9 Events to Check Out This Weekend – Nov 28 – 30, 2014

Princeton Christmas Tree Lighting – Nov 28

Kick off the Season with our Tree Lighting Spectacular at 5 pm on the Green. Our 65-foot Norwegian spruce is adorned with over 32,000 lights and will be lit with the help of Santa Claus.

Date: Friday, November 28th, 2014; 5pm
Address: The Green on Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ
Cost: Free

Little Dipper & The 39Nov. 28

unnamedAfter a hugely successful event last year, Little Dipper is getting ready for our 2nd annual Black Friday Show at Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse. Once again we will be sharing the stage with our best friends The 39.  The doors open at 6:30, and in the spirit of Black Friday, admission is buy one get one free! Both bands will be playing extended sets with new material, and there will be plenty of food and drinks at what is pound for pound the best venue in the world.
Date: Friday, November 28th, 2014; Doors open 6:30
Address: Roxy and Dukes; 745 Bound Brook Rd, Dunellen, NJ
Cost: $10 cover, buy one get one

Holiday Wine Trail Weekend - Nov 28 – 30

Come out and join us for a long weekend of wine, food, and merrymaking! We’re kicking off a spirited holiday season with a three-day weekend full of fun. You’ll find unique gifts, beautiful gift baskets, and plenty of wine themed holiday items, including our 2015 V.I.P passes perfectly suited for family and friends, or yourself! More details to follow.

Dates: November 28, 29 & 30, 2014; 11am to 5pm
Address: At participating wineries across the state
Cost: Depends on vineyard

Sharrott Winery Holiday Wine Trail Weekend- Nov 28 – 30

Join us for the Holiday Wine Trail to taste the exciting variety of wines made in the Garden State. Make sure to leave room for some holiday treats like our decadent chocolate fondue, seasonal sweets and traditional cheese fondue. Then get that holiday shopping out of the way with our wines, selection of gourmet cheese and wine accessories. We can design a custom gift basket for the wine lover in your life and our gift cards are the perfect size for stocking stuffing.

We will also have Live Music on the patio in our heated tent so you can relax after shopping with a glass of your favorite Sharrott wine!

Friday, November 28 from 1 to 4 pm – Chris Huff
Saturday, November 29 from 1 to 4 pm – Pete Cannella
Sunday, November 30 from 1 to 4 pm – Matt Noffsinger

Dates: November 28th – 30th, 2014
Address: 370 S Egg Harbor Rd, Hammonton, NJ
Cost: Free Admission; $12 wine tasting & light holiday buffet

Holiday Open House Weekend -Nov 28 – 30

Join us for this celebration and enjoy wine tastings, specialty food pairings prepared by local restaurants, hand-crafted chocolates by Diane Pinder, and artisan cheeses from Fourchette.  Be part of the experience; wine, food, and fun!  Stock up on your favorite wines for yourself, family, or friends. Noon – 5 pm. Admission includes a wine tasting, food pairings, Alba wine glass, and cellar tour. Go to website for details.

Dates: November 28, 29 & 30, 2014; 12pm to 5pm
Address: Alba Vineyard; 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Rd., Finesville, Milford, NJ

Holiday Lights at Turtle Back Zoo – Nov 28- 30

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo celebrates the season of giving with a Holiday Light display throughout the zoo grounds and a donated goods drive. Donation stations for non-perishable food, new toys, and gently used coats are placed at each entry. Please join us in making the season merry for all of our neighbors.

Dates: November 28th – 30th, 2014; Begins at 5pm
Address: Turtle Back Zoo; 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ
Cost: Free

Cape May Holiday Crafts Fair - Nov 28 & 29

A must visit for those on your holiday gift lists. Shop for unique hand-made gifts and seasonal decorations.

