If you missed this year’s Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, which took place this past Friday, July 27 to Saturday, July 28, you missed a great event.
Hosted by Caesar’s Atlantic City, this year’s Food & Wine Festival featured beer, wines, liquor and all kinds of food, from cheese steak to sushi, to meals prepared by the celebrity chefs from Food Network. Those celebrities included Anne Burrell, Robert Irvine, Paula Deen, Aaron Sanchez, Buddy Valastro and Andrew Zimmern.
The events that we attended were filled with great food, wine, and spirits – here’s a quick run down of our favorites.
1) The Grand Marketplace was the place to be for those who love wines from all over the world. You could pair them with cheese, try all sorts of foods, and find your favorite vino at this event.
Spanning the entire Grand Ballroom in the Bally’s Casino, this event was packed with crowds ready to sample and taste what makes New Jersey great.
2) Blues Brew and BBQ featured by Amstel Light was a great event, featuring local breweries.
This event featured local foods from various Philadelphia restaurants, and over 20 breweries – truly something that any foodies would lick their lips to.
Breweries included 16 Mile, Yards, Great Lakes, Brooklyn Brewery, Magic Hat, Weyerbacher, TurtleStone, Boaks, Dogfish Head, Pyramid, Flying Fish, Tuckahoe, Oskar Blues, and Amstel. Brooklyn Brewery was my favorite – possibly because they invited me to a tour of their facilities.
3) With the ever-entertaining Anne Burrell hosting, Sliders, Sushi and Sparkles had fantastic food and conversation, but summer storms put a damper on the party, driving us all inside. Featured burgers included an Asian Tuna with sesame oil and crunchy water chestnut, a sausage and pepper slider, and a black angus burger that reminded us a bit more of a meatball, but delicious, nonetheless.
4) Sweet and Stylish was a fashion show hosted by Nadia G. and New Jersey’s own Buddy Valastro. The event was highly dessert focused, with local vendors coming from New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia cake and pastry shops.
We tried creme bruleé, cheesecakes, puff pastry with berries, cake pops, chocolate, mousses and macarons. Philippe Chin had a Yuzu dessert that was delicious, but what we really want to try are his make your own s’mores!
With typical kitschy New Jersey pageantry, this was Food & Wine’s version of an upscale food festival, with the perks of meeting small business owners from the local area and surrounding.
Our team had the chance to stay at Caesars, and had great time at the hotel. The hotel staff was pleasant and accommodating, even offering us a complimentary late check-out.
Next time we’re in Atlantic City, we’ll be sure to check out Caesars’ extensive array of find dining restaurants. They’re currently running a special at select restaurants with 4 courses for $39.00, including free parking. Whether you’re a local, or visiting from out of town, you can dine in style with this great Caesars Atlantic City dinner special.
Atlantic City’s Food & Wine Festival was a blast, and we look forward to attending next year.
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