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.”

“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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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

Tickets are available online at:   http://www.bigbrewnj.com big_brewNJjpg

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.

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

2nd Annual Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival – Sept 11th – 13th, 2015

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Over 20 food trucks are going to be coming to the Jersey Shore to kick off the second season. The 2nd Annual Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival will be taking place from Sept. 11 to 13 at Kix McNutley’s, located at 63rd and Landis Ave. This year’s event will be declaring a winner in multiple categories, including best food truck.

This year’s food truck line up features a mix of returning trucks and exciting new additions. The returning lineup includes Shore Shake, El Lechon De Negro, Mike’s Pretzel’s, Kix Lincoln Grill, Zinna’s Bistro, Five Sisters, Ahh la Cart, Eat-A-Pita, Waffle De Lys, Marie’s Seafood, Vito’s Hot Dogs, and Sum Pig. New trucks for this year are PB&U, Shore Creperie, My Hola Paella, Mama’s Meatballs, Mobile Mardi Gras, Chick N’ Cone, On the Menu, and Luigi’s Ice Cream.

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“We think people are really going to enjoy this year’s food truck line up,” said event organizer Denis Brown. “We really tried to pick the best food trucks in the Northeast and we can’t wait to crown a champion.”

The voting for best food truck will include local media critics and the people’s vote. The winners from those categories will all be in the running for the Best Overall Food Truck Award.

It is anticipated over 10,000 people will be in attendance over the three day period for the event. The weekend is the first one after Labor Day during the popular “second season” of the Jersey Shore. Last year’s event was held Sept. 26 to 28.

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The event will include live music throughout the weekend, crafters, family entertainment, and more.

More information on the Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival can be found at www.seaislecityfood.com.

About Stallion Marketing:

Stallion Marketing LLC is a event based marketing company focused in on events in South Jersey. Stallion Marketing LLC owns and operates the Sea Isle City Food Truck Rally, which took place June 26 to 28 and the Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival, which happens Sept. 11 to 13. The Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival was ranked top 10 in the country by VacationIdea.

Mount Laurel Animal Hospital to host Red Cross Human & Canine Blood Drive, August 22

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Sweet Pea knows canine blood transfusions save lives and that blood is needed every day of the year. She is asking humans and their dogs to make reservations now at events@mlah.com and join her Saturday, August 22 when Mount Laurel Animal Hospital hosts the Red Cross Human & Canine Blood Drive. Dogs donating blood will help canine patients at Penn Vet; humans will donate to the American Red Cross.

Sweet Pea, an extremely friendly pit bull mix, is donating as a grateful survivor of life-threatening trauma.  She survived injuries as a “bait dog” abused by a dogfighting operation when Kathy McGuire, President, and founder, NJ Aid for Animals, Inc. rescued her this past spring. “Sweet Pea not only survived, but she is also thriving,” McGuire emphasized.

As a “bait dog,” Sweet Pea was a helpless victim abused by a dogfighting operation to train fighting dogs to main or kill their opponents. When she became too badly injured to be useful, they abandoned her at a Camden City, NJ garbage dump. When McGuire and the NJ Aid for Animals’ team rushed Sweet Pea to Mount Laurel Animal Hospital, she was in excruciating pain from her wounds.  Sweet Pea was “one of the worst bait dog survivors” that Dr. Marcy Rose, her treating veterinarian, had ever seen. For days, Sweet Pea endured being swathed in bandages and covered with salve. “With her flesh exposed like a burn victim, Sweet Pea was in unimaginable pain,” McGuire added, “but she never became aggressive with her veterinarians or caregivers.”

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Sweet Pea has fully recovered and is an adoptable ambassador of good will for dogs in need. She also wants to support Mount Laurel Animal Hospital in meeting its goal for humans and canine participants. The Red Cross is facing an impending shortage of the most needed blood types. Penn Vet Animal Blood Bank is vitally important because a blood transfusion can be a life-saving procedure. The criteria for canine donors includes excellent health, a willingness to donate, weight between 50 and 150 pounds, between the ages of 1-6, and a blood test at no cost to donors on site the day of the test.  For human donors, donors must be feeling well, weigh at least 110 and be at least 17 years of age.  There is no breed discrimination.

