Events to Check Out this Weekend, April 17 – 19, 2015

Third Friday Glasstown Arts District – April 17

Third Friday – Art exhibition openings and receptions, live music on sidewalks and in galleries/shops. Dining at upscale and casual restaurants. Levoy Theatre performances. Shopping at one-of-a-kind boutiques. 6 – 9 pm with dining and theatre open late.

Date: Friday, April 17th, 2015; 6pm – 9pm
Address: 22 N. High St., 16 N High Street – 508 N High Street, Millville
Cost: Free
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Spring Food Truck Fiesta – April 18

Time to party again with your Favorite Food Trucks!!
– 20+ Food Trucks (list of trucks to come!)
– DJ and Bands
– Kid and Adult fun including the Hamster Balls, Pony
Rides, Petting Zoo, Bounce Houses Hula hoop fun with
the Twirling Arcade ladies!
– Interactive Art installation!
– Fire Pits
– Beer and Wine!
– Dogs Welcome!
– Bring your lawn chairs and hang out!

Date: April 18th, 2015; 11am to 7pm
Address: Mercer County Park; Festival Grounds, Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor
Cost: $5
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Key West Weekend @ Natali Vineyards – April 18

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Stop by for a taste of “The Keys”! Goodies, such as Key Lime Pie and Conch Chowder, will be available for pairing with our wines. Taste 5 wines paired with our goodies for only $10.

Date: Saturday, April 18th, 12pm to 6pm
Address:221 N Delsea Dr, Cape May Court House
Cost: Free Admission, $10 Wine Tasting
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America on Tap – April 18

America On Tap is coming to Robbinsville, New Jersey on Saturday, April 18th at the Robbinsville Fieldhouse & Expo Center! This three-hour premium event will showcase over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Attendees will sample beers in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase, and great vendors. What better way to spend a Saturday than with great friends, amazing beer, delicious food and live music!

Date: Saturday, April 18th, 2015; 2:30pm to 6pm
Address: Robbinsville Field House; 153 W Manor Way, Robbinsville
Cost: $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Buy tickets HERE
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Feis at the Beach – April 18

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Cummins School of Irish Dance presents Feis at the Beach. Doors open at 9 am; Irish dance competitions are 10 am – 5:30 pm. The competitions will include over 1,000 dancers of all ages and expertise. Feis will be choreographed to music and prizes will be awarded. A number of vendors will be displaying and selling many Irish products.

Date: Saturday, April 18th, 2015; Starts at 9am
Address: Wildwoods Convention Center; 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwoods
Cost: Free
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Dandelion Release Weekend – April 18 & 19

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This time of year brings more than just bud break in our vineyard, it also brings a new vintage of our Dandelion Wine! On April 18th and 19th we will be releasing our 2014 vintage of Dandelion wine to the public for tasting and sale. Alongside our newest vintage we will also be tasting our most recent vintages as well as some that have been aging in our cellar for quite some time! The 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2006 vintages of our Dandelion wine will be available for tasting as a flight of six so you can taste the dramatic changes in flavor that occur over time with this wine. Throughout the day we will also be holding several trailer tours of our vineyard in the full swing of spring! With bud break happening and the vines just waking up from their deep winter sleep it is a great time of year to be in the vineyard. Tours will be held on a first come first serve basis at no charge.

Dates: April 18th & 19th, 2015; Noon to 5pm
Address: Bellview Winery; 150 Atlantic Street, Landisville
Cost: Free to Attend, $5 for Wine Tasting
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Cherry Blossom Bloomfest – April 18 & 19

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Enjoy a family day in the pink park. A packed schedule of events includes cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, food, and more! Free admission.

Dates: April 18th(11am to 3pm) – 19th(11am to 5pm), 2015
Address: Essex County Branch Brook Park, Clifton Ave., Newark
Cost: Free
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13th Annual BullyFest – April 19

HeavenSent Bulldog Rescue‘s 13th Annual BullyFest has been set for Sunday, April 19th! Fun for the whole family and fundraising for bulldogs in need. Food and drinks will not be included, so please feel free to bring your own pop-up tent & picnic lunch! Don’t forget to bring a chair! Costume Contest & Prizes. Rescue Parade. All proceeds benefit Heavensent Bulldog Rescue! This year’s theme: “Focus on Fostering!” Whether you own a bulldog, or just love the breed, all are welcome! Dogs must be leashed at all times! Rain or Shine, Indoor and Outdoor Space.

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015; 12:30pm-3:00pm
Address: Allen’s Kennels; 116 Bortons Landing Rd Unit A, Moorestown
Cost: $5.00, Kids under 10 free

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Day At The Fair: Family Festival – April 19

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Bring the whole family to celebrate our down home roots as the site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds! Tour the park and its historic buildings where activities are sprinkled throughout. Visit the balloon man, relax to musical Dixie Land and Carnival favorites, take part in nostalgic workshops, have your face painted, see a domestic arts demonstration, and enjoy loads of popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs, and more!

