Souper Groove 4 Music & Camping Festival this Weekend!

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Labor Day Weekend near the Jersey Shore is catching a huge buzz thanks to Souper Groove 4 Music & Camping Festival. Building on the success of last year’s festival, which doubled in size, Souper Groove Music & Camping Festival has upgraded once again by adding national superstars to the lineup of over 60 acts.

Calling to mind the spirit of Woodstock, Bonnaroo and Gathering of the Vibes, what is now the serene scene of a Latvian Cultural Center will transform into a rocking concert venue with jamming blues riffs, swirling projection light show and tye-dyed bliss. Souper Groove 4, to be held on September 4-6, is a unique event for the Monmouth/Ocean County area. It’s an intimate music and camping festival that will feature over 60 of the top blues, jam, rock, bluegrass, funk, reggae, EDM and acoustic acts that New Jersey has to offer, along with upcoming acts from PA, CT, MA and NY.

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Souper Groove’s past events have been runaway hits. “We hit capacity the last 2 years,” said Booking Coordinator David Caverly. “The festival attendance and feedback have been great, so this year we added an extra day and some legendary musicians like Bernard Purdie. Plus, we’re stoked that it’s three days of summer this year. It’s going to be the perfect end-of-summer bash.”

Reviews and word-of-mouth buzz from the previous festivals are extremely positive, with many repeat customers raving about the event. Souper Groove combines music with camping in one location and is unlike anything in the Monmouth / Ocean County area. Priedaine is the gorgeous Latvian Cultural Center on Route 33 in Freehold, NJ. “It’s a jewel of a place, the grounds and facilities are wonderfully maintained,” said Jeff Mahajan, a producer of the event and guitarist of the headlining band, Turtle Soup. “Plus, they’re very supportive about having a music festival there.”

The main attraction is the music, and featured performances include 3 sets by headlining band and hosts, Turtle Soup. Plus, the festival will feature top acts such as Pink Talking Fish (a tribute that does mashups of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish songs), and a “Souper Jam” with Bernard Purdie (James Brown, Steely Dan), TM Stevens (James Brown, Steve Vai), Todd Stoops (RAQ, Kung Fu). The Tri-State area’s hottest Grateful Dead tribute band, Splintered Sunlight, will celebrate GD50 in style with a daytime set outdoors. Local ‘Jam band’ legend Mark Diomede will lead his Asbury Music Hall of Fame band, the Juggling Suns. The Nicole Atkins-produced band, Glycerine Queens, Asbury darlings Battery Electric, and fusion shredders Karmic Juggernaut are noted return performances. New this year are Turbine, Cocktail Montoj Phenomenon plays Umphrey’s McGee, Rougues on the Run feat. Bernard Purdie, Deal Casino and The Union.

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Turtle Soup, the band hosting the festival, is on a hot streak since selling out Souper Groove 3. They had a feverish, roiling crowd chanting their name during an afterparty for Umphrey’s McGee and Lettuce at the Stone Pony. They have been in the studio and are playing more cohesively than ever, as shown on their latest single, “Alive.” Going from opening shows for moe., Furthur, Blues Traveler, Papadosio, Gov’t Mule and others to headlining the legendary Stone Pony on their own accord, the excitement is palpable. “It’s remarkable to experience the effect Souper Groove has had on our scene here in Central NJ.” Mahajan commented. “People around here look forward to Souper Groove because it combines the best bands of the area with this amazing alternative venue. Every band plays to the best of their ability, knowing they could come out of Souper Groove with hundreds of new fans. We couldn’t be happier that it caught on the way it did and has such a huge and positive impact with our local community.”

There also are several activities planned for the festival, such as sunrise and moonrise yoga, hula hoop classes, face painting, a children’s tent, and more.

Food and craft vendors will be on site at the festival for patrons to shop and eat, and several local businesses have also lent a hand with sponsorship, advertising, and donations.

Tickets for Souper Groove Music & Camping Festival are $75 advance, $90 day of show for a full 3-day pass (includes camping, music and activities), and are available via their website www.soupergroove.com. Day passes are also available. Children under 12 are admitted free.

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Souper Groove 4 Music & Camping Festival is September 4-6, 2015 at Priedaine Latvian Cultural Center, 1017 Route 33, Freehold, NJ 07728.

