Taste of Weehawken 2019 cancelled

Unable to secure a big enough venue, organizers promise a 2020 return

While there was talk of the festivities finding a new venue this year, the organizers weren't able to secure a suitable spot.
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While there was talk of the festivities finding a new venue this year, the organizers weren't able to secure a suitable spot.

The highly-anticipated annual Weehawken Public Library fundraiser, Taste of Weehawken, has officially been cancelled for 2019. According to Leona M. Nersesian, president of Weehawken Public Library’s board of trustees, the tradition will pick up where it left off in 2020, for the 19th celebration.

For the past 20 years, dozens of local eateries from Weehawken and slightly beyond catered the fundraiser to support many of the library’s programs, such as various classes for residents of all ages, and the town’s historic research.

It’s also a golden opportunity for vendors to showcase their culinary specialties. The event has seen nonstop growth since it began, with hundreds of attendees contributing tens of thousands of dollars in library donations. Attendees of all ages, including insiders from the culinary industry, are drawn over the years by the appeal of sampling dozens of the best restaurants in the area all in one place in just a few hours, not to mention supporting the local public library.

This year, expectations of a massive turnout were no different, given that there were more than 450 tickets sold.

Nersesian said that the organizers were unable to secure a venue that could accommodate the ever-increasing turnout.

“Regretfully, we have had to make the extremely difficult decision to not host the Taste in 2019,” Nersesian said. “As you can imagine, we did not arrive at this decision easily. The money raised at the Taste of Weehawken is used to enhance many of our library’s programs. But the Taste has grown so large in size and scope that at this time we have been unable to secure a venue that can adequately accommodate all the amazing restaurants, businesses, and guests that support our fundraiser. Please know that we are confident that we’ll be back in 2020 and sincerely hope we will see you there!”

Last year, the event took place at the Marriott Hotel at Lincoln Harbor. Previously, the Lincoln Harbor Food Court hosted the event.

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