The city of Atlantic City moves along, independent of the opinions of others. If you don’t think so, come to Bader Field this coming weekend and see the activity at the Atlantic City Seafood Festival. This has become a massive festival in a relatively short period of time.
For me, it’s because they keep the focus local: most of the food purveyors are from AC or the surrounding areas. Yes, there are a few chains, but just a few. So if you’re not into, say, Guy Fieri’s new casino joint, you can sample from Knife & Fork, Tony Boloney’s, Harry’s, The Iron Room, Jay’s Crab Shack and Scales Grill. There’s plenty to choose from, and the cost for each food item will range from $3 to $12, so you can keep the cost down (or not – don’t let me stop you). Admission is free, by the way. Parking, however, not so much. It’s $10, so be mindful of that.
Beer? Yes, thanks, if you’re already up and getting one. Oh, you mean…right…
Yes, there will be plenty of suds on hand (or in a glass if you like tradition) to enjoy. And once again, it’s Jersey beer that gets the spotlight. Make sure you check out Cape May Brewing, which may be the best beer thing going on in South Jersey outside of Flying Fish. And Flying Fish will be there as well, so make your own judgement. Or perhaps you might prefer Tuckahoe Brewing. Or River Horse. Or Pinelands. Or Cricket Hill. Isn’t it great to have choice?
You will also have plenty of choice in terms of events. Wine tastings. Cooking demos. A Chowder Cook Off. A crabcake eating contest. The kids are not forgotten here; there are a number of kid-friendly activities, so feel free to bring them. The festival is also pet-friendly, which is nice as well. Check the website for all the details, including the schedule of musical acts.
The Atlantic City Seafood Festival festival will be open on Saturday from 11AM to 7PM and on Sunday from 11AM to 6PM.