Jersey City to cut ribbon on Smorgasburg food festival Saturday

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and officials from Mack-Cali Realty Corp. will have a ribbon-cutting for Smorgasburg at noon Saturday at the Harborside Campus in Jersey City.

Smorgasburg, which bills itself as the largest weekly open-air food market in the country, has been a big hit in Brooklyn, where it has attracted tens of thousands of visitors.

Harborside Campus is the first location in New Jersey.

It will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 pm. every Saturday through the end of October.

The food festival also is planning to open Smorgasbar, a seven-day-a-week waterfront beer garden and multivendor restaurant across the street, in the coming weeks.

Attracting Smorgasburg is considered a big win for the city and Mack-Cali — and is considered a big part of the developer’s plans to revitalize the area.

Last month, Mack-Cali previewed the fully renovated and repositioned Harborside 1, a 422,590-square-foot, nine-story first-class office building with an attractive new façade, reimagined lobby and significant infrastructure upgrades — including a private terrace on the fourth floor, which offers expansive views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline.

Calling it a major milestone for the reimagination of the 4.3 million-square-foot office campus, Mack-Cali also revealed new public open spaces and announced its robust summer lineup of programming, including Smorgasburg.