Date: Sunday, April 19th, 2015; 11am to 4pm
Address: Grounds For Sculpture; 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton
Cost: Free w/ park admission

Twitter Contest! Win 2 Free Tickets to The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival on May 9!

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Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 200 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, live music, mechanical bull and more!!

I am giving away 2 FREE tickets to the event!

Here’s How to Enter the Twitter Contest:
1. You must Follow @NJIsntBoring and @BigBrewBeerFest on Facebook.
2. When you see a status promoting the contest on Twitter you must ReTweet it.
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, April 20th at 8pm. There will be  a Twitter post declaring the winner!

Additional Details:BBNJS

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

The Big Brew Sussex Fest on May 9th will feature:
* Outdoors & Under Tents at the Sussex County Fairgrounds
* 200+ Craft Beers
* 6 Food Trucks
* Mechanical Bull
* Music by Sick Star Nation

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, May 9th, 2015; 1:30pm
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $53 GA, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on April 25th. Get Tickets HERE

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Picture Taken from December’s Big Brew Sussex Festival

 Official Press Release:

The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is returning to the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, New Jersey on Saturday, May 9th, 2015.  The Fest will be outdoors and under tents.

Over 200 styles of craft beer will be available for tasting, and many New Jersey breweries will be featured including Sussex County’s popular Angry Erik Brewing.

There will also be six great food trucks on-site including award-winning food trucks The Cow & The Curd, Oink & Moo BBQ, Empanada Guy, Waffle de Lys, The Outslider and Pizza Vita.

Big Brew Sussex will also feature a Mechanical Bull, which is certain to add to the festive atmosphere.

Music will be provided by high-energy local cover band Sick Star Nation.

Big Brew Sussex Festival is a benefit to support the effort to restore the historic Newton Fire Museum, which due to needed repairs is in danger of closing its doors forever.  The intrinsic value of what the museum contains and represents to the community is priceless. Please visit their website to make a direct donation  www.newtonfiremuseum.org                                                                   

Sponsors for the event include Salt Gastropub and The Trout and the Troll (both of Byram, NJ) and No Idea Sports. Partners include New Jersey Craft Beer and New Jersey Isn’t Boring.

SESSION TIMES:     1:30 PM -5:30 PM

SESSION PRICING:   General Admission – $53     Designated Driver -$10

(Note: ticket prices will increase on April 25th and again on May 2nd).

Tickets are available online at:   http://www.bigbrewnj.com
All tickets include unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. Please note that knapsacks and large bags are not permitted on the Festival grounds.

Win 2 Free Tickets to The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival on May 9!

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Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 200 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, live music, mechanical bull and more!!

I am giving away 2 FREE tickets to the event!

Here’s How to Enter the Facebook Contest:
1. You must “like” New Jersey Isn’t Boring and The Big Brew Beer Festival on Facebook.
2. When you see a status promoting the contest on Facebook (including the link to this blog post), you must LIKE and COMMENT  it as well. If you do not like/comment it, I have no way of tagging you as a winner.
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, April 6th at 8pm. There will be  a Facebook post declaring the winner at that time.

Additional Details:BBNJS

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

The Big Brew Sussex Fest on May 9th will feature:
* Outdoors & Under Tents at the Sussex County Fairgrounds
* 200+ Craft Beers
* 6 Food Trucks
* Mechanical Bull
* Music by Sick Star Nation

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, May 9th, 2015; 1:30pm
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $53 GA, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on April 25th. Get Tickets HERE

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Picture Taken from December’s Big Brew Sussex Festival

 

Events to Check Out This Weekend – March 27th – 29th, 2015

New Jersey Isn’t Boring Art Exhibit – Open Until April 16

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This Sunday, I will be curating the first New Jersey Isn’t Boring art exhibit! The exhibit will be held from March 22nd – April 16th, 2015! It is FREE to attend! The event features over 30 NJ artists whose art work all represent New Jersey. If you can make it, that would be amazing! There will be food and beverages provided.

Dates: Now – Thurs, April 16, 2015 (Closed Easter Sunday)
Times: Monday – Thurs 10am to 4pm; Fri 10am to 2pm, Sat & Sun 1pm to 4pm
Address: Arts Guild NJ, 1670 Irving St, Rahway
Cost: FREE
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New Jersey Jewish Film Festival – Now – March 29

Founded in 2000 by Caren and Herbert Ford, the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival has become one of the premier Jewish cultural events in the state. Enthusiastic MetroWest audiences anticipate the annual festival that offers the best of Israeli, American and international films of Jewish interest. As the festival has grown, so too has the number of high caliber Jewish-related films.  We promise a roster of first-run offerings that are nothing short of remarkable and, best of all, you can see enjoy them close to home! These are films that have not been shown in commercial theatres or on television. We also offer post screening discussions with the insightful speakers and commentators, including scholars, actors and directors. In addition to its two-week spring run, the festival offers several film programs at other times of the year, including the Reel Series and extra!. The festival offers many exciting opportunities to explore the breadth of the Jewish experience through cultural events that enrich the lives of thousands.
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Rutgers Geek Week – March 23 – 28

Geek Week is an annual week of events celebrating all things “geeky” at Rutgers University. From tabletop and video gaming, to music, cosplay, academic panels based on gender and ethnic diversity, and more, Rutgers Geek Week has been nationally recognized by organizations such as ACPA and San Diego Comic-Con, and featured guests such as Chris Hardwick, Nick Offerman, and Tory and Kari of Mythbusters. By focusing on the students and their passions, Geek Week seeks to make meaningful differences in students lives by providing opportunities for them to find community, be accepted, and gain exposure to non-familiar topics and experiences in geek culture.

