Recap: Englewood Juneteenth Independence Day Festival, Englewood, NJ

Another weekend, another festival in the area. Over in Depot Square (at Demarest Avenue and Dean Street) in Englewood, the annual Juneteenth festival took place Friday-Sunday June 15th-17th. For those who don’t know about Juneteenth, from Wikipedia:

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States honoring African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth,[1] and is recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 41 states of the United States.


Similar to the Surf’s Up Street Fair a week or so back, one of the trusted Boozy Burbs writers ran through the festival to see what foodie finds were hiding amongst the sea of rides, games and usual fair food (ie Funnel Cakes, Sausage & Peppers, etc). Unfortunately, our trusted reporter had just finished a intensive gym workout and couldn’t get themselves to indulge in all the choices after training. Talk about commitment 😉

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies

Surprisingly, this was the same tropical fruit and smoothie cart that was at the Surf’s Up Fair in Tenafly. We have a feeling that they’ll pop up at a few more similar festivals in the area this summer. After doing some research, it appears they are a chain with over 600 franchisees around the world. Learning something new everyday.

Two Fish and Five Loaves

Fish and Wings, Perfect Together

Two Fish and Five Loaves are a restaurant and catering place from Plainfield. Their menu features many Southern and Caribbean specialties. For the fair they were serving up ribs, fried chicken and shrimp. There were a few other “fish and wings” vendors at the festival that we do not have pictures of.

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Fresh out of the fryer

Generic Sweet Tea Stand

If there is something that helps cool off from a hot day, that would be some fresh squeezed lemonade. This week the choices were sweet tea, lemonade or that all too amazing mix (ie an Arnold Palmer). Other than a Shirley Temple, is there a more famous drink named after a person?

With Tiger leading the US Open during the weekend, and Arnold Palmer seemed like a good fit.

Bubble Tea-licious

Shabazz Tasty Treats

Shabazz Tasty Treats cooking up meats & veggies

Shabazz menu with some interesting combos

Rosie’s Weenie Wagon

This is something we’ve been waiting at least 2 years for… an actual food truck in the area. Formerly just a wagon, this season Rosie has upgraded to a full fledged food truck. Rosie drove her truck up to Depot Square for the festival, but she regularly parks Mon-Fri over by Nordhoff & Sheffield Avenues in Englewood. Her menu includes some interesting creations like a Kimchi Dog and Sumo Dog (wrapped in Nori). Looking forward to trying the whole menu!

Rosie’s Big Dog (ie the works!): Sabrett hot sausage topped with red onions, sauerkraut, black beans, chili, potato stix, raw chopped onions, jalapenos and cheeze

Englewood Juneteenth Independence Day Festival
June 15th-17th, 2012
Depot Square (Demarest Avenue at Dean Street)
Englewood, NJ


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