Well, here I am sitting at my desk trying not to think about all of the food I ate over the last few days at the amazing Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival put together by the Caesars Entertainment team. This annual summer bash, which features an eye-opening spread of foods and free-flowing drinks, always makes my annual summer to-do list.
To be honest, I headed to this year’s event slightly skeptical as the number of events (missing that cheesesteak battle) and personalities were downsized. But I must say, this year’s event might’ve been my favorite of them all. Why? Because the majority of the events that were put together for this year’s festival were done right.
My favorite of them all was Saturday night’s Beach Soiree, which also could’ve been called the Best Beach Party Ever. It should be added to the list of must-keep events. The event description read “gourmet passed appetizers.” Actually, there food tents spread all over the beach (taking full advantage of one of AC’s greatest treasures) with options ranging from bacon wrapped shrimp, fried green tomatoes, steak, a number of small desserts and much , much more. The Sugarhill Gang even crashed the party to do a very entertaining set on the stage. There was no pushing or shoving, as everybody was having a good time. I went up to my room at 1 a.m. and the party was still going strong.
My wife and I also had the unique opportunity to visit Masters Organic Farms Friday afternoon. The Straga family – also masters in the martial arts (hence the name) – grow produce such as grape tomatoes, basil and cucumbers exclusively for the Caesars Entertainment properties. The farm is located outside of AC, but all the items still arrive warm from the farm. The experience helped me to gain a new appreciation for the dishes I enjoy when dinning at one of the company’s four properties.
After all, this is the Garden State and the Farm to Table (in this case organic farm to table) concept is becoming more and more popular.
Sunday. we saw some of the freshly picked produce put to use at Sunday brunch, which provided the perfect closure to an amazing weekend.
The only problem was the festivities were still going storing with an afternoon session of the Grand Market followed by the Island Luau at Harrah’s. The event was supposed to be on the pool deck as there was a threat of rain in the forecast. I felt like this one needed to be outside as the luau ambience in a ballroom setting seemed to lose something. We sampled some of the dishes and called it a weekend.
Sure enough, we ended up getting hit with the rain on our trip back north.
Kudos to the Caesars Entertainment planning team for putting together a fabulous four days of fun and food.