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New Hope Wine & Music Festival | Saturday, July 23rd & Sunday, July 24th

Wine and Music Festival to Premiere In New Hope.

The New Hope Winery is proud to host its first Wine and Music Festival that will be held Saturday July 23 & Sunday July 24, 2016.The Festival will headline music from eight regional bands.

Performances will include music from Not Fade Away: A Tribute to the Music of Buddy Holly. The band is returning to The New Hope Winery after a sold out show in April. Not Fade Away is not your typical tribute show the group is made up of six talented young artists who bring audiences back to the rocking music of Buddy Holly. With a fresh take on the classic songs such as: That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Everyday, Summertime Blues, Oh Donna and others. The music springs to a new life. Not Fade Away will perform at 5pm on Saturday and then again at 1pm on Sunday.

Other performers include local music legend John Beacher. Who will perform on Saturday only, at both 3pm and again at 7pm. Spencer Belvins, another local talent, will make his appearance both Saturday and Sunday showcasing his sitar and acoustic work. Also joining them will be The Nick Gallardo, Show, City and the Seeds, Interminable, and more.
The New Hope Winery is located between Peddlers Village and New Hope, in a converted 18th century barn. The Winery has been show casing and selling Pennsylvania wines since 1993. The wines span a wide range from light, fruity wines, to more complex reds. Seasonal wines also find a home in The New Hope Winery.

The Wine and Music Festival will follow the winery’s theme and celebrate Pennsylvania wines by hosting a limited amount of wine tastings throughout the weekend, for those that are 21 years of age or older. A variety of wines will also be available for purchase at the event.

The event will run Saturday, July 23, from 12pm-8pm and again on Sunday, July 24, from 12pm to 6pm. The wine and music festival will be an indoor outdoor event that will take place rain or shine. Many music acts will be presented in the winery’s spacious air conditioned music venues.

Yard Games will be available for free play during the event. Yard games to be included are: volleyball, kan jam, corn hole, ladder ball, and giant jenga. If you’re competitive side is up for a challenge head on over to the grass where you can sign up to participate in a lawn game tournament. Tournaments will be held for each game respectively at designated times during The Wine and Music Festival. To join these challenges you must arrive before the challenge begins, and sign up. Guests attending the event are allowed to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit and enjoy the celebration of summer! However please leave your pop-up tents and four legged friends at home.

Advanced tickets for The New Hope Wine and Music Festive are available for purchase (highly recommended) on, as well as at The New Hope Winery (based on availability). Ticket prices are as follows: One Day Pass, $40.00, Two Day Pass $55.00. Attendees under the age of 21 and designated drivers are half price. Gourmet foods will also be available for purchase. No outside food or beverages allowed.

Join us for a weekend getaway! New Hope has several fine lodging options, and the Rodeway Inn and Suites on Rt 202, is the festivals official hotel.

The First National Bank and Trust Company of Newtown, “Is the Festival’s Community Music Sponsor.”

For more information on the event please contact The New Hope Winery via email at, or by phone at 215.794.2331. The New Hope Winery is located at 6123 Lower York Rd (Rt 202), New Hope, PA 18938.

The Appeal of Live Music

Live music has never been more appealing than it is today. This is shown by the success of much smaller venues here in Bucks County and the Philadelphia area, ourselves included. People want to sit down and enjoy the sounds of live music. But why are live shows so popular?


One could argue that by listening to an artist’s album, whether digitally, on record, or however you listen, is the purest way to hear a song. That sound is exactly how the artist wanted it to sound. The songs are laid out in a specific way, expertly chosen by the artist to convey some sort of story or message. Their voice was recorded and rerecorded to their specification. Tweaks were made in the sound digitally, and hours of audio editing went into making that final product. Listening to a song on a record or an iPod meant listening to tens or even hundreds of hours of work and thought.


Compare that process to a live show. Here, things are much more intimate, and while that may come from seeing the artist a few dozen feet from you perform, there’s so much more to it then that. Live music is first and foremost in the now. No matter how much preparation and rehearsing went into it, that song you’re hearing live is happening then and now. Slight variations occur that you wouldn’t hear in the album version of the song. Small, many times imperceptible mistakes can happen, or maybe even a bigger mess-up that the audience laughs off with the artist.


