Perfect weather greets Outer Banks Seafood Festival

By on October 22, 2023

Perhaps as many as 3,000 people spent the day listening to music and sampling the seafood creations of Outer Banks chefs. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Serving food to the line at Dirty Dick's at the Seafood Festival. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Serving food at the Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe. (Photo by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Kerri Barnett helps takes an order at the Harbor Grill line. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
In the craft area, Keith Holder describes how he fashions his Keefiswood creations. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Local vocalist Betsy Robinson with her Sisters of Soul Band. (LtoR): Debo Cox, bass; Betsy Robinson, vocals; Mary Ann Toby, harmonica, guitar and vocals. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Country artist Celeste Kellogg was one of five performers for the day. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Named after a Southern Shores flat top that has been saved, the Seaquels, friends and relatives from as far away as California, gather every year for the Seafood Festival. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
A gathering of Hampton Roads friends with Leslie Wills—second from left, back row—who has a house in Kill Devil Hills that is her second home. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
The Blue Crab was everywhere, welcoming visitors to the Seafood Festival on Saturday, October 20. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
The Mullett Toss, an event that guarantees failure. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
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Under a deep blue sky and bright sunshine, with a stiff breeze off Roanoke Sound keeping the temperature comfortable, the 2023 Outer Banks Seafood Festival welcomed visitors from as far away as California to the Nags Head Event Site on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Since 2012, the Seafood Festival has provided support to the Outer Banks fishing community, including commercial fishermen, fish houses, charter boats and others. In addition, the Festival demonstrations provide hands-on learning experiences to help educate the public about the heritage and traditions of the fishing community.

The festival is a day filled with music, a craft fair, local artists and artisan foods, beer and wine, and food…lots of food prepared from freshly caught North Carolina seafood. This year’s Judge’s Award for Best in Show went to the Jolly Roger’s Sautéed Ahi Tuna.

The music was amazing, but local vocalist Betsy Robinson and the Sisters of Soul was transcendent. Her band for the show included Debo Cox, Michael Tillett, Tom Vinick, Chris Sawin, and MaryAnn Toboz.

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is held the third Saturday in October. Next year’s event will be on Oct. 19.


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Bid Location and Time: Bid opening will be held in the Barnhill Contracting Rocky Mount Training & GPS Technology Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Time is as follows: January 09, 2024 at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Times per packages to be given on via addendum #01.

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The pre-bid meeting will be held in Person & Zoom Meeting on December 06, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Barnhill Contracting’s Rocky Mount Main Conference Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

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  • Sandy

    I though there were less crafts and not as many restaurants as in previous years. The food was very good especially the shrimp tacos.

    Monday, Oct 23 @ 7:56 am
  • Greg

    A good thing. Our men and women who bring us the fresh seafood we enjoy work very hard. We must vigilant about inland development interests who have no idea about water quality. The current majority in the General Assembly is not a friend of our water quality.

    Monday, Oct 23 @ 8:48 am
  • charlie

    I think some of the exhibitors would describe the wind as a bit bigger than a stiff breeze…

    Tuesday, Oct 24 @ 11:48 pm