Cape May Seafood Festival Preview 2014

Cape May, NJ – For a town surrounded by the sea, with economic roots deep in the fishing industry, it’s surprising that, in 2014, Cape May finally is celebrating the very thing that draws so many to her shores.

This weekend, Cape May hosts the first annual Cape May Seafood Festival, sponsored by both the city of Cape May and the Cape May Forum.

seafood-fest3From 11AM to nine PM Saturday, Beach Avenue near Convention Hall will be buzzing with an ambitious schedule of all things seafood.

Seafood Tastings

The best advice – come hungry. Seafood stations will be serving popular Cape May items like fish tacos, seafood chowder, grilled scallops, fried flounder, crab cakes and Cape May Salt Oysters and clams. (Note: food vendors will not be accepting credit cards.)

 Cooking Demos

Home cooks can pick up a few tips from the pros during a string of free cooking demos on the Convention Hall deck, from 11AM to 4PM. Learn how to clean, fillet and grill fish; make a classic tuna nicoise; learn the proper way to prepare and cook scallops; create your own seafood marinades and dressings.

The seafood for Saturday’s event is being donated by several local commercial fishing companies. Watch the big guys face off in a commercial fishing skills competition later in the day, at 4PM.

Food for Thought

Several maritime experts will be giving short talks about aspects of marine life along the shore in the convention hall community room.  Stop in from 11:30AM to 3PM to hear about subjects ranging from oyster farming to how fisheries drive a town (like Cape May.)

Lots of Music

Of course, where there’s outdoor food, there’s always music. Concerts will be going on all day long. A big evening beach concert featuring  popular East Coast band  “Beach Bumz”  starts at 7PM and ends the day long seafood festival.

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