First OBX seafood fest coming together for October

By on March 6, 2012

The festival planning committee. (OBSF)

Planning for the first Outer Banks Seafood Festival is moving forward with target dates of Oct. 19 and 20 at the Windmill Point site.

There will be hands-on displays, working watermen, Outer Banks fishing boats from the 19th century — a Shad Boat and a Sharpie — and educational material offering a realistic view of the local fishing industry and the challenges fishermen face.

Food tents will feature local restaurants serving local seafood. Plus, while still in the planning stages, there will be a cooking demonstrations and cook-offs as well as eating challenges.

The day will also have plenty of musical entertainment, kid-friendly activities and lots of family fun.

Local organizations behind the event include The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the Outer Banks Restaurant Association and Outer Banks Catch.

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.

Leading the planning team is Niels Moore.

“The Festival is going to be the ‘can’t miss’ Outer Banks event in October featuring our outstanding local restaurants, local artisans and our unique coastal fishing community” Moore said. “This event will represent the culmination of 15 months of planning and hard work by a dedicated group of volunteers and organizations. The energy and excitement surrounding this event keeps on building. It’s going to be a blast.”

Fall on the Outer Banks historically offers some of the nicest weather in our area. Large tents will make up the festival grounds so it go on rain or shine.

Outer Banks Catch, a founding sponsors of the event, has already agreed to assemble an educational component that will focus on Outer Banks fishermen, their catches and the history the industry has in the region.

For more information, visit Outer Banks Seafood Festival on Facebook or www.outerbanksseafoodfestival.org.

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