STAFFORD, NJ - The Manahopkin Craft Beer and Music Fest is an event for the entire family!   The event takes place today from noon to 7 p.m. at the Manahawkin Lake Park in Manahawkin.

There will be beer tasting, food, vendors and a childrens area featuring a 91 foot obstacle course.  The toddlers will have a Mickey Park and a large Bounce House with a slide.  There will also be a gaming trailer.  

There will be music by area bands playing all day and over 15 local breweries will be sharing their brew. 

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Non-drinkers will not be charged for entering the park and being part of the festival.  Drinkers will be required to buy a glass and tickets for beer samples, allowing you to sample as many beers as you wish.

There is opportunity to save by purchasing in advance.  When you buy your tickets, the benefits include twelve beer sampling tickets and a Manahopkin Logo tasting glass
There is a VIP option in addition to the above which includes access to the VIP tent starting at noon.  The VIP's get free food pairing and event T-shirt.

The event is hosted by the Stafford Township PBA Local 297.  This is a non profit organization and all proceeds will be donated to local children and families in need.

Detective Drew Smith from the Stafford Police Department said that "Last year, money raised from our events went to helping in excess of 215 families all through out the year, with food, Christmas gifts, gift cards, clothing, and medical expenses... In addition we handed out over $28,000 in scholarships to graduating students in need." 

To purchase tickets in advance go to