The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival – Win 2 Free Tickets!

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

I am giving away 2 FREE tickets to the event!

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. I will check!
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, November 3rd at 8pm. There will be  a Facebook post declaring the winner at that time.

Official Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t Wait to Purchase Tickets!

Pricing will increase 2 weeks and 1 week before event

Tickets are available at: www.bigbrewnj.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

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

My Day at the Big Brew Beer Festival

On Sunday, I got to check out the Big Brew Beer Festival in Morristown. I was all over my social media accounts Tweeting, Instagraming, Facebooking etc but I wanted to give a quick blog post about the NJ representation at the event:

The Following Breweries Were in Attendance (and yes I tried all their beer):
Angry Erik Brewing
Beach Haus
Bolero Snort
Boaks Beer
Cricket Hill Brewery
Flounder Brewing Co
Flyish Fish
Ramstein Beer
River Horse
Tuckahoe Brewing Co

They’re technically not beer, but Sandy Hook Iced Tea was incredible.

Other NJ things Worth Mentioning:
I got this awesome Flying Fish necklace from Thirst Quencher Neckware.

I also picked up Sweet Potato Maple Syrup from Momma’s Homemade. So good!

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I made a flipagram but it didn’t include all my photos. Oh well:

You can check the full list of Breweries at the event with this handy, dandy Twitter list I made.

Also, I loved my tasting glass:

Be sure to check out the next Big Brew Beer Fest in Sussex:

The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival – Dec 13

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

Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $55 GA, $80 VIP, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on Nov 29th. Get Tickets HERE
You can also get more information on their Facebook and twitter @BigBrewBeerFest

12 Events to Check Out this Weekend – Oct 17 – 19, 2014

New Jersey Isn’t Boring Art Show – Oct 19

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New Jersey Isn’t Boring is SO happy to announce it’s first art show, to be held at the Rail House  in Rahway, NJ on Sunday, October 19th at 5pm. This event is part of a weekly event called called Soft Sounds and Creative Wonders run by the Rail House. It features acoustic musicians and local artwork.

The event will feature 3 artists whose work represents NJ. The three artists will be Chris Ernst, Corey Hudson, and Scott Modrzynski.

Date: Sunday, October 19th, 2014; 5pm to 11pm;  RSVP to the event on Facebook!
Address: 1443 Irving St, Rahway, NJ
Cost: Free to attend. I recommend getting drinks and dinner at the restaurant. AWESOME menu
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Capy May NJ State Film Festival – Oct 17 – 19

This weekend film festival is committed to the presentation of creative, challenging, ground-breaking work by New Jersey filmmakers and films with New Jersey or World Premiere status.This years festival features a Showcase of Beatles Films On the 50th Anniversary of their first US visit!

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Fall Food Truck Fiesta – Saturday, Oct 18

Hosted by Surf and Turf Truck, this event features great food trucks, children’s activities, wine and beer, music, fire pits, mobile fashion trucks, Salvation Army’s Food Truck for a free demo tour and more! Event is Rain or Shine!!

Date: Saturday, October 18th, 2014; 11am to 7pm
Address: Mercer County Park Festival Grounds; 334 S Post Rd, West Windsor Township, NJ
Cost: $5 Admisssion
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Bricktoberfest - Oct 18

Bricktoberfest, Saturday, October 18th at Windward Beach Park, 265 Princeton Avenue, Brick, NJ, 11 am – 5 pm. Featuring a Sauerkraut Eating Contest by Major League Eating — hmmm, will champ Joey Chestnut compete? Lots of fun for the kids, including boardwalk games, blow-up and mechanical rides. Beer & wine garden. Live music by local bands. Fun for the whole family.

Date:  Saturday, October 18th; 11am to 5pm
Address: Windward Beach Park, 265 Princeton Avenue, Brick
Cost: ?
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Grape Gallop – Oct 18

Enjoy Running? Love Wine? Pair Both! Join us Saturday, October 18th for Grape Gallop, the event that pairs exercise and wine tasting!  Located at picturesque Alba Vineyard & Winery, Grape Gallop allows you to choose to run or walk the challenging 2-mile course, or take a second turn and make it a 4-miler!  After crossing the finish line, stimulate your taste buds with Alba’s award winning wines and relax with your fellow participants.See you at the Start! For further information and to register please visit the website.

Dates: Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Address: Alba Vineyard; 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Rd., Finesville, Milford, NJ
Cost:  Regular Pre-Registration (by October 14)  $55, Race Day $60 Designated Driver (No Tasting) Pre-Registration (by October 14)  $35
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Autumn Wine Festival - Oct 18 & 19

The Autumn Wine Festival is coming to the RiverWinds Community Center in West Deptford this year. It takes place on Saturday, October 18th, and Sunday, October 19th from 12-5. Not only will this festival feature 12 local NJ wineries with over 200 different wines to taste, but also live music, food trucks, and fall activities for the kids, making it fun for the whole family.

Dates: October 18th & 19th, 2014; Noon to 5pm
Address: Riverwinds Community Center Grounds; 1000 RiverWinds Drive West, Deptford, NJ
Cost: Tickets are $20 at the gate, and $15 in advance. Get Tickets HERE
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Toy Con NJ – Oct 18 & 19

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: October 18th & 19th, 2014
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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Stafford Fall Wine Festival – Oct 18 & 19

The Stafford Township Fall Harvest Wine Festival at Manhawkin Lake Park will be held October 18th and 19th, 12 noon to 5 pm, rain or shine. The festival features wine tasting by New Jersey wineries, along with food, crafters, vendors, and live music. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit and enjoy the music. Admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the gate for adults 21 years and older. Under 21 years of age or designated drivers are free. Advance tickets can be purchased, visit website.  The Stafford Township Fall Wine Festival is sponsored by TD Bank and WJRZ 100.1. The festival will offer sampling from some of New Jersey’s leading wineries, participating are Cava Winery, DiMatteo Winery, Monroeville Vineyard & Winery, Plagido’s Winery, Southwind Vineyard & Winery, Tomasello Winery, and Valenzano Winery. Dozens of varieties of wines will be available; each paid admission includes a commemorative wine glass.

