MARCH 14-17, 2013
Outer Banks, NC – The 2013 Outer Banks Taste of The Beach Weekend, March 14-17, 2013, will be here soon and all events are planned and ready for ticket purchase now.
With over 70 individual events from Corolla to Manteo, the festival will feature wine tastings, cooking classes, multi-course dinners, tapas crawls, brewery tastings and tours, wine and beer pairing dinners, showdowns, throwdowns, cookoffs and more. All exciting and creative combinations of culinary delights and fun activities on the Outer Banks, culminating with the OBX Bank Grand Tasting on Sunday, March 17th at Pamlico Jack’s Restaurant, located on the Roanoke Sound waterfront in Nags Head,North Carolina.
“The finale event of Taste of the Beach, the ‘OBX Bank Grand Tasting’ is always the hottest ticket in town. We have two times that guests can choose from to sample dishes in a less crowded atmosphere. From 4:30pm to 6:30pm or from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, over 30 of the best restaurants and beverages providers come together under one roof to give you the experience of a lifetime,” explains Ben Sproul, President of the Outer Banks Restaurant Association. “Restaurants will be competing for the 4th Annual TOBY Awards, Best Booth, Best in Show, Best Outer Banks Catch, and the two top awards, the Chef’s Award and People’s Choice Awards. We will also be featuring a self guided wine tasting during the event and local breweries like the Full Moon Brewery in Manteo will be making their Grand Tasting debut. Lots of great inventive food and wine and beer to enjoy this year more than ever.”
The 2013 Taste of The Beach Weekend allows visiting and local foodies a chance to create a 4-day personalized itinerary of diverse culinary experiences and fun activities. Events began posting online in December and all events are now up online at www.obxtasteofthebeach.com. Tickets can be purchased as late as 12 hours before an event and some events will also have additional ticket sales at the door. And, for the fourth year, and by design, this event coincides with St. Patrick’s Day and promises to provide so many opportunities for more fun on the Outer Banks. “We’ve got St. Patty’s brunches, lunches, dinners and parties,” says OBRA Marketing manager Audrey Webster. “The annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday the 17th, the largest of its kind in North Carolina and the longest running – in its 24th year, cannot be missed as free fun for everyone. There’s also a car show by the First Flight Cruisers going on this same weekend, which is really cool. It makes for the perfect reason to plan a trip to the Outer Banks for a weekend filled with FOOD DRINK and FUN.” Says Audrey
“I’m especially excited about our newest group event this year, the Wells Fargo Outer Banks BBQ Showdown,” says Audrey Webster. “This is a first time event of this kind for us and it will be a major competition with more than a dozen of the Outer Banks’ best barbecue competing for prize money and of course bragging rights to who has the best barbecue on the Outer Banks! It’s an outside event in the parking lot of Southern Shores Marketplace inKitty Hawkand we’re bringing in an amazing band, ‘Molasses Creek’, to play. They are a national folk and bluegrass band whose hometown happens to be nearbyOcracokeIsland. We are also having a free photo booth there so folks can take home a fun momento of the event. I am particularly excited about this one, but in all honesty there are so many other brand new events that I think will also be a lot of fun.”
“Ortega’z is doing a chili roasting class and brunch on Sunday morning, Beachside Bistro has a four course cooking class on Thursday and Friday mornings, Bad Bean Baja Grill is doing an Ale pairing five course dinner called ‘The Pork and The Stone’. Cravings in Duck is doