Newark’s Portuguese Festival is kind of a tradition in my world. I’ve been getting Sangria-wasted on Ferry and the surrounding streets during Portugal Day for at least 5 years now, and 2012 was no exception! Truthfully, for me the Portuguese Festival is less about the cultural significance and more about day-drinking, sardine-eating and people-watching, all of which fill me with delight.
Iberia is definitely the place to see and be seen during the Festival, but this year they were actually charging a $10 cover just to get into the parking lot. The nerve! But actually, none of the details mattered once my multiple white Sangria’s kicked in, the fist-pumping music started to bump, and my friends and I became honorary Portuguese.
After a fun day at the festival, it was amazing to end the night locally with live music at the downtown mainstay, Skippers. The Cool Wierdo himself, Peter Hadar, hosted an awesome showcase featuring The GTW, Brainfood Project, Moruf and Muhsinah called “Dive,” a tongue-in-cheek reference to the dive bars that dot our beloved city. Nothing better than nodding your head to smooth grooves with like-minded individuals…and super close to home at that! Make sure you follow Peter Hadar (www.ThePeterHadarShow.com) and make it your business to be at his next event!