jewelry located at the Laurimar table at the Chocolate and Wine Event held at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
Amboy Bank gave out gifts and souvineers at the Chocolate and Wine Event held at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
The Chocolate and Wine Event was held on Jan 27 at The Vibe Bar in Hazlet where live music greeted its attendees as they sampled local vendors.
Goodway Gourmet sampled off their Caribbean Rum Cakes at the Chocolate and WIne Event held at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
Nadine and Jules Gilder, of Toms River, enjoy some of the Jewelry fro mthe Manifestation Manifesto table at the Chocolate and Wine Event held at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
Nadine and Jules Gilder, of Toms River, enjoy some of the chocolate samplings at the Chocolate and Wine Event held at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
Nadine and Jules Gilder, of Toms River, enjoy some of the chocolate samplings at the Chocolate and Wine Event held at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
Matthew, 10, and Robin Gardiner sample chocolate at the Chocolate and Wine Event held at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
The Chocolate and Wine Event was held on Jan 27 at The Vibe Bar in Hazlet where live music greeted its attendees as they sampled local vendors.
Karen and Manny Coimbra enjoy some of the chocolate that was available at the Chocolate and Wine Event held at The Vibe in Hazlet on Dec 27.
Roseann and Christopher Burgo, of Long Branch, look through some of the merchandise at the Chocolate and Wine event held at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
BCB Community Bank gave out gifts and souvineers at the Chocolate and Wine Event held at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
The Chocolate and Wine Event was held on Jan 27 at The Vibe Bar in Hazlet where live music greeted its attendees as they sampled local vendors.
Amboy Bank gave out gifts and souvineers at the Chocolate and Wine Event held at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
Amboy Bank gave out gifts and souvineers at the Chocolate and Wine Event held at The Vibe in Hazlet on Jan 27.
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