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!!!

10 Events to Check Out This Weekend: Aug 22 – Aug 24

Wine and Music Under the Stars – Aug 22

Join Old York Cellars Winery on the patio overlooking the vineyard. Here you can enjoy the wonderful summer night sipping on Old York Cellars’ award winning wines while listening to great music. Guest are welcome to bring food to accompany the wines or grab something from the Fired Up Flatbread Food Truck. Groups are also welcome with reservations. Live Music by Acoustic Road.

Date: Friday, August 22nd, 6pm to 9pm
Address: Old York Cellars Winery; 80 Old York Rd., Ringoes
Cost: $5 in advance, $7.50 at the door. Buy in advance Here
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Reel East Film Festival – Aug 22 – 23

The first annual Reel East Film Festival is honored to bring independent and upcoming feature films and shorts to Camden County and greater South Jersey. This event will feature screenings of new and classic films, discussions, workshops, and a gala. Attendees can look forward to meeting regional and visiting filmmakers over the course of three nights in June. A weekend festival, Reel East serves area residents, visitors, students, local businesses, and the regional film community. Committed to a global perspective and the power of storytelling, the festival will feature independent films of all levels and genres. John Sayles will be there on August 23rd to screen his new film, GO FOR SISTERS.

Dates: August 22nd and 23rd, 2014
Address: Ritz Theater; 915 White Horse Pike, Haddon Township, NJ
Cost: $7 to $40, depends on ticket. Buy Tickets Here
Find them on Facebook
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Garden State Comic Fest – Saturday, August 23

Garden State Comic Fest will be a Great Day Out for all Fans of Comics, Toys, Comic Art, and Pop Culture Memorabilia.

Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Address: Hyatt Morristown; 3 Speedwell Ave. Morristown
Cost: $10 adults, 10 and under FREE

For more info check out their Facebook page
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Long Branch Jazz and Blues Festival – Aug 23

Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation’s Long Branch Jazz and Blues Festival! Enjoy live music, food, an Alex and Ani Hospitality Tent, crafts, kids activities, good company and plenty of dancing and fun for the entire family, followed by fireworks

Date: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014; 12pm to 9:30pm
Address: The Great Lawn at the Boardwalk; 28 McKinley Street, Long Branch
Cost: Free
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40th Annual Salem Market Street Day – Aug 23

Enjoy a day in Historic Salem NJ from 10 am – 4 pm. The event will include a variety of musical entertainers, crafts, food court, antique cars & exhibition cars auto show, demostrations by local artisans and a display of various fire truck apparatus. This is a FREE event.

Date: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014; 10am to 4pm
Address: Broadway (Rt. 49) & Market St., Salem, NJ
Cost: Free
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Gourmet Food Truck Weekend – August 23 & 24

Once again food and wine lovers will converge at the Laurita Winery in New Egypt for a Laurita Winery Gourmet Food Trucks weekend. Experience the trending Gourmet Food Truck offerings while sipping on wine! Live music all day and the gathering of good friends will make this day special. Enjoy gourmet treats from the tri-state area’s top food trucks. Bring your lawn chairs and beach blankets to enjoy the festivities on Laurita Winery’s rolling grassy slopes, many terraces and pergolas overlooking 40 cultivated acres of vineyards, or stake your spot in the adjacent Wine Garden, a cool, shaded area with children’s playgrounds and two entertainment stages.

Dates: Saturday, July 19, 11:00-10:30pm; Sunday, July 20, 11:00-8:00pm
Address: 85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ 08533
Cost:  $8 per person Saturday or Sunday. 12 and under are free, children are welcome!
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Bradley Beach Boardwalk Festival – Aug 23 & 24

Free Two-Day event presented by the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce! 6 bands, live emcee/DJ playing requests, over 100 craft and specialty vendors, HUGE beer & wine gardens, GIANT waterslide and children’s activities including rides, face painters and sand art.

Dates: August 23rd and 24th, 2014; Sat 11 am – 9 pm & Sun 11 am – 6 pm.
Address: 500 Ocean Ave., Bradley Beach
Cost: Free
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Greenberg’s Train and Toy Show – Aug 23 & 24

The Largest Train and Toy Show in the Northeast! Hundreds of Tables of Trains for Sale. Exhibitors from Across the Country. Operating Model Train Displays. Free Workshops and Demonstrations.Hourly Door Prize Giveaways. Plus Much, Much More!

