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{2nd Annual Hoboken Pizza Fest} – A Great Time No Matter How You Slice It!

On October 13, Hoboken Happy Hours teamed up with True Mentors to celebrate the most well-loved food item in all of Hoboken…pizza! The 2nd Annual Hoboken Pizza Fest featured some of the best pizza Hoboken has to offer, along with some other awesome local vendors. Between the live music, raffles, booze, pizza eating contest, and of course, copious amounts of carbs and cheese, the event was a blast! Most importantly, with the community’s help, we were able to raise a ton of money for True Mentors, a not-for-profit organization founded to offer children one-to-one mentoring and help them reach their full potential.

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The Za

Let’s talk about the good stuff. Attendees were able to sample a variety of slices from around the Mile Square all under one roof. Between the Ramen Pizza from Tony Boloney’s, the wood-fired pies from Pizza Vita, and the classic Neapolitan slice from Napoli’s, there was something for everyone…even vegan options! Pizza enthusiasts washed down their slices with some pasta from Pici Pasta Bar and Ben & Jerry’s. 

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The People

In between slices of ‘za, attendees enjoyed pizza-themed photo ops, music, giveaways, games, booze, and more! Check out some awesome pictures of the crowds having a great time courtesy of J Stud Studio.

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Live Music

Live music always helps get the pizza-eating juices flowing! Shout out to Mike Buscio for performing during session 1 and McKinley and Morlot for performing during session 2!

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Pizza Eating Contest

During Session 2, we put some brave souls’ love of pizza to the test with a pizza eating contest! Teams of two were challenged to be the first to consume an entire Giovanni’s pizza. The winners received gift cards from participating pizzerias. The crowd cheered on and even tried giving the teams some tips of their own, including dunking the crust into water.

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Thank you to our participating pizzerias & businesses:

And another thank you to our sponsors:

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Written by Gab Cerami

Gab is a full-time desk jockey, but fuller-time foodie. Born and raised in New Jersey, Gab made her way to Hoboken a few years ago and has been on the hunt for the trendiest food scenes in the NYC area ever since. You can find her cooking her way through Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook (#gabandchrissy) and spending too much time capturing the right light to photograph a plate. Follow @brbcookingdinner on Instagram to check out all of her food pics and captions that include rap lyrics that replace the word “Yeezy” with “cheesy”.