A taste of Egg Harbor City

EGG HARBOR CITY - This tiny western Atlantic County town has tried various ideas in recent years to pull itself out of the economic doldrums.

Though many of its quaint downtown buildings have been repurposed for housing and other uses, the place once sported a thriving commercial center that started out as a health resort in 1855. It became an enclave for German settlers in the late 1800s and early 1900s. A huge parade in 2005 celebrated the town’s 150th birthday.

This year, the Greater Egg Harbor City Chamber of Commerce will host a four-hour “International Taste of the Town” on April 29. The event will be held at the Egg Harbor City Volunteer Ambulance Hall, 700 Philadelphia Ave. Proceeds will be used to purchase holiday lighting for the town’s main street.

From 4 to 8 p.m., more than a dozen local restaurants, featuring American, Greek, Italian, Puerto Rican, and Japanese cuisines, will showcase their menus for what organizers expect to be a sell-out event. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door or online at www.internationaltasteoftown.com.

For information, call 609-965-5681.