The first thing to know is that despite all the negative reports about Atlantic City and the lack of outdoor festivals this year, the AC Seafood Festival is back for another go-around this weekend. What else is there to know? Well, here are some things to whet your appetite:
* You won’t be hurting for seafood options – I mean, it is, after all, a seafood festival, right? You will have plenty to choose from in terms of seafood, from the big players like Phillips, FIN, Chart House and Mussel Bar to smaller, local places like Ike’s Famous Crabcakes in Ocean City, Scales Grill and Clam Daddy’s. And I’m sure The Iron Room at AC Bottle Co and Tony Boloney’s will have something interesting going on.
* Local brews! – One of the disappointing things about this year’s AC Food & Wine Fest was the lack of local beers. The AC Seafood Fest is making up for it with having such local microbrews as Flying Fish, Cape May Brewing, Turtle Stone and Tuckahoe Brewing on hand to serve up their sudsy goodness.
* You will not run out of things to do – You got chef cooking demos, the Chowder Cook-Off (Saturday) hosted by Ed Hitzel, wine tastings and seminars, the Crab Cake Eating Challenge (Saturday amd Sunday), cigars, skateboarding, Bloody Marys, and stuff for the kids to do. And no, the cigars and Bloody Marys do not count as stuff for the kids to do, you freaks.
* Admission is FREE! – Yes, you will need to pay for your eats and drinks, but getting in won’t cost you. And when can you get in? Saturday from 10AM to 7PM and Sunday from 10AM to 6PM.