Dates: August 23rd & 24th; 10am-4pm, both days.
Address: New Jersey Expo Center; 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison, NJ 08837
Cost: Adults $8, kids 12 and under FREE
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150th Anniversary and Grape Stomping Festival – Aug 24

Award winning chefs will have a great BBQ menu for you to enjoy. The outdoor bar pavilion will have Renault wines, seasonal cocktails and beers. Various crafters and artisans will have their latest wares on display. Plenty of activities for the kids, with the featured event of the day GRAPE STOMPING.

Grape stomping tickets are just $5 per person and includes a souvenir bottle with the fruits of your labor! Purchase grape stomping tickets on line. Before the festival join us for Sunday brunch starting at 10 am. Admissions free and this event is rain or shine!

Date:  Sunday, August 24th, 2014. 12pm to 4pm
Address: Renault Winery; 72 N. Bremen Ave, Egg Harbor City
Cost:  Free, grape stomping $5

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Cranford Street Fair and Craft Show – Aug 24

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

Date: Sunday, August 24th, 2014. 11am to 5pm
Address: Downtown Cranford; 8 Springfield Ave, Cranford, New Jersey 07016
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

Twitter Contest Starts 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!

PS. The Facebook contest ends at 8pm TONIGHT…so if you still haven’t entered…get on it ASAP!

The Twitter contest will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, August 12th at 8pm and a winner will be chosen the following 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

2 Ways to WIN Tickets to The Big Brew Beer Festival on Oct 11th

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!

I am running not one, but TWO contests to win tickets to this event. One will be on Facebook which started on Monday, August 4th. A winner will be chosen on Monday, August 11th at 8pm.

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 SHARE the status and LIKE it as well. If you do not like it, I have no way of tagging you as a winner.
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, August 11th at 8pm. There will be  a Facebook post declaring the winner at that time.

The Twitter contest is similar. It will begin on Tuesday, August 12th at 8pm and a winner will be chosen the following 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

Big Brew Beer Festival Returns to Morristown on October 11

The Big Brew Beer Festival is BACK in Morristown, NJ!

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

8 Events to Check Out This Weekend!

Jersey Shore Greek Festival

Be Greek for a day at the Jersey Shore Greek Festival. Traditional Greek food, music, dancing,specialty shopping, culture and hospitality will be overflowing during the spectacular family event. For the kids, games and rides will also be on-site. Tour the beautiful Byzantine-style church. For more info check out their Facebook page and Twitter @ShoreGreekFest.

Address: Saint George Greek Orthodox Church Complex, 1033 West Park Avenue, Ocean, NJ 07712

Date: June 27, 2014 – June 29, 2014
Time: Fri 6/27 5-11 pm; Sat 6/28 noon – 11 pm; Sun 6/29 1-8 pm.
Cost: $2. Kids under 6 free. Free parking, free shuttle
Info Phone: 732-775-2777

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2014 Brew at the Zoo in West Orange

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The Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange will celebrate its 51st Birthday by hosting the 2nd annual Brew at the Zoo on June 28, 2014 from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM.  The festival will feature live entertainment, 75 brewers, and a large selection of craft beers from the likes of NJ’s own Kane Brewing, River Horse, & Flying Fish, as well as Michigan’s Founders Brewing.  Bar the door, this will be your favorite visit to the zoo since you were 10 years old.

The Brew at the Zoo event will be held rain or shine.  All sales are final.  In the event of inclement weather, patrons and vendors will be able to access indoor space.

Tickets are $60 for general admission and $10 for designated drivers. You can get tickets here: 2014 Brew at the Zoo

The address for this event is 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052.
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Beer Fest on the Battleship in Camden

The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild Beer Festival will be back aboard the Battleship on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Enjoy a tour of the Battleship, live music by the Cabin Dogs, a souvenir sampling mug, delicious food and beer from 21 breweries throughout New Jersey!

This year they are offering a VIP Ticket which will allow a limited number of guests access one hour earlier than the public, as well as the chance to sample some special beers and talk with the brewers.