Dates: October 18th & 19th, 2014; Noon to 5pm
Address: Manahawkin Lake Park; Rt. 9 & No. Lakeshore Dr., Manahawkin, NJ
Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the gate. Get tickets HERE
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Southwind Wine and Art Weekend – Oct 18 & 19

Dates: Oct 18 & 19, 2014′ 11am to 6pm
Address: Southwind Vineyard, 385 Lebanon Rd, Millville, New Jersey.
Cost: Free to attend
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Laurita Winery Harvest Festival - Oct 18 & 19

An event you do not want to miss! Join us to celebrate the ongoing harvest at one of the Outer Coastal Plain’s most highly regarded winery. Bring the family and friends. Enjoy live music, fine wines, great food, and shopping for antiques from our Farm Treasures plus handmade items from over 50 different artisans. Kids will enjoy pony rides, REX the pumpkin eating dinosaur and the playground. Vineyard wagon tours starting at 1:00pm.

Dates: October 18th & 19th, 2014
Address: Laurita Winery; 85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ
Cost: $5. Get tickets in advance HERE
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Just Jersey Jazz & Food Truck Festival - Sunday, Oct 19

Over 25 Gourmet Food Trucks, partnered with some incredible Jazz bands, make for an enchanting and fulfilling October afternoon. Bring your appetite, lawn chairs and blankets. Dine on excellent food, while enjoining the amazing sounds of Jazz greats! Benefit for the Roxbury food pantry, who is in dire need. Bring a can or boxed item to donate and Save $1 on admission. $5 per person, 12 and under free. There will be childrens activities and vendors too! It’s a gourmet wonderland and it’s all for a good cause! More info visit website.

Date: Sunday, October 19th, 2014; 11am to 6pm
Address: Horse Shoe Lake – Island; 72 Eyland Ave., Succasunna, NJ
Cost: $5 per person, $1 off admission w/ food donation. 12 & under free

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Opening Reception for Artist of the Month Show at AGNJ – Oct 19

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Arts Guild New Jersey is pleased to present The 2014 Artists of the Month Art Exhibit, featuring the artwork of twelve winners from our 2014 Artist of the Month competition. The exhibition, which opens on October 19 and runs through November 13, 2014 will have a free, public reception on Sunday, October 19th, 1-4 PM, at Arts Guild New Jersey, 1670 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ 07065. Gallery Hours are Mon-Thurs 10am-3pm, Fri: 10am to 1pm, Sat & Sun: 1-4pm or by appointment for groups of 10 or more. The exhibition is wheelchair accessible.

In 2013, Arts Guild New Jersey presented an open juried competition in order to select twelve artists who were featured one per month on our website as an Artist of The Month starting in January 2014. The artists featured are: Michael Benevenia, Cathleen Parra, Bill Ross, Linda Jacobs, Chiara Chandoha, Norma Greenwood, Sharon Heyward, Tania Sen, Raul Villarreal, Patricia A. Bender, Susan Evans Grove, and Richard Buntzen. Their work shows not only great skill and talent, but a broad range of styles and mediums and genres.

Date: Sunday, October 19th, 2014; 1 to 4pm.
Address: 1670 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ 07065
Cost: Free
Like them on Facebook Arts Guild New Jersey and Follow on Twitter @ArtsGuildNJ

20 (!) Events to Check out This Week/Weekend: Oct 9 – 12, 2014

Fall Harvest and Wine Festival – Oct 9

SAVE THE DATE for the Camden Children’s Garden First Annual Fall Harvest & Wine Festival. Taste over 15 wines from Monroeville Vineyard & Winery, enjoy live music, sample hors d’oeuvres showcasing seasonal ingredients from local eateries, and browse hand-made crafts all while taking in the fall scenery at the Garden. For guests 21+ only.

Dates: October 11th & 12th, 2014; 6pm to 9pm
Address: Camden’s Children Garden; 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103
Cost:  $35 per person, $60 a couple. To purchase tickets, please call: 856-365-8733.
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Fashion Field Launch Party – Oct 10

Fashion Field LLC and Motor Media in association with The Headliner present an exciting evening of style on October 10th. This night will include a fashion show featuring Setata and DiLaRu Boutique with performances by DJ Skribble, Louie Devito, and DJ Vicious Vic.  Invite only fashion show at 7pm and the after party open to the general public at 10pm at The Headliner, 1401 Route 35, located in Neptune, NJ 07753.

Date: Friday, October 10th, 2014; 7pm,, after part at 10pm
Address: The Headliner; 1401 Route 35, Neptune, NJ
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 day of. Age 21+
You can get tickets HERE
RSVP to the Event on Facebook HERE
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Canal’s 5th Annual SJ Oktoberfest – Oct 10

The 5th annual event, benefiting the American Red Cross SJ Chapter, will take place  from 7 pm – 10 pm at the 1000-person-capacity majestic Masso’s Orchard Garden. This year’s presenting sponsors are Canal’s of Glassboro, and the South Jersey Times and Washington Township Times newspapers and NJ.com. NJ Social Affair Permit No.14005424. Tickets to the event are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Ticket purchase includes: all food sampling, beer and wine sampling, party favors, DJ, dancing, live entertainment, contests and prizes and all event festivities-benefiting the American Red Cross SJ Chapter. Patrons must be 21 to attend. Reserve Now On-Line! Visit the website for more information.

Date: Friday, October 10th, 2014, 7pm to 10pm
Address: Masso’s Orchard Garden, 210 Delsea Dr. S., Glassboro, NJ
Cost: $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Get tickets HERE
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South Jersey Pumpkin Show – Oct 10 – 12

The 11th annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show is gearing up for its biggest celebration of the fall harvest this October 10-12, 2014, hosted at the Salem County Fairgrounds. South Jersey Pumpkin Show was created out of the love of pumpkins and the fall harvest from Millville residents Kathryn & Leslie (Beau) Wright. The South Jersey Pumpkin Show was voted by CBS of New York as one of the best fall festivals in New Jersey The event’s theme for 2014 is “Enjoy all things Pumpkin” and the festival will showcase a giant pumpkin pyramid, Big Pumpkin Weigh-Off, pumpkin wine sampling, pumpkin foods, dessert contest, pumpkin themed pageant, pumpkin contests.

