Cape May Seafood Festival 2014

Cape May, NJ -  Thousands jammed tents covering Beach Avenue Saturday to savor local, Jersey seafood.

It was the first ever Cape May Seafood Festival, sponsored by the city of Cape May and the Cape May Forum. And, from the looks of it, it was a resounding success.

Local commercial fishing operations donated  hundreds of pounds of just caught scallops and flounder and clams for the event.

Also on the menu – locally farmed Cape May Salts Oysters. All the seafood was sold at a reasonable cost to feed hungry tourists and locals alike.

Crowds not only lined up to eat seafood, they also saw presentations and attended talks in Cape May Convention Hall about all aspects of fishing.

Among the most popular – seafood cooking demos by chefs like Mike Colameco, who tutored the home cooks  from a deck overlooking the ocean.

One of the many dishes prepared on the spot was a classic Tuna Nicoise salad, done to perfection by Atlantic Cape Community College’s Culinary Arts Dean Kelly McClay.

It was the first time in recent memory that Cape May closed a portion of Beach Avenue for an event.  Musicians kept the crowds entertained throughout the day. Off site parking and shuttle buses helped keep congestion to a minimum.

Mayor Ed Mahaney told the Atlantic City Press that 40,000 people were already in Cape May for the weekend and the festival brought in another 10,000 for the day.

No wonder everyone was all smiles Saturday.

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About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak is a journalist, a gardener and a Cape Island resident. She's also Cape May Times' photographer. She founded Cape May Times after a long and lively career in TV news.