VIP Tickets, which allow access at 12:00pm, are available for $55 per adult. Beer Festival tickets are available for $45 per adults.

Brewers scheduled to attend include Basil T’s RB, Carton, Cape May, Cricket Hill, Flying Fish, Gaslight, Harvest Moon, High Point, Iron Hill, JJ Bitting, Kane, Krogh’s, New Jersey Beer Co., Pizzerio Uno, River Horse, Ship Inn, Trap Rock, Triumph, Tuckahoe Brewing Co., Tun Tavern and Turtle Stone.

Tickets can be purchased here or calling 1-866-877-6262 ext. 108. Or buy tickets at the Ticket Office, open every day.

Find out more information via their facebook event page.

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Toy Con NJ

ToyConNJ is  debuting June 28 & 29th at the PAL 33 Baldwin Rd in Parsippany with over 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: June 28th & 29th, 2014
Tickets: $5, free to anyone in fully costume. Children under 12 are free
For more information check them out on facebook
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Annual BrewFest at the Ballpark in Lakewood

On June 28, 2014 the Lakewood Blueclaws will be hosting their annual Brew Fest at the Ball Park! There will be two, four-hour sessions, the first from 12 noon to 4 pm and the second from 6 pm – 10 pm with beer sampling, food and merchandise. Each guest will receive a special branded glass for use at the event that they can keep as a souvenir. Over 100 styles of beers including New Jersey’s own Cricket Hill, Flying Fish and Boaks. Regional favorites like Ommegang, Keegan’s, Erie Brewing, Blue Point Brewing, Brooklyn, Magic Hat, Saranac, Harpoon and Peak Organic will be available as will national brands such as Sierra Nevada, Boston Beer, Shiner and Killians. Plus, fans will be able to enjoy international legends Duvel, Boon, Innis & Gunn, Rodenbach and Weltenberger and many more. Additionally, Brewfest at the Ballpark will feature many special spring and summer styles of beer. There is also a buffet option for the first time, where fans will recieve access to a Pasta Action Station, Carving Station with flank steak, chicken tenders, assorted wraps, and cookies.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at 732-901-7000 option 2 or in person at the BlueClaws Box Office.

Address: First Energy Park; 1 Stadium Way, Lakewood, NJ
Tickets are $30 in advance ($50 with buffet option). At the door, tickets are $35 ($55 with buffet option) and tickets are currently on sale, with designated driver admission just $10. All designated drivers will also get free fountain soda throughout the day.

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Red Bank Rockin’ Country Festival

The Red Bank Rockin’ Country Music Festival is a two day event and will be held in Red Bank in scenic Marine Park on the Navesink River. It is a fundraiser for Red Bank River Center and other deserving non-profits in the Red Bank area. Multiple outdoor stages and venues will host popular country musicians including the rising country star Maggie Rose along with After the Reign and much, much more! Music genres include country pop, country rock, blues, blue grass, folk music, americana and more. Twenty of Red Banks finest restaurants and eateries will be serving specialty country favorites such as fried chicken, BBQ, fritters, etc. The event is family friendly with fun activities for kids! Unique, upscale vendors will be on site as well.
Date: June 28, 2014 – June 29, 2014
Time: 12 to 9pm Sat, 12 to 7pm Sun
Cost: $5 for anyone over 10
Ticket Info: This event will be a huge success and draw visitors from all over the tri-state area and beyond. Sponsors and vendors are welcome. Contact Ruthanne Harrison at Rue Events. 732-829-1104, rue@rueevents.com. Info Phone: 732-829-110

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Freedom Festival

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the Mercer County Park Commission proudly announce the 10th annual Mercer County Freedom Festival will be held in conjunction with popular radio station 94.5 WPST. Freedom Festival will be at Mercer County Park Festival Grounds in West Windsor and is one of the earliest Fourth of July celebrations in the area.The event features great food, beer and wine gardens, craft vendors, live music, tethered hot-air balloon rides, games, water rides, mechanical bull, a children’s area with inflatable rides, and much more. This festival will culminate in a fireworks display at nightfall.The concert lineup starts at 3:00 p.m. with the Mercer County Symphonic Band, Under Pressure at 5:00 p.m., Kristen and the Noise at 6:30 p.m., and Burnt Sienna at 8:30pm. Burnt Sienna will conclude their set immediately following the fireworks display at dusk.