Dates: November 28th & 29th, 2014; 10am to 4pm
Address: Cape May Convention Hall; 714 Beach Ave., Cape May, NJ
Cost: $2

Food Trucks and Fire Pits – Nov 29 & 30

Once again food and wine lovers will converge at the Laurita Winery in New Egypt for a Laurita Winery Gourmet Food Trucks weekend. Experience the trending Gourmet Food Truck offerings while sipping on wine! Live music all day and the gathering of good friends will make this day special. Enjoy gourmet treats from the tri-state area’s top food trucks. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the view of the vineyard. No pets or outside food allowed. Admission includes parking, shuttle service and entrance to the event

Dates: November 29th & 30th, 2014
Address: 85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ 08533
Cost:  Event Admission fee $8 per person Saturday or Sunday. 12 and under are free, children are welcome! Tickets can be purchased the day of.
Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @NJLauritaWinery


Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show – Nov 29 & 30

The Show features 50+ Tables of Trains for Sale and 150+ Exhibitors from Across the Country

Dates: November 29th & 30th, 2014
Address:  NJ Expo Center; 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison NJ, 08837
Cost: $8 Adults, Kids 12 and under FREE

Hometown Heroes and Rinn Duin Present “Beer For Heroes” Event – Thurs, Dec 4th, 2014

Rinn Duin Brewing and Hometown Heroes partner up for an exclusive tasting event called “Beer for Heroes

Rinn Duin Brewing has teamed up with Hometown Heroes to bring you a premier tasting event. Rinn Duin is brewing an exclusive beer that will only be available at this event for sampling and purchase called “Honey Hero Pale Ale.” Proceeds will be going to Hometown Heroes whose primary mission in the community is to help people in a crisis. Tickets are available for purchase online, and also at the brewery prior to this event. The official hashtag to use all over social media is #BeerForHeroes.

The event is being held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 6-9 pm. Tickets are $25.00 per person and will include beer sampling, brewery tour, buffet dinner, and prizes. You are not going to want to miss this event!

Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2014; 6pm to 9pm
Address: Rinn Duin; 540 Rt 37 W, Toms River, NJ
Cost: $25. Get Tickets HERE

About Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes’ main purpose is to foster an environment of goodwill, generosity, and encouragement by supporting local communities when unexpected needs arise during a crisis without discrimination towards an individual’s ethnicity, gender, and age. The organization provides an opportunity for all of us to give back to the community through professional assistance, financial assistance, and advocacy. Hometown Heroes helps those in need, often with little or no time, to find a solution to a problem that at the time appears overwhelming.

Hometown Heroes has provided assistance with:

- Hurricane Relief
– Homelessness
– Domestic violence
– Drug abuse
– Disability
– Providing food and heat for the elderly
– Assistance for new mothers with nowhere to turn
– Joint fundraisers with local and national nonprofits

You Can Be A Hero Too!

Whether you are a professional offering services for members of our community or an individual who wants to volunteer to help, they are looking for you!

Simply go to their website www.usahometownheroes.org and fill out the contact form or send them a message via their Facebook page.

Diner Round Up – Jackson Diner

While I was in Jackson the other week, I learned just how big Jackson was, AND I visited the Jackson Diner with friends.

The diner itself is really cute. It has a 50s theme, kind of shown in this picture.

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It also has the table jukeboxes which I used to love as a kid. Not too many diners have these anymore.

It was a late lunch, and we were hungry so my husband ordered this beautiful vanilla milkshake. Everyone was jealous.

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I went for a portabella mushroom panini, which unlike another diner experience, was exactly what I thought it would be. It was very delicious. I also appreciated that they did not overload my plate with fries.

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Overall, this is a great little diner with an awesome ambiance and a very friendly staff. It’s hidden in a shopping center (along with the only Surf Taco that has a bar), but if you can find it…go there!

