Jersey City bbq time

Hamilton Park BBQ Festival, Jersey CityIt was a crazy foodie weekend, but I spent my Saturday afternoon in downtown Jersey City at the first-ever Hamilton Park BBQ Festival. The event was held in a wide-open space not too far from the Path train. I'm not sure what is slated for that space in the future, but it would be cool if they held more events there, like maybe a Jersey version of the popular Brooklyn Flea. There are loads of food trucks in the Jersey City/Hoboken area, so it wouldn't be too hard to pull them all together for weekend events.Hamilton Park BBQ Festival, Jersey CityThere were several vendors on site, but I got all of my food from Jimmy's BBQ, including the ribs (awesome) and really great cole slaw (which I guess I ate too fast to get a photo).Hamilton Park BBQ Festival, Jersey CityAnd a pulled pork sandwich too. It's a good thing I stuffed myself because it turned out I wouldn't be eating dinner until pretty late that night (blame it on Shauna...).Hamilton Park BBQ Festival, Jersey CityThey had live music, beer on tap, a Fizzy Lizzy stand, and a lot of happy locals. I hope this turns into a Jersey City tradition.Smith & Chang, Jersey CityIf you do find yourself in the downtown Jersey City area, skip the mall and try to stop by Smith & Chang. They've got a really cool assortment of vintage/antique stuff, Beekman soaps and other bath products, jewelry, artsy home wares, and more.