The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is an annual celebration of local seafood, its harvesting, history, and preparation. The first annual festival took place in 2012 and ever since, it's been a highlight of the calendar of events for the Outer Banks.
Taking place in October, the Outer Banks Seafood Festival offers locals and visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy the Outer Banks during the traditional vacation offseason. The weather is still very pleasant and fall vacations are some of the best in many opinions of tourists.
The main attraction at the festival is, well of course... seafood! Dozens of local restaurants from Corolla to Hatteras Island prepare fresh seafood dishes with their own signature flare. The majority of the restaurants are all members of the Outer Banks Catch; a program designed to educate seafood lovers about the advantages of eating locally caught seafood. Outer Banks Catch highlights the fact that over 80% of seafood served nationally is imported, and only 2% of that is FDA inspected. Why not support generations of commercial fishermen and women, and support the local economy instead?
The fun of the Outer Banks Seafood Festival isn't limited to the tasty seafood. There are several areas dedicated to commercial fishing education and history. Fishing vessels are displayed, local captains and harvesters give educational presentations, and there are even cooking sessions where you can learn how to cook like the locals do! This all ties into the mission of the Outer Banks Seafood Festival: "to provide a fun and educational experience promoting, honoring and celebrating our coastal seafood heritage and community."
The festival also has many activities for kids and families. In the center of the action is a grandstand that hosts numerous local and national performing acts throughout the day. Previous years' performances have included: Molasses Creek, Blind Prophet, Mojo Collins, and other groups. There are also fun games to play, dubbed the "Fish House Olympics" where children can participate in activities like crab races, throwing a cast net, fish tosses, and corn hole style games.
Admission to the Outer Banks Seafood festival is typically a small flat fee, and "SeaBucks" can be purchased and used as currency for all the food and drinks served. There are several stations for wine & craft beers. Additional vendor areas typically consist of non-profit groups, festival sponsors, and local crafters with items for sale.
You can read more about the Outer Banks Seafood Festival by visiting their website here. You can start planning your vacation now by searching our inventory of vacation rental homes on the Outer Banks.