Dates: October 10th – 12th, 2014
Address: Salem County Fairground; 735 Harding Hwy., Rt. 40, Woodstown, NJ
Cost:  Free
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The Big Brew Beer Festival in Morristown – Oct 11

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The Big Brew Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at The Morristown Armory; 430 Western Ave, Morristown, NJ. The event is split up into 2 sessions, an afternoon and evening session. VIP tickets are available.There will be over 200 Craft Beers – featuring fall seasonal brews, with 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.

General Admission Tickets at the door (if still available): Session 1 – $65, Session 2 – $65
– Access to unlimited beer tastings of over 200 craft beer selections.
– Souvenir tasting glass

VIP Tickets at the door (if still available): Session 1 – $95, Session 2 – $95
-Access to unlimited beer tastings of over 200 craft beer selections.
-An extra hour of tasting (Session 1: 12:00pm-1:00pm; Session 2: 6:00pm to 7:00 pm)
-Over 25 special and rare, VIP-only brews in roped-off VIP Lounge (available to VIPs throughout the entire session)
-Beer-infused hors d’oeuvres served buffet-style during the VIP extra hour (Session 1: 12:00pm-1:00pm; Session 2: 6:00pm to 7:00 pm)
-Souvenir tasting glass

Date: Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Times:  Session 1 – VIP: 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM; GA: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM; Session 2: VIP: 6:00 PM – 10.30 PM; GA: 7:00 PM – 10.30 PM
Address: The Morristown Armory; 430 Western Ave, Morristown, NJ
Cost: GA $60, $65 at door, VIP $90, $95 at door

There is a designated driver ticket for $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
For tickets visit Here.. $10 off admission code: NJISNTBORING
You can also get more information on their Facebook and Twitter @BigBrewBeerFest

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Oktoberfest Food Truck Mash Up – Oct 11

The Food Truck Mash-Up is returning to Bergen County, this time in an Oktoberfest theme. The event will include food trucks, entertainment and vendors.  Free admission.

Date: Saturday, October 11th, 2014; 5pm to 11pm
Address:  Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment; 1 Racetrack Drive,  East Rutherford, NJ
Cost: Free Admission
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Montclair’s Dog Walk of the Dead – Oct 11

New Jersey’s only zombie dog walk to help benefit The Montclair Animal Shelter (MAS) returns on October 11th 2014 Erie Park Montclair, NJ.When there’s no more room in Hell the dead will walk their Dog! Join us again this October at Erie Park in Montclair, NJ for zombies, dogs & mayhem to benefit MAS. Vendors, music, pet friendly restaurants, and a pet costume contest will all lead to our Z-Walk. . This is a FREE event.

Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @DogWalkoftheDead

Date: October 11th, 2014, Noon to 3pm
Address: Erie Park, Montclair, NJ
Cost: Free
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Heart of the Shore World Premiere – Oct 11

On Saturday, October 11th Hometown Heroes presents, “Heart of the Shore”, A Film Documentary of Superstorm Sandy. The film will be presented by Emmy nominated Cliff Charles of “When the Levee Breaks” a Katrina Story.

Date: Saturday,  October 11, 2014; 6:15pm Doors Open: 5:30 PM
Address: Seaside Park Beach Corner of Ocean Ave & Stockton Ave, Seaside Park, NJ
Cost: FREE!

Learn more about the film on their Website, Facebook & Twitter @HeartoftheShore
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The Witches Ball – Oct 11

This outdoor event is a one of a kind opportunity for adults to dress up and act like, well, whatever they want! Surrender yourself to the atmosphere and detail while all around you performances blend with the patrons as the night progresses. A diverse collection of music, art and revels await those who have the inclination and imagination to take part. Costumes are encouraged. Be elaborate, be imaginative and be different. More than witches are welcome. Delve deep into the genres of Fantasy, Medieval, Renaissance, Victorian, Steampunk, Pirate, Goblin, Gothic, Horror, Carnival, Celtic and Faerie lore. Visit the ‘Gypsy Village’ and find out what lies ahead of you in your future. Compete in the Costume Contest. Visit the “Bizarre Bazaar” for unique wares. This event is suggested for over 16. -

Dates: Saturday, October 11th, 2014; 6pm to 11pm
Address:  Mill Race Village; Church Street, White Street, Mount Holly, NJ
Cost: Free
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Sussex County Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival – Oct 11

The Festival is a celebration of agritourism, ecotourism, arts & heritage. The County of Sussex, the Sussex County Beekeepers Association and the Garden State Garlic Growers are joining with the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show to showcase New Jersey’s great northwest.

Dates: Saturday, October 11th, 2014; 10am to 4pm
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds, Livestock Buildings; 37 Plains Rd., Augusta, NJ
Cost: Free
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Ocean Grove’s Fall Harvest Festival and Craft Show – Oct 11

The event includes a variety of food offerings, sidewalk sales by our merchants, pumpkin painting from noon – 3 pm at The Starving Artist, and a close-up view of a fire truck and ambulance for the children.  Rain or shine.

Date: Saturday, October 11th, 2014; 10am to 4pm
Address: 45 Pilgrim Pathway, Main Avenue Business District, Ocean Grove, NJ
Cost: Free
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50th Annual Bergen County Art in the Park Show – Oct 11

A free show with about 100 adult visual artists juried exhibition of diverse artistic expression from northern NJ arts community. The 5 juried categories will be: Acrylics/Oils; Drawings/Prints/Pastels; Mixed Media; Watercolors; and Photography. Special concert by the Klezmer-Bluegrass All Stars from 12:30 – 3:30 pm.  Audience chairs available on a first come-first serve basis.  11 am – 3:30 pm. Rain date: Oct. 12.

Date: Saturday, October 11th, 2014; 11am to 3:30pm
Address: Van Saun County Park; 216 Forest Ave., Paramus, NJ
Cost: Free
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Mullica Hill Ghost Walk - Oct 11

Join the Harrison Township Historical Society for our ever-popular Ghost Walk. Explore Mullica Hill’s haunted history as you walk past the historic houses and public buildings along Main Street during the 1 and 1/2-hour guided tour. Tours will depart from outside blueplate restaurant, 47 South Main Street, every 10 minutes beginning at 6:30 pm. . Please visit harrisonhistorical.com for purchasing details. If you require an early tour time, be sure to get your tickets as far in advance as possible as they sell out first.

