Sourland Mountain Fest returns July 23

The 17th annual Sourland Mountain Fest presented by Unionville Vineyards and benefitting the Sourland Conservancy, returns on Saturday, July 23, from 3pm – 8:30pm, rain or shine, at the beautiful Unionville Vineyards in East Amwell Township, NJ. Attendees will enjoy live music, local food, craft beer, wine and spirits, as well as a variety of local artisans, businesses and educational organizations, all while taking in the bucolic views of the Sourland mountain region.  Tickets are limited to the first 1,000 sold.

The Sourlands is a great place to live and work and the Mountain Festival is proud to showcase some of the local food, artisans and businesses who make this area so special. The Mountain Festival strives not only to give attendees an opportunity to simply enjoy themselves but also a chance to enhance their quality of life for themselves and the community. Mountain Festival Chair Suzanne Parsons said it best, “the Sourland Mountain Festival brings the communities of the Central New Jersey region together and presents the best in musical talent, local food and drink, family fun with a spectacular view”

Attendees – bring your shopping bags (or buy at the Festival) because you will SHOP ‘til you DROP at the Mountain Fest.  Dandelion Wishes in Hopewell Borough are a longtime Sourland Conservancy supporter; their shop on Broad Street is filled with carefully curated treasures sourced by owner Heidi Wilenius. Nonesuch Studios from Ringoes creates beautiful handmade treasures for yourself to wear or buy for a special someone. Freitag Arts has hand-Signed and numbered limited edition prints and handmade jewelry.  Beautiful decorative flowers and wreaths from the popular, farm market staple Pretty Bird Farm.

Ben D. Straw Creative has original greeting cards, poetry and illustrations which are also available to purchase on Etsy.  Purchase a variety of fresh, ethically sourced and sustainably produced coffee from Ringoes own Roastwell Coffee Roasters.  Press T Designs will be there to show you the printing capabilities of their recently opened venture which is a female, minority-owned and operated business. Whitehouse Station Hot Sauce Company is always a favorite hot spot. One-of-a-kind, handmade, fair-trade items from Seeds to Sew International. All their sales go to help improve the lives of women and girls in disadvantaged communities. Wild Bone Alchemy will be on hand to provide the coolest jewelry and treasures, which represent a beautiful marriage of nature and art. Local artist Jeannette Solomon of Turtlemoon Studios will bring unique pieces she created just for the fest to grace your home.

If food is your forte – the Sourland Mountain Fest has you nicely covered with something for everyone! Blawenburg Bistro will be providing delicious, healthy sandwiches and desserts so you may picnic on the green as you soak in the views. Thai Cha Chak, a popular food truck often found at the Rosedale Mills, will be on hand serving delicious Thai bites which we are certain will have attendees getting seconds! We Squeeze to Please will be selling refreshing drinks in reusable cups as well as summertime snacks the whole family will enjoy. Speaking of summer, Johnson Family Ice Cream will seal the deal making the Mountain Fest a real day trip destination. Participants are encouraged to bring their own plates, utensils and beverage containers but please, NO styrofoam, NO single-use plastics. Free water will be available on the grounds.

The Ryland Inn will once again provide the VIP service at the Festival! Renowned Chef Chris Albrecht will delight the palettes of VIP attendees with locally-sourced foods from NJ’s beloved restaurant, known for its exceptional service and hospitality. VIP tickets are sold on a limited basis and you must be over 21.

Unionville Vineyards, presenting sponsor of the Sourland Mountain Fest, represents the very soul of the agricultural heritage of the Sourlands. Their fertile and rolling vineyards have produced award-winning wines for over 30 years. Attendees will be able to choose from several wines to enjoy while at the festival. Be sure to plan a return trip to the winery in the future for a personal tasting experience and purchase your own favorites to take-home.

Flounder Brewing Company, from neighboring Hillsborough, was started in 2013and has grown into a full-time, popular destination at their 250 year old carriage barn and tasting room which is a destination in and of itself! They will bring their most satisfying cool and golden summer drafts to enjoy at the Festival.

Sourland Mountain Spirits, also our Sourland neighbors, will be providing artfully crafted cocktails straight from their Hopewell distillery.  Folks who like a little KICK to their drink can sip as they soak in the sounds.

The Sourland Mountain Festival is grateful to the following dedicated, local businesses who are still able to sponsor us after the Covid hiatus:The Bank of Princeton, Green Power Energy, Kilbourne & Kilbourne.  Stellitano Heating and Air Conditioning, Art Sparks and the Lawfirm of Jenna Casper Bloom. Interested businesses can go to:

Teen and adult volunteers are needed before, during, and after the festival. Volunteers receive free admission, a coveted SMF T-shirt, and refreshments. Register

Sourland Cycles will offer electric bike rides! The fun of a scavenger hunt will also provide youngsters an opportunity to learn more about the importance of the Sourlands. Live critters of the Sourlands will be hanging around from 3-7 PM..

The Sourlands is a 90 square-mile hard diabase ridge which starts near the City of Lambertville to the township of  Hillsborough. It is one of the three major areas of unbroken habitat in NJ, and the Sourland Conservancy is the only organization dedicated solely to the protection and preservation of the Mountain. Local businesses know that their support helps sustain the Sourland Mountains natural beauty, unique ecology and rich heritage.

The 17th Sourland Mountain Festival will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, July 23, 2022, from 3pm to 8:30 pm at Unionville Vineyards, 9 Rocktown Rd, Ringoes, NJ. Tickets are limited to the first 1,000 and are available online at a discount until July 22. Children under 12 enter free! Service pets only please. For more information, visit  

Submitted by the Sourland Conservancy.

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