Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival 2009

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You would never have believed the crowd in attendance for the 2009 Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival earlier this month. I got a hint that the event had been over sold when hubby finding no parking in Bally’s garage was sent to a neighboring hotel’s one.

Hubby and I took the elevator to the Sixth Floor where many of the events of the day were scheduled. After registering and being banded, we were off to the Grand Market Event in the Grand Ballroom. There we found a line going entirely around the room stopping just before our entry door. The place was packed. Even the aisles were filled double wide on both sides. It was hard to get to vendors’ tables because of the amount of pedestrian traffic.

Oh, well! The wine poured amply and the best Belgian beer Stella Artois flowed in abundance. I managed to get a plate of gourmet pastries–yummy but definitely fattening. I passed on trying the giant wheel for a prize as it was longer than the one for the food line. I sampled the vendors’ chili, yogurt, relish, cheese, pretzels and dip. What a combination!

As I walked around, I saw top chefs readying their food. I watched a food demonstration on how to make a great baklava dessert. I stopped to see a man making cigars from leaves to the finished product.

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Life is all about learning new things. I found a skull vodka bottle glistening under the lights, just great for a bar but not for sale. It was being auctioned off at the end of the festival to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Breast Cancer. I found out a little about the organization and the events it sponsors like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Sunday, October 4, 2009 at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey. Check it out yourself. Get involved. Help make the difference. That Pink Ribbon could mean the difference between a life and a death.

I enjoyed getting to attend the Food and Wine Festival. Thanks to my daughter for setting me up with the tickets.

12 thoughts on “Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival 2009

  1. Hi Pat,

    Sounds like you had a great time! Reading about all that food at 2 in morning and now I am hungry..lol.. The pastries especially. So, what I am doing up? Up entering contests over at your daughter’s website. 🙂

    Anyhow, glad you had a good time. I agree with you. I love to learn new stuff no matter what it is. Take care!

    PS> The skull vodka bottle was pretty unique!

  2. What an adventure! It sounds like you had a never-to-be -forgotten time. I have always wanted to go to one of these. Maybe someday!

  3. What a great thing for your daughter to do. My mom had breast cancer and is still kickin. We know how wonderful the Susan G. Komen foundation is…………..may it always fight for life.
    My son, and dare I say myself, would have loved to be in posession on one of those skull bottles. How absolutely cool.
    Thanks for sharing and making us drool. lol

  4. Tamara,

    I enjoyed going there with hubby.  It would have been even nicer if it were not so over crowded.  It was like Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

    Pat.

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