A Sugary, Wine-Filled Time at the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival

Me and Vikki at the roof-top party.

A few weeks ago my fabulous foodie friend, and Disney travel agent extraordinaire, Vikki, was nice enough to invite me to the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival with her. Our sponsor for the two-day event was the  House of Cupcakes. Yup, that House of Cupcakes – the Princeton, N.J.-based cupcakery that won Cupcake Wars!

They were displaying at the Saturday night fashion show and dessert party, and were by far the best cupcakes there, and I’m not just saying it because they were our sponsors. The thing I liked the best about their cupcakes is that the flavor is in the cupcakes itself and not just the icing, like many other places. Their orange creamsicle is amazing. And, they weren’t overly sweet, which is a big turn-off for me. They are bite-sized, pieces of heaven.

Don’t they look fabulous?!
Vikki and I with the wonderful House of Cupcakes owners.

Our little adventure included covering a roof-top party at Ceaser’s Atlantic City Hotel and Resort, hosted by Anne Burrell with the most amazing breaded Jersey Tomato sliders you could imagine, and pretty much the only vegetarian item I could eat!

For those who eat meat, there were Kobe sliders, sushi and a really adorable s’mores slider for dessert. (I took off the marshmallow)

For drinks, you could sample sake and bubbly. But, so many people were flocking to the bar that by the time I got over there was only one type left, and unfortunately, the bartender was so busy, he never came back to tell me the name.

Fast-moving and very scary clouds – the ones where you can see a funnel forming above – kept us from taking full advantage of the roof top fun since we kept running in and out of the rain, but overall it was a pretty good time.

Then came the main event – Sweet and Stylish. It was a Saturday night fashion show hosted by Nadia G, and Buddy Valastro, with a surprise appearance by Paula Deen and Robert Irvine. The event, which at times, seemed more like a nightclub party, included desserts by mostly New Jersey-based confectionaries.

Trying the Cake Boss’ canoli.

For more detailed coverage, including our top picks for both dessert and drinks to accompany them, hop over to Vikki’s review of the event on Jersey Bites.

Just when you thought things couldn’t get better, the next morning we headed to the coffee and tea event, where in addition to sampling a variety of teas and coffee, Irvine held court for almost an hour talking about the restaurant industry, his show and answering questions.

Two products stood out the most for me at this event – all of the teas from the New York-based T-Salon, and the amazing variety of coffee from New York Gourmet Coffee. We recorded short Touts so you could hear from both of them about their products and how they got into the business.

And, how could I forget the Marketplace – tons and tons of wine, food and products to taste and buy. There were a few favorites I found, including an eco-friendly water bottle and a line of oils and vinegars that could not be beat. Much of the food being offered wasn’t vegetarian, except for this one booth I found!

You can see all our photos from the event in my Facebook photo album, and check out my Tout page for more video from the festival.

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