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.
Hampton Luxury Liner ferries its passengers around in a lavish motorcoach that boasts five flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, and an on-bus library. The luxury buses travel to destinations ranging from the Hamptons to Atlantic City, with specific stops at wineries, resorts, and casinos. Reclining leather seats with space for laptops and maximum leg extension typify the cushy interior, and each road cruiser also comes equipped with a library and refrigerator, useful for storing steaks to distract the thousands of chasing dogs such a luxurious bus usually attracts.
The inaugural Gold Coast International Film Festival bursts onto the celluloid-slinging scene with screenings of 45 feature-length films and 20 short films, including debut movies never before seen by ocular orbits. The festival's roster of films populates a broadsheet with comedies, dramas, documentaries, and Andy Warhol’s Burger King training videos. Bolster ab muscles with laugh-a-minutes including The Best and the Brightest, which follows a yuppie couple, played by Neil Patrick Harris and Amy Sedaris, as they tread lightly through the human-infested waters of private-kindergarten enrollment. Festival-goers learn something new without purchasing an abacus or getting abducted by college professors thanks to immersing documentaries such as Fambul Tok, which chronicles the lives of Sierra Leone residents as they emerge from a brutal civil war. Short films, shown both independently and in groupings, boil life down to its most essential elements in installments that are easily consumed and long ruminated upon.
Long Island Fear Fest elicits screams with spooky rides and thrills orchestrated by Mr. Slim Chance II and his demented associates. Flashing lights and booming sounds re-create an old-fashioned carnival atmosphere as visitors explore the Chamber of Horrors Haunted House⎯a reworked haunted house that immerses horror lovers in a tortuous cavern of frights filled with Slim and his family of freaks' prized possessions and collection of vintage parking tickets. After a frightful house visit, fest-fiends can hop on the Montauk Monster Haunted Hayride and travel into Long Island’s checkered history, wheeling past terrifying tableaus and paparazzi disguised as hay bales.
The deft dancers of New York Theatre Ballet energize young and adult audiences with The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies, which the New Yorker describes as a "witty, charming" production. A colorful cast of beloved characters from the Lewis Carroll classics, such as the Cheshire Cat, springs to life along with an ultra-kinetic score and field recordings of rabbit songs. Choreographer Keith Michael conceives the show as a vaudeville extravaganza set to a crazy quilt of American music vocabularies, from ballroom waltzes to wild ragtime ditties. John Tenniel's original illustrations inspire a stage set scattered with oversize children's toys, including a dollhouse and alphabet blocks.
North Fork Horseradish Festival celebrates the uniquely bitter taste of horseradish with everything from recipe contests to cooking demonstrations. Exhibitors and enthusiasts will fill the rolling landscape of Hallockville Museum Farm to join seminars teaching patrons how to use their own horseradish, from harvesting to gardening to cooking. Grinding-horseradish demonstrations show how to manipulate your roots into a more manageable form for cooking, and recipe contests will give you new ideas on how to surprise your family with a spicy kick in their everyday meals.