Dates: March 23rd – 28th, 2015
* See websites for addresses and costs
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Hudson County CASA 9th Annual Wine Tasting – March 27

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More than 90 wines selected by Cork Wine & Spirits will be featured at the tasting and accompanied by delicious foods and desserts by Battello. The night will also include a VIP tasting of premium spirits, an exciting silent auction, cork pull, and free valet parking! Proceeds from this event support CASA’s advocacy work on behalf of Hudson County foster children.

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015 – 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Address: Battello; 502 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ
Cost: $85-$95. Get tickets HERE
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Country and Wine @ Natali Vineyards – Mar 28

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On March 28th Natali Vineyards will be hosting a Country & Wine Event from 1-6pm. Put on your dancing shoes and join us under the tents and in the vines. We will be serving sangria by the glass, tastings and wines by the glass or bottle. We are lucky to have Nashville Don and Sark as our live entertainment for the day. As always we will have local vendors on hand.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015; 1pm to 6pm
Address: Natali Vineyards; 221 N. Delsea Drive (Rt. 47 N), Cape May Court House
Cost: Free Admission
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Cork and Pork – March 28

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12 New Jersey wineries will come together at the Renault Winery Resort & Golf. All the wineries will have new wines and the latest vintages for you to sip, savor and enjoy. Renault’s talented chef will have an array of pork inspired treats for you to purchase. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.RenaultWinery.com

Dates: Saturday, March 28th, 2015; Noon to 4pm
Address: Renault Winery; 72 N. Bremen Ave. Egg Harbor City, NJ
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at Door.
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Beers on the Boards – March 28

Date: Saturday, March 28th; 12:30pm to 9:30pm (2 sessions)
Address: Martells Tiki Bar; 308-310 Point Pleasant Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach
Cost: $55 GA, $25 DD. Get Tickets Here
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Surati Holi Hai 2015 – Festival of Colors – Mar 28

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HOLI, the festival of color, is one of India’s most popular festivals. It is celebrated at the beginning spring where people lovingly smear color on each other and celebrate with music, dance, good food and drinks. This year, again, Jersey City’s SURATI for Performing Arts, is excited to bring to the people of the tri-state area and beyond, its 7th annual Holi event.The event will be hosted outdoors Exchange Place and Grundy Pier, Jersey City and will be FREE to the public. The event will start at 12 Noon and go to 6 pm. There wlil be booths selling art and craft and jewelery, food and beverages as well. (Rain date: Sunday, March 29).

Date: Saturday, March 28th, 2015; Noon to 6pm
Address: Exchange Place – Grundy Pier; Montgomery & Hudson Sts., Jersey City
Cost: Free
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Adult Easter Egg Hunt @ Four Sisters Winery – Mar 28 & 29

Two Seatings at 1pm and 3:30pm. There is a kid in all of us! Come and hunt for the eggs placed all around the farm and have some fun just like you use too. Each egg has a surprise, some with candy, some with a special prize and a few with tickets to one of our upcoming events. A formal wine tasting gets you in the mood for the hunt and a informative wine cellar tour concludes your day. Light refreshments will be served. Limited seating so reserve your tickets now.

Dates: March 28th, 29th and April 4th, 2015
Address: 783 County Route 519, Belvidere, NJ
Cost: $10 in advance by calling 908-475-3671, $20 at door
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Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market – March 29

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The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market is a punk rock-inspired flea market that takes place three times per year. We include vendors selling everything from vintage clothing, original artwork, antiques, silkscreened posters and handmade jewelry to handmade tshirts, vintage toys, vinyl (of course) and numerous other interesting curiosities and unique collectibles.

Dates: Sunday, March 29; 10am to 5pm
Address: Historic Roebling Building; 675 South Clinton Ave, Trenton, NJ
Cost: $4

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Castle Point Anime Convention – March 29

Castle Point Anime Convention is created and organized by the members of the Stevens Anime Club and will be held on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Castle Point Anime Convention is just minutes away from New York City and is easily accessible by PATH, NJ Transit, ferry, and bus. Castle Point Anime Convention aims to promote anime, manga, and Japanese culture as well as providing a fun experience for attendees.

Date: March 29, 2015, 9AM to 10PM
Address: Stevens Institute of Technology; 599 River St, Hoboken, NJ
Cost: $15. Get Tickets HERE
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Comic Art Con – March 29

NO COMIC BOOKS! No fan boys! No hustle and bustle of the big cons! This is a gathering of Comic Art collectors in a friendly venue to buy, sell, trade, network and talk about comic art . . . and only comic art! Vendors and collectors gather from all over the country for what is truly a comic art collectors dream – a jammed packed room with wall to wall comic art. If you collect comic book art then this is the convention for you!