Basic Info
Address: 21 South Hope Chapel Rd, Jackson, NJphoto 3
Phone: (732) 370-DINE

You can see their full menu on their website: www.jacksondinernj.com

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – No
Parking Lot – Yes – diner is in a shopping center
Liquor License – No
Salad Bar – No
Homemade Desserts – I don’t think so. If I’m wrong let me know

Call for Artists: New Jersey Isn’t Boring Art Show, Last Week to Submit

A “New Jersey Isn’t Boring” art show to be held at Arts Guild New Jersey in Rahway, March 22nd – April 16th, 2015.

Right now there is an OPEN CALL  TO ARTISTS for this show. It’s FREE to submit. Deadline to submit is November 30th, 2014. That’s only 1 week and 1 day from TODAY!

If you are interested in submitting, at this point I am looking for: NJ pop culture, NJ sports, NJ Landmarks, NJ wine and beer, NJ venues, NJ FOOD, Diners, etc!!

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Details on the Art Exhibit:
If there is one thing that all New Jersey residents know to be true it’s that New Jersey it’s that people who live in it love it, and outsiders have a bad impression of it. Years of terrible reality television shows have tarnished the reputation of the great, Garden State. It’s time for people to get back to appreciating a state that is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant cities, great food, eclectic culture and so much more. New Jersey is becoming a stereotype and it’s time for things to change.

What most people don’t know about New Jersey is how much there is to do – including a big art scene all throughout the state. Many artists work and live in New Jersey, participating in local art shows, street fairs and craft shows. This is a chance for artists to display their art work which will represent New Jersey in a new, exciting way.

It’s time to prove that New Jersey Isn’t Boring!

The intention of the exhibit is to provoke a new audience to take a new look at New Jersey. Artists must be residents of New Jersey and their art work must reflect some aspect of New Jersey. The exhibition is open to all visual artists working in any media (photography, painting, sculpture etc).  Artists must be a minimum age of 18 to enter. Artwork must have been completed in the past 5 years, and may not have been exhibited previously at the Arts Guild New Jersey.

The art work MUST represent and stick to the theme of New Jersey.

Deadline to submit is November 30th, 2014.

Selected art work will be exhibited from March 23rd – April 16th, 2015 at Arts Guild New Jersey: 1670 Irving St, Rahway, NJ. There will be a free, opening reception on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 from 1pm to 4pm.
Selected art work will also be highlighted on www.newjerseyisntboring.com

You can submit to the show via this link or by visiting www.agnj.org. Remember, the Deadline is November 30th, 2014.

About Arts Guild New Jersey:

Arts Guild New Jersey is a non-profit center for the arts located at 1670 Irving St. at Seminary Avenue in the Downtown Arts District of the City of Rahway.

Arts Guild New Jersey presents a yearly program of fine art exhibitions as well as three semesters of multi-week art classes for adults, teens and children, one-day workshops for adults, summer art workshops for kids and teens, and a variety of secondary art and cultural events, such as lectures and seminars.

The Art exhibits at the Guild focus primarily on the presentation of works by notable emerging New Jersey artists. We feature a wide range of mediums (painting, prints, photography, mixed media collage, construction/assemblage, sculpture, etc.) and a broad range of styles from photo realism to complete abstractions. Our exhibits aim to present an overview of current or enduring trends and directions in the contemporary art of New Jersey’s arts community.

It is the mission of Arts Guild New Jersey to present high level arts programs for the benefit of residents in Central and Northern New Jersey. We promote a broad range of the arts and the value of the arts for all people. Since 1999, the Guild has provided an increasing range of art events, activities and programs for a multi-county audience.

Address: 1670 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ 07065
Contact: (732) 381-7511 or info @agnj.org
Website: www.agnj.org
Like them on Facebook Arts Guild New Jersey and Follow on Twitter @ArtsGuildNJ

Bestselling Jersey City Memoir Seeks Funding for Documentary via Kickstarter

New York Times journalist and acclaimed memoirist Helene Stapinski is teaming up with experienced filmmakers to launch a Kickstarter campaign that will turn her bestselling book, Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History, into a long-form broadcast documentary slated to air on public television.

