Posted on 2/17/2020

OBX Taste of the Beach 2020

50+ events. 25 venues. 4 days.

What could possibly be better than a premier food and wine festival? A food and wine festival on the beach! The Outer Banks Restaurant Association is putting on yet another annual Taste of the Beach. Beat the rush of the summer crowd to your favorite locales for this amazing 4-day event, where you can try out of all the OBXs most popular culinary bites and oenophilic sips. But don’t get us wrong, this weekend isn’t only for eating and drinking wine. There’s plenty going on, including brewery tours, paint & sips, cooking classes, champagne yoga, and oh so much more!

With such a lively festival going on in such a fabulous location, it's no wonder most events sell out. We've highlighted a few "gotta go" events that, as of the time of this posting, still have tickets! Events listed chronologically. Visit Taste of the Beach's website for a complete list of events. Descriptions come from event's description on TOB's website.

March 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

"Join us at The Village Table and Tavern for an afternoon of fun beverage exploration right on the waterfront! Did you know Oak City has an Amaretto Distillery? That the Triangle is home to the hottest up and coming gin in the Country? We will sip and savor flavors from all around this great state, pared with an assortment of fresh, local finger foods sourced from local gardens and purveyors. Everyone will receive several passed appetizers and taste six unique spirits, both on their own and in cocktails. Event start PROMPTLY at 5:00 pm. Please arrive on time. Gratuity is NOT included. Please remember pocket cash for your server."

1314 Duck Rd
Duck, NC 27949
(252) 715-1414

March 27 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

"Bring the family and come kick-off The Outer Banks Taste of the Beach weekend family fun event for a great cause! Everyone’s invited whether local or visiting to Flashback Friday on March 27th at the Soundside event site in Nags Head. This event is FREE with 5 canned foods or a $5 donation the Beach Food Pantry. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy an evening of family food drink fun at the Soundside event site in Nags Head, starting at 5pm with live entertainment by Tempest Revival, a local favorite with blues infused originals and re-imagined covers with eclectic mix of genres and followed by an outdoor movie under the stars. Local Food, Beverages, and Local artisans will be on hand offering local cuisine, local art on site. Bring the family and enjoy the food, music, sunset and a movie. No ticket necessary!"

The Soundside Event Site
6800 S. Croatan Highway
Nags Head, NC 27959

March 27 & 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"The Top 100 List from Wine Spectator Magazine is eagerly awaited each November, with wines that make the list selling out quickly. We have a stash of 24 or so wines from 2019s list to pour at two walk-around style tastings, with a few remaining bottles available for sale at the end of the event. 12 different wines will be poured each night. Cheese and charcuterie will also be served. This is a rare chance to experience some of the world’s best wines, many of which are already gone from most store shelves."

3708 North Croatan Highway
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

"Treat yourself to a relaxing morning yoga session with a tasty brew at Beer Yoga. The session includes an hour of yoga with a 6 oz. glass of champagne or a 16 oz. glass of cold draft beer of your choice, to stay hydrated of course. You will enjoy your session outside, weather permitting. Yoga mats will be provided. Please show up 15 minutes early to allow time to get your champagne (or beer) and mat. This class is for all levels of yoga. No yoga experience is necessary, just an open mind and a love of champagne (or beer)! *There are TWO sessions available."

600 South Croatan Highway
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 449-2739

March 28 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

"Get ready for the Outer Banks Restaurant Associations eighth annual BBQ & Wings Showdown! Sponsored by Sysco Foods, the showdown will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will feature fifteen local restaurants cooking up their very best pulled pork barbeque, ribs, and zesty chicken wings, along with other smoked specialties that can include selections of delectable area specialties such as barbeque shrimp and barbeque tacos.

This cornerstone event will be held at The Soundside, a sprawling event site centrally located along the picturesque Roanoke Sound in Nags Head - and this year the festivities will be bigger and better than ever.