Dates: Saturday, October 11th, 2014; Begins at 6:30pm
Address: Blueplate Restaurant; 47 S. Main St., Mullica Hill, NJ
Cost: $7; buy in advance HERE
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Unionville Vineyards Fall Festival – Oct 11

Set in bucolic Hunterdon County, Unionville Vineyards consistently produces award-winning wines. At the annual fall festival, the winery welcomes thousands of visitors, who come to celebrate the harvest and taste amazing wines. Wine lovers and future wine enthusiasts will find plenty to do. Each adult ticket includes a wine tasting and complimentary glass. Winery tours and vineyard walks are offered throughout the day, and visitors will get the chance to engage with the entire winemaking team! Guests can attend talks by key figures in the New Jersey food and wine industry. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Unionville Vineyards offers the ultimate chance to relax on 90 acres of idyllic farmland.

Date: Saturday, October 11th, 2014; 12pm to 6pm
Address: Unionville Vineyards; 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes, New Jersey
Cost: $20; Get tickets HERE
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Cape May Wine Festival – Oct 11 & 12

Held adjacent to the classic Cape May Winery & Vineyard, cherish the last whisper of the summer shore season with 20 premier New Jersey wineries, delicious shore-inspired foods, and terrific live music. $25 per person, $20 in advance if purchased online

Dates: October 11 & 12, 2014; Noon to 5pm
Address: Cape May Winery; 711 Townbank Rd, North Cape May, NJ
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at gate. Buy tickets Here
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Secrets of the Deep Exhibition featuring The Art of Dr. Seuss – Oct 11 & 12

A whimsical and historic exhibition highlighting 70 years of Dr. Seuss’s creativity and artwork. “Secrets of the Deep,” featuring a compelling selection of artworks from The Art of Dr. Seuss. This fascinating look at the art and life of Theodor Seuss Geisel includes gallery receptions featuring noted Dr. Seuss expert Jeff Schuffman from 7 – 10 pm on Sat., Oct. 11 & 1 – 4 pm on Sun, Oct. 12. -

Dates: October 11th & 12th, 2014
Address: Ocean Galleries; 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, NJ
Cost: Free
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Allentown Fall Festival Beer Garden – Oct 11 & 12

The Allentown Lions Club will be hosting a Craft Beer Garden at this years Fall Festival on October 11&12. We will be pouring a selection of local brews from River Horse, Yards, Sixpoint, Dogfish, and Weyerbacher. The Fall Festival features live music, food trucks, classic cars, craft vendors, A civil war camp and reenactment and activities for kids. All proceeds for Beer sales got to benefit the Allentown Lions Club and are used to fund AHS scholarships, the Mememorial Day Parade, The Easter Egg Hunt, and other local efforts!

Dates: October 11th & 12th, 2014; Noon to 5pm
Address: 19 Main St, Allentown, NJ
Cost: $5 per our 16oz pour
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Vernon Harvest Festival - Oct 11 & 12

Enjoy live music, wine tasting, and awesome BBQ while taking in the breathtaking fall foliage. Shop over 30 area farmers markets and crafters for delicious fresh fare, fine handcrafted pottery and art, handmade soaps, honey, preserves, artisanal breads and much more.  Plus, kids will love the pony and hay rides, pumpkin painting and a petting zoo!

Dates: October 11th & 12th, 2014
Address: The Farm; 135 Rt. 94, Vernon, NJ
Cost: FREE
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Belvidere Harvest Festival – Oct 12

The Fun Family Activities include but not limited too …

* Sack Races   * Hay Ride   * Pony Ride   * Mechanical Bull Ride   * Face Painting   * Bounce House   *Readings with Ms. Gerrie   * Sand Art   * Pumpkin Patch   * Pumpkin Bowling   * Caricatures  * Lasso & Whip Demonstration  * Food Vendors   * Assorted Vendors & Other Family Friendly Activities

Date: Sunday, October 12th, 2014; Noon to 4pm
Address: Garrett D. Wall Park (The Square); 2nd St., Belvidere, NJ
Cost: Free
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Riverside Fall Festival - Oct 12

Bring your families and take part in the festivities. There will be: makin’ bacon in the smokehouse, LIVE Bluegrass music, tours of the buildings with architectural historian Dennis Bertland. Plus pumpkin painting, corn husk dolls, storytelling by the campfire and MORE. Chili, artesian bread, donuts and cider will be served … while it all lasts! Admission, activities and food are FREE! Rain or Shine.

Date: Sunday,October 12th, 2014; 1pm to 4pm
Address: Ramsaysburg Homestead Historic Site; Rt. 46, Ramseyburg Rd., Columbia, NJ
Cost: Free

12 Events to Do this Weekend – Sept 5th – 7th, 2014

Food Truck Friday – Sept 5

Food Truck Friday is back in Hopewell, NJ. Food trucks, music and tons of fun! Rain or Shine.  Bring your friends, bring your family, and bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

Date: Friday, September 5th, 2014. 5pm to 9pm
Address: Hopewell Train Station; Railroad Place, Hopewell NJ 08525
Cost: Free to Attend
Follow on Twitter @FTFHopewell
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SALUTE TO SUPERNATURAL- September 5th- 7th

Headlining the convention: superstars JENSEN ACKLES, JARED PADALECKI, and MISHA COLLINS will all be on hand for the convention (Jensen and Jared on Sunday, Misha on Saturday).

Date: September 5-7, 2014
Address: The Hanover Marriott Hotel- 1401 Rt 10 E, Whippany
Get tickets ASAP. They may already be sold out…
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4th Annual MGK Brew Blast on the Battleship – Sept 6

Join the MGK air staff for a great day of craft beer sampling & live classic rock (courtesy of the MGK House Band) while on the tented deck of one of our nation’s most revered battleships. All tickets include a FREE TOUR of the Battleship. There will also be great food, available for purchase. This year’s Brew Blast will feature over 50 craft beers.

