16th Annual

Bank of America

New Jersey Fresh Seafood Festival

2915-17 Atlantic Avenue

Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401

(609) 748-4850; Facsimile: 748-4851




Contact: Blair Learn, (609) 748-4850



Seafood Festival Sizzles With Seashore Summer Sensations


Atlantic City, NJ, May 16, 2005 – Succulent seafood, celebrity chefs creating captivating cuisine, interactive educational exhibits, a nonstop concert, boat rides, arts & crafts displays, a midway and much more family fun are to be savored at the 16th Annual Bank of America New Jersey Fresh Seafood Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 11 & 12, at Historic Gardner’s Basin, New Hampshire Avenue and the Bay, Atlantic City.  Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days.

            A culinary extravaganza, festival goers will need a hearty appetite to sample the wide variety of savory seafood offered, including crab cakes, soft shell crabs, steamed crabs, crab rolls, Alaskan king crab legs, deviled crab, lobsters, lobster burgers, scallops, shrimp, flounder, catfish, steamed clams, clams on the half shell, clam chowder, and more.  For those who prefer turf to surf, there are ribs, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, chicken fingers, BBQ beef, corn of the cob, veggie wraps, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, funnel cakes, bloomin’ onions and ice cream all complemented by an assortment of beverages and libations.

            Festival admission is $5 for adults, with one child admitted free per paying adult.  Additional children ages 5-12 are $2, and children 4 and under are free.  One hundred percent of festival proceeds are donated to charity.  For ease and convenience, it is recommended that festival goers ride the Jitney from any Pacific Avenue Jitney stop, and Jitney passengers will receive a free return trip.  For more information, call (609) FISH-FUN (347-4386) or visit www.NJFRESHSEAFOODFEST.com.

            Besides eating the fabulous food, attendees can learn to create their own flavorful seafood dishes at the festival’s Celebrity Chefs venue.  On Sunday, Chef Jim Coleman will captivate the audience with his exuberant antics dashing about the kitchen as he prepares a meal, including over-

the-shoulder salt tossing for both seasoning and good luck.  Chef Coleman is host and co-executive producer of the nationwide public TV series, “Flavors of America,” and is Executive Chef at Normandy Farm, Coleman Restaurant, in Blue Bell, PA.  On Saturday, Chef Guillermo Veloso will delight the crowd with his acclaimed culinary creativity, which he brings from his position as Executive Chef of the Cuba Libre restaurants of Philadelphia and The Quarter at Atlantic City’s Tropicana Casino Resort.

            Assisting the celebrity chefs on stage and demonstrating exemplary culinary skills of their own are future chefs from the Academy of Culinary Arts of Atlantic Cape Community College.  The student chefs won awards and the honor of being invited to demonstrate at the festival at a Seafood Festival cooking competition held in April.

            The festival further features a boatload of fun for the whole family with a nonstop pop, country and folk music concert and a delightful exhibition of arts and crafts presented by some of the area’s finest artisans, complemented by displays of those must-have seashore sundries needed for a trip to the beach and Boardwalk.

            Plus everyone can take a boat ride aboard Cruisin One through the Atlantic City’s Absecon Inlet to view the resort’s spectacular skyline, and the kids can frolic all day on the festival midway rides.  Boat ride tickets are $9 for adults and $4.50 for children, and an All-Day-Midway-Ride-Pass is $12, or two passes for $20.

            Surrounding the food and fun there is a wide variety of interactive educational exhibits, including several hands-on sea life touch tanks, to inform young and old alike about the seashore, its sea life and related ecological and environmental topics.  And the learning continues at the Historic Gardner’s Basin Ocean Life Center, where each Seafood Festival admission ticket is good for a discounted admission to enjoy the center’s 11 large aquarium tanks containing 29,800 gallons of live exhibits, 100's of fish and marine animal species and a 16-station ocean educational tour.

            The New Jersey Fresh Seafood Festival is a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization created in 1990 in a public-private venture by the Atlantic City Jaycees, the Atlantic County Charter and Party Boat Association, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Bureau to promote New Jersey’s seashore and seafood while raising money for charity.  Today the festival benefits from having the Bank of America as its primary sponsor, representing one of the bank’s major community service programs in the southern New Jersey region.  The festival donates 100% of its proceeds to charity, and to date has donated more than $483,000 top various charitable organizations throughout the region and $75,000 in scholarships to local students.


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     May 20, 2005         HarryHurley.com