Thank you Team QuickChek, for making the 33rd annual Balloon Festival the best ever – AND ONE FOR THE BOOKS! You poured out the effort to serve A RECORD 175,000 PEOPLE during the event that ran July 24-26.
Thirsty guests were treated for the first time with a Q Café, serving nearly 40 varieties of handcrafted specialty coffees, cappuccinos, espresso and freshly blended real fruit smoothies. Hearty appetites were satisfied with our yummy fresh subs, sandwiches, salads, wraps and flatbreads. The weekend was an olympic event for our Food Service and Operations teams.
The fields of Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ saw an eye-popping array of over 100 balloons in every shape, size and color – and Acting New Jersey Governor Kim Guadagno was on hand to welcome the balloon pilots (see photo of Gov. Guadagno, our own Dean Durling and Assemblywoman Donna Simon). We also launched our new QuickChek signature balloon during the twice-daily mass ascensions! The force was with us as both Darth Vader and Yoda balloons took to the skies.
The largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America delivered something for everyone: the classic of rock of Kansas, teen sensation Sabrina Carpenter and Grammy Award winner Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Thank you so much for your dedication, caring and superb service to our customers!