Date: Saturday, Sept 6th, 2014. 1pm to 5pm
Address: 100 Clinton Street, Camden, NJ 08103
To Get Tickets Click Here
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Capital City Food Truck Battle – Sept 6

All-star collection of the best food trucks in the Tristate area compete for the first ever CAPITAL CITY FOOD TRUCK BATTLE!  Competition will be fierce! Bragging rights will be earned! Stomachs will be filled! Locally designed and sourced trophy from the Trenton’s AbominOg Intl. Arts Collective www.abominog.org. Cash prize for the winner. Beer garden and wine bar located in the courtyard of Trenton Social. Trucks will be parked and served in the Trenton Social parking lot.

Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014; 12pm
Address: Trenton Social; 449 S Broad St, Trenton, New Jersey 08611
Cost: Free to attend
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Brews by the Bay – Sept 6

Brews By The Bay…brought to you by the Garden State and Delaware Brewers Guild. Two festivals in two states combine into one incredible beer event. A celebration of New Jersey and Delaware brewing with your local breweries! This event will be held on the grounds of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry (both Cape May and Lewes Terminals).  New Jersey Participating Breweries include: • Cape May • Tuckahoe • Flying Fish • Kane • Carton • Rinn Duin • Glasstown .• Iron Hill• Cricket Hill Delaware Participating breweries include: • 16 Mile • Dogfish Head • Fordham/Old Dominion • Iron Hill • Stewarts • Twin Lakes • 3rd Wave• Argilla• Mispillion River Brewing. The festival has been designed so that there is ample time at both festivals and be able to return in one day. The ferry between Cape May and Lewes takes approximately 90 minutes.

Date: Saturday, Sept 6th, 2014; 12pm to 4pm (on Cape May side)
Address: 1200 Sandman Blvd Cape May, New Jersey08204
For Tickets and more info click Here

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Somers Point Good Old Days Festival - Sept 6

An annual family-fun festival featuring a variety of music (3 stages), antique cars, children’s activities, community group participation, hot dogs, hamburgers, and sodas.

Date: Saturday, Sept 6th, 2014; 11am to 6pm
Address: John F. Kennedy Park, 24 Broadway, Somers Point, NJ
Cost: Free
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Pirate’s Day - Sept 6

Fun filled family event attended by over 15,000 people. Event runs 9 am – 4 pm. Over 160 vendors; 3 Live bands, Valhalla’s Pirates; Ye Pyrate Brotherhood, Sea Dogs Jug Band, David Engel “Pirate School”, evening concert at the Barnegat Docks by Tommy Edwards as “Sir Rod” beginning at 7 pm.

Date: Saturday, Sept 6th, 2014; 9am to 4pm
Address: Rte. 9 & E. Bay Ave., Barnegat, NJ
Cost: Free

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Jersey Fresh Wine Festival – Sept 6 & 7

For the 3rd year at the historic Burlington County Fairgrounds, guests can sample over 250 New Jersey wines from wineries all around the state. The GSWGA will herald the beginning of the harvest season with two days of wine, music, great food and fun for the whole family.

Date: September 6 & 7, 2014; 12pm to 5pm
Address: Burlington County Fairgrounds; 1990 Jacksonville Jobstown Rd, Columbus, NJ
Buy Tickets Here
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Festival in the Borough – Sept 6 & 7


Northwest Jersey’s largest music and street festival features 3 stages of entertainment with an array of musical genres, children’s activities, rides, an assortment of food, and more!

Dates: Sept 6th & 7th, 2014
Address: Rt. 57 Downtown Washington, NJ
Cost: Free
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41st Annual Fall Craft Show – Sept 6 & 7

Rated #1 in New Jersey and one of the Top 50 Craft Shows in the Nation by America’s Premier Art and Craft Show Magazine, Sunshine Artist. Over 200 tents filled with the most talented artisans on the East Coast. They will exhibit and sell their unique hand-crafted creations. Previous shows have set all-time attendance records, with crafters and artisans from throughout the region offering an array of select, hand-crafted furniture, jewelry, apparel, ornaments, home accessories and more.

Dates: September 6th and 7th, 2014; 10am to 5pm
Address: Municipal Field, 134 Main St, Chester, NJ
Cost: $5, get a $1 Coupon Here, Children under 12 Free
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Festival of Art – Sept 7

What better way to enjoy the last warm days of summer than with a wonderful outdoor event featuring work from local artists, food & wine tastings, and music, in a setting that couldn’t be better suited for a beautiful September day! Tickets to enjoy the event can be purchased in advance at a cost of $20 and includes wine tasting, delicious food, live music, and an opportunity to view and purchase art! Tickets are available at the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council’s Gallery in Newton (973-383-0027), the Lake Mohawk Pool (973-726-3263) and the Lake Mohawk Country Club (973-729-6156).  Please call or stop by to reserve your tickets today! If you are an artist and would like to show and sell your work, please contact us as soon as possible to reserve your space.  To register, please complete and return the registration form. Please call the council’s office at 973-383-0027 for more information.

Date: Sunday, Sept 7th, 2014; 11am to 5pm
Address: Lake Mohawk Pool Marine Terrace, 600 East Shore Trail, Sparta NJ
Cost: $20 in advance, Get Tickets Here

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Red Bank Street Fair and Craft Show – Sept 7

Over 200 Artists, crafters and vendors and 25,000 spectators.

Date: Sunday, Sept 7th, 2014; 11am to 5pm
Address: Streets of the Downtown, Red Bank, NJ
Cost: Free

Atlantic City Seafood Festival Returns to Bader Field – Sept 13th & 14th, 2014

 

The Atlantic City Seafood Festival is back! This is a great event filled with NJ craft beer, Live Music, NJ Wine…and of course SEAFOOD!