About the Book:

With deadpan humor and obvious affection, Five-Finger Discount recounts the story of an unforgettable New Jersey family of swindlers, bookies, embezzlers, and mobster-wannabes. In the memoir that reviewer Mary Karr calls “a page-turner,” Helene Stapinski ingeniously weaves the checkered history of her hometown of Jersey City– a place known for its political corruption and industrial blight– with the tales that have swirled around her relatives for decades. Navigating a childhood of toxic waste and tough love, Stapinski tells an extraordinary tale at once heartbreaking and hysterically funny.

Share the Campaign – http://bit.ly/ffdkickstarter
Like on Facebook – http://facebook.com/FiveFingerDiscountFilm
Follow on Twitter – http://twitter.com/FFDFilm
Visit Official Website – http://www.fivefingerdiscountfilm.com/

Official Press Release:

New York Times journalist and acclaimed memoirist Helene Stapinski is teaming up with experienced filmmakers to launch a Kickstarter campaign that will turn her bestselling book, Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History, into a long-form broadcast documentary slated to air on public television.

Stapinski, who published Five-Finger Discount in 2002, saw the corruption of 1970s Jersey City firsthand. Growing up in a family of swindlers, bookies, embezzlers, political “fixers” and mobster wannabes, Stapinski wrote about the cast of characters who colored her world and defined her understanding of life as it existed in Jersey City, then the poster child of urban political corruption.

Five-Finger Discount: The Documentary aims to bring Helene’s Damon Runyon characters and straight-shooting personal and political stories to a wide television audience. The film will feature rich gangland plots and poignant family episodes alongside tales of innocent victims and stoic domestic guardians. It will follow Helene’s escape from her sordid history to a future of her own design, alongside Jersey City’s own transformation from its grimy past to its glowing present.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop says, “Five-Finger Discount is a book that is an institution in Jersey City, an institution in New Jersey, and it’s one literally across the country that I think many families can relate to.”

He continues, “If you love Boardwalk Empire, if you love stories about corruption, if you love stories about family, if you love comedies, this is a perfect fit. And this book is just a wonderful thing and we’re excited about the movie.”

The film is seeking $45,000 + for its next production phase and the crowdfunding site will run over 30 days. According to producer Rosanne Braun, “WNET is already on board, but in order to shoot the film the way we know it needs to be shot, we have to supplement our early funding with contributions from the book’s many fans as well as from the larger Jersey City community. We’re also reaching out to immigrant and urban history enthusiasts, to women’s groups and to people who just want to be associated with an entertaining and provocative movie.”

Besides Rosanne Braun, the Five-Finger Discount: The Documentary team includes widely-acclaimed documentary producer Charles Hobson, award-winning director Steven Fischler of Pacific Street Films and much-admired cinematographer John Miglietta.

Learn more about and contribute to the film here: fivefingerdiscountfilm.com

Merry Go-Go Shoppa-Palooza at Asbury Park – Fri, Dec 5, 2014

The Merry Go-Go Shoppa-Palooza is a one-of-a-kind shopping event featuring local artisans, crafters, and a variety of vintage and collectible resellers, food, and more! Photos with Santa will be available.

Date: Friday, December 5th, 2014; 5pm-11pm
Address: Asbury Park VFW, 701 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
Cost: $2, Free with non-perishable food item

Press Release:

Come warm up on a chilly winter’s night, while supporting local artisans, crafters, and sellers of all things unique and getting all your holiday shopping done!

Featuring a variety of local artists, crafters, sellers of records, antiques, vintage clothing, plants, glassware, comics, musical instruments, and toys, polaroid pictures with Santa, homemade baked goods, hot food and refreshing drinks, the Merry Go-Go Shoppa-Palooza is a great way to spend a Friday night with the family!

Petunia Productions has partner with Jersey Shore Dream Center, in Asbury Park for this event. The dream center organizes and donates clothing, toys, healthcare/baby products to the local community as well as hosting a free hot meal every Thursday night to over 300 men and women in the surrounding community. They’re a great organization, dedicated to serving the community and we are honored to be able to contribute.

The first 100 guests will receive goodie bags with samples and coupons for vendors featured at the event.

Garden State Wine Growers Association to Hold Holiday Wine Trail November 28 – 30

Official Press Release:

NJ’s Wineries Offer a Break from the Holiday Bustle

Beginning on Black Friday and continuing through the weekend, shoppers will have a few extra stops to make before rushing home with their treasures. Winery tasting rooms from Sussex to Cape May will invite one and all to travel the New Jersey Wine Trails, with special tastings, food pairings, discounts and sales. The annual Holiday Wine Trail is held statewide, at over 45 New Jersey wineries and vineyards.

As a special feature for the first time in 2014, many wineries will be giving away wreaths woven from grapevine, and holiday ornaments to decorate them. Wine trail travelers will receive a wreath and ornament at their first winery visit of the weekend, and then additional ornaments from each participating winery visit thereafter through Sunday. “It’s a gesture of appreciation to our patrons who support us throughout the year,” said association director John Cifelli. “The Holiday Wine Trail is already very popular across the state, and we hope this will encourage even more people to make supporting their local wineries a part of their holiday plans.”

With that support, New Jersey has carved out its place in the wine world in recent years, with 35 wineries opening their doors in the last ten years. Association Chairman Larry Sharrott recognizes this as a culmination of many factors. “It’s been a learning experience, both for producers and consumers. We’ve learned that the climate and soil is excellent for grape growing in NJ, and our patrons have learned that we can make many different types of quality wines here,” says Sharrott. “There’s an incredible amount of momentum in this industry, and the themed wine trail weekends are our chance to show it off a bit.”

UntitledEach winery puts its own spin on Holiday Wine Trail Weekend. Plagido’s Winery in Hammonton will offer light fare and tastings of developing wines from the barrel to complement their usual wine tasting. Guests here will keep the logoed glass. Villa Milagro Vineyards in Milford will have a Mexican theme, offering tiny tacos and bunuelos to celebrate the release of two new wines. Many others will have live music on some or all days, and most wineries have areas for seating to relax with a glass after the shopping hustle and bustle.

If you are in New Jersey, the nearest winery is never more than 45 minutes away. Tasting room hours vary but are generally open through the afternoon. Exact details of winery events, and a listing of wreath/ornament giveaway locations can be found by visiting http://www.newjerseywines.com. The GSWGA has a full calendar of special opportunities to help you plan your visit to the rapidly increasing number of wineries across the state.

The GSWGA is a coalition of nearly 50 wineries and vineyards across New Jersey, dedicated to raising the quality and awareness of the New Jersey wine industry. For more information, please contact Executive Director John Cifelli at 908-866-6529 or John@newjerseywines.com.

8 Events to Check Out this Weekend – Nov 21 – 23, 2014

Philcon 2014 - Nov 21 – 23


Started in 1936, Philcon features cutting-edge programming about literature, art, television, film, anime, comics, science, gaming, costuming and cosplay, music, and other topics of interest to fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. We will also have many other attractions, such as our awesome Art Show and Auction; a Vendors’ Room full of unique merchandise; a full slate of Children’s/Family programming; our Writer’s Workshop (featuring professional authors and editors); Concerts; the Time Traveler’s Masquerade Ball, our Masquerade/Costume Competition, and more!

Dates: November 21st – 23rd, 2014
Address: Crowne Plaza Hotel; 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Cost: $40 – $10. Register for Tickets Here

Like them on Facebook and Follow on Twitter @PhilCon

Cape May Holiday Preview Weekend – Nov 21 – 23

Get a head start on the Holiday season!  Santa and his elves have decked out the Physick Estate with thousands of lights and holiday trimmings. Enjoy a wide variety of holiday tours and food and wine events to get you into the Christmas spirit. Santa arrives at 7 pm to flip the switch for the festive Tree-Lighting Ceremony. That evening the Estate will be open for free, self-guided tours. Kids can take a ride on Santa’s Trolley and have a chance to visit with old St. Nick himself. Grown-ups will enjoy holiday ghost tales during Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides.