Diner Round Up – The Marlboro Diner

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So, this is a New Jersey Isn’t Boring first…

Back in June of 2014 I reviewed this diner back when it was the Silver Star Diner. It closed. i should also add that this diner has changed names a few times in the last couple of decades. Now the location has re-opened as the “Marlboro Diner”, which is a good name since it’s located in Marlboro, NJ. It has new owners, and a new menu so I had to go back and review it again…right?

This diner opened in July of 2015, so I visited it pretty soon after it opened. The diner looks 100% different than it used to, and it’s a nice renovation. I especially like their new counter area.

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The menu had a lot of great options, all reasonably priced. I had some trouble picking something to eat, but landed on a chicken soulvaki since I’m a big fan of chicken in a pita.  It was very good! It had a lot of chicken and veggies, the fries were crispy, and the tzatziki sauce was also good (I always put it on the side so I can dip my fries in it).

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Overall the diner experience wasn’t too eventful, which in my opinion is a good thing. It was a good diner, with good food and had good service. It’s  new and clean, and hopefully will stay in this location much longer than it’s predecessor. What more can you want?

It’s very easily located right off of Route 9, and it’s right by a motel if you get too full and want to stay over.

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Address: 143 U.S. 9, Marlboro Township, NJ
Phone: (732) 851-7200

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – No
Parking Lot – Yes
Liquor License – No
Salad Bar – No
Homemade Desserts – Yes

Moe Mountain Hot Sauce to Debut at NJ Taco Festival – Sept 12, 2015

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Martin Olsen, owner and creator of MoeMountainHeat Inc, will debut the company’s signature hot sauce, “Moe Mountain Original Hot Sauce” at the First Annual New Jersey Taco Festival on Saturday, September 12th from 10a.m. to 8p.m. The First Annual New Jersey Taco Festival will feature tacos, festive drinks and will announce the award for the “Garden State’s Best Taco”. For more information about the event visit http://www.njtacofestival.com/

Moe Mountain’s Original Hot Sauce features a unique blend of spices and ingredients including apple cider vinegar, cumin, cocoa power and more. But, the star ingredient, by far is the legendary bhut jolokia pepper, a.k.a. ghost chili pepper, touted as one of the hottest chili peppers on the planet. Moe Mountain’s Original Hot Sauce features a smokiness and spiciness that sets this hot sauce apart from the rest. Reviewers have called this hot sauce “Dark, spicy, and just slightly hot”, as well as “…a tremendously balanced blend of flavor to create an overall flavor profile that should please most people for anyone from novice chilehead to seasoned fire-eater…”. The hot sauce is currently available online and in numerous restaurants, bars and cafes in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York area.

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Olsen, a Brooklyn, New York native, created Moe Mountain Hot Sauce in 2004 after‘grab-bagging’ a hot sauce kit at a holiday party. The rest is history. After experimenting to make the perfect hot sauce from real and quality ingredients, likeapple cider vinegar, the recipe was trademarked, bottled and is now loved for its uniquely spicy, hot and smoky flavor. The name of the hot sauce, “Moe Mountain” was chosen by Olsen as tribute to the unique history of Upper Greenwood Lake, New Jersey, where Olsen now lives and serves as a volunteer firefighter.

For more information abut Moe Mountain Heat, Inc. visit www.moemountainhotsauce.com. For more information about current news and events visit Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest.

About Moe Mountain Hot Sauce

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After much hard work mixing, taste testing and eye watering kitchen nights, Moe Mountain’s Original Hotsauce was born. The ‘faint of taste buds’ should beware; Moe Mountain’s is not your average hot sauce. This unique blend of natural ingredients like Apple Cider Vinegar and ‘good for you’ spices like cumin and cocoa powder are sure to set your taste buds on fire. But the star ingredient, by far is the legendary bhut jolokia pepper, a.k.a. ghost chili pepper, touted as one of the hottest chili peppers on the planet.

