Sourland Music Festival June 17Posted on June 3, 2017
What if you took possibly the most beautiful concert site in New Jersey and added great local bands, some of the best food and drink around and lots of fun activities for kids? You’d get the perfect family day out! That is exactly what the Sourland Music Festival is aiming for this year. If you have never enjoyed a summer’s sunset at the Hillsborough Country Club, looking over emerald-green fields and woodland, then you have missed one of New Jersey’s most beautiful sights.
Then there’s the music. The Sourland Music Festival brings the best blues, folk, jazz and rock. This year’s impressive line-up includes seven of New Jersey’s top bands: The John Ginty Band, JD Malone & The Experts, Lisa Bouchelle, Tom Tallitsch, Russell Norkevich, Karl Dietel 5, and The High Hearts.
And the food? If you are lucky, you might still get one of the very few remaining tickets for the VIP tent. Why is this special? Because the iconic Ryland Inn will be providing the service! Award-winning Executive Chef, Chris Albrecht, has a passion for food – especially locally-sourced, high-quality food grown the right way, much of it in their own garden. Chris will be personally overseeing the food –that’s worth the ticket price alone!
But there’s more – some of the best local craft beer from Flounder Brewing Company and Lone Eagle Brewing, fine wine from Unionville Vineyards, a special cocktail from Sourland Mountain Spirits -New Jersey’s first legal distillery since Prohibition, and coffee from (of course) Sourland Coffee!
If you aren’t lucky enough to score a VIP ticket, don’t worry – all those delicious beverages will be available to all concert-goers along with a wide range of great food, from Applebee’s, Brick Farm Market, New World Pizza, Aroy T Thai food, Kettle Korn, Maddalena’s cheese cakes on a stick, Philly Fry specialty fries, The Ice Cream Parlor, and more!
And the kids (and young at heart)? How about testing your skills on the Rock Climbing Wall, playing with friends in the Bouncy Kingdom or taking a spin on a new bike (or electric bike) with Sourland Cycles on the test track? Or watch a (mini!) barn-building demonstration by Restoration Technologies of Belvidere.
Pet the alpacas! New to the Fest this year, Cool Critters will feature hands-on activities with real Sourland animals and demonstrations for everyone to enjoy: turtles, snakes, birds, bugs, bats, bees and alpacas – provided by Conserve Wildlife Foundation, Mercer County Wildlife Center, New Jersey Audubon Society-Plainsboro Preserve, New Jersey Beekeepers Association, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association and Swallow Hill Alpaca Farms.
Is this a perfect family day out – or what?
The whole gig is still run by a bunch of Sourland Conservancy members and volunteers – pretty amazing. You can find out more at www.sourlandmusicfest.org . It’s not too late to volunteer and get a free ticket and tee-shirt! Visit the website for more information about volunteer options and perks.
Tickets are an unbelievably good value – adult tickets start at just $25 in advance. Proceeds support the Sourland Conservancy in its efforts to protect and support the unique ecology, history and culture of the Sourland Mountain region.
The Sourland Music Festival is all about community – families, friends and neighbors coming together to enjoy good music, food and drink, explore and enjoy the outdoors, and help protect the beautiful Sourland Mountain – the largest forest in central New Jersey.
The Festival is early this year – on June 17th, 3-10pm (Rain date Sunday, June 18, 2-9pm) at the Polo Field at Hillsborough Golf and Country Club, 146 Wertsville Rd, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. Buy your tickets today!
The Sourland Conservancy would like to thank its annual business partners, Sourland Mountain Spirits, Sourland Cycles, Kilbourne & Kilbourne and The Ryland Inn for their support throughout the year.
Source: Sourland Conservancy