Dates: November 21st – 23rd, 2014
Address: 1048 Washington St., Cape May, NJ
Cost: Depends on Activity. See Website

The Beard and Mustache Championship of the Universe - Nov 22

Live from the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, NJ; The Beard & Mustache Championship of the Universe!!! Presented by The Garden State Beard & Mustache Society and Good Time Tricycle Prod. Hosted by Brian O’Halloran (Clerks, Mallrats, Clerks II) & Adam Realman (Coney Island Icon)! Crash land on America’s playground this No Shave November to take part in unique show that guarantees Out of This World Good Times!

Sideshow by Adam Realman!
Burlesque by The Peek-A-Boo Revue!
Live Music by Restorations!

Category Info/ Registration/ Ticketing :

Date: Saturday, November 22nd, 2014; 7pm
Address: Golden Nugget; 1 Castle Boulevard; Atlantic City
Cost:$25 GA, $35 to compete. Get tickets HERE


Ocean Grove 19th Annual Indoor Craft Fair - Nov 22

Free admission. Free craft drawings. Sixty tables of high quality hand crafted items.  Lunch and baked goods available.

Date: Saturday, November 22nd, 2014; 9am  to 4pm
Address: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church; 80 Embury Ave., Ocean Grove, NJ
Cost: Free

Dunellen Indoor Flea Market & Christmas Bazaar – Nov 22

Beautiful handmade & custom holiday decors, candy, merchandise and crafts.Gently used items from mom’s attic, dad’s garage, and the kid’s closets and toy bins are available priced to sell. A wide variety of brand name vendors – Origami Owl, Mary Kay, Pink Zebra, Thirty-one, Touchstone Crystal, Scentsy, Avon, Home Décor, and so many more brand consultants. Jewelry, scarves, handbags, Kid’s clothes, and housewares. Food and beverages available all day!

Date: Saturday, November 22nd, 2014; 8am to 5pm
Address: Dunellen American Legion Post 119; 137 New Market Rd., Dunellen, NJ
Cost: Free

Christmas Craft Show – Nov 22 & 23

This Craft Show should be your first stop for holiday shopping. Enjoy many delightful new crafts as well as old favorites. Highlights include, jewelry, hand painted clothing, silk flower arrangements and many forms of art. There will be a Chance Auction on Saturday.

Dates: November 22nd & 23rd, 2014; 9:30am to 4pm Sat and 2pm Sun
Address: St. Francis Community Center; 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, NJ
Cost: $2

AGNJ Presents “Yesterday’s News”, Opening Reception – Nov 23


Arts Guild New Jersey is pleased to present “Yesterday’s News, curated by Douglas Ferrari. The exhibition, which opens on November 23 and runs through December 18, 2014 will have a free, public reception on Sunday, November 23, 1-4 PM, at Arts Guild New Jersey.

When you look at the overwhelming amount of unused newspapers it is not surprising that, in recent times, many artists have taken up the mantel of recycling “Yesterday’s News” in their work.  Although newspaper as art medium is not breaking news, the manner in which this collection of artists uses it is definitely unique, different, and newsworthy.  Some use it as a design element, some as a structural component, some as a source of inspiration, and some sublimate this printed trash into objects of beauty.  However you view it, these artists will convince you that there is something to be said about “Yesterday’s News”.

The artists who are participating in this exhibition are Fanny Allié, Aileen Bassis, Riccardo Berlingeri, Richard Buntzen, Kelly Clark, Chris Pelletiere, and Geoffrey Stein.

