News and notes from down the Shore
If you’d sooner have an audience with Robert Irvine than the Dalai Lama, this one’s for you. The 2011 Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival is back, with a slew of celebrity cooking demonstrations, tastings and lectures scattered across more than 30 tantalizing events. The hub of this foodie mecca is the Grand Market, a smorgasbord of more than 125 tasting stations and tables from world-renowned restaurants, wineries and brands. Events include the Chefs on Stage events with Food Network celebrities, wine tastings and seminars; a gospel brunch; and a Friday night cheesesteak throwdown judged by Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host Guy Fieri. July 28-31 at various locations, Atlantic City, ACFoodandWine.com, single-event tickets from $35
Lines in the Sand
Some of us look at the beach and just see sand. But you—you see a sculpture waiting to be revealed. Or maybe not. If you do have a passion for sandcastles, show your stuff at Ocean City’s Sand Sculpting Contest, the first of the season. If not, then just wander the beach to see what other ingenious Shore sculptors have come up with. July 6, 9 a.m. at the Sixth Street Beach, Ocean City, (609) 525-9300, OCNJ.us, free
Down by the Sea
Who needs an Italian getaway? Ocean City’s own take on Venetian canal culture comes July 16, with the 57th annual Night in Venice boat parade, one of the biggest in the world. Hundreds of beautifully decorated ships will float along the bay, sending twinkling lights across the waves. This year’s theme, “Broadway on the Bay,” will bring show biz style to the ceremonies, which include a Miss Night in Venice competitions and awards for best decorations. July 16, 6:30 p.m, from Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue, Ocean City, (609) 525-9300, OCNJ.us, free
Paul Williams vs. Erislandy Lara
Former World Champion boxer Paul “The Punisher” Williams takes on Erislandy Lara in 12 rounds, in a highly anticipated bout to be televised on HBO. Rico Ramos, and Akfumi Shimoda will also go head to head for the WBA Super Bantamweight title. July 9, 7:30 p.m. at Boardwalk Hall, (609) 348-7000, BoardwalkHall.com, $50-$300.
The one-name R&B sensation brings her “Loud” tour to town, performing hits like “Only Girl (In the World)” and “What’s My Name” with special guest Cee Lo Green. July 17, 8 p.m. at the Borgata Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, (609) 317-1000, TheBorgata.com, $145
Goo Goo Dolls and Michelle Branch
If you’re of the opinion that the best music was made prior to 2005, check out the Goo Dolls and Michelle Branch, sharing the stage for an evening of high energy pop-rock. July 23, 9 p.m. at the Tropicana Casino, 2831 Boardwalk, (609)340-4000, Tropicana.net, $92
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