 

The First Annual NJ Taco Festival Set for Saturday, Sept 12

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Come one, come all, it’s time to celebrate what makes New Jersey a one-of-a-kind State: the people, the food, the drinks, and of course some wildly fun activities! For one day only, bring your New Jersey pride to the Sussex County Fair Grounds for the 1st Annual NJ Taco Festival, which takes place on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Presented by New Jersey’s own Heartbreaking Dawns hot sauce and New York’s High River Sauces, the 1st Annual NJ Taco Festival brings together 40 of the best New Jersey artisanal taco proprietors; the largest collection of taco-makers ever assembled for a single event. All tacos cost $2 each, and vendors will compete for the “Best Tacos in New Jersey” award voted on by an esteemed panel of judges. For more information, please visit: njtacofestival.com

New Jersey’s hottest new festival will spotlight the mighty taco in its various tortilla wrapped fashions. Whether you prefer yours with a hard or soft shell filled with chicken, steak, fish or other imaginative ingredients, the 1st Annual NJ Taco Festival will be one unforgettable event not-to-be-missed. Taco varieties include Mexican, Korean, Italian, Irish, BBQ and more.

Do you love tacos more than anyone you know? Then, come on down to select Moe’s Southwest Grill and enter the preliminary rounds for a chance to advance to the Taco Eating Challenge at the 1st Annual NJ Taco Festival. The top two winners from each location will compete at the festival; each contestant will have 10 minutes to consume as many tacos as they can eat. The winner will be crowned “NJ Taco King”!

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Sponsored by Petco, the Chihuahua Beauty Contest brings out New Jersey’s finest furry friends for a chance of bragging rights for the winner of the “Best In Show” contest. Judges will vote on costume originality, spiciness of the dogs’ personalities, enthusiasm of the owner, and overall taco spirit. Once the winner has been crowned, all contestants will parade throughout the fairgrounds for everyone to see the Garden State’s most adorable Chihuahua.

Once you’d had your fix watching the live Lucha Wrestling, head on over to the “New Jersey Margarita Mix-Down Championship” featuring the region’s best bartenders. The 2015 New Jersey Taco Fest Awards will honor the Top 3 proprietors as they vie to win “Best Tacos in New Jersey” in the following categories: Best Beef Taco, Best Chicken Taco, Best Pork Taco, and Best Seafood Taco. Additionally, one honorary award will be cited for the most Tastefully Unique Taco. The judging panel features a team of chef personalities, media, food writers, editors, and enthusiasts.

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The 1st Annual NJ Taco Festival has cherry-picked the very best vendors, including Carlito’s Taco Wagon, Cold Stone Creamery, Damn Good Chicken, Empanada Guy, Giuseppe’s BBQ, Heartbreaking Dawns, High River Sauces, HotSauce4Good, Jersey Barnfire, Juan Grande, Kath’s Catering, Kona Ice, Matador Mexican Deli, Ma Pa’s Tex-Mex BBQ, MiniTacoShells.com, Mexi-Flip Taco Truck, Moe Mountain, Taberlaine Farm, The Guac Spot, Villalobos, Voodoo Chile, Vera Cruz, Whitehouse Sauces, and many more!

A portion of the proceeds from the 1st Annual NJ Taco Festival will be directly donated to Fighting Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Ticket Information:
General Admission to the NJ Taco Festival is only $10 (day of tickets are $15). $40 tickets for the Taco & Hot Special includes 2 bottles of hot sauce, 5 taco tickets, and 2 drink tickets (advance sale only via the Official Website). The El Gato Gordo VIP tickets ($100, available only via Official Website) include access to a private VIP lounge, unlimited sampling from liquor sponsors, craft beer, hard ciders, and specialty food vendors with full access to the NJ Taco Festival, access to special events, and VIP Goody Bag.

About Steve Seabury & High River Sauces
Steve Seabury is a music industry veteran, food junkie and cookbook author for Simon & Schuster (Mosh Potatoes) which he has raised and donated thousands of dollars to the Meals on Wheels charity. His passion for food and music has led to the formation of his multi-award-winning hot sauce company called High River Sauces. He is also a co-producer of the New York City Hot Sauce Expo, CA Hot Sauce Expo, Director of Marketing for eOne Entertainment and organizes a touring music festival called The Metal Alliance.

About Heartbreaking Dawns
Heartbreaking Dawns is the Tri-State Area’s premier producer of all-natural artisan sauces and spice blends. The company is independently owned and operated by husband and wife team Chef Johnny and Nicole McLaughlin. The formation of the company began by transforming items from their garden into delicious sauces, putting those sauces into bottles, and adding eye-catching labels. The company invaded living rooms all over the country with Chef Johnny’s appearance on Food Network’s hit show “Chopped,” “Cutthroat Kitchen” and CNBC’s “Crowd Rules.”

Starting Tomorrow! The Third Annual Rahway International Film Festival – Aug 28-30

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The Third Annual Rahway International Film Festival returns on August 28-30, 2015 at Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts. This year’s lineup is full of brilliant independent films by filmmakers around the world; as well as, local filmmakers right here in NJ, plus amazing seminars and networking events.

To kick off the festival, there will be an Opening Night Gala, on Friday, August 28, 2015, beginning with a catered networking hour; followed by a feature length film, and then an interactive Q&A session with the cast and crew. Afterwards, festival goers can enjoy an engaging networking and cocktail party at Patria’s Latin Bistro in Rahway; a proud key sponsor of this year’s festival. Saturday and Sunday is packed with a variety of films, both feature length and short, from around the world. All films will be shown at Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts.

For those who want to learn more about the business behind filmmaking, the Rahway International Film Festival is offering a unique blend of seminars and workshops, conducted by industry leaders. All seminars are included with the purchase of an All-Access Day Pass, but can be purchased individually for $10. All RIFF seminars will be held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, August 29 and 30, 2015.

Raymond Rolak, post-producer for RIFF’s Opening Night’s short music presentation, and hailing all the way from Hawaii, leads an enlightening seminar on the process of incorporating music in film. The “Harmony of Music and Cinema” seminar will give an in-depth template for emerging filmmakers, musicians, educators and film buffs regarding the journey of incorporating new music with their cinema projects.

Another informative seminar at this year’s festival is the “NJ/NY Production Seminar”, taught by Doug LeClaire, thirty-year veteran of the New York City TV commercial & national cable network production industry. LeClaire will teach the tools for production of a national TV spot. This is a great seminar for industry buffs and/or folks interested in learning how a national TV commercial production comes together.

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For those ready to take their filmmaking dreams to the next level, “How to Pitch Your Film”, is the perfect seminar. Presented by Rick Sordelet, a professor at Yale University School of Drama lecturing in Acting and Stage Management. Participants will learn how to wow studio execs with a proper pitch.

For aspiring filmmakers who are wondering how to snag an awesome location for their film, they can ask professional Location Manager, Paul Kramer, and Artistic Director Rick Butler. Seminar attendees will learn what it’s like to secure the locations for major feature films, and successful TV shows, as well as, the artistic aspects, during the RIFF seminar “On Location with Paul Kramer and Rick Butler”.

Due to the success of the last year’s festival, the 2015 Rahway International Film Festival will be a multi-day event, to accommodate its growing popularity. A primary objective of the festival is to enhance the creative community in the Rahway area and provide a platform for international storytellers; to not only share their work, but a place to forge new relationships for collaboration. Emerging and seasoned filmmakers; as well as actors, have the unique opportunity to network and learn from one another during the festival’s Opening and Closing Nights Parties, Networking Events, and a variety of Festival Seminars and Panels.

“Our seminar leaders are such brilliant and fantastic artists that it’s hard not enjoy. It’s certainly not your typical classroom setting. I encourage all attendees to participate in at least one seminar. You’ll have a blast”, said Gina Marie Rodriguez, festival executive director.

For the full line up of this year’s film screenings and event schedule, check out the festival’s website at: www.rahwayfilmfest.com. Ticket prices range from $10 to $35 and can be purchased at the Union County Performing Arts Theatre’s website at www.ucpac.org. For daily festival updates follow the Rahway International Film Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

“Abbondanza” A Food and Wine Event Set for Sept 11 in Princeton

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Princeton restaurant North End Bistro is collaborating with Princeton wine shop CoolVines to create “Abbondanza,” a unique four-course dine-and-wine event on Friday, September 11, 2015. The dinner will start at 7pm, at North End Bistro, 354 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ.

“Abbondanza” is Italian for “abundance.” When the harvest is plentiful, the Italian people like to celebrate that “life is good” with a feast. The dinner will include seasonal vegetables from the restaurant’s own gardens, which are extensive.

