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Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival August 4 –
Food, Music and Family Fun

– Premier Regional Event Features Headliner CC Coletti and
 TV’s Meiling Huang of ‘American Ninja Warrior’ –


Flemington, N.J.   On August 4, deep in the heart of farm country, Flemington will be the place to be for anyone who wants to taste luscious Jersey tomatoes, sweet home-grown corn, or a variety of local craft beers at the Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival from noon to 8 p.m.

A regional celebration that’s expected to attract several thousand people, the annual festival also features food contests, world-class music and dozens of artisans and vendors on Stangl Road, where the public is invited to make a day of it on a street closed to traffic all afternoon.

“This year’s festival is going to be bigger and better than ever,” said Ann Meredith, executive director of the Flemington Community Partnership, which is organizing the event as a fundraiser for the local fire department. “We are adding a beer festival, and with the farm-to-table restaurants, the family-style seating and multiple stages with live music, this is going to be great fun for everyone, in the corn and tomato capital of the U.S.A.,” she said.

Five craft breweries will be serving beer, brought together by Flemington’s own Lone Eagle Brewing. Corn and tomato fans will have plenty of ways to enjoy the local harvest in peak season. Kelly Casanova, owner of the Blue Fish Grill, will be offering corn chowder and a Mexican street corn salad with Cotija cheese, poblano peppers and lime. Blue Fish is just one of the local restaurants participating in the event, along with 55 Main, Grateful Bites and Zoup.

The two stage, day-long music portion of the event will be capped off by a main stage concert from 5 to 8 p.m., with headliner CC Coletti, known for her rocking duets with Meat Loaf on his worldwide tours. The event also features a Ninja Warrior Course with Meiling Huang of TV’s “American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja.”

The festival will have many activities for kids, including a rock climbing wall, a petting zoo, free rides on an antique fire truck, bounce houses, magicians, corn shucking and other contests, and a visit from Paw Patrol characters.

Other event highlights include a drone stunt show and the “big reveal” of 40 Adirondack chairs built by Hunterdon County Polytech students and painted by local artisans for future display around Flemington. For more information, visit exploreflemington.com

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CC Coletti. ( Click here for higher res version of above and at left . )
Above, Flemington children, on a local farm tour organized by festival sponsor ShopRite, proclaim Flemington as the Corn and Tomato Capital of the U.S.A. For higher res. photo, click here .

Right, Flemington kids show off their free “Kids’ Zone” passes for Flemington’s Corn and Tomato Festival. Although the festival is free, some events require a $5 donation to the fire department, which provides access to all kids' activities. For higher res photo, click here .
Also On the Calendar:
July 20-21 - Flemington Filling Station , 5 to 10 p.m., 144 Main Street (Main and William), Live music, beer garden, and family games. On July 20th, Marc Scimeca plays acoustic folk, blue and rock and on July 21st, Thomas Johnston combines Americana with a touch of Irish music. Beer, sangria and soft drinks with menu station for take-out, delivery and restaurant reservations. On Saturday, the 21 st , which coincides with Salsa Night, a $1 donation will be made to Hunterdon Helpline for every beer sold. For weather-related cancellations, visit Explore Flemington Facebook page.

July 21 - Salsa Night, 4-10 p.m. Latin music, dancing in the street with free instruction, food from around the world, a beer garden, sangria, vendors, kids' activities. Benefits Hunterdon Helpline and its Hunterdon Hispanos division, which has a free call center 24-7, 365 days a year offering telephone reassurance as well as literacy, work and senior programs. For information, call 908-782-4357 or visit helplinehc.org .)

Recurring:

Music and Family Fun at the Flemington Filling Station , Fridays and Saturdays, 144 Main St., 5-10 p.m. Live music, beer garden, and family games, 908-812-1656, also on Facebook. Weather related cancellations on Explore Flemington Facebook page

Farmers’ Markets , Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Stangl Factory, Stangl Rd. and Mine St.; Sundays, Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine Road, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., hunterdonlandtrust.org.

Live Music , Grateful Bites, Saturdays and Sundays, 12-3pm, 42 Route 12, free, schedule on Facebook.

Fiber Freaks , Knitters, crocheters, quilters, weavers and other fiber art, 90 Main St., Mondays, 6-9 p.m., FlemingtonDIY.org

Garden Yoga , Samuel Fleming House Museum and Garden, 5 Bonnell St., 6-7 p.m., weather permitting. Tuesdays starting May 22. Bring your own mat. Complimentary herbal water provided. Donations accepted, samuelfleminghouse.org, 908-782-4607.

Museum tours , Samuel Fleming House, 5 Bonnell St., 6-7 p.m., 2nd Saturday of the month, 1-4 p.m., samuelfleminghouse.org, 908-782-4607.

Print Club , Print your own T-shirts or posters, 90 Main St., Mondays, 6:30-9, $10, preregistration not necessary. FlemingtonDIY.org.

Tai Chi , Saturdays, 8-9:30 a.m., 90 Main St, $5 donation, Guy.DeRosa@verizon.net or FlemingtonDIY.org.

Wednesday Night Walks, (bring your dog), 79 Main Street, 6-7 p.m. Leisurely stroll through borough streets, Barkley’s Gourmet Marketplace, barkleysgourmet.com or 908-751-5452.