Sweet Pea is urging everyone to register now at events@mlahvet.com and to tell their friends and family to make this a dog day to remember. Sweet Pea and all canine donors will receive a bag of dry or a case of canned dog food.  Human donors will receive a voucher for a free medium coffee and donut from Dunkin’ Donuts AND a $2.50 Turkey Hill voucher. It is a family outing that can’t be missed. Dogs and humans are counting on it.

About NJ Aid for Animals:

nj-aid-logoNJ Aid for Animals, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit founded in 2015. Its mission is to enrich the life of every animal it touches; to fulfill the needs of distressed communities for wellness, humane education and access to low-cost spay/neuter of domestic animals; and to expand awareness and report animal neglect and abuse. Visit NJ Aid for Animals at http://www.njafa.org and its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NJAFA to learn more about the victims of dogfighting and how to adopt Sweet Pea, a gentle survivor.

Clean Water Action to Host 6th Annual Charity Auction & Wine Tasting

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Clean Water Action will host its sixth annual Autumn Toast to a Healthy Environment charity auction and wine & chocolate tasting Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 at the Pine Barrens Golf Club. The event will begin at 1:00 pm and feature silent and live auctions along with wine & chocolate tastings, light fare, and live jazz music in the golf club’s Adirondack-style club house and beautiful outdoor patio.

Proceeds from the event benefit Clean Water Action New Jersey and its 501c3 charitable arm, Clean Water Fund. Together, Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund are committed to working for clean, safe and affordable water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, and creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses. Recent organizational projects include stopping a fracking gas pipeline from being built in the heart of the Pinelands – a national treasure and provider of clean drinking water to millions of New Jerseyans. www.cleanwateraction.org/nj

Event Details:
What:   Autumn Toast to a Healthy Environment featuring:

  • Wine & Chocolate Tasting with J. Emanuel Chocolatier & Sommelier Louis Fontenelli;
  • Savory Hors d’oeuvres
  • Silent and chance auctions with amazing prizes including golf outing, sailing tickets, new bicycle, restaurant & theatre gift certificates, art & photography, gift baskets galore, sports memorabilia and more (www.cleanwateraction.org/auctionitems2015)

Where:  Pine Barrens Golf Club, 540 South Hope Chapel Rd., Jackson, NJ

WhenSunday, October 4, 2015 (1-4 pm)

Tickets:  $75 per person and $125 for two (bring a friend!). To purchase tickets visit www.cleanwateraction.org/autumntoast2015

Event Location
The event is once again being held at the Pine Barrens Golf Club, a private golf club located in the scenic Pinelands of New Jersey. We are currently working with the golf course on a sustainability plan. Developed with land, animal, and nature preservation in mind, the golf course is taking steps to reduce its environmental footprint, including implementation of green cleaning, water conservation and least toxic pest control options thereby reducing contamination of nearby water and streams.

About Clean Water Action

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Clean Water Action is the nation’s largest grassroots group focused on water, energy and environmental health.  Clean Water Action’s 1 million members, including 175,000 in New Jersey, participate in Clean Water Action’s programs for clean water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, and creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses. Clean Water Action’s nonpartisan campaigns empower people to make democracy work. www.cleanwateraction.org/nj

Events to Check Out this Weekend – August 21 – 23, 2015

Hunterdon County 4-H Fair – Aug 19 – 23

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Animals, kids, crops, prizes, fireworks, neighbors and friends are some of the things that make The Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair a very special place to visit.

