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#HipNJ’s Weekend Report: July 28th-30th

Where did you spend this surprisingly sunny weekend? If you were off the grid for the last three days, #HipNJ has got you covered on the hottest happenings around the #GardenState! 

  1. Liberty Science Center (LSC) After Dark: Barbecue- Jersey City, NJ  

Thought the Liberty Science Center was only fun for kids? Think again! This weekend, #HipNJ attended LSC After Dark’s Electric Barbecue event that was chock full of yummy food and fun drinks! LSC After Dark teamed up with Midnight Market Jersey City to bring over 20 vendors to the event.  $5 tapas-style plates were served including guac tacos from The Gauc Spot, gourmet meatballs from Hanna’s Meatballs, and grilled pineapple from Susanna Foods! LSC didn’t forget the drinks though- a #HipNJ fave, FrosΓ©, was served to all those in attendance. 


It’s a beautiful morning. Join us for the 50th @betfairusa Haskell Invitational! Gates open at 10am! #WinAndYoureIN @breederscup

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2. 50th Annual Haskell Horse Race- Momouth, NJ 

This Sunday, the #GardenState went off to the races in Monmouth County! Hundreds of New Jersey residents flocked to Monmouth Park to watch the 50th annual Haskell Horse Race.  Those in attendance were able to place bets, spend time at the bar and enjoy a day full of good company! 


Burger with a view.  Tag a friend who is definitely hungry right now! 2 Second St Jersey City | 800 Jackson St Hoboken

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3.  Taphaus Jersey City- Jersey City, NJ  

After our trip to the Liberty Science Center, #HipNJ visited Taphaus in #JerseyCity! We instantly fell in love with the restaurant’s industrial modern vibe.  The experience got even better from there, thanks to our lovely server Catherine, some of the most divine veggie burgers and truffle fries in town, and our window seat overlooking the best cityscape in the world! #TaphausJC is a must visit the next time you are in the area! 


Too spectacular to describe! #balloons #balloonfestival #nj #colorful #sunnyday #sundays #njballoonfestival

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4. 35th Annual QuickCheck New Jersey Festival of Ballooning- Readington, NJ 

This weekend was also host to the 35th Annual QuickCheck New Jersey Festival of Ballooning!  Readington, NJ was host to the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America! Attendees were able to take hot air balloon rides, enjoy a wide selection of good food and drink,  and see multiple live performances.  Not only this, but the event featured many other forms of entertainment, including a fireworks show! 

5.  Peach Harvest Festival- Chester, NJ 

Chester gave a #peachy twist to the weekend by kicking off the Peach Harvest Festival! The festival was a celebration of everything peach, from homemade peach ice cream, peach pie and peach picking! The fun didn’t stop there- there were pony rides, a moon bounce and lots more family fun! If you missed it this weekend, don’t worry!  The festival will continue until August 13th


Coming soon to @flyingfishbrew #jerseyjuice #ipa being canned as we speak (Post). #jerseybeer #njbrewery

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6.  Walk Around Beer Tasting Party- Toms River, NJ

Toms River spiced up the weekend with a Walk Around Beer Tasting Party! 30 different beers of many styles were available for tasting and purchasing! The event also featured lite bites to curb your appetite! 

7.  Wine and Wings Festival- Hamburg, NJ 

Sussex County mixed high class and casual this weekend by hosting a Wine and Wings Festival! Attendees were able to taste wine from 3 wineries, Cava Winery, DiMatteo Vineyards, and Villari Vineyards!   Event goers were able to sip on fine wine while enjoying live entertainment and food trucks! 

8.  Summer Antiques Festival- Morris Township, NJ 

On July 30th, the William G. Mennen Sports Arena hosted the Summer Antiques Expo.  There were fifty-plus dealers in attendance of the event! Event goers were able to shop an eclectic mix of items with everything rom county Americana to jewelry and collectible porcelain! 

Halifax in Hoboken Celebrates National Clam Chowder Day

Today is #NationalClamChowderDay! No need to schlep to New England to celebrate.

Chef Seadon Shouse of the Northeastern coastal cuisine restaurant Halifax showcases his seafood prowess with a sophisticated take on Clam Chowder, complete with freshly shucked cherrystone clams, potatoes, onions and celery, topped with housemade oyster crackers seasoned with caraway and shaved double-smoked ham.

Head over to Halifax in Hoboken today to celebrate! For now, check out these pictures taken from their Instagram to get you hungry.


Wine & Cheese, please ?? [?: @dzenijo ]

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Let’s Lunch #mixmatch #halifax

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That #clamchowder is a real crowd pleaser #halifax

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NOW… That’s a lunch ??#halifax [?: @casey2cook ]

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The perfect FriYAY meal #halifax

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Bluff City BBQ: Your new weekend spot!

Looking for a new restaurant to try this weekend? #HipNJ has got you covered. Bluff City BBQ has opened its doors in Montclair, and is serving up some Memphis-style BBQ and southern-inspired cooking.

Bluff City is the nickname for Memphis, Tennessee, which sits on the bluffs above the Mississippi River. Memphis is the distinctive style of barbecue served at this BYO, along with “a touch of soul,” Bluff City BBQ Owner and Culinary Director Scott Hermo states.

Memphis-style barbecue is traditionally pork-focused, dry-rubbed, smoked low and slow and served with Hermo’s house-made sweet-sour tomato- and vinegar-based sauce on the side. Executive Chef Pierre-Jerome has incorporated his trademark Southern/Creole flair throughout the menu.

St. Louis Spareribs

“The BBQ Sampler of pulled pork, ribs and brisket is a big hit, along with Fried Chicken and Shrimp and Grits,” Hermo says. “Mac and Cheese is also a crowd pleaser and kid favorite.” Popular desserts include Bananas Foster with Ice Cream and Chocolate Brownie, and decadent Bread Pudding w/Caramel Rum Sauce.

The food isn’t the only handcrafted element at Bluff City BBQ. Hermo sourced and built most of the furniture and decor himself, salvaging antique wooden doors and lumber from in and around Montclair, refashioning them into tables and benches; and reclaiming tin ceiling panels, molding and porch posts that appear throughout the 90-seat space.

To learn more about Bluff City BBQ, head over to their website. Be sure to check them out!