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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 12: Roses are seen on display at the Bagala Bros flower stand at Sydney Markets ahead of Valentine's Day on February 12, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. With Australians predicted to spend an average of $111 on Valentine's gifts this year according to research from the Australia Retailers Association, and roses on the top of the gift list, the Australian flower industry is preparing for a busy weekend. Michael Bagala of Bagala Bros flower company said, “As soon as Covid-19 hit our sales dropped dramatically, easily 60% down. And then after that, once people started to realise this wasn’t just going to be a two-week lockdown, it was going to be months upon months of lockdowns - they were at home and one of the few ways of contacting loved ones was by sending flowers. That was the really nice thing about our industry, we were still able to operate and people were able to send beautiful flowers when obviously we couldn’t see each other in person. We were just grateful we were still able to work.” Established for over 40 years, Bagala Bros is a second-generation flower farming company, wholesaler and importer, with a rose farm situated in New South Wales's Horsley Park. Growing a variety of roses all year round in a production facility using hydroponics technology they're working around the clock in preparation for this year's Valentine's Day celebrations. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Love is in the air! However, you may not be able to smell it with all the wing sauce, chili fumes, and stale beer floating around with the Big Game this weekend, but Valentine’s Weekend is here!

Australian Flower Industry Prepares For Valentine's Day

 (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

With all that love in the air, comes Valentine’s Day Weekend events for you and your special someone to attend and experience together right here in Ocean County! From weekend getaways to special Valentine’s themed restaurant menus, to couples craft events, it’s all about the love this weekend. Oh, and chocolate, don’t forget the chocolate!

Saint Valentine’s Day is Tuesday February 14th, and while some might wait until the big Presidents Day three day weekend to celebrate, many local Ocean County businesses are choosing to get a jump on the festivities early. Our friends at Ocean County Tourism have a full list of events at their website https://oceancountytourism.com/events/ .

For now, we have cherry picked a few of the ones that stand out to us as the best from them, and found some others as well. From family friendly fun like character appearances at local establishments and Daddy Daughter dances, to adult fun, like a chocolate and wine trail excursion and heart shaped basket weaving.

By the way, did you know there really was a Saint Valentine?  According to Wikipedia, there were actually two! The first, Valentine of Rome, was a priest in Rome who was added to the Calendar Of Saints by the Pope in the year 496. The other was Valentine of Terni, who was a Bishop in central Italy.

The custom of giving cards and chocolate however, began in the United Kingdom and was connected not only with love, but the coming of Spring. Keep that in mind while you and your special someone perhaps take part in some of these fun events for Valentine’s Weekend right here in Ocean County!

  • Valentines Day Duo. Saturday February 11th, 10:30-12:30 at Jakes Branch Park, Beachwood

    FEE: $15.00 per person
    AGE: 16 years – Adult
    Registration Form: http://bit.ly/39dKVn7
    Register by mail or in-person at:
    Jakes Branch County Park – Beachwood
    Wells Mills County Park – Waretown
    OC Parks Administration Office – Toms River
    OC Parks Web Site: www.oceancountyparks.org
    Administration Phone: (732) 506-9090


  • Create Woven Puffy Heart Baskets. Saturday February 11th, 10am-2pm at Tuckerton Seaport, Tuckerton

    Join master basket maker Mary May and learn to make a woven heart during this class. This 10×10 woven heart, perfect as a door hanger or give as a gift!

    Total cost for registration includes a materials fee and a class fee.


    [email protected]

    (908) 782-7836


  • Romantic Valentine's Dinner Friday Saturday and Sunday February 10th-12th 7pm at The Mathis House, Toms River

    Bring the love of your life to the Historic Mathis House for a Valentine’s Day Dinner. The night will include prime rib or salmon steak served with a side of delicious potatoes and vegetables, warm bread with our homemade herbed butter, dessert, and gourmet tea. Relax to live piano music and tour the beautiful mansion. Reservations may be made by calling 732-818-7580. Additional dates are February 12 and 14th at 7:00pm. Make your reservations early as this event will sell out fast.


  • Celebrate Valentines Day with Minnie! Wednesday February 8th, 5:30-8pm at Rosalita's Roadside Cantina, Brick

    Wear your red & pink!
    Minnie will be joining us for a fun evening of great food, Valentine craft and treats!
    Kids eat FREE with purchase of adult entree!

  • Daddy Daughter Dance. Friday February 10th, 6-7:30pm at the Civic Plaza Activity Center, Brick.

    Brick Recreation’s Annual Daddy Daughter Dance. Treat your little girls to a special night out where you will create memories that you will cherish forever.

    The evening will include dancing, craft making, light snacks and a photo to help you commemorate the night. The Daddy Daughter Dance will be held on Friday, February 10 from 6pm until 7:30pm at the Civic Plaza Activity Center, 270 Chambers Bridge Road. The fee is $25 per father; daughters are free.

    This event is open to Brick dads and their daughters between the ages of 4 and 9. Register online on the Recreation Page of the Township website – www.bricktownship.net or in person at the Recreation Office, 270 Chambers Bridge Road, Monday through Friday, 7:30am-4pm.


  • NJ Wine and Chocolate Trail Weekend, Friday Saturday and Sunday , February 10th-12th 12-5pm at Laurita Winery, New Egypt.

    The second Wine & Chocolate Weekend, in connection with Garden State Wine Growers, another annual tradition, is February 11th & 12th! 12-5 both days.
    Admission is Free!
    Join us with your Valentine, your Galentines or just your friends and family and enjoy a whole lot of LOVE!
    The BEST Chocolate Therapy Wine! Best gift and we are the only winery that sells this incredibly amazing wine! Click here for delicious recipes to make with our very own Chocolate Therapy!
    Chocolate vendors (more added often!):
    – The Chocolate Art Gallery
    – Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
    – Kiersten’s Creations
    Live music each day 1-5pm
  • Valentine's Dance at the Lobster Shanty, Saturday February 11th, 7-11pm. Point Pleasant Beach

    Join the Lobster Shanty on Saturday, February 11th from 7-11pm for a Vlalentine’s night of dinner and dancing.
    Prix fixe menu for two and live music from the Joe Baracata Band.
    $85.00 per person including tax + gratuity
    Cash Bar Available
    All Tickets are Non-Refundable
    Call 732.899.6700 for Tickets
    Limited Availability
    Valentines Dance

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