Dates: August 19th, 2015 – August 23rd, 2015
Address: South County Park; 1207 Rte. 179, Lambertville
Cost: Free Admission, $10 parking per car
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Official Stand Up Tour – Aug 21

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iPlay America hosts the 2015 Official Stand Up Tour Friday, August 21. The tour, which encourages fans to stop the hate, and take a stand against bullying, is packed with positive, high-energy performances. Various young artists will perform country, rock, pop, and more. General admission tickets are $12. Upgrade your ticket to VIP for $15. VIP tickets include a meet and greet with the artists. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit http://www.iplayamerica.com/special-event/official-stand-tour

Date: Friday, August 21, 2015; 7pm
Address: iPlay America’s Event Center, 110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ
Cost: $12 GA, $27 VIP
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Soulful Cook-Off and Bid Whist Tournament – Aug 22

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To celebrate Two River’s upcoming production of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, the theater is hosting a Soulful Cook-Off! Join us for an afternoon of soul food, a Bid Whist card tournament, and live music on Two River Theater’s outdoor plaza (indoor lobby in case of rain)! PLUS: Meet the cast and director of Seven Guitars, get a sneak peek at the set model for the show and enter to win FREE tickets.

COOK-OFF COMPETITION: Enter your favorite dish in one of following categories & bring your recipe (if you’re willing to share it) to be added into our Digital Community Cook-Book!

BID WHIST TOURNAMENT: The card tournament will begin at 5pm. Enter with a friend or be matched with a partner when you arrive. Win the best out of five games and you and your partner will each win 2 tickets to the show!

There is no cost to participate. Please reserve your space, however, by calling the box office or online: 732-345-1400

Date: Saturday, August 22nd, 2015; 4pm to 8pm
Address: Two Rivers Theatre; 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
Cost: Free to Attend
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Barefoot Grape Stomping – Aug 22

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Yes, take off those shoes and socks and roll up your pants and get ready to do some barefoot grape stomping.Bring out the Lucy in you while you stomp to the music and feel the sensation between your toe’s. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have some real fun using only your feet. Formal wine tasting, delicious spaghetti and meatballs dinner with tossed salad and home made breads, wine cellar tour and ending with a tasting of our dessert wines. Reservations required: 908-475-3671

Date: Saturday, August 22nd, 2015; 5pm to 8pm
Address: Four Sisters Winery; 783 N. Bridgeville Rd. (CR 519), Belvidere
Cost: $32.95 per person plus tax
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Late Summer Laurita Food Trucks – Aug 22 & 23

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Admission includes; parking, shuttle service, entrance to the event and a FREE Laurita Wine Glass! No entrance fee charge for our Laurita Winery Preferred Members! Food and wine lovers will converge at the Laurita Winery in New Egypt for a Laurita Winery Gourmet Food Trucks and Fire Pits weekend. Experience the trending Gourmet Food Truck offerings while sipping on wine and enjoying a seat by a Campfire! Live music and good friends will make this day special!

Dates: August 22nd & 23rd, 2015
Address: Laurita Winery; 85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt
Cost: $8
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Jersey Fresh Harvest Festival – Aug 22-23

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Come enjoy a day at the farm! Enjoy local food and family fun in a beautiful country environment!

Dates: August 22nd – 23rd, 2015; 12 – 4pm
Address: Alstede Farms; 1 Alstede Farms Ln., Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S., Chester
Cost: Free to attend
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Seafarers’ Weekend – Aug 22 & 23

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Come aboard for exciting pirate performances. Enjoy special exhibits and demonstrations including antique boats, blacksmithing and decoy carving. Plus sea chanties and sing-alongs!

Dates: August 22nd, 2015 – August 23rd, 2015
Address: Historic Cold Spring Village; 720 Rte. 9, Cape May
Cost: Free
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Morris Animal Inn Presents: A Military War Dog Handler Demo – Aug 23

Aug-23rd-demo1In support of our Operation: War Dogs campaign, visit us on Sunday, August 23rd at Morris Animal Inn from 1pm to 3pm to see how Staff Sgt. Rowan and his handler Dennis Smarth, Jr. train together. This demonstration is to bring awareness to the U.S. Military War Dogs who work overseas and save so many lives!