Date: Saturday, March 29th, 2015; 10am to 4:30pm
Address: Empire Meadowlands Hotel; 2 Harmon Plaza, Secaucus
Cost: $10, children free
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Events to Check Out this Weekend – March 20 – 22, 2015

New Jersey Isn’t Boring Opening Reception – March 22

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This Sunday, I will be curating the first New Jersey Isn’t Boring art exhibit! The exhibit will be held from March 22nd – April 16th, 2015! It is FREE to attend! The event features over 30 NJ artists whose art work all represent New Jersey. If you can make it, that would be amazing! There will be food and beverages provided.

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 22nd, 2015; 1pm to 4pm
Dates: Sun, March 22 – Thurs, April 16, 2015
Times: Monday – Thurs 10am to 4pm; Fri 10am to 2pm, Sat & Sun 1pm to 4pm
Address: Arts Guild NJ, 1670 Irving St, Rahway
Cost: FREE

RSVP to the Opening Reception HERE (not required, but it’s nice to have a head count)

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AC Beer and Music Festival – March 20 & 21

The focus of The Atlantic City Beer Festival is the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to speak to company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite brews. And it’s an opportunity to discover and taste new brews and special “limited release” beers and ales.

Dates: March 20th & 21st, 2015
Address: AC Convention Center; 1 Miss America Way; Atlantic City, NJ
Cost: $55 in advance. Ger tickets HERE

Keep up to date by liking on Facebook
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New Jersey Jewish Film Festival – Now – March 29

Founded in 2000 by Caren and Herbert Ford, the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival has become one of the premier Jewish cultural events in the state. Enthusiastic MetroWest audiences anticipate the annual festival that offers the best of Israeli, American and international films of Jewish interest. As the festival has grown, so too has the number of high caliber Jewish-related films.  We promise a roster of first-run offerings that are nothing short of remarkable and, best of all, you can see enjoy them close to home! These are films that have not been shown in commercial theatres or on television. We also offer post screening discussions with the insightful speakers and commentators, including scholars, actors and directors. In addition to its two-week spring run, the festival offers several film programs at other times of the year, including the Reel Series and extra!. The festival offers many exciting opportunities to explore the breadth of the Jewish experience through cultural events that enrich the lives of thousands.
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New Jersey Wine & Food Festival– Mar 20 – 22

This festival is designed to allow food and wine lovers to meet and mingle with the chefs, winemakers, sommeliers and fellow wine aficionados. The spotlight event is the Grand Tasting on Saturday night where more than 30 top chefs from NJ & NYC join leading wineries and distilleries from around the world. Taste culinary delights from chefs from the best restaurants in NY & NJ and listen to live entertainment by the 32-piece David Aaron Orchestra.

Dates: March 20th – 22nd, 2015
Address: Crystal Springs Resort; 3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg
Cost: Prices Vary, Get Tickets HERE
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Rahway’s March Madness – March 21

In association with Metro Rahway, the City of Rahway is hosting a family festival and BBQ competition centered around March Madness. There is something for everyone! From 12-2PM at the Rahway Recreation Center, the Court Jesters performing basketball team will put on a show for all to see! Admission is free. Then at 2PM the party heads to Metro Rahway! Campbell St. and surrounding areas will be full of family fun! Face painting, food trucks, carnival-style games, basketball competitions, BBQ competition, March Madness viewing tent and many more surprises!

Date: Saturday, March 21st, 2015; 12pm to 6pm
Address: 12:00PM: Rahway Recreation Center, 275 E. Milton Avenue, Rahway
2:00 PM: Metro Rahway, 1420 Campbell Street, Rahway
Cost: Free
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Ride the Vines – March 21

Enjoy a 26 or 43 mile bike ride through flat farm land and vineyards. Relax afterwards with wine tasting from 3 local wineries including Bellview Winery, Coda Rossa Winery, and Monroeville Winery. There will be live music, lite fair, food vendors and plenty of fun to go around.

Registration begins at 7:00 am and closes at 9:00 am. Riders will leave in groups of 8-10 from Bellview Winery and must be wearing a helmet and obey all traffic and safety laws. Live Music and Tasting will begin at 11:00 am at Bellview Winery.

Pre-registration is $30 which includes wine tasting, t-shirt, souvenir glass, music and lite fare. Day of ride registration is $40 and includes t-shirt (while supplies last), souvenir glass, music and lite fare. If you would rather just cheer on your friends and taste some wine there is also a $10 spectator option that includes wine tasting, souvenir glass and live music.

Date: Saturday, March 21st, 2015; Begins at 7am
Address: Belleview Winery; 150 Atlantic Street, Landisville, NJ
Cost: $30 in advance, $40 day of. Register HERE
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Vintage North Jersey: Wine & Art Trail– March 21 & 22

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Join the wineries of Vintage North Jersey for a weekend of art and wine. Local artists will be painting in the orchards and will have art displayed for show and sale. See what art our local community has to offer. Enjoy a weekend of celebrating spring. Continue on the trail http://www.vintagenorthjersey.com.