Date: June 28, 2014
Time: 3pm – 11pm
Cost: Free admission
Info Phone: 609-448-1947

Meadowlands State Fair Begins Today!

I go to the fair EVERY year. Here is why you should go too:

- Over 150 rides and attractions
– State Fair Food – the best if you’re looking for comfort food!
– Free Petting Zoo
– All Shows are included in ticket price
– Carnival Games
– Batcopter Rides

And much, much more!

Dates: June 20th – July 6th. Different times and promotions each day. Please see website.
Street Address: Stadium Road, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
GPS Address: 102 NJ State Highway 120, East Rutherford NJ

You can order tickets in advance here

Events & Shows for this Year:

  • The Big Cat Show – Lions and tigers and bears at the Fair!  Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary was founded by Kay Rosaire, who enjoys more than 30 years experience working with and caring for exotic animals.  Comedic and informative, every demonstration discusses the importance of habitat preservation in the hopes of saving these amazing creatures from extinction in the wild.  Come see the wild life come to life right here at State Fair Meadowlands. View Video
    FREE LIVE SHOW
    Location/Shows:  Main Midway/3 Shows Daily
  • The Steve Bayner Hypnotist Show – Offering fairgoers an exceptional show for over 20 years at State Fair Meadowlands, Steve says, “Hypnotizing people is something I love.  Each show is as different as each personality is different.  Every show is a challenge with new people and new experiences.”  His combination of wit, stage presence, solid material and a very charismatic stage personality are a few reasons for the show’s success.  He always leaves them laughing and wanting more. View Video
    FREE LIVE SHOW
    Location/Shows:  Main Stage/3 Shows Daily
  • Rosaire’s Royal Racing Pigs – Offering Fairgoers America’s #1 Fair Attraction, you’ll have more fun than a barrel of monkeys or a gaggle of geese.  Pig racing is the most hilarious entertainment you’ll ever watch.  Don’t miss your chance to be a Pig Rooter!  Go hog wild and cheer on your favorite pig! View Video
    FREE LIVE SHOW
    Location/Shows:  Main Midway/4 Shows Daily; 5 on Sat/Sun/Holidays
  • Commerford’s Educational Petting Zoo & Live Animal Rides - Offering Kids of All Ages an Opportunity to touch, feed and learn about animals and their habitat.  America’s premier petting zoo will be at State Fair Meadowlands everyday. You’ll find elephants, camels, ponies, kangaroos, goats, llamas and other domestic and wild animals from around the world including exotic birds.
  • Brian Miser The Human Fuse - With a jolt seven times the force of gravity, Brian Miser also known as The Human Fuse, arcs through the air at nearly 65 miles per hour, and travels 110 feet across the arena.  As if that weren’t enough, he’s the first to launch from a self-made crossbow — while on fire! View Video
  • Spectacular Annual Fireworks Displays Held Every July 3 and 4 at State Fair Meadowlands View Video
  • Sharkbait Juggling Show – A fair wouldn’t be complete without a pair of comedic jugglers. Sean O’Hara and Max Richardson, veterans of Ringling Brothers and the Disney All-Star Entertainment Group, they will engage and involve you in a fast-paced, hilarious juggling segment.  View Video
  • Motocross Stunt Riders– A new troupe of motocross trick riders will be at the fair, tempting fate with their acrobatics and thrill show.
  • Saturday Car Shows 50s Forever, Muscle Car Madness and an Open Car Show featuring all domestic and imported cars and trucks.
    • On June 21, the 50s Forever show will feature all vintage autos and trucks from the 40s, 50s and 60s.
    • On June 28, Muscle-Car Madness will feature the hottest horsepower and coolest paint jobs of the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.
    • On July 5, fairgoers can celebrate Independence Day weekend with the Open Car Show featuring souped-up trucks and cars the whole family can enjoy. The Open Car Show will be open to all domestic and imported cars, 4x4s, and trucks, including all makes, models and years.
  • Movie Car Attraction Open Daily featuring special “Movie Cars” which will feature replicas of cars from TV and film, including Batman, Back to the Future, Scooby Doo and more.

About the Fair Via Their Website

State Fair Meadowlands is dedicated to providing the best value in family entertainment. Established as a family owned business in 1921, our core values have remained the same as the 4th generation enters the family business. Our family and our team of managers share the vision of providing the highest quality service and products while maintaining traditional values and integrity including a pledge to reduce the environmental impact of the Fair. As Jersey’s largest single family event, we strive to provide a fertile environment for innovation and creativity. State Fair Meadowlands is a place where families may enjoy quality rides, plenty of free entertainment, exciting games and prizes as well as a wide and diverse selection of delicious foods. There are a variety of activities to interest all ages.

Careful planning and a concerted effort by all involved to develop and promote the Fair as a place where families may enjoy an exciting and affordable day of special activities is always our mission.

In the 10 years that we have managed this Meadowlands event, there has been resurgence in the number of families that attend and enjoy the various attractions that this annual event has to offer. Over 99 percent of the respondents to our exit survey stated that they absolutely had fun and planned to return to the fair in subsequent years. This high percentage of satisfied patrons has been earned by a lot of hard work and dedication to our patrons and our vendors.

NJ State Ice Cream Festival – 1 Month From Today!

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I want to go to there…

Ice Cream makers from all around New Jersey will be competing to have their ice cream be named the best in New Jersey!

The NJ State Ice Cream Festival will have games, rides, food and entertainment. Fun for the whole family!

I’d want to participate in the ice cream eating contest…even though I’m terrified of brain freeze.

Schedule of Events:
3:00-8:00 pm Festival OPENS to Public! Ice Cream Sampling & Voting
3:00-3:30 pm Music Academy Band
3:30-3:45 pm  Kids Ice Cream Eating Contest
3:45-4:30 pm  Sounds of the Street
4:30-4:45 pm  Adult Ice Cream Eating Contest
4:45-5:30 pm  Sounds of the Street
5:30-5:45 pm  Kids Ice Cream Eating Contest
5:45-7:00 pm Tidal Wave Band
7:00-7:15 pm Adult Ice Cream Eating Contest
7:15-8:15 pm Tidal Wave Band
8:15-8:30 pm Awards Announced!

Free Admission, Free Parking!

Tasting kits for the event are $6 in advance, $7 at the door. To get tickets in advance click here

Date: Saturday, July 19th; 3pm to 8pm
Address: Downtown Toms River; GPS 218 Main Street, Toms River, NJ 08753
Like them on Facebook for more information

7 Events to Check Out This Weekend!

A Capital Celebration

Celebrate New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary at a Family Festival on Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Capital Complex in Trenton. This will be a celebration of the arts and history with activities and attractions for people of all ages and food and beverages from local vendors and a special beer tasting. On-site for the day will be the acclaimed New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum, and a NJ 350 Film Series at the State Museum auditorium will feature great New Jersey films and filmmakers from Thomas Edison to Zach Braff followed by an exclusive presentation by tv critic, columnist and radio personality, David Bianculli. A highlight of the afternoon is a must-see State House Rotunda exhibition of the original 1664 land grant – or New Jersey’s birth certificate – that created our state as we now know it. This event is a rain or shine affair.

Performances and Activities Include:

Acoustic Musician Anker
Seth Dale The Charming Magician
Steve Carrington Jazz Trio
Sarah Donner
Dancespora
The Garvey School
StrangeDog Theatre Company
Trenton’s Stoop Theatre
NJ Band Rainbow Fresh!

Other Activities and Events Include:

State House Tours every 1/2 hour
NJ In the Movies Film Series
Live painting by William Butler
Bridge Building Workshops
Storytimes and Colonial History Carts at the Museum
Discounted Planetarium Shows
Beer tasting at the Barracks
Gallery Walks
Mobile NJ Hall of Fame
State Museum Exhibits
Birthday Card signing
Trivia Walk and Street Chalk Mural
Trent House Toy Displays
Civil War Flag Exhibit in 225 State Street
Barracks Museum and Grounds with special Beer Tasting
Petty’s Run and Kids Activity Stations
World War II Memorial
A Ben Franklin Reenactor and other strolling characters!