Dates: September 13th (11am to 7pm) and 14th (11am to 6pm), 2014
Address: Bader Field; 600 N Albany Ave, Atlantic City, NJ
Cost: Free Admission! Parking is $10 per Car

Find them on Facebook and Follow on Twitter @ACSeafoodFest

Official Press Release:

Good Time Tricycle Productions, The City of Atlantic City and CRDA are excited to announce the return of the Atlantic City Seafood Festival. This two-day extravaganza of fun, food, and entertainment celebrates the treasures of the Atlantic Ocean and highlights the East Coast’s favorite City-by-the-sea. This year’s festival takes place Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th on Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

For the 3rd consecutive year the Atlantic City Seafood Festival will play host to over 50 restaurants and culinary personalities. This annual event gives attendees the opportunity to experience dishes from some of Atlantic City’s and the region’s best restaurants. Attending foodies and fans get a chance to meet some of the chef personalities as they create their savory dishes. And it’s all in one location.

The festival is not just a celebration of great food but also a great opportunity to mingle with unique exhibitors, local artists and some genuinely unique human beings. The festival is packed full of fun programs that will keep families busy and smiling all day long. This year’s event won’t be short of great entertainment and thanks to a generous grant from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA); the festival is free to attend all weekend long. Attendees are encouraged to arrive hungry!

Just some of the Programming Highlights includes:
Children’s activities
Cooking demos
Live music
Local art & artists
Wine seminars & Tastings
The great Craft Brews of NJ Tasting Tent
Phillips Seafood Crab Eating Competition
Chowder Cook Off – benefiting the Community Food Bank of New Jersey

For a third year The Festival is honored to host the fourth annual Atlantic City International Triathlon awards ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of all the weekends’ athletes. The Atlantic City International Triathlon has quickly become one of the most anticipated races of its type in the country. The triathlon is an international-distance event that includes a 1 mile swim, a 20- mile bike and a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) run, while the ‘sprint’ race consists of a 1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike, and 5k run (3.1 miles). Over 1500 athletes from around the globe will compete in this national event.
For more information visit actriathlon.com

A new exciting addition to the festival lineup is the New Jersey Pirates and Privateers Weekend. This interactive historically accurate experience will take attendees on a walk through the historical pirate life of the seventeen hundreds. The organizers promise “All Things Pyrate”, including live pirate music, sword-fight shows, and an afternoon battle on sea and shore. They intend to “bring history to life”. For more information on the New Jersey Pirates and Privateers weekend check out http://www.NJPirateWeekend.com.

The Atlantic City Seafood Festival September 13th and 14th on Bader field in Atlantic City New Jersey admission is free, onsite parking $10. For more information on the Atlantic City Seafood and other weekend festivities check out acseafoodfest.com or contact Jon Henderson 609.412.9056 or at Jon@goodtimetricycle.com

ARRIVE HUNGRY!!!

9 Events to Do This Weekend – Labor Day Weekend

Wine and Romance – the Evocative Images of Viktor Shvaiko and Thomas Stiltz

August 29 – Aug 31

Two exceptional artists come together for an extraordinary Labor Day exhibition: Viktor Shvaiko and Thomas Stiltz. Having grown up surrounded by the beauty of the wilderness, Shvaiko developed a penchant for painting little cafes and other intimate places, which have become his trademark. Stiltz uses an old world technique of applying many layers of glazed oil paint, which gives color intensity and depth to wonderful visions that express the pleasures of sight, taste, sound, smell, and touch.

Dates: August 29th – 31st. 2014
Address: Ocean Galleries; 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, NJ 08247
Cost: Free
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18th Annual Airfest – Aug 29 – Sept 1

Featuring WWII aircraft: B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress and a P-51 Mustang and other “Flyin” aircraft. vendors, exhibitors, music, food and much more. Stop by NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum to experience “living history.” The public will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity to view, explore and even take a flight in these historic treasures. Separate fees required for fighter and bomber flight experiences. For flight reservations and tour information call 800-568-8924. For flight reservations call 800-568-8924 or visit http://www.collingsfoundation.org -Want to be a Vendor or Exhibitor? Call the office or fill out an application on our website!

Dates: August 29th – September 1st, 2014
Address: Aviation Museum – 500 Forrestal Rd, Cape May Airport, NJ
Cost: $12/Adults $8/Children (3-12) 2 &Under/Free
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BBQ and Craft Beer Festival at Monmouth Park – Aug 30 & 31

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Don’t miss a celebration of everything barbeque at the annual BBQ & Craft Beer Festival  held on August 30th and 31st at Monmouth Park 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceaport, NJ. Ribs, pulled pork, brisket etc  will be served up by some of the Garden State’s best BBQ  joints. Cool off with a cold one in the beer garden with the company of a live band!

Dates: August 30th & 31st, 2014
Address: Monmouth Park; 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceaport, NJ
Cost: $3 general admission gets you into the track AND festival area. Food items are priced a la carte. Beer Garden is $10 for ten 2oz samples and a commemorative mini Pilsner glass.

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Jazz It Up Wine Festival – Aug 30 & 31

Join 18 of New Jersey’s finest wineries, jazz bands, food trucks and artisan crafters for two days of great wine and cool jazz notes at idyllic Allaire State Park in Farmingdale, New Jersey! Allaire State Park is home to Allaire Village, a 19th century metal working living history town. The reenactment of early American living will be on display throughout the day alongside the wine festival, making it an incredible family friendly dynamic event!

Dates: August 30 & 31, 2014 (rain date Sept 1); 12 to 5pm
Address: Allaire State Park, Farmingdale, NJ
Cost: Tickets are $25 per person, but $20 per person in advance, Buy tickets Here
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Wine Release Weekend - Aug 30 & 31

Join Old York Cellars for this wine release weekend and be the first to try their 2013 vintages of these two dry white wines. Their new Chardonnay is un-oaked, medium bodied, and has hints of vanilla. Their Dry Riesling is a crisp white with hints of stone fruit and apple.

Dates: August 30th & 31st, 2014, 12pm to 5pm
Address: Old York Cellars, 80 Old York Rd, Ringoes, NJ
Cost: Free
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30th Anniversary Scandinavian Fest, ScanFest ’14 – August 31st

Heritage festival celebrating the cultures, contributions, and current life of Scandinavia and the Nordic countries: Denmark, Estonia, FInland, Iceland, Norway, and  Sweden. Full day of Nordic and traditional festival foods, crafts, imported gifts, artisans, demonstrating handcrafts, special kids events, tradktional Nordic folk, classical, jazz, and world music, dance, folkdress, talks, reenactors, vikings, entertainment through the day on 6 performance areas, plus the 4th annual North American wife-carry championships. Special kids area and stage.

