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NYC PRIDE

Weekend Recap: June 22-24

Too busy to attend some great events over the weekend? That’s ok because #HipNJ has the weekend recap scoop on what you missed!

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NYC PRIDE PARADE JUNE 24

The Parade is a celebration of the lives associated with the LGBTQ+ community. This year, grand marshals included Billie Jean King, Lambda Legal, Tyler Ford, and Kenita Placide, who made this years NYC Pride Parade one to remember. The theme of this year’s Pride Parade was “Defiantly Different.” There was also a total of 80 floats and tens of thousands of marchers there supporting the community.

BRADLEY BEACH LOBSTERFEST JUNE 23-24

The Bradly Beach Lobsterfest was a free event which had six bands and an emcee as well a DJ. After dancing and singing people could  enjoy a nice cold beverage from one of the 180 craft and specialty beer vendors. A large beer and wine garden was also available. For the children’s activities, there were water slides, rides, face painters and sand art activities.

WINE & CHOCOLATE WEEKEND

WINE & CHOCOLATE WEEKEND JUNE 23

New Jersey‘s finest wineries were back for a weekend of elegant wine tasting! Some of the area’s best chocolatiers and dessert vendors also joined the event for the sweet tooth lovers. This year an indoor “Chocolate Lounge” and dessert area was incorporated into the event, and was expanded throughout the Grandstand  so there would be easier navigation.

ATLANTIC CITY FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL

ATLANTIC CITY FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL JUNE 23 – 24

The Annual Brighton Park Food Truck Festival was at The Claridge this year, a Radisson Hotel. People could enjoy the start of the summer with food trucks, beer & bands! Guests were able to sample a range of culinary dishes from American comfort food to seafood, barbecue, desserts, and more from the area’s top food trucks!

SOMERVILLE CRAFT BEER FEST 2018

SOMERVILLE CRAFT BEER FEST 2018 JUNE 23 – 24

The Summerville Craft Beer Festival allowed guests to come from all over and try beer from N.J.’s top brewers. There was live music throughout the festival while separate activities occurred. There were sip and paint classes, dunk tank for charity and this years first giant beer pong tournament!

BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY BEER FESTIVAL

BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY BEER FESTIVAL JUNE 23

Adults were able to sample craft beers from breweries throughout the Garden State. Guests that attended the Beer Festival were able to tour the Battleship, rock to music from the Cabin Dogs and enjoy some great pub food! The General Session went from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, guests got a VIP option which allowed guests to attend at 12 p.m. VIP guests were also able to sample some special brews and meet the breweries.

32ND ANNUAL RED WHITE & BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

32ND ANNUAL RED WHITE & BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL JUNE 24

The 32nd Annual Red White & Blueberry festival featured live music, kiddie rides, a huge classic car show, arts and crafts, stilt walkers, and jugglers. The event also featured all blueberry type foods such as pie, muffins, fresh berries, lemonade and even a blueberry pie eating contest. Furthermore, the blueberry themed food seems fitting as it was held in blueberry capital of the world!

Choosing The Perfect Wine For Your Barbecue

Happy #WineWednesday! With summer hosting just around the corner, wine expert, Joe Roberts shares his tips for pairing burgers, sausages and vegetarian selections. If you’re wondering how best to indulge your love for wine while cooking amid the great outdoors this summer, #HipNJ has got you covered thanks to Fix.com.

For Burgers: Italian Negroamaro

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Source: Fix.com Blog

For Ribs: California Zinfandel

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Source: Fix.com Blog

For Smoked Meats & Sausages: Côtes du Rhône Red

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Source: Fix.com Blog

For Salads: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

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Source: Fix.com Blog

For Veggie Burgers: Provence Rosé

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Source: Fix.com Blog

Now that you know about these perfect pairings, impress your friends at your next barbecue! As Benjamin Franklin said, “In wine there is wisdom.”

How To Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

By Kenneth Barilari

Summer is here! That means days at the beach and nights of fireworks. Sometimes, the summer heat and beautiful firework displays can put our furry friends in a stressful situation. So, #HipNJ is here with Dr. Arbach, veterinarian at Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital, to provide you with a list of ways to keep your dog safe this summer!

1. Don’t leave your dog in an unattended vehicle.

Even with the windows open, cars get dangerously hot on summer days.
Vet says: “Please never leave your dog alone in a car in the warmer months! Even if every window is open an excited dog can overheat easily.”

2. Avoid hot surfaces.

If the asphalt is too hot for you to walk on, it probably is too hot for your dog too. Dog’s paws are more sensitive than you think.
Vet says: “The summer pavement can get very hot. Dogs can get blisters on their pads from very hot surfaces. Some dogs just don’t know when to stop until they are bleeding.”

3. When outside, make sure your dog has access to shade.

Always be sure your dog has somewhere to go that is out of direct sunlight.
Vet says: “If you notice your dog excessively panting and tongue hanging low, offer cool water and get to shade.”

4. Avoid giving your dog certain foods at barbecues.

It is good to include your dog in the fun, but be sure to watch what they eat!
Vet says: “Every food at a picnic can potentially harm a dog. Watch out with chocolate, raisins, onions, grapes, and artificial sweeteners. These ingredients can be deadly if enough is ingested by your dog.”

5. Take walks during the cooler hours of the day.

Walking your dog early mornings and evenings lowers risk of overheating and still gives your pets the exercise they need!
Vet says: “It takes time to acclimate to temperature changes, so those first hot days of late spring and early summer are especially dangerous. Try taking your dog out in the early morning or evening to avoid problems.”

6. Find out if your dog can swim, and get a life vest if not.

Gradually introduce your dog to water. If they can swim, be sure to watch them at all times, just like you would watch a child!
Vet says: “If you are not sure if your dog is a good swimmer take baby steps introducing them to shallow water first. Never force or punish a dog when introducing something new – this only creates anxiety which makes things worse.”

7. Get an “Anxiety Vest” for fireworks. (if your dog gets scared)

An “Anxiety Vest” applies gentle, constant pressure, similar
to swaddling an infant. This will help calm your dog when they hear constant loud noises, like fireworks.
Vet says: “Introducing your puppy to gradual increases in noise helps them get used to noise later in life. If they do experience a noise phobia allow them a safe place to hide, use a “thunder shirt” as a kind of hug.”

8. Always have fresh water on hand.

Dogs get thirsty, just like us. You don’t want your pal getting dehydrated.
Vet says: “Never wait to see if your dog is getting dehydrated to intervene. Always have access to water inside and regular offerings of cool water when outside. I always have a collapsible water bowl that I can fill with water when I am out on a hike with my dog.”

9. Sunscreen is for your dog too!

We aren’t the only ones who benefit from the use of sunscreen.

Vet says: “I recommend sunscreen for dogs that have a coat that does not protect their skin from the sun. Many veterinary dermatologists recommend dry on contact sunscreens that are labeled for babies.”

10. Watch for heavy breathing.

Monitor your dog during the hot months. Watch their breathing and do not hesitate to take action if you notice anything unusual.
Vet says: “If you notice your dog excessively panting and tongue hanging low offer cool water, get to shade or air-conditioning, wet down your dog, or get to the nearest veterinary hospital for evaluation.”

We hope these tips help you and your doggy have a safe and happy summer. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and be a good buddy to your buddy.