A wine, beer and food tasting event held this weekend helped raise about $2,000 for the Barnegat Fire Company.
Barnegat Fire Company President Gary Brown said that the company hosted about 200 people.
"Our big lesson learned for next year is that we shouldn't compete with the Decoy Show and Chowderfest," Brown said, adding that even though he felt that hurt attendance a bit, he was very pleased.
The wine, beer and food event featured several Barnegat restaurants, and a "Best of Barnegat Wings" contest, which was judged by those in attendance. Featured restaurants included: Sweet Jenny's, Lefty's Tavern, Doyle's Pour House, Marchioni's Pizza and Pasta, Serpico's, Shore Fire Grill, Sub Busters, and Naple's Pizzeria.
Third place went to Naples, second place went to Sweet Jenny's and Marchioni's took the top prize.
The event also featured vendors with food samples, including The Brunch Spot, and nine different wine and whiskey vendors. The event also featured beer samples.
"It was a fun day, Brown said. He also acknowledged Supersaver Liquors, Seaview Orthopedics and Lou's Electric for their help.
In related news, Brown noted that the company last week took delivery from Pierce on their newest truck, 1115 (see photo). He said the $780,000-piece of equipment replaces a truck that dates back to the 1980s, and was "badly needed."
The truck was purchased out of a township emergency services bond that also provided for new protective gear, and other emergency vehicles in town, including six new police sport utility vehicles that were purchased for around $50,000 a piece (see photo), according to Township Administrator David Breeden.
Brown said it will likely be about a month before the new fire truck takes calls, since the company will need to be trained on its use first.