I think this is what makes live music so much more appealing. It brings a much

more human element, and that’s much more relatable to an audience than a digitally altered piece. In that moment you hear a live performance, you’re suddenly experiencing a song in a much more personal light. This is because not only it there no longer anything between you and the artist, but you and the entire room full of people have heard something that no one, not even that artist, can replicate precisely again.

Local BYOB Restaurants

Having trouble finding a new date spot? Here is a list of ten great BYOB restaurants close to us! On a Friday or Saturday afternoon, stop by the winery to do a tasting. Grab a bottle (or two!) of what you like and head to your pick of these delicious BYOBs. 

1. Caleb’s American Kitchen is located next to Peddler’s Village, just a half a mile down the road from the winery. This bistro style restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with so many delicious, fresh options using ingredients from local and regional farmers in PA and NJ. Look online for more information about brunch, luncheon and banquet private party events. Their menu is available on their website here:

Address: 5738 U.S. 202
New Hope, PA 18938

Hours: Daily 8am-9pm

Gluten-free/Vegan: yes

2. Blue Moose Restaurant and Cafe is a unique French-inspired restaurant serving brunch and dinner. The cafe was originally started by two local teens looking for a weekend activity, but has grown into quite a mature enterprise. See their website for more information about private parties and catering options! Their menu is available on their website here: 

Hours: Wednesday-Friday Dinner 5:00-9:00pm
Saturday Brunch 9:30-2:30pm, Dinner 5:00-9:00pm
Sunday Brunch 9:30-2:30pm, Dinner 5:00-8:30pm

Address: 9 West Mechanic Street
New Hope, PA 18938

Gluten-free/Vegan: yes

3. Italian Cucina is a true little piece of Italy, serving mouth-watering authentic dishes. This friendly family owned and operated restaurant is a rare gem, serving only dinner. Buon appetito! Check out and “like” their Facebook page: 

Hours: Wednesday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Address: 95 South Main Street
New Hope, PA 18938

Gluten-free/Vegan: no

4. Hamilton’s Grill Room sits on the canal along the Delaware River and provides a comfortable yet upscale setting. The restaurant serves a variety of Mediterranean-inspired fresh and local seafood, steak, and oyster dishes in an elegant and rustic ambience. Be sure to ask about catering for private parties on and off the premises, and even cooking lessons for team building and corporate events! Here is their menu, available through their website:

Hours: Dinner: Tuesday through Thursday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Address: 8 Coryell Street
Lambertville, NJ

Gluten-free/Vegan: no

5. Villaggio Italian Restaurant serves classic Italian food in a comfortable setting. The two families that own this restaurant are from Southern Italy and are focused on customer experience and satisfaction. Inquire about family style dining for larger groups or catering for external events. Their menu is available on their website here: 

Hours: Monday – Thursday 11am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday 11am – 11pm
Sunday 11am – 9pm

Address: Penn’s Purchase
5861 Old York Road
Lahaska, PA 18931

Gluten-free/Vegan: no

6. Sprig and Vine is a gourmet vegan and vegetarian restaurant serving brunch, lunch, and dinner. The casually elegant restaurant creates unique dishes using local and seasonal vegetables in creative and delicious ways. This restaurant is the perfect spot for a healthy meal without sacrificing taste. See their menu on their website:

Hours: Lunch Wednesday-Saturday 11:30-2:30pm
Dinner Tuesday-Thursday 5-9pm, Friday-Saturday 5-10pm
Brunch Sunday 10am-2pm

Address: 450 Union Square Dr.
New Hope, PA 18938

Gluten-free/Vegan: yes

7. Thai Tida serves traditional Peruvian cuisine, bringing the flavors of the Mekong River in southeast Asia to the Delaware River in Lambertville, New Jersey. This restaurant also accommodates gluten free and vegan diets. Be sure to check out and “like” their Facebook page to get weekly deals and specials! Their menu is available on their website here:

Hours: Lunch Mon, Wed-Sat 11.30AM – 2PM
Dinner Mon, Wed-Sun 4.30PM – 9PM

Address: 236 N. Union St.
Lambertville, NJ 08530

Gluten-free/Vegan: yes

8. Hearth is located in historic New Hope in one of the oldest buildings, dating back to 1720. Over the past 300 years, the building has been used as a toll house for the ferry crossing the Delaware, a salt store, and one of New Hope’s first libraries, among many other uses. This historic restaurant serves a variety of savory options for lunch and dinner, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Check out their flavorful menu on their website here:

Hours: Monday 1:00pm – 9:00pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday 1:00pm -10:00pm
Saturday 11:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday 11:00am -9:00pm

Address: 7 East Ferry Street
New Hope, PA 18938

Gluten-free/Vegan: yes

9. Taste of the World is a cozy, up and coming restaurant located in New Hope’s Union Square. They serve dishes from a wide variety of cultures— from Italian chicken parmesan, to Spanish empanadas. The restaurant is also known for their delicious desserts, so make sure to leave room at the end of your meal! The menu is ever changing so make sure to check it out on their website here:

Hours: Lunch: Wednesday through Saturday 11:30am – 2:30pm
Lunch: Sunday 11:30am – 3:00pm
Dinner: Wednesday and Thursday 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Dinner: Friday and Saturday 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Dinner: Sunday 5:00pm – 8:30pm

Address: 560 B Union Square Drive
New Hope, PA 18938

Gluten-free/Vegan: yes

10. Cross Culture has a plentiful menu serving cuisine from Northern India. Since 2005, this restaurant has blossomed into four different locations in Doylestown, Lambertville, Princeton, and Haddonfield. Cross Culture prides itself in not only serving authentic Indian cuisine but celebrating the Indian heritage and traditions. See their menu on their website here: 

Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Address: 13 Klines Ct.
Lambertville, NJ 08530

Gluten-free/Vegan: yes

Picnics Ideas for Spring!

Even though the chill of winter is still in the air, the New Hope Winery is preparing for spring. Not only do we offer wine tasting seven days a week featuring twenty-five varieties, but we also have an amazing gift shop stocked with unique items. Many of these are perfect for a spring picnic, such as leather wine totes and picnic totes that come in a variety of colors. Fill your backpack with everything you need for a spring picnic from bellavitano cheeses to our specialty crostinti crackers, and of course a bottle of your favorite New Hope Winery wine and you’re all set!

Also, with the warmer weather (hopefully!) approaching, the New Hope Winery is expanding our marketplace to include an array of sandwiches, salads, and other savory lunch items. Soon, you will be able to enjoy a wonderful lunch alongside your planned tasting ventures at the Winery. We still are offering our cheese, cracker, and charcuterie plates for purchase, the perfect accompaniment to any of our tastings.

March also kicks off our Spring Concert session. Check out the upcoming artists section of our website to see our many great performers.

PS- Sipping wine at the New Hope Winery is so fine!

A Pork Chop Recipe for Those on the Fence About Pork

In the winter months you might crave a little heavier, more satisfying meal. I don’t eat a lot of meat … especially pork, but I have a new appreciation for the pork chop. There are all kinds of new heritage varieties of pork which are nice to try, but even the standard pork chop when drizzled with a silky reduction becomes exciting.

Silky reduction you say? What are you talking about? I will make it easy for you.

1)    Always use a stainless steel pan. The brown bits will stick to the bottom of the pan to flavor your sauce.

2)    Heat 1-2 tablespoons of grapeseed or vegetable oil over medium-high heat – you want it almost smoking. Put your Pork Chops in the pan and cook until they are deep brown and cooked through. Take out when done and set them aside to rest. (If you cut immediately you lose all your juices)

3)    Pour off any fat from the skillet, but do not wipe it out and leave the little brown bits. Put on medium heat and add 1 shallot, 2 cloves of garlic, one teaspoon of yellow mustard seed, and stir for 4 minutes.

4)    Add your liquid ½ cup red or white wine. Add thyme, rosemary, & some lemon zest. Simmer and stir with a wooden spoon until it thickens and reduced for about 4 or 5 minutes

Lastly, when it is done add a tablespoon of butter and swirl it around. Season with salt and pepper and maybe a little lemon juice.

Lay your pork chops on each plate and drizzle it over top.

I can’t say I don’t like pork anymore; it’s all about the sauces.

By Sandra Price