Dates: March 21st & 22nd, 2015
Address: Vintage North Jersey Participating Wineries
Cost: Depends on Location
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New Jersey Collectors Con – March 22

An all new convention based in New Jersey is here. Focusing on Collectors, we will have a dealer room, events and guests that cater to the needs and wants of collectors for all things – Toys, Action Figures, Comic Books, Video Games, and more…

Date: Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
Address: Holiday Inn; 2175 West Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill
Cost: Early Admission 8am to 10am $20; GA 10am to 4pm $10.00
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Join Hometown Heroes for ShamROCK and ROLL this Saturday, February 28th

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Hometown Heroes is hosting the Shamrock and Roll, coming up on Saturday, February 28th at the Toms River Elks Lodge. It’s an Irish themed event with traditional Irish Fare, unlimited beer feat. selections from Rinn Duin Brewing, a kilt contest where the winner wins a custom kilt from American Highlander Tuxedoes & Kilts, music from Whiskey on Thursday, Birmingham Six, and Shamrock & Thistle Pipes and Drums, plus a whiskey tasting.

Date: Saturday, February 28th, 2015; 6pm to 10pm
Address: Toms River Elks Lodge; 600 Washington Street, Toms River
Cost: $50, purchase 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.

Events to Check Out this Weekend – Feb 20 – 22, 2015

Dreamation – Feb 19-22

4 days of non-stop gaming!

Dates: February 19th – 22nd, 2015
Address: Hyatt Morristown; 3 Speedwell Ave, Morristown
Cost: Get tickets HERE
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New Jersey Winter Wine Festival – Feb 20

Taste the night away and enjoy an amazing array of 150+ wines selected by the Wine Library! Enjoy full-bodied and rich reds, crisp whites, many specialty wines — great wines for mid-winter!Join us from 7-10pm, hang out and meet up with other wine lovers while enjoying live jazz  Our 3rd Annual Winter Wine Festival promises to be yet another great night of wine and merriment to remember.

Date: Friday, February 20th, 2015; 7-10pm
Address: Hilton Short Hills Hotel; 41 John F Kennedy Pkwy, Short Hills, NJ
Cost: Buy Tickets HERE
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United States Super 8 Film and Digital Video Festival – Feb 20 -22

View the winning films and digital videos of the International U.S. Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival, selected by a jury of filmmakers, Rutgers University students, and media professionals. The festival – now in its 27th year – will feature finalist works by independent filmmakers from the United States and around the world. A different program of films and videos will be offered each night. Prize winners will be announced on the closing night of the festival, in a competition for prizes, along with the Audience Favorite Prize

Dates: February 20th – 22nd, 2015
Address: Voorhees Hall #105, Rutgers University; 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick
Cost: $10 GA, $9 Students and Seniors; $8 Film Co-op Friends
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Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire X – Feb 20 – 22

The Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire is an alternative, indoor Renaissance Faire unbounded by normalcy. Wicked Faire X’s theme is “A Game Of Scones”. It incorporates and welcomes those from all manner of points in space and time — Klingons and cavemen, werewolves and Steampunks, magicians and time travelers . . . and, of course, Faire folk of all sorts. There’s more. Our event is also 16+, and there are areas of our event which are adult in nature — though that’s only one aspect of the event. This also means the faire need not avoid adult subjects in art, games or entertainment – though it need not be those things exclusively.

Dates: February 20th – 22nd, 2015
Address: The Hyatt Regency Princeton; 102 Carnegie Center Princeton, NJ
Cost: $40+. Get tickets HERE
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The Big Brew Beer Festival in Morristown – Feb 21

The Big Brew Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2014 at The Morristown Armory; 430 Western Ave, Morristown, NJ. This event features 200+ Craft Beers, 10 Casks in VIP and great food from 4 area restaurants including Morris Tap & Grill and Nicole’s Ten. UNLIMITED TASTINGS! This is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados and beer lovers to meet, hang out, discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives.

Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Address: The Morristown Armory; 430 Western Ave, Morristown, NJ
Cost: GA $60,  VIP $85 at door, $10 DD

$10 off with the code NJISNTBORING

You can also get more information on their Facebook and Twitter @BigBrewBeerFest

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Polar Bear Plunge – Feb 21

Face the freezing cold ocean and take the plunge. Registration is from 9:00 AM to 12:30 pm. The plunge takes place at 1 pm in the ocean in front of the Aztec Ocean Resort.

Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Address: Aztec Ocean Resort; 901 Boardwalk Ave., Seaside Heights
Cost: Free to attend, $125 to participate.
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UWC Live Professional Wrestling – Feb 21

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The New Egypt Elks Lodge announces they will host their first of three scheduled Pro Wrestling events on Saturday January 24, 2015 at the lodge, located at 105 Lakewood Road in New Egypt. Well known and loved family community group, United Wrestling Coalition will provide the evenings entertainment. UWC has been running family friendly pro wrestling events for nearly 19 years and has helped countless charitable organizations such as Toys for Tots, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Youth sporting groups, firehouses and individuals with handicaps, to name just a few. On Saturday February 21, 2015 the doors will open at 6:30 PM. Fans will have a chance to meet some of the wrestlers, as well as get something to eat, prior to the 7:00 PM Belltime.

