Attendees are encouraged to come hungry!
The Downbeach Seafood Festival is now two days of tasty fun for the entire family.
Starting at Gardener's Basin in the early '90s, with a brief hiatus, the Seafood Festival returned to the region on Bader Field in 2012 for a 7-year run. In 2019, the Festival traveled approximately 1-mile "downbeach" to Ventnor! This move was an exciting change that allowed festival-goers to explore and discover new seaside towns and South Jersey areas. Ski Beach was a huge hit! The team at Good Team Tricycle will once again transform Ventnor's Ski Beach into a seafood lover's dream featuring approximately 25 different local and regional seafood restaurants and purveyors who will be serving up their favorite seafaring dishes!
With most of the restaurants attending as brick and mortar Atlantic County restaurants, The Downbeach Seafood festival will allow attendees to experience this seaside community as a culinary destination. It is also an excellent opportunity for foodies and food seekers to meet some of Atlantic County's most unique chefs and restaurateurs, all while eating their tasty creations. From clams to calamari, oysters to ahi, and even alligator, too, The Downbeach Seafood Festival will have it all!
The Downbeach Seafood Festival will give attendees a reason to spend the day at the Jersey Shore by highlighting the fantastic dining options this coastal area has to offer. Whether it's trying the vast selection of local restaurants, sipping Jersey made craft beers, cooking with local chefs, shopping unique exhibitors, or playing in the sand, you will find yourself immersed in The Downbeach Seafood Festival and all it has to offer.
The Downbeach Seafood Festival happens to fall during National Hunger Action Month, a nationwide Feeding America campaign, challenging the public to take action to help solve the issue of hunger in America! In honor of National Hunger Action Month, The Downbeach Seafood Festival will support the Community Food Bank of New Jersey through the widely-popular Chowder Cook-Offin, all of which benefit the Food Bank! This cook-off will allow participants to sample chowder from some of the finest restaurants Atlantic County has to offer as they stroll the Festival and decide what they are going to feast on! Through the Chowder Cook-Off, the Festival, and its restaurants, our goal is to raise over $10,000, which is the equivalent of 30,000 meals distributed throughout the Garden State!
Programming for The Downbeach City Seafood Festival includes Children's activities and amusements, live Sand Sculpting / Kids Sand Sculpting area, Live Music, Complimentary Demos and Seminars, The Great Brews of NJ Tasting Tent, a Crab Cake Eating Competition and the Chowder Cook-Off benefiting the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, to name a few.