CoolVines has selected red and white Italian wines from the volcanic regions of Italy, to pair with each course.

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“Our customers love our new menu and keep asking for new taste experiences,” says John Procaccini, co-owner of North End Bistro and the Gretalia Hospitality Group, which oversees 6 area restaurants. “So, this dinner showcases the freshest and best of the garden.

“Just as New Jersey is famed for its tomatoes, the volcanic regions of Italy produce some of its best wines,” says Mark Censits, owner of CoolVines. He notes that “geology plays a major role in the taste of wine and we have specially curated this complex selection to bring out the flavors of the food North End will serve.” Roberto Scarpati, of SOILAIR Selections, a noted wine importer, will emcee the presentation of the wines, telling stories of the land, the people and the grapes. Customers who like the wines will be able to buy them at CoolVines following the event.

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To see the full menu or purchase one of the 32 seats for this event, visit coolvines.com/events. Tickets are $90 per person for the food, wine, tax and tips, all inclusive. They must be purchased online, in advance of the event.

“Abbondanza” is the first of three events in a new dining series sponsored by North End Bistro and CoolVines. Upcoming events include “Oktoberfest” on Friday, October 9 (burgers, tacos and craft beers) and “California Dreaming,” on Friday, November 13 (a change of season menu and California wines.)

Events to Check Out this Weekend: August 28 – 30, 2015

Rahway International Film Festival – Aug 28-30

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The Third Annual Rahway International Film Festival returns on August 28-30, 2015 at UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts, presenting a full weekend of INDEPENDENT FILMS, SEMINARS, NETWORKING EVENTS, & AFTER-PARTIES! This year’s lineup is full of brilliant independent films by filmmakers from around the world spanning 12 different countries as well as by local filmmakers right here at home. A highlight of this year’s festival is the introduction of feature length films in addition to short films, plus a special Saturday night outdoor screening. The mission of the Rahway International Film Festival is to provide an opportunity for artists worldwide to showcase works that educate and inspire equality, empathy and awareness through film.

Dates: August 28th – 30th, 2015; Full Schedule Here
Address: Hamilton Stage; 360 Hamilton St, Rahway
Cost: Tickets Begin at $10. Buy in advance Here
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Asbury Park Punk Rock Flea Market – Aug 29

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Brews by the Bay Craft Beer Festival – Aug 29

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The festival will kick off in Cape May, New Jersey this year at 11:30am to 3:30pm with the events ending in Lewes, Delaware from 4pm to 8pm. Hosted by the Delaware Brewers Guild and New Jersey Brewers guild; we will feature live music, local foods, craft brews, yard games and BYO-Chair.

With your ticket you get 15 – 4 ounce samples with the option to purchase more and a souvenir BBTB glass!

**Ticket prices will be an additional $5 at the door (Designated Driver will remain $5).

Date: Saturday, August 29th, 2015
Cost: $45 for NJ or Delaware, $70 for both (includes ferry ride). Purchase Here
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Bikes and Bites Food Truck Festival – Aug 29

Take a ride. All motorcycles and enthusiasts are welcome to a day at the Manahawkin Flea Market designed for those who prefer to attend their dining destination via two wheels. Music, motorcycles, vendors and Food Trucks will be on site to serve up tasty grub to any and all riders. Live music featuring Matt O’Ree.

Food Trucks include:
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Kenny’s Empanadas
Zinna’s Mobile Bistro
Mary Queen of Pork
Cold Stone Creamery

Date: August 29, 2015; 11am to 4pm
Address: Manahawkin Flea Mart; 657 E. Bay Ave, Manahawkin
Cost: Free
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Jersey City LGBT Pride Parade – Aug 29

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Date: Saturday August 29th, 12pm to 8pm
Address: Downtown Jersey City- Between Grove St and Jersey Ave
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Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival – Aug 29

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The Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival is the third & final in the series The Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festivals 2015. This is a full day of music ending with fireworks at a beautiful venue on the Jersey Shore.

Date: Saturday, August 29th, 2015; 12pm to 10pm
Address: Great Lawn on the Promenade; McKinley Ave. & Cooper Ave,Long Branch
Cost: Free
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Manahopkin Craft Beer & Music Fest – Aug 29

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Like good beer? Like good music? This is an event NOT to be missed. Music by Cheers the Band and Stellar MOJO. 15+ Craft breweries, Food Trucks, Crafters and much, MUCH more! Supports the Stafford Township P.B.A.

Date: Saturday, August 29th, 2015; 1-7pm
Address: Manahawkin State Park, Manahawkin NJ
Cost: $40, Includes beer tasting, Belgian beer tasting glass. $8 GA. Tickets Here
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Mount Olive Food Truck & Firework Festival – Aug 29

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Date: Saturday, August 29th, 2015; 4pm to 10pm
Address: Turkey Brook Park; 30 Flanders Road, Budd Lake, NJ
Cost: Free admission
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Toy Con NJ – August 29 & 30

ToyConNJ will feature  170+ tables of Collectibles and featuring special celebrity guests, comic artists and special events for the entire family. A COSPLAY cash prize contest will be held Saturday Evening and run by Mayhem Collectibles. If you plan to attend in costume than why not enter the contest!

Address: 33 Baldwin Rd, Parsippany
Dates: August 29th & 30th, 2015
Cost: $5, free to anyone in fully costume. Children under 12 are free
For more information check them out on Facebook
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Beaver Creek Wine Festival – Aug 29 & 30

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Enjoy specialty foods prepared using Four Sisters Winery’s Award Winning Beaver Creek Red Wine as well as sangria & cocktails including a Beaver Creek Punch for the little ones! Wine Tasting & Barefoot Grape Stomping too! Held in their  field in their Grand Arena next to the winery. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets.

Dates: August 29th & 30th, 2015; 12pm to 5pm
Address: Four Sisters Winery; 783 N Bridgeville Rd/County Rd 519; Belvidere
Cost: $5, $10 at the Gate. Call now to make your reservations! 1-908-475-3671
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Grape Stomping Festival – Aug 30

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The Big Brew Beer Fest Returns to Morristown Armory – October 10th, 2015

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For $10 off your admission to this great event, use the promo  code: NJISNTBORING. Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing, prices go up two weeks and one week before Fest!

Press Release:

The Big Brew Beer Festival is returning to the Morristown Armory in Morristown, New Jersey on Saturday, October 10th, 2015.

There will be over 200 Craft Beer styles (unlimited tastings) available during the session. In honor of autumn, the Fest will feature of Pumpkin Brews from a variety of great brewers, local and national.

In addition, the fun will include a host of gourmet food options from Morris Tap & Grill (featuring dishes from celebrity chef & partner Chef Eric LeVine), award-winning BBQ from Handsome Devil and the ultra-popular The Cow & the Curd’s Wisconsin-battered cheese curds, as well as live music for Session 2 provided by local favorites the Stereo Junkies (there will be a DJ for Session 1).

VENUE: The Morristown Armory, Morristown, NJ.

SESSION TIMES: Session 1: 12:00pm–4pm; Session 2: 5:30pm–9:30pm

SESSION PRICING: Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing (prices go up two weeks and one week before Fest): General Admission – $55     Designated Driver -$10

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All tickets include unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. Attendees can also vote on the People’s Choice Award for best beer at the festival.

Partners for the event include Morris Rugby and No Idea Sports. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Morris Rugby, which raises funds and awareness for youth rugby throughout the region. For more information, please visit www.morrisrugby.org

Full beer and food list will be made available soon.

Diner Round Up – Pat’s Original Diner in Trenton

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I finally got a chance to check out Pat’s Original Diner, one of the most popular diners in NJ. Now I know why!

When you walk into Pat’s, it has that classic diner feel. A great diner counter, lots of booths, windows everywhere, and it’s open 24 hours. Yay!

They have a pretty big menu, and they have daily specials even on the weekends. I decided on getting eggplant parm, which was a special, and it came with a soup, salad, and dessert for NINE dollars. So, I knew I was getting into a big meal, but I didn’t know how big.

I got a vegetable soup, and when I finished this hearty soup I was full. I did not expect that because I was pretty hungry when we got there.