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Address: New Egypt Elks Lodge, 105 Lakewood Rd, New Egypt
Cost: $10
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MS Hoboken Bar Crawl – Feb 21

We will be taking on the streets of Hoboken for our very first MS Bar Crawl! Each participant will receive a variety of discounted drink specials throughout the day as well as a special MS Bar Crawl giveaway. The proceeds from this event will benefit the more than 10,000 individuals living with MS in the New Jersey Metro area. Join us as we come together to celebrate our connections, our success and our desire for a world free of MS!

Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015; Begins at 12:30pm
Address: Wicked Wolf Hoboken; 129 Sinatra Dr., Hoboken
Cost: Pre-Registration: $35, Day of Registration: $40, $20 non-drinkers
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Wine and Cheese Tasting – Feb 21 & 22

An introduction to fine imported and domestic cheeses and how to pair them with wine. Sample selections of cheeses made locally as well as imported. Pair the cheeses with the perfect wine, add a loaf of bread and you have the Holy Trinity of food!

Dates: February 21st – February 22nd, 2015
Address: Villa Milagro Vineyards; 33 CR-627, Phillipsburg, NJ
Cost: $10
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Asbury Park Beer Fest – Feb 21 & 22

The Asbury Park Beerfest, presented by 95.9 FM WRAT Radio and the Asbury Park Boardwalk, is sure to be a beer lovers paradise, featuring “craft” beers from all over the world as well as ciders and iconic retro beers. Participants can also enter beer sports, such as “Masskrugstemmen” (a beer-stein-holding contest) and 95.9 FM WRAT Radio will be also have on-air talent present and will be broadcasting live for an exceptionally good time. Great beer, great food and so much more.

Dates: Saturday, Feb. 21 (12 – 4pm and 6 -10 p.m.) & Sunday, Feb. 22 (12 – 4pm), 2015
Address:Convention Hall; 300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
Cost:$37.50 in advance, $42 at the door, $10 for designated drivers. Get Tickets HERE
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Laurita Ice Sculpture Festival – Feb 21 & 22

A family-friendly, winter wonderland event for all ages highlighted by ice sculptures, classic winter activities, upbeat entertainment and a variety of themed food and beverages!! Sculpture displays by World-Famous, Guinness Book Of World Records Holder Ed Jarrett, will include a Fire & Ice truck where you can sit in the driver’s seat, a fire-breathing dragon luge, a “Warm Hug” field of Snowmen, an ice sculpting demo stage and a frosty photo booth!! Enjoy our award winning wines, legendary sangria, spiked hot chocolate, hot apple wine ciders and a beautiful lighting ceremony at dusk!! Oh…and FIREWORKS Saturday Night!!! Don’t miss this unique, annual event!! Watch our estate winery transform into a vineyard ski lodge for this special weekend!!

Dates: February 20th & 21st, 2015
Address: Laurita Winery; 85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ
Cost: General Admission $6
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3rd Annual Chili Cook Off St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fundraiser – Feb 22

There will be two contests, the “Professional” Cook Off (commercial) and the “Amateur” Cook Off (residents). Once the chili lovers have tasted all chili, they will vote for their favorite and drop their ballot in the ballot box. The results will be tallied and the winners will be announced! Prizes will be awarded to the winners. In addition to the People’s Choice, there will be an independent panel of 5 judges.

There is a $10 entry fee and you are required to pre-register and make a minimum of 3 lbs of chili. Visit the website for more information or call. Tickets are $25 and include snacks, chili tasting, beer and two ballots. All proceeds will benefit the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Date: Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
Address: Windansea Restaurant; 56 Shrewsbury Ave., Highlands
Cost: $10 entry fee; Tickets are $25
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Blues A Palooza – Feb 22

Blues A Palooza is a fundraiser for the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation. Each year we bring together several excellent Blues players for a great day of music. This year the line up is the Mimi Nowak Project, David Fields Blues Band, Slim Chance and headliner Rob Paparozzi. Show starts at 2pm till 6 pm. $20 at the Door, $15 with advanced Reservations.

Date: Sunday, February 22nd, 2015; 2pm to 6pm
Address: Tim McCloone’s Supper Club; 1200 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park
Cost: $20, $15 in advance. Call 732-933-1984 for advance tickets

Events to Check Out this Weekend Jan 30th – Feb 1st, 2015

Boardwalk Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show – Jan 28 – Feb 1

AKC All breed dog show featuring Best of Breed Competition, Police K-9 Unit Demonstration, Obedience and Rally Trials, vendors and much more!

