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Metro Rahway Food Truck Festival

The #HipNJ Street Team attended Metro Rahway’s March Madness Festival and BBQ Competition to promote Local Rahway and all it has to offer!

What originally started off as an idea for a food truck festival, transformed into a citywide event. This March Madness themed day was filled with something for everyone. From basketball games, bounce houses, face painting and a balloon artist all the way to BBQ cook-offs and a beer tent.

Food trucks and vendors filled the streets offering every kid of food imaginable. Empanadas, surf and turf, flat breads, pulled pork and smoked ribs were only a few of the mouth-watering options to choose from. Mike Peeler, a chef for BBQ Beer Buddies, shared with us his thoughts. “This is awesome! Great venue, great people, looking forward to coming back next year already.”

Hip New Jersey’s Street Team was set up with a table and giveaways. Over 100 people signed up for the chance to win hip experiences around downtown Rahway. This gave us an opportunity to meet and talk with some of our biggest fans.

Thankfully the snow from the previous day didn’t put a damper on all that was planned. Mayor Samson Steinman proclaimed, “The turnout is great but all of our events in Rahway turn out great!”

To find out more about Metro Rahway, their brand new luxury apartments and everything else this upcoming community has to offer, visit

What Exit Wines at Old York Cellars

It’s not too late to give something “deliciously Garden State” for the holidays!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino toured the pristine estate of Old York Cellars in Ringoes and uncovered their best products for gifting, including their charity label, What Exit Wines.

“We always wanted to do a Jersey-centric label with our wines,” explained general manager Laurin Dorman.  “We wanted to have a little fun with the ‘what exit are you from?’ joke that New Jersey is famous for.”

What Exit Wines originally launched to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy relief.  Their efforts netted $5,000 for Garden State families, and since 2012, the label has helped other local charities.

In addition to labels proudly boasting your #HipNJ town, labels can promote just about anything you wish!  Company logos, well wishes, thank you’s, wedding favors….the list goes on!

If shipping in New Jersey, order by December 21st to ensure delivery before Christmas.  If picking up in store, order by December 23rd to pick up by December 24th!

After sampling the decadent “Vidal Blanc” and “Barbera Blend”, it was off to visit international award-winning winemaker Scott Gares, the man behind the magic.  Scott explained to us how he creates his “poetry in a bottle“.

Despite a recent report in the Journal of Wine Economics, the New Jersey wine industry is not only booming, but on par with some of the best grapes in the world!  Old York Cellars’ 13 acres of vineyards were planted in 1979, the first in the state to produce wine under the New Jersey Farm Act of 1981.

Old York Cellars also hosts numerous events and excursions for wine enthusiasts.

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#HipNJ recently spent the day at Morristown‘s Cosy Cupboard Tea Room with the fine ladies of Daycationtoday!

Daycationtoday gives busy moms and working women the opportunity to relax and socialize while exploring great #HipNJ communities!

“Daycationers” enjoy spa treatments, fitness classes, cooking lessons, excursions, lectures, make-up, hair and beauty sessions, plus tons of other activities.

Founder and CEO Debra Olshan Cooper explained to #HipNJ’s Kelly Dillon on why she started the organization: “I just wanted an hour to myself, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.  Daycationtoday gives like-minded women an opportunity to, once a month, take a break from their everyday routine.”

Daycationtoday is a membership-only service that opens the door to amazing opportunities you may not know about in Livingston, Millburn, Summit, Short Hills, Madison, Montclair, Morristown, South Orange, West Orange, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Westfield, Garwood and other nearby destinations.  In 2015, daycationtoday is looking to expand their destinations nationwide.

What are you waiting for?  Become a “daycationer” today!  Sign up now at

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