Date: Sunday, November 23rd, 2014; 1pm t 4pm
Address: 1670 Irving St,  Rahway, NJ
Cost: FREE

Kinnelon Arts & Crafts Holiday Fair - Nov 23

Hosted by the Women of Smoke Rise Club and held in Kinnelon High School, this first time holiday arts & crafts fair promises to become another successful JC Event. It will feature over 100 artisans displaying and selling their original handmade works such as gift items, accessories, sculptures, personalized items, photography, pottery, jewelry, decorative fiber works, metal works, paper, stone, and so much more.There will be a children’s “hands on” craft area (free), exhibitors demonstrating their works as well as light music and good food being sold.

Date: Sunday, November 23rd 2014; 10am to 5pm
Address: Kinnelon High School; 121 Kinnelon Rd., Kinnelon, NJ
Cost: $2, $1 Seniors, 12 and under Free

Only 2 Hours Left! The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival Twitter Contest – Win 2 Free Tickets!

Time is running out on a chance to win!

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 250 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, fire pits, music and an ugly sweater contest!

I am giving away  2 FREE tickets to the event via Twitter!

Here’s How to Enter the Twitter Contest:
1. You must “Follow” New Jersey Isn’t Boring (@njisntboring) and The Big Brew Beer Festival (@bigbrewbeerfest)on Twitter. I will check!
2. When you see a post promoting the contest on Twitter (including the link to this blog post), you must RT it!
3. A winner will be chosen TONIGHT Monday, November 17that 8pm on Twitter. I will post and direct message the winner!

Good luck!

Official Press Release:

The Big Brew Beer Festival is coming to Sussex County, NJ!

After the resounding success of the Big Brew Beer Festival events in Morristown, New Jersey, and Westchester County, New York, the Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival will have its inaugural launch on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ (Inside the Conservatory and Outside in the Courtyard).

Big Brew Sussex Winter Fest will feature:
Over 200 Unlimited Craft Beers
7 Gourmet Food Trucks (including  award-winning The Cow & The Curd and their Wisconsin-battered cheese curds, Empanada Guy, Fired Up Flatbread, Waffle De Lys, Oink & The Moo BBQ and The Taco Truck)
Fire Pits
Ugly Sweater Contest

VIP ticket holders will enjoy:
Early admission
Over 20 additional special craft beers (available throughout the event)

Great food (served during the VIP extra hour) provided by VIP sponsors Forno Italiano of Sparta and Trinity in Newton

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is also a benefit for the Newton Fire Museum.

Don’t Wait to Purchase Tickets!

Pricing will increase 2 weeks and 1 week before event

Tickets are available at: www.bigbrewnj.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $55 GA, $80 VIP, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on Nov 29th. Get Tickets HERE

Diner Round Up – Cross Mill Diner in Lakewood

On a dark and stormy night (the picture above is a googled image, it was too dark and rainy to take my own) my husband and I trekked to Lakewood to visit the Cross Mill diner. We had a Groupon that was expiring so we had to get it done. Although it took a long time, I’m glad we took the journey!

After an almost hour drive in traffic/rain we were not in a great mood, but the friendly staff and ambiance of the diner helped greatly.

We were both in a soup mood, so I went for my go to soup – matzoh ball. It was very good!

For my main meal I landed on an eggplant parm sub. It was really fantastic, not too messy and very filling. The fries were AMAZING. I’m glad I didn’t sub them out.


My husband got something I feel most Jerseyans would appreciate: A Lumberjack burger! A burger topped with pork roll and American cheese. Nom nom nom.


Overall, the diner experience was great. The diner is clean, the staff is kind and the food was delicious.

Basic Info
Address: 1200 River Ave, Lakewood Township, NJunnamed3
Phone: (732) 730-8100

You can see their full menu on their website: www.crossmilldiner.com

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – No
Parking Lot – Yes
Liquor License – No – but it’s BYOB
Salad Bar – No
Homemade Desserts – I don’t think so. If I’m wrong let me know