Dates: January 28th – February 1st, 2015
Address: Wildwoods Convention Center; 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ
Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for Senior Citizens, children 12 and under $2
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Monster Jam – Jan 30 & 31

Monster Jam® roars into IZOD Center in East Rutherford for three action-packed events! Truck Lineup: Grave Digger® driven by Carl Van Horn, Dragon driven by Scott Liddycoat, Crushstation driven by Greg Winchenbach, Stinger driven by Zane Rettew, Bounty Hunter® driven by Trent Montgomery, Iron Outlaw driven by TBA, Storm Damage driven by Tim Mente, and Hurricane Force driven by Steven Thompson! There will be a Pit Party on the arena floor from 5:30 – 6:30 pm prior to the 7:30 pm show on Friday and from 11 – 1 pm prior to the 2 pm show on Saturday.

Dates: January 30th – 31st, 2015
Address: Izod Center; 50 State Rte. 120, East Rutherford
Cost: $15+
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January Wine and Jazz Weekend – Jan 30 – Feb 1

Join us for a whole weekend of incredible talent. Featuring Jazz Legends, The Michael Pedicin quintet, The Gina Roche Trio, The Geno White Trio, Jeffrey Hebron & George Karavan.

Dates: January 30th – February 1st, 2015
Address: Willow Creek Winery; 160-168 Stevens Street,West Cape May
Cost: $35 per person in advance, $45 at the door
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International Great Beer Expo – Jan 31

The biggest names in international brewing will gather at the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadow, 355 Plaza Dr Secaucus, NJ for the fourth annual International Great Beer Expo. This international beer tasting extravaganza will showcase more than 50 breweries from across the globe, each providing samples of their country’s proudest brewing achievement. Your admission ticket includes beer sampling, souvenir tasting glass, and admission to the beer seminars. Shoulder to shoulder with some of America’s best breweries, will be amazing breweries from Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Austria, Nicaragua, Thailand, Poland, New Zealand, Indonesia, Sweden, China, and others.

Date: January 31st, 2015; 2 Sessions
Address: Meadowlands Expo Center; 355 Plaza Dr, Secaucus, NJ
Cost: $42 – $55, $10 DD ticket. On sale soon!
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Fire & Ice Festival – Jan 31

The remedy cabin fever! Mount Holly’s 22nd Annual National Ice Carving Association (NICA) sanctioned competitive event. Always the last Saturday in January. Rain, snow, sleet or sunshine. Family friendly and free event combined with a local Chilli cookoff for professional chefs. Free fire engine rides, dog sled demonstrations, alpacas to see and enjoy, Discovery Museum’s People Bubble, Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Gingerbread House contest , Revolutionary War reenactors, local art exhibits and plenty of culinary treats and live music. Throughout the downtown and The Mill Race Village shops centered around Burlington County College’s beautiful Mount Holly Center and Culinary Arts School. Peak times are from 10 am to 2 pm, plenty of free parking. Activities run throughout the day and usually wraps up by 4 pm. Dress warm, bring your camera, your kids and friends and of course an appetite. Voted South Jersey Magazine’s Best Winter Event. Enjoy!

Date: Saturday, January 31st, 2015; 11am to 4pm
Address:Main St., High, White, Washington & Mill Sts., Mount Holly
Cost: Free
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Kick the Winter Blues – Jan 31

Join us on January 31st from 12-5pm for our 7th Annual Kick the Winter Blues Wine Event. It’s winter time and the vineyard is sleeping. The winery, however, is alive with the music of Bill Caterini. Local crafts and food specialties will be on display. Enjoy our wine by the glass or bottle, have a heated Sangria or do a tasting of 5 of our wines, and sway to the music under our heated tents. Our Events are always rain or shine and free admission.

Date: January 31st, 2015
Address: Natali Vineyards; 221 North Delsea Dr, Cape May Courthouse
Cost: Free Admission
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Whitesbog Moonlight Walk – Jan 31

Explore the historic village, cranberry bogs and the surrounding pinelands. Listen to the night sounds of the forest, learn about Whitesbog and experience the seasonal changes of the Pine Barrens. All walks are 3‑5 miles in length, weather permitting and led by experienced leaders.

Date: Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Address: Historic Whitesbog Village; 120 W. Whitesbog Rd., Browns Mills
Cost: $5 donation per person requested.
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11th Annual Super ‘Plunge’ Sunday – Feb 1

Join us for the11th annual ocean plunge on Super Bowl Sunday! Do you have what it takes to brace the icy cold Atlantic Ocean in February? Save the date and meet us on the 48th Street Beach in Brant Beach and be home in time for the big game. Pre-registration is required.

Date: Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Address: St. Francis Community Center; 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Twp
Cost: Register Here
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Oyster Bowl XVI – Feb 1

New Jersey’s annual oyster eating contest. Oyster Bowl XVI will be held from 11 am – 2 pm to benefit Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey and Breast Cancer Resource Center YWCA Princeton.  This action packed event draws hundreds of participants and spectators who compete in 2 minute heats to determine who can consume the most oysters. Oyster Bowl has become a Princeton tradition before the big game featuring not only the oyster eating contest, but games, activities, raffles and prizes; and the only time lunch is served at Blue Point Grill. The event provides an opportunity for the community to join together to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.  Individuals and corporate teams of four slurp as many oysters as they can with the hope they can beat the all-time record of 102 consumed in a two-minute period.

