Barbecue ribs with a smoky rauchbier. A melon salad with a dark doppelbock. The folks behind Get Real Presents specialize in pairings like these, sharing the joys of craft beer and delicious, locally-sourced foods. In this spirit, its team of foodies and beer aficionados hosts festivals featuring more than 80 brews, as well as restaurant events that pair craft beer with regional foods. As unique as it sounds, they admit this isn't exactly a new idea—they take a page from other countries, such as Belgium, who actually anchor much of their cuisine around the effervescent beverage. Following this "cuisine a la biere" model, they aim to highlight all of the great things a freshly crafted brew can do to enhance an evening out on the town, such as highlighting the flavors of a complementary dish, spicing up a local chef's stew, or softening your dad to the idea of paying off all of your student loans.
The course itself carries on that fun vibe, too. Winding through city streets and local parks, the 5K route is dotted with hydration stations that dole out hot chocolate. Holiday music, a giant Santa inflatable, and snow blowers help to set
Hosted by the Lakewood BlueClaws, the Jersey Shore Wine Festival gives visitors to FirstEnergy Park a taste of the state's finest wineries for two fun-filled days. Guests aged 21 or older may sample the wares of merchants such as Ventimiglia Vineyards and Wagonhouse Winery, and kids carouse in a designated play area. The event also boasts food vendors, crafters, and artists who specialize in making mosaics out of nacho chips.
In 2011, a visit to Times Square meant an encounter with 24 life-size, hand-crafted paper sheep. The spectacle, which was dubbed "Counting Sheep", was the creation of Brooklyn-based artist Kyu Seok Oh, who told DNAinfo he hoped it would help people relax in Times Square's chaotic neon landscape.
Oh was able to display his work there thanks to the West Harlem Art Fund, an organization devoted to making art accessible to the public. Under the auspices of head curator Savona Bailey-McClain, WHAF is currently showing more than 15 artists' work in public places throughout the city. But the organization doesn't just bring art to the people?they also bring the people to art. Guided tours?which are often led by ground-breaking artists?introduce locals and visitors to some of New York's best galleries and installations and allow them to explore the artistic side of the city's diverse neighborhoods.
A celebration of contemporary art, Select Fair inspires wonder and imagination during stops in Miami Beach and New York City. The Fair's visit to the Big Apple??scheduled to coincide with Frieze Fair??spreads before eyes a visual buffet of 44 booths exclusive to contemporary galleries and print publishers. In order to create a platform for new ideas, participating artists must also dedicate part of their booths to new media, conceptual, or progressive works. The whole scene unfolds on two levels of the historic Altman Building, a Chelsea landmark whose flexible open-floor plan can host everything from expansive art shows to indoor snowball fights.