Date: June 22nd; 11am – 5pm
Address: New Jersey State Museum; 205 West State Street, Trenton , NJ
Price: FREE

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Hot Rods and Food Trucks

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Join in the fun at Seaside Heights for the best Hot Rods and Classic Car show in the area!Hundreds of cars, music, prizes, vendors, and fun for the whole family. Free admission for spectators! Plus…an extreme Food Truck Showdown…come hungry and leave satisfied!
Location: Bay Boulevard and Grant Avenue.

Visit their website for more information.
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Washington Lake Park Wine Festival

The summer season will uncork in grand style once again when 18 of New Jersey’s finest wineries join together for the 2nd Annual “Washington Lake Park Wine Festival”-definitely the best wine festival in New Jersey- taking place Saturday and Sunday June 21-22, from 12 noon – 5pm each day. Produced by GPS, Inc., this weekend of great New Jersey wine, delicious culinary treats, fabulous live music, hand-made artisan crafts and kids activities are the right way to “sip into summer”!

Date: June 21 and 22, 2014: Noon to 5pm Daily
Address: Washington Lake Park: 647 Hurfville-Cross Keys Road, Sewell, NJ 08080
Price: $15 in advance, $20 day of (under 21 & spectators free) To get tickets click here
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Win and Wine Weekend

The best local New Jersey wineries will be pouring their featured wines. Plan a picnic for the day! No advance tickets required. Wine celebration hours 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday.Participating wineries include: 4JG’s Winery, DiMatteo Vineyards, Monroeville Vineyard & Winery, Plagido’s Winery, Renault Winery, Cava Winery, Valenzano Winery, and Wagonhouse Winery.

Date: June 21 and 22, 2014; Noon to 6pm Daily
Address: Monmouth Park, 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport, NJ, 07757
Price: Free to enter; $10 wristband for unlimited sampling in your commemorative wine glass.
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New Jersey/Philadelphia BADASS Dash

The BADASS Dash™ K9 Companion division is the first of its kind in the OCR genre where participants can bring their canines to take part in a race specifically designed / modified for them to compete as a team. Those not racing are encouraged to travel the course alongside the racers and cheer them on as they move from obstacle to obstacle as well as joining in the festivities of the POST-RACE FESTIVAL which will host racers and canines alike, vendors and spectators in a festival atmosphere with the inclusion of live entertainment, a pet expo area, a beer garden, food & beverages, an awards ceremony, contests and prize giveaways. This event benefits Autism Speaks For more information, please call 330-441-4258 or email registration@badassdash.com. Register Ended in March but you can donate here.
Date: June 21, 2014; 8:00 Am to 5:00 Pm
Address: New Jersey Motorsports Park; 8000 Dividing Creek Rd, Millville, NJ, US
Admission: Free for the Post-Race Festival
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The Art of Ringo Star

The Art of Ringo Star collection will be on display at Caesars Atlantic City (Tiberius Room), where it will be displayed by Ocean Galleries on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 from 1pm to 5pm. Anyone who acquires Ringo’s artwork throughout the exhibition run will have the opportunity to meet and have a photo taken with the legendary artist at a private reception on Saturday, June 21 prior to the All Starr Band’s performance at Caesars. Buyers will get to meet Ringo June 21 prior to his All Starr Band concert at Caesars. As Ringo Starr hits the road this summer with his 14th All Starr Band, a collection of his art, composed by Starr electronically, will make companion stops at galleries in three select cities. Ocean Galleries was chosen for one of the gallery shows in conjunction with the Atlantic City performance. This is a FREE exhibit.
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Baymen’s Seafood and Music Festival

Enjoy delicious Jersey fresh clams, crabs, scallops and shrimp from the finest local seafood purveyors. Micro brew court. There will be crafters, vendors, music, food, refreshments, family activities, demonstrations, boat rides, boat builders and decoy carvers. Speak with commercial fishermen to learn about occupations on the bay or take a clam shucking class. So bring the family and plan to spend the day. Music from local favorites: The Mott’s Creek Pickers on Saturday & The Billy Walton Band on Sunday.

Dates: June 21st and 22nd; 1pm to 5pm
Address: Tuckerton Seaport; 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ
Phone: 609-296-8868
Price: $8 General Admission