Along with live musical entertainment by Jonny Waters and the Songs From The Road, your ticket price allows you to enjoy all-you-can-eat samples from the competition tent as well as a three-ticket access to a beer garden with a variety of both local and North Carolina craft beers, and a selection of local wines and Pepsi products (additional drinks will be available for purchase separately). A number of other vendors will also be on hand, as well as a spectacular shine and show car show courtesy of the Outer Banks First Flight Cruisers Car Club, as well at the Goin’ Coastal Jeep Club. Don’t forget to cast your vote for the best barbeque on the beach while you’re there - and to celebrate both the judges and people’s choice award winners at the end of the afternoon!"

The Soundside Event Site
6800 S. Croatan Highway
Nags Head, NC 27959

March 28 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

"You have a long weekend of food, drinks and fun ahead...take some time to pamper yourself and indulge on a deeper level. Come treat yourself at AQUA Restaurant & Spa. AQUA Restaurant is located right off the Boardwalk and offers some of the area’s most innovative cuisine as well as delicious craft cocktails, an extensive wine selection and spectacular views overlooking the Currituck Sound.

On Saturday (only) of Taste of The Beach weekend, join us for a50 minute Swedish Massage, a specialty cocktail, and a delicious lunch entree of your choice from our Special Taste of The Beach menu.

Each session is only open to 6 people so purchase fast as they will book up quickly. Please order your tickets below carefully and CALL AQUA after you do, to book the actual appointment. Their direct number is (252) 216-9709. Please let them know you have already purchased your tickets and for what time slot specifically so they can secure your massage appointment correctly. Please be sure you arrive on time. Gratuities are not included in pricing. Please bring pocket cash for tipping your massage therapist and servers."

1174 Duck Road
Duck, NC 27949
(252) 261-9700

March 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

"When TRIO opened in 2011, we began to cultivate a cellar of unforgettable beers that would age and drink just as well as fine wines. After years of cellaring, we have decided to break out a handful of our favorite aged brews to the public. We invite those who have a passion for tasting and learning to join us for an exciting lunch focusing on beers that will delight the senses. Aged beer has many of the intriguing aromas and flavors of aged wine, so bring your wine-lover with you, and please arrive on time for a sharp noon start! "

3708 North Croatan Highway
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

March 29 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

"The Outer Banks Taste of the Beach’s culminating group event in 2020 is their spectacular Grand Tasting along with a special Bartenders Bubbly Bash on Sunday, March 29th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - and it’s definitely the hottest ticket in town!

This cornerstone event will be held at The Soundside, a sprawling event site centrally located along the picturesque Roanoke Sound in Nags Head. Featuring at least fifteen local restaurants and several top-quality beverage vendors, the Grand Tasting is an experience to remember as area chefs serve up their finest cuisine in hopes of taking home a prestigious Toby award based on both judges and people’s choice selections!

But that’s not all. In addition to a variety of tasty samplings from the Outer Banks premier chefs, the Grand Tasting hosts an annual Bartenders Bubbly Bash. This event-within-an-event showcases local bartenders as they serve up an array of signature sparkling wine cocktails - and your cash tips count as votes to determine bragging rights for the ultimate winner! A longtime crowd favorite, the Bartenders Bubbly Bash also supports a good cause, and all the collected tips are donated to the Outer Banks Beach Food Pantry.

So come hungry, and don’t delay...this event sells out well ahead of time every year, and tickets will likely not be available at the door - so please secure your spots as soon as possible to savor everything that’s best of the beach!"

The Soundside Event Site
6800 S. Croatan Highway
Nags Head, NC 27959

March 26, 27, 28, 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

"Join us at Tommy’s Market for our 2nd Annual Paint, Sip, and Sample! During this 2-hour class, you will be guided in painting a beach inspired plank by Outer Banks Artist Mitzi Mager. Throughout the class you will be lead in a tasting of 6 different wines and we will also have a sampling of gourmet snacks for you. This is a great opportunity to unwind, while also developing a new skill!

This event has TWO start times each day. Please purchase your tickets accordingly and arrive on time as the event will have a prompt start time."

1242 Duck Road
Duck, NC 27949
(252) 261-8990

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