Local Chefs Serve Up Lobster and Libations at AC Seafood Fest


dog in lobster costume“If you like seafood, and you like the Jersey Shore,” says festival producer Jon Henderson, “You’ve got to come to the Atlantic City Seafood Festival.”

Local Joan concurs. Where else can you find all these things in one place?:

  • A triathlon award ceremony and a “Smokers’ Haven” cigar tent
  • A dog dressed in a lobster costume
  • Sword fighting shows and a bar with pirate-inspired cocktails and “live pirate music”
  • Kids’ fun park with face painting and animals
  • Cooking demos with local chefs
  • Painting classes with local artists from Dwell: An Artist Space (#BottlesandBrushes)
  • A beer “tasting tent” featuring local Jersey brews and wine seminars with Wine Director Michael Green
  • Live music from Jo Bonnano and the Godsons, the Burnsiders, and the Crawdaddies, among others.

You don’t need to go anywhere near the casinos (au revoir, Revel, we hardly knew ye) to have a good time.

local beer tasting tent

Try out locally brewed beers at the beer tasting tent.

The festival takes place September 13-14th at Bader Field in Atlantic City, and pets (see top) are welcome. In its third year, the weekend holds a variety of activities along with 50 restaurants offering their seafood specialties. A chowder cook-off for local chefs (below) benefits the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Free admission is thanks to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). Parking is $10. Some of the classes have fees, such as the interactive wine seminars.

What else? “Sandman” Matt Deibert will help kids with their own creations, and observe a crab cake eating contest sponsored by Phillips Seafood. For skateboarders, an onsite skate park and naturally, visits from the Cape May Zoo, home of the popular snow leopards.


One suggestion: Before you arrive, don’t eat!bowl of chowder

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