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I could barely touch my salad, because by the time I was about to start and I was greeted with this massive entree:

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This eggplant parm, which I decided to get with veggie sides instead of pasta, was one of the biggest entrees I’ve ever see in my life. Did I mention that everything I got was only $9. This meal took me 3 meals to finish. I packaged most of it to take home, had it for dinner that night and lunch and dinner the following day. $9. Crazy!

My dessert of bread pudding obviously came home with me. There was no way I could anything more.

Pat’s Original Diner is by far one of the least inexpensive diners I have ever been to in my life. This is a diner where quality and quantity counts!

I went there very hungry, and left with 2 boxes of leftovers. I’m not exaggerating.

If you’re in Trenton, and you should be because Trenton is becoming an awesome destination, you should definitely visit Pat’s. It’s located in our state’s capitol after all!

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Address: 1300 S Broad St, Trenton, NJ
Phone: (609) 392-2024

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Diner Facts:
24 Hours – Yes
Parking Lot – Yes
Liquor License – Yes
Salad Bar – No
Homemade Desserts – Yes

Call to Artists: New Jersey Highlands Art Exhibit

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The New Jersey Highlands Coalition is sponsoring a juried Art and Photography Exhibit in conjunction with its third annual Highlands Festival at Waterloo-an environmental festival celebrating the local food, music, arts, history, cultural and natural resources of the New Jersey Highlands to be held at Waterloo Village in Byram Township on September 19 and 20.  All 2D work (paintings, drawings, pastels, watercolors, photography, etc.) will be considered as long as it features the landscapes, flora, fauna, natural or cultural resources of the New Jersey Highlands.  Some 3 dimensional work will also be considered (see website for more details).

All artists over 18 years of age, regardless of experience are invited to enter.  Winning artists and a selection of finalists will have their work featured in a special exhibit at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ, to be held this Fall in conjunction with the Highlands Festival.  All finalists’ work will be featured on digital display at the Festival in addition to the Festival’s website and social media sites.  Curated by New Jersey photographer Dwight Hiscano, juried by a panel of prominent local artists, and judged by Angela Sergonis-Melchion, associate curator for the Morris Museum, the exhibit, and the display at the Festival offers artists an opportunity to reach a much wider audience than in past exhibits.  Additional prizes will include gift certificates for framing, art supplies and outdoor equipment.  For more information, visit the “Activities” page on the Festival website: www.highlandsfestivalatwaterloo.org.  To learn more about the Morris Museum, please visit www.morrismuseum.org.

Additional Information:
Initial digital entries must be received by midnight, September 8, 2015.  Please see website for submission guidelines (http://highlandsfestivalatwaterloo.org/activities/).

Upon notification, winners’ work must be delivered, ready to hang, to the Morris Museum between September 21 and September 24, and picked up between November 30 and December 2.

Contact Information:
Dwight Hiscano
908-273-5666
dwighthiscano@gmail.com

About the Morris Museum
Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities.  The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings.  For more information, visit www.morrismuseum.org.

About the NJ Highlands Coalition

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The New Jersey Highlands Coalition hosts the Highlands Festival to raise awareness about the natural resources of the NJ Highlands region, to promote the mission of the NJ Highlands Coalition’s 80+ nonprofit member organizations, and to fund the Small Grants Program which supports local grassroots organizations.  As a nonprofit organization in Boonton, New Jersey, the New Jersey Highlands Coalition works to protect, restore, and enhance the water and other natural and cultural resources of New Jersey’s Highlands, now and for the future.  The Coalition serves eighty-eight municipalities in Bergen, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties that are protected under the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act in addition to the 5.4 million state residents who depend on the Highlands for drinking water.  For more information on the NJ Highlands Coalition or to become a member, please visit the organization’s website: http://www.njhighlandscoalition.org/

About the Highlands Festival at Waterloo

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The Highlands Festival at Waterloo is a two day long celebration of New Jersey’s home-grown music, food, art, crafts, history and entertainment.  Taking place on September 19 and 20, this rain-or-shine event is open to people of all ages and features a range of activities, including musical performances, a children’s corner, a local food court, beer garden, crafts and fair trade marketplace, historical tours, animal demonstrations, various workshops, kayaking, and guided nature hikes. For more information visit: http://highlandsfestivalatwaterloo.org