Tens of thousands of people attend the wildly popular annual seafood festival in Belmar. I wasn't sure that I wanted to go this year since it is always so crowded and finding parking is a pain. It is also the first year in a while that one of my daughters was not working at the Key Club lemonade stand. My younger daughter graduated from high school last week from the parochial school in Belmar. I am so proud of her but I am still a little sad to say goodbye to the high school years. *Sigh*
Well, late on Sunday it began to rain lightly and I decided that I wanted to stop by the festival. The crowd had thinned out a lot due to the rain and we got a close parking spot. The sun came back out and it was just perfect. My husband and I shared a tilapia wrap from 10th Avenue Burrito - delicious! We also got 20 shrimp for $5.00 (from Klein's) and $10.00 lobster dinners (from Mr. Shrimp) (1 1/4 lb. lobster, drawn butter, and corn on the cob) which we brought home and ate with our daughters. I visited my favorite local establishments only but everything looked tempting - and no I did not eat a fried Oreo!
I was born and raised in NJ, first in Hunterdon County, later relocating to Monmouth County, and finally I am in Northern Ocean County. I work In Middlesex County and went to college in Mercer County. Whew... Therefore, I have knowledge of much of the Garden State. I am passionate about food; especially local foods. I have been addicted to farm markets since I was very young. I have a great husband and two of the best daughters anyone could wish for. NJ is an epicurean's delight! I would love your comments and questions.
One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story