Dates: Sunday, August 31st, 2014, 10am to 6pm
Address:Vasa Park, 1 Wolfe Rd., Budd Lake, NJ 07828
Cost: Adults: $14.00, Seniors: $13.00, Children (12 and Under) free. Free entry with authentic folk dress
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Nutley Street Fair and Craft Show  – Aug 31

Over 200 Artists, crafters and vendors and 25,000 spectators. Something for everyone!

Date: Sunday, August 31st, 2014, 11am to 5pm
Address: Streets of the Downtown, Nutley, NJ
Cost: Free
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Woodland Park  Street Fair – Aug 31

Over 125 exhibitors, merchandise vendors, amusement vendors, special prime section for craft exhibitors, food vendors, kiddie rides,pPony rides. Variety of musical performers, clown, games, face painting, sand art, temp tattoos.No entrance fee.

Date: Sunday, August 31st, 10am , 10am to 5pm
Address: McBride Ave. from Lackawana Ave. to Memorial Dr., Woodland Park, NJ
Cost: Free
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Riverdale’s Labor Day Street Fair - Sept 1

Non-stop music and entertainment along with family fun attractions. Over 150 exhibitors, kiddie rides and  climbing wall, kids games, face painters, amusements, temp tattoos, and more. A special section with craft exhibitors and artists. Fabulous festival foods, everything from shishkabobs, kettle corn, pulled pork, sausage sandwiches to ice cream, zeppoles, funnel cakes, and Italian ices. Come eat, shop and play!

Date: Monday, Sept 1, 2014: 10am to 5pm
Address: Newark Pompton Tpk., Riverdale, NJ
Cost: Free

Twitter Contest Ends Tomorrow For The Big Brew Beer Festival

The Big Brew Beer Festival is BACK in Morristown, NJ on Saturday, October 11th. The event will feature over 250 unlimited craft beers and Free Shuttle Service to & from the Festival!

A winner will be chosen TOMORROW, Tuesday, August 19th at 8pm.

Here’s How to Enter the Twitter Contest:
1. You must follow @njisntboring and @bigbrewbeerfest on Twitter. I can check this as well!
2. When you see a Tweet regarding the contest, you must ReTweet (or RT as the kids say) and Favorite it.
3. I will pick a winner on August 19th at 8pm, and I will declare it in a Tweet.

Not social media savvy? Don’t want to test your luck?

Well…I have more good news.

I have an exclusive $10 off promo code for the event which you can redeem on the Big Brew Beer Fest ticket page. The promo code is: NJISNTBORING

Details on the Event:

Date: Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Time: Session 1 1:00 pm-4:30pm (VIP extra hour 12pm-1pm); Session 2 7:00pm-10:30pm (VIP extra hour 6pm-7pm)
Address: The Morristown Armory; 430 Western Ave, Morristown, NJ
Cost: VIP: $80′; General Admission: $50; Designated Driver:  $10
* Ticket prices will increase two weeks before the show and again one week before the show. Get them early!
Buy tickets HERE
Like them on Facebook and Follow on Twitter @BigBrewBeerFest

For more beer events check out the NJIB section for Beer Events

Official Press Release:

Event Set To Showcase Over 250 Unlimited Craft Beer Tastings

The Big Brew Beer Festival is returning to the Morristown Armory in Morristown, New Jersey on Saturday, October 11, 2014 and promises to be the best Fest yet!

“Big Brew” has become synonymous with featuring unique and plentiful craft brews from around the state and around the world. The October Fest will also include some wonderful additions for attendees.

“We are always committed to improving our Festivals,” says Allison Kohler, President of JMK Events, “and we are very excited to welcome four great VIP food sponsors as well as free shuttle service to and from the event!”.

Big Brew Fest is 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.

And with a tip of the hat to food-lovers, VIP ticket holders will also enjoy beer-infused hors d’oeuvres served during the VIP extra hour provided by Morris Tap & Grill of Randolph (with menu designed by Food Network “Chopped” Champion, and Morris Tap & Grill Chef and partner, Chef Eric LeVine), Nicole’s Ten of  Randolph, Hot Rods Real Pit BBQ of Wharton and the Village Food Garden at the ShopRite of Greater Morristown.

VIP Food options will include a bbq pulled pork sandwich with sevendust chips (from Morris Tap & Grill), smoked turkey and smoked wings (from Hot Rods BBQ) and seared pepper tuna with micro greens, avocado, wasabi, and tomatoes in a phyllo cup & mini soft shell tacos made with chicken verde and pork al pastor, diced tomato, and crunchy cabbage (from Village Food Garden).

Foodies can also look forward to the return on The Cow & The Curd’s award-winning Wisconsin battered cheese curds.

Morris Tap & Grill will also present the VIP Lounge, where VIP ticket holders can enjoy an extra hour of tasting and more than 25 VIP-only rare beers available throughout the event.

Session times are as follows:
Session 1:  1 pm – 4:30pm      VIP extra hour 12pm -1pm
Session 2:  7 pm – 10:30pm    VIP extra hour 6pm -7pm

Pricing is as follows:
Special Pricing for both Sessions (from now until September 27, 2014):
VIP – $80     General Admission – $50     Designated Driver -$10
Note:   Pricing will change 2 weeks and 1 week before event
from September 27 – October 3:    VIP – $85     GA – $55   DD – $15
from October 3 – October 11:  VIP – $90    GA – $60   DD- $15  (DOOR PRICES)

Advance tickets are available online at:  http://bigbrewnj.com
The Big Brew Beer Festival Fall-Fest
Saturday, October 11, 2014
The Morristown Armory
430 Western Ave. Morristown, NJ 07960
Session 1   1:00 pm-4:30pm (VIP extra hour 12pm-1pm)
Session 2   7:00pm-10:30pm (VIP extra hour 6pm-7pm)
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

Reminder! These Great Events are Happening this Weekend!

