Commissioners Celebrate Fourth Annual Down and Derby Wine Festival at Cooper River

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On Saturday, May 4th the Camden County Commissioners and Visit South Jersey hosted their fourth annual Down and Derby Wine Festival on Veterans Island at Cooper River Park.

During the event visitors sampled local wines from South Jersey’s leading wine producers while immersing themselves in Derby themed fashion and festivities. The event also featured food trucks, games and live music.


“We look forward to this event every year, as it is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to come out and experience all of the wonderful local wine and cuisine that this region has to offer,” said Commissioner Jeff Nash. 


Participating wineries included: Salem Oak Vineyards, Auburn Road, Sharrott Winery, Tomasello Winery, Valenzano Family Winery, Plagido’s, Villari Vineyards, Wagonhouse Winery and White Horse Winery.


The Commissioner Board partnered with Visit South Jersey (VSJ) to host the event. Visit South Jersey is the official destination marketing organization for Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties, and the Outer Coastal Plain Wine Region in South Jersey. VSJ is a non-profit organization supported in part by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.


“This is one of our premier events highlighting nine award-winning wineries from South Jersey’s Outer Coastal Plain Wine Region–all of which cultivate their grapes from vineyards right here in South Jersey,” said Michael Snyder, director of operations for Visit South Jersey. “It’s without a doubt a great day of wine, food, music on the river but my favorite part of this festival is seeing so many guests dressing in full derby attire–it’s become a signature of the show and really sets it apart.”


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