Date: Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Address: Blue Point Grill; 258 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ
Cost: Register Here

International Beer Festival Returns to Meadowlands Expo Center-Jan 31

The biggest names in international brewing will gather at the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadow, 355 Plaza Dr Secaucus, NJ for the fourth annual International Great Beer Expo. This international beer tasting extravaganza will showcase more than 50 breweries from across the globe, each providing samples of their country’s proudest brewing achievement. Your admission ticket includes beer sampling, souvenir tasting glass, and admission to the beer seminars. Shoulder to shoulder with some of America’s best breweries, will be amazing breweries from Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Austria, Nicaragua, Thailand, Poland, New Zealand, Indonesia, Sweden, China, and others.

Date: January 31st, 2015; 2 Sessions
Address: Meadowlands Expo Center; 355 Plaza Dr, Secaucus, NJ
Cost: $42 in advance $60 at door, $10 DD ticket. Buy HERE

Official Press Release:

The biggest names in international brewing are returning to the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadows in Secaucus, NJ on Saturday, January 31, 2015 for the 5th Annual International Great Beer Expo. This international beer tasting extravaganza will showcase more than 60 breweries from across the globe, each providing samples of their country’s proudest brewing achievement-more than 100 beers in all.  Shoulder to shoulder with some of America’s best breweries will be amazing beer from Japan, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Peru, Canada, and others.

“The International Great Beer Expo offers beer enthusiasts a unique pay-one-price opportunity to try some foreign beers from foreign lands,” said Joe Chierchie, representing event producer, Starfish Junction Productions.  “We are expecting more than twenty different countries to be represented, delivering an amazing beer experience to all who attend.  I think we’ll have another sold out show for 2015,” he added.

The Expo will feature a beer garden, once again sponsored by Leinenkugel Brewing Company and their local beer wholesaler, Nash Beer Distributors, Inc.  In addition, specialty lounges will be hosted by Ballantine IPA, Boaks Beer, Sam Adams, New Jersey Beer Co., and Cape May Brewing Company.

Led by industry innovators, the event offers free beer seminars covering topics as varied as selecting and enjoying dark beers; the role of women in the craft beer industry; and an overview and predictions about the craft beer scene in New Jersey.

The International Great Beer Expo will have two sessions:  12:30-4:00 pm and 5:30-9:00 pm.  A limited number of tickets will be sold.  Once the event sells out, no additional tickets will be available for purchase.  Tickets are on sale now.  Tickets are $42 each when purchased in advance on the event website http://www.GreatBeerExpo.com . Tickets include admission to the Expo, admission to beer seminars, a souvenir tasting glass, and the freedom to enjoy a 2 oz. sample of any of the beers present at the Expo.  Designated driver tickets are available for $10 each.  All attendees, including designated drivers, must be 21+ and present valid photo I.D. for admission. The Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadow is located at 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, New Jersey 07095.

The event will raise funds for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The event is sponsored in part by NJBeerEvents.com.  The event is produced by Starfish Junction.

The Big Brew Beer Festival Twitter Contest – Win 2 Free Tickets!

The Big Brew Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. Featuring 200+ Craft Beers, 10 Casks in VIP (Casks are a true rarity at beer fests) and great food from area restaurants including Morris Tap & Grill and Nicole’s Ten.

I am giving away another 2 FREE tickets to the event – this time through 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 on Monday, January 26th, 8pm on Twitter. I will post and direct message the winner!

Good luck!

Official Press Release:

The Big Brew Beer Festival is returning to the Morristown Armory in Morristown, New Jersey on Saturday, February 21st, 2015.

Over 200 styles will be available during the General Admission session and there VIP Session will include over 20 rare and special beers featuring 10 Casks (presented by Morris Tap & Grill of Randolph, NJ). Craft Beer lovers will not want to miss this rare opportunity to sample so many beers poured from casks.

Big Brew is also teaming up with My Limo to provide Free Shuttle Service—running every 15 minutes during the event—back and forth between the Morristown courthouse and the Armory. Service is provided courtesy of the Big Brew Beer Fest. Event attendees also have access to discounted sedan rates.

VIP ticket holders Additional Benefits include:

* An extra hour of tasting

* Over 20 Special Brews featuring 10 Casks (VIP Lounge presented by Morris Tap & Grill)

(available to VIPs throughout the entire session)

* Food (served during VIP extra hour) provided by area restaurants including Morris Tap & Grill and Nicole’s Ten (both of Randolph, NJ)

SESSION TIMES:

Session 1   1:00 pm-4:30pm (VIP extra hour 12pm-1pm)
Session 2   7:00pm-10:30pm (VIP extra hour 6pm-7pm)

SESSION PRICING: Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing (prices go up two weeks and one week before Fest): VIP – $85     General Admission – $60     Designated Driver -$10

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

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.

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

Music provided by Morris County’s own Mr. LoveJoy.

For information, contact Allison Kohler, JMK Events, at 973-927-2794 Jmkevents@aol.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING