Outer Banks Taste Of The Beach


by Jessie S.

March is a great time to Visit the Outer Banks thanks to the OBX Taste of the Beach. Organized by the OBX Restaurant Association, this 4-day annual food and wine festival is an event that foodies, festival-lovers and wine connoisseurs will love. The 2019 OBX Taste of the Beach will feature over 50 different events ranging from brewery tours and wine tastings to cook-offs and cooking classes. Events take place at various venues from Corolla to Nags Head and there are even events in Jarvisburg, Stumpy Point, Manteo and on Hatteras Island. Event times also vary meaning you can definitely fit at a few in your schedule!

This year, there are some notable events you don’t want to miss. The 7th annual Sysco Foods BBQ & Wings Showdown at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head is on March 30 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This event is a heated competition between 15 local restaurants who offer their own twist on some barbecue classics: pulled pork, chicken wings and ribs. Vote on your favorite while you enjoy all-you-can-eat samples, live music and drink tickets. People’s favorite and judge’s favorite will be announced at the end of the event.

Locals Night @ The Soundside on March 29 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM is another awesome event for locals and visitors to enjoy live music, local food, a gorgeous sunset, and a fun movie screening. Admission is free if you bring in a canned food item, otherwise, tickets cost $3.00 per person. All food and proceeds collected support the local Dare County Beach Food Pantry so come out to support a great cause with a night of family fun.

The 2019 Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Chefs Grand Tasting & Bartenders Bubbly Bash occurs on March 31 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Visitors can go from booth to booth to sample tasty treats from local restaurants as well as try some craft beer and a sparkling wine cocktail concocted by competing bartenders. Vote on your favorite local food and drinks as these restaurants compete for a “TOB’y” award at the end of the night in categories like Best In Show, Best Dessert, Best Booth and Chef’s Award. No matter what event you choose to attend, you are sure to have a blast.

About the Outer Banks Restaurant Association

The Outer Banks Restaurant Association (OBRA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization comprised of local industry professionals including restaurant owners, restaurant managers and associate affiliates who promote culinary excellence here in the Outer Banks. The organization hosts several successful local events every year including the OBX Taste of the Beach and OBX Restaurant Week. They also offer scholarships for local Dare County high school graduates pursuing a career in culinary arts through their Culinary Education Scholarship Fund and work closely with other non-profits in the area like The Beach Food Pantry. Visit http://obxrestaurantassociation.com/ for more information.

Outer Banks Taste Of The Beach

Event: OBX Taste Of The Beach presented by the Outer Banks Restaurant Association

Date: March 28th – March 31st, 2019

Location: Event locations vary depending on the individual event but may occur in Jarvisburg, Corolla, Southern Shores, Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Stumpy Point, and Buxton. To book lodging for this event, Seaside Vacations has your perfect vacation rental.

Cost: Ticket costs vary depending on the individual event. Tickets can be purchased on the event website and some tickets can be purchased at the door. There are a few events already sold out so purchase tickets early when possible.

Age Restrictions: Most events are 21+ because of alcohol served but there are events for families as well.

For more information, visit https://www.obxtasteofthebeach.com/.

Jessie has been coming to the Outer Banks since she was just 5 years old. She loved it here so much that she finally relocated in 2018. Now her mission is to show the world that the Outer Banks is an incredible place that everyone should experience. When she isn't working, you can find Jessie hanging out with her friends, chilling at home with her awesome cat, Yoji, or discovering a new Outer Banks adventure. 

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