Established in 2012, JJ’s features American scratch-made sides, toppings, drinks and well-known brands from around the country, like Sahlen’s beloved smokehouse hot dogs. Over time, Sahlen’s has established its presence outside of WNY with companies such as JJ’s.
“Many people think a hot dog is just a hot dog,” says Chris Cauley, V.P. of Sahlen Vending Operations, LLC. “JJ’s has done a great job working with us to put product in people’s mouths, grilled to perfection, to change that mindset.”
Brandy Newton, marketing director for JJ’s, can’t imagine working with anyone else.
“We tasted over 50 different hot dogs as we researched different frankfurters for JJ’s,” says Newton. “Quality was something we were not willing to compromise on, and Sahlen’s always made the top of the list whenever we did our blind tastings. They are a world class brand making world class products.”
This year will mark the 16th year for the Taste of Charlotte and it will take place on Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte. Set in a fun and exciting atmosphere, it serves as a great event to sample a variety of foods while visiting with local and national businesses.
“Coming from a family operated business, we are proud to have JJ’s as another locally owned restaurant involved with us this year,” says Carrie Griffin, sales and marketing manager for the Taste of Charlotte. “It’s a local favorite.”
Aside from all of the delicious food the festival offers, you can also enjoy live entertainment, kids’ activities, specialty brews and local sponsors. This year’s Taste of Charlotte will include 80 different local and national businesses promoting and selling their items.
“We’ve wanted to be a part of the Taste since we opened,” says Newton. “Since I grew up eating at Ted’s Hot Dogs in Buffalo, the sense of community and family around this humble product resonated with me throughout my adult life. It’s great to have an opportunity in Charlotte to do something with high quality hot dogs while innovating in a 150-year old business.”
Throughout the years, the event has grown both in sponsors and festival attendance. In 1999, the first Taste of Charlotte featured 23 restaurants and 42 sponsors. Today, the Taste of Charlotte hosts over 30 restaurants, more than 100 menu items and over 100 different sponsors.
“The event continues to grow,” says Griffin. “We love hearing stories of families who attend each year and couples who have made day trips from a couple of hours away. Our event has really become a tradition for many families in and around the Charlotte-metro area.”
For more information on dates, hours and events, visit the Taste of Charlotte FAQ. We’ll see you there!