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

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Dare family

September 7, 2012 6:21 am

Great idea. I hope they do more stuff like this


March 13, 2012 7:46 pm

The REAL 1st Dare County Seafood festival used to happen in Wanchese every year. But since laws, businesses and imported people have increased in Dare County the Wanchese Seafood festival was abolished. Remember who was first and the best at seafood, Wanchese, not the beach. Give credit where credit is due

Kathy Sparrow

March 9, 2012 7:13 am

Negative Nelly —
This event is fully supported by the Outer Banks Restaurant Association, Outer Banks Catch, The Chamber of Commerce and The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. LOCAL restaurants using LOCAL seafood will be the big winner at this event as all the seafood served will only be from local waters – the event is all about the Outer Banks – and supporting the LOCAL seafood and commercial fishing industry. So to answer your query, no, this will not take money away from all the area restaurants & businesses.

Negative Nelly

March 8, 2012 3:50 pm

Won’t this take money away from all the area restaurants and businesses? That’s what we were told when the carnival was blocked. How in the world can we let this happen. Can we stop all money bags from leaving the area? Someone make it stop. What’s next, fat people in thongs on the beach?


March 8, 2012 11:19 am

A great idea and I hope that it further cements the notion of using the Windmill Point site as a waterfront park with periodic events such as this……..a bit like the waterfront park in Manteo. There is so little public Soundfront access in Nags Head now that keeping this space open will have long term rewards. So much better than yet another building.

Frank Moore

March 7, 2012 8:16 pm

The negative comments have already begun. Give it a rest for a while, grumpies !!

Kathy Sparrow

March 7, 2012 10:13 am

We’re hoping this will be a positive, community supported event that shines a good light on our local commercial fishing community and the local seafood we get to enjoy year round.

Pat Morris

March 7, 2012 7:14 am

Where is the money going? When will there be a bike path built in Nags Head so we can get there by other means than driving.

In the know

March 6, 2012 6:18 pm

I wonder if NOAA and N.C. Marine fisheries will be there to explain why they are putting all of the working waterman out of business ?

That would be educational as well !

debbi evans

March 6, 2012 4:24 pm

…October is gonna be a real busy fun month…starting with the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival Oct 5,6,7 Festival Park Manteo NC
Duck Jazz Festival Oct 7th, 2nd annual Mustang Music Festival October 13 and 14th at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room Corolla NC
1st Annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival Oct 19th and 20 at Windmill Point Nags Head NC….hope people plan the locals get out and support these events…invite and share the fun!!

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