5 South Jersey Festivals for Brew Enthusiasts

These festivals all have one awesome thing in common: beer. So grab your friends, and get ready to sip your way through South Jersey this summer.


Chefs at the Shore

June 22
Local cooks are bringing their best dishes to Chefs at the Shore for a night of tasting – and they’ll be joined by some brewers to help top off your meal. The event runs from 5:30 to 9 pm at Historic Gardner’s Basin. Tickets cost $70 each or $455 for groups of 10, and proceeds benefit Professional Chefs Association scholarships and educational programs at Atlantic City Aquarium. For tickets and more information, visit the website or call 609-348-2880, ext. 22.


Cape May Hops Festival

June 24
What goes better with a brew than some blues and barbecue? Check out the Cape May Hops Festival for a day of family fun featuring local breweries. Taste beers while enjoying live music, browsing craft vendors and dining on classic barbecue dishes. The free event runs from 10 am to 6 pm at the Emlen Physick Estate. For more information, visit the website.


Celtic Festival

July 15
Get your Irish on with an entire pavilion dedicated to your favorite brews during the annual Celtic Festival at Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May. You can also enjoy live entertainment and plenty of Irish dancing at the event, which runs from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for children ages 3 through 12 and free for children 2 and under. For more information, call 609-898-2300, or visit the website.


Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival

August 5
Enjoy a cold brew as you dig into fresh seafood during the Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival. The all-day festival features craft beers from local and regional breweries, and an extensive selection of food – think steamed crabs and pulled pork. Live music, an old-fashioned Victorian circus, and a crafts and collectibles show can also be found on the lawn of the Emlen Physick Estate. Admission to the grounds is free, and the festival runs from 10 am to 6 pm. For more information, visit the website.


TRUCKerton Food Truck & Brew Fest

August 12 & 13
Grab your poodle skirts and leather jackets, because the ‘50s are coming to Tuckerton Seaport – and bringing food trucks and beer. Enjoy food-truck hopping with a cold one from 11 am to 7 pm on Saturday and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets costs $10. For more information, visit the website.


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