MAC Presents 3rd Annual Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival

CAPE MAY – You won’t want to miss delicious family fun with steamed crabs, steamed shrimp, pulled pork, local and regional craft beers, wine, and all-day entertainment during one of Cape May’s most popular summertime events on the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, at the Craft Beer & Crab Festival Saturday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) with major funding by PNC Bank, Gold Coast Production Management, Nobil Food Services and Longport Media.

Come to the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, and stretch out on your lawn chair or relax under the tent during this all-day festival that celebrates the best of summer in Cape May and was named one of the 5 Best NJ Summer Festivals by CBS NY. Have fun cracking open freshly steamed crabs or peel a handful of steamed shrimp and savor these seaside favorites. Choose from other summertime favorites including crab cake sandwiches and pulled pork sandwiches. Stop by the hot dog stand where you can purchase hot dogs, pretzels and popcorn, soda and freshly squeezed lemonade.

Food vendors will offer an eclectic variety of tasty items for purchase, including: cupcakes at “Sheet Box Cupcakes”; tacos at “Taco Mondo”; all things bacon at “Bacon on Wheels”; and cheese at “The Cow & the Curd.” Wash down these delicious summertime foods with craft beer from local and regional breweries in the beer garden under a tent on the estate lawn. Purchase and enjoy a variety of local and regional craft beers from the Harrison Beverage 10-tap beer truck, with other selections including some non-beer beverages. Wine will also be available for purchase.

Relax under the shade of the estate’s mature trees and listen to live music on the stage near Hill House. Bring a lawn chair or spread out your beach blanket for a great afternoon and evening of nonstop musical performers. Bring the entire family to enjoy kid-friendly activities including lawn games and acrobats from the Give & Take Jugglers Little Circus, who will delight and entertain throughout the day. Explore the variety of crafts vendors on the estate grounds selling hand-made and vintage items.

Admission to the grounds is free and free parking is available at the Cape May Elementary School, 921 Lafayette Street. A free trolley shuttle will operate from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street to the estate throughout the day. There will be a charge for crabs, food, beverages and some activities. Commemorative pint glasses and T-shirts will be available for purchase. Proceeds of the event benefit MAC’s numerous educational outreach programs.

The Craft Beer & Crab Festival is sponsored by MAC with funding provided at the “King Crab” level by PNC Bank, Gold Coast Production Management, Nobil Food Services and Longport Media; at the “Horseshoe Crab” level by Good Housekeeping magazine, Exit Zero, the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May and the Fairthorne Bed & Breakfast.