This past weekend, Atlantic City drew people to the Jersey Shore for reasons other than gambling, beaches, and bikini-clad cougars. They came for the food. (Or, in the case of a line of blushing ladies, photos with Tom Colicchio.)
Produced by Harrah’s Entertainment and benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity, Atlantic City’s first annual food and wine festival drizzled barbeque and amuse-bouche bliss over a resort community more known for its seedy party town vibe than its local culinary talent. As far as weekend destinations go, after this event, it is clear AC has become a total slow-cooked success.
When you’re next looking out over the ocean, a piña colada in hand and a boardwalk of casinos and shops behind you, just wait for the thought, “Who needs Vegas?” to slide forward.
Here are photographic bites of the town along with a few local discoveries we made during the festival.
The co-founder and editor-at-large at offMetro, Lauren is a sustainable travel specialist and freelance journalist with frequent bylines in National Geographic, Bicycling Magazine and Shape. Follow Lauren’s adventures at @laurenmati.