Date: Sunday, August 23rd, 2015; 1pm to 3pm
Address: Morris Animal Inn; 120 Sand Springs Rd, Morristown
Cost: Free to Attend
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Corn & Tomato Festival – Aug 23

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It’s a Cook-off! Please join us for an entertaining summer evening as local chefs compete for the best Corn & Tomato dish! Enjoy cooking demos and samplings featuring culinary creations made by your favorite local chefs. Printed recipes will available to take home so you can enjoy your favorite dishes again and again! Restaurant prize drawings will be held every half hour with a Grand Prize drawing for a Foodie Basket. Let us entertain you with a musical performances while you feast on BBQ and other signature dishes from participating Restaurants. Corn, Jersey Tomatoes, Good Music = A Great Summer Evening!

Date: Sunday, August 23rd, 2015; 4pm to 6:30pm
Address: Teaberry’s Tea House; 2 Main St., Flemington
Cost: Free

Boonton’s 13th Annual Classic Car Show – Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

1439406481_1_CarShowOfficialLogo Boonton Main Street, Inc. will be hosting its 13th annual Classic Car Show on August 23rd from 2-6 pm on Main Street in Boonton. Over 200 classic and custom cars will be on display along Main Street bringing automobiles and spectators from all over the tri-state area. Trophies will be awarded to cars 1988 and older at 5:30 pm that evening in front of the Holmes Library (621 Main Street). Over 60 trophies will be awarded on the day of the event including the People’s Choice Car, Best MOPAR Car and Mayor’s Choice Car.

This year registration will again be in the Sleepy’s parking lot (off Woonton Street), in the Wal-Mart plaza to ease congestion on Main Street. All day-of and pre-registered participating cars will convene there to be escorted to their places on Main Street.

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There will be DJ music, the Boonton Main Street 50/50 raffle, WMTR 1250 AM broadcasting live from the event, the MetLife Snoopy in front of Coastal Financial Group (608 Main Street), blood pressure screenings provided by the Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad, the Boonton Fire Department Carnival 50/50 raffle, and a variety of vendors!

Main Street will be closed from Division Street to Hill Street to provide for a pedestrian district the day of the event. Parking will be available in the Kiwanis Lot, Division Street Lot, and at the Train Station/American Legion Lot. The police will be blocking off Main Street just above Division Street, but Upper Plane Street will be accessible via Division Street.

“I’m very excited for this years show. It is our 13th year and we have been working hard to make sure all participants and spectators have a great time,” said Boonton Main Street Inc. Board President, Patti Bujtas. “The reason our show is different from others is that we literally close down the entire Main Street for traffic and it becomes a pedestrian mall with the coolest cars around!” This year, Boonton Main Street is expecting nearly four thousand attendees from the greater NY/NJ metropolitan area.

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Long standing sponsor, John Johnson Dodge-RAM Marketing Manager, Andrea Condit shares “John Johnson Dodge-Ram is proud to again be a sponsor of the Boonton Main Street Car Show. We have participated for several years, and have seen the show grow with exhibitors, and car enthusiasts. John Johnson Dodge-RAM enjoys working with Boonton Main Street Inc. because they are constantly coming up with unique ideas to create excitement on Main Street in Boonton. We are looking forward to the new additions at this year’s car show. See you on the 23rd!”

Nicolas Pascarella & Co. Wealth Management “is proud to be a three year sponsor of the Boonton Main Street Car Show.” They are more than a financial services firm, let them be your trusted partner in helping you achieve your financial goals.

Daina Onello, Owner of Lakeland Auto Parts “is excited about sponsoring the show this year.” His stores provide quality service and auto parts at their four original locations in Boonton, Haskell, West Milford and Oakridge. He shares that they have just added two new locations in Rockaway and Franklin as well.

Boonton Main Street wants to thank their 2015 Classic Car Show sponsors: John Johnson Dodge-Ram, Nicholas Pascarella & Co. Wealth Management, Lakeland Auto Parts, and WMTR/WDHA.

A rain date is scheduled for August 30th.

For more information or to become a vendor, or volunteer at the event please visit: http://www.boontonmainstreet.org