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.
Attracting more than 170,000 art enthusiasts to its events each year, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival showcases original work from hundreds of artisans showcasing everything from handcrafted pottery, sculpture, and metalwork to jewelry, fashion, d?cor, and photography. Audiences can witness art being made live during educational demonstrations as artisans sculpt clay, whittle wood, forge metals, and imbue baskets with the power of speech. Hungry craft-lovers can also sniff out specialty food items to sample or purchase while dancing across the sprawling venue to live music.
The Taste of New Jersey presents an evening dedicated to all things food and drink, stimulating palates with gourmet bites and sips of wine from New Jersey restaurants. And there's plenty of entertainment to go along with the feasting, much like a dancing hot dog. Bravo TV's Chef Robl? will dazzle guests with a cooking demonstration, and an amateur cake-decorating contest showcases everything that people love about the Garden State encased in icing.
Inside a vibrantly lit ballroom, the names of two newlyweds glow in big, cursive letters on the dance floor. The venue, an expansive space with arched ceilings and ornate chandeliers, is no doubt a popular spot for wedding ceremonies, but Majestic Entertainment?s team has gone above and beyond to make the space unique to the bride and groom.
This quest to personalize each event is what fuels the decisions of Majestic Entertainment?s photographers, videographers, DJs, emcees, and lighting technicians. Their services include live music, photography, and lighting design and were awarded WeddingWire?s Bride?s Choice award in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
It can be hard to find craft beer from all over the country in one place, unless you're at Big Brew NJ, which introduces attendees to more than 250 craft beers from breweries such as Clown Shoes Beer from Massachusetts, Otter Creek Brewing from Vermont, and Shiner from Texas. With such a wide array of regional styles and unlimited tastings in 5-ounce souvenir glasses, chances are good that visitors will find something they haven't tried before, especially if they have amnesia. To complement all the suds and the camaraderie of craft-beer aficionados, the festival features live entertainment and tasty food, including beer-infused hors d?oeuvres served to VIP ticket-holders.