Red Bank Cocktail Week - Now – Aug 17

Red Bank Flavour is proud to present the First Annual Red Bank Cocktail Week, a celebration of local bartenders, libations, fresh ingredients, local distilleries, products, and breweries. Red Bank Cocktail Week celebrates Red Bank as a premier destination for libation enthusiasts and a haven for Garden State epicureans. Events include kick-off party, Interactive Cocktail Mixology Seminar / Tasting, Bartender Mix-off, Whiskey / Bourbon Night, National Rum Day, Breakfast Bar, Happy Hour and much more.
Check out the schedule on the link (it’s in the title) for a full schedule/costs etc

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Monster Mania Con – August 15th – 17th

MONSTER-MANIA CON provides horror film fans the best opportunity to meet the biggest names in all of horror history. MONSTER-MANIA CON offers fans the chance to get autographs, participate in Q&A sessions with the stars, shop our large dealers area and watch films til 2AM.

Address: Crowne Plaza – 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill
Dates: August 15th – 17th, 2014
To get tickets click here
For more info, like them on Facebook
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“Truck”erton: Food Truck & Brew Fest –  Aug 16

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Tuckerton Seaport has added a brand new event to our summer line-up. Join us as Tuckerton become “Truck”erton with 20 food trucks rolling in to serve up food and fun. From 11am to 7pm, the Seaport will have live entertainment and programs perfect for the whole family.

Date: Saturday, August 16th, 2014; 11am to 7pm
Address: Tuckerton Seaport;  120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
Cost: $8 for Adults, $6 for Seniors (age 62 and older), $5 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under 5.
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Beachfest II Craft Show – August 16

Over 100 artists & crafters displaying their items for purchase. Food and entertainment onsite.

Date: Saturday, Aug 16th, 2014; 9am to 4pm
Address: Bicentennial Park; Engleside Ave., Beach Haven, NJ 08008
Cost: Free to attend
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Demarest Farms Wine Festival - August 16 & 17

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Featuring 10 award winning vineyards! Living music, food and more.

Dates: August 16th and 17th, 2014; 11am to 6pm – Rain or Shine
Address: Demarest Farms; 244 Wierimus Rd, Hillsdale, NJ
Cost: $12, includes souvenir glass and unlimited tastings
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Vintage North Jersey Wine & Food Festival – Aug 16 & 17

Vintage North Jersey, a collaboration of northern New Jersey wineries, announces its first Wine & Food festival to be held at one of the oldest north Jersey wineries – Four Sisters Winery. Take a ride out through beautiful northern New Jersey and experience some fine wines, local flavors and local bands at one centrally located venue. Wineries will be paired with local specialty food selections, some of which are produced on the vineyards themselves. Wineries include Ventimiglia Vineyards, Cava Vineyard and Winery, Brook Hollow Winery, Villa Milagro Vineyards, Beneduce Vineyards, Old York Cellars, Unionville Vineyards, Hopewell Valley Vineyards and Terhune Orchard Vineyards and Winery.

Dates: August 16th & 17th, 2014; 12p, to 5pm
Address: Four Sisters Winery; 783 County Rd. 519, Belvidere, NJ 07823
Cost: $20; includes tasting and a wine glass. Tickets for non-drinkers and children 12-20 are $15 and children under 12 are free
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Collingswood Crafts & Fine Arts Festival – Aug 16 & 17

Come to the Collingswood Crafts and Fine Art Festival held along historic Haddon Avenue in downtown Collingswood on the third weekend in August each year. More than 150 crafters and fine artists from throughout the United States will offer their latest works at the 9th Annual Festival! Selected by a jury each year, these respected artisans will offer contemporary works of wood, clay, glass, metal and fiber for sale – the newest in hand crafted and exciting visual art.

Dates: August 16th & 17th, 2014; 10am to 5pm
Address: Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ
Cost: Free to Attend
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Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook Off - Aug 16 & 17

Shore Chefs compete for the best crab cake award and the coveted People’s Choice Award in the Crab Cake Cook-Off. Taste fare from your favorite local restaurants. Crab cakes, fried catfish, and lobster rolls are just a few of the favorites that will be back for 2014. Live music will be provided by Kelso Clubhouse.

Dates: August 16th & 17th, 2014
Address: Monmouth Park; 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport, NJ 07757
Cost: Unclear. Looks like it’s free to attend, pay for food.
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New Jersey Collectors Con – Sunday, August 17

An all new convention based in New Jersey, focusing on Collectors.They 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, Memorabilia, and more.

Address: Holiday Inn Cherry Hill – 2175 West Marlton Pike (Rt. 70), Cherry Hill
Date: Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Cost: Early Admission 8am to 10am $20.00; General Admission 10am to 4pm $10.00

My Tour of Flyish Fish Brewing Company

This past weekend I got a chance to go to Somerdale and check out Flying Fish Brewing Company.

I had actually never been on a brewery tour before, so this was definitely a cool experience.

Once you get inside the brewery, they have a tasting room that only serves Flying Fish on tap. This is also the location where you sign up for a tour. In addition to the tasting room they also have an outdoor beer garden which I would think would be a cool spot to hang out if you’re in the area.

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We got a tour with Robin Tama, one of the co-founders of Flying Fish. She gave a great tour of the facility and an overall history of Flying Fish. It was definitely cool seeing where the beer is made and learning about how it’s made. I only wish her cute dog Louis could have come with us! He chilled with us a little in the tasting room.

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So much beer…

If you’re interested in taking a tour or just visiting the facility I highly recommend it.  They are open from Wednesday through Friday from 3-8pm and on Saturday from 12-6 and Sunday 12-4.  The tour is also FREE in case you were wondering.

After the tour we sampled beer and hung out for a little. My friends tried all 9 beers they currently have on tap. They are champs.

My husband and I sampled the Exit 4, Farm House Summer Ale, FU Sandy and the Extra Pale Ale.

I also really recommend checking out the gift shop before you leave. My husband and I left with a pint glass (for $3!) and a cool license plate sign for our bar.

They also have kegs and growlers to take home as well.

Overall, a very cool experience. This small company works hard and they’re environmentally conscious. Support local business and local craft beer!

General Info:

Address: 900 Kennedy Blvd, Somerdale, NJ 08083
Phone: (856) 504-3442
Find them on Facebook & Twitter @JerseyFreshAle