outer banks seafood festival

Outer Banks Seafood Festival 2019

The mission of the Outer Banks Seafood Festival is to provide a fun and educational experience promoting, honoring and celebrating our coastal seafood heritage and community.

Saturday, October 19, 2019
10:30am – 6:30pm • Soundside Event Site in
Nags Head, NC

  • Promote the positive social and economic impact of the seafood industry on the citizens of the Outer Banks;
  • Educate the public about seafood and its importance to the area’s economy;
  • Publicize the wide variety of seafood indigenous to North Carolina and the Outer Banks and provide the opportunity for people to enjoy it;
  • Boost tourism and recreation on the Outer Banks in the non-summer months;
  • Establish a scholarship program for educational pursuits related to the seafood industry;
  • Provide the opportunity for Outer Banks non-profit, civic, church and educational organizations to raise funds through participation in the festival.

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is an event that is held to honor our fishing heritage. For years, the Outer Banks held ‘The Wanchese Seafood Festival’ which was a celebration of the industry and the village that was built on bringing in fresh seafood to market.  In Hatteras each September, there’s ‘Day at the Docks.  on the waterfront in Hatteras village. The event celebrates the working traditions of the waterfront with seafood cooking demonstrations, fishing boat and gear displays, fishing industry skills contests and competitions, local seafood cooking competitions, music, author readings, a chowder cook-off contest, activities for children and concludes with a Blessing of the Fleet.   (For more info on this year’s event go to www.dayatthedocks.org.)
The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is the result of a renewed desire to bring that history and heritage back to life for visitors and locals alike.
The idea for a seafood festival has been percolating for the last few years with several organization, but it wasn’t until 2012 when four organizations, The Outer Banks Chamber, The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Outer Banks Catch and The Outer Banks Restaurant Association sat down and really forged  a partnership of their resources, talents and time that allowed the event to take shape.  The response has been overwhelming.  People with various areas of expertise and event experience have all generously offered to help.  The Town of Nags Head has provided their help with the site and navigating all the requirements that must be met to have a major outdoor event.
The mission of the Outer Banks Seafood Festival is to provide a fun and educational experience promoting, honoring and celebrating our coastal seafood heritage and community.

$5 Admission includes Cooking Demos, Chef’s Challenge and Mullet Toss. Entertainment featuring CMA/Nashville Recording Artist Celeste Kellogg. 12 Restaurants showcasing local dishes.

CONTACT

Outer Banks Seafood Festival
6800 S. Croatan Hwy
Nags Head, NC 
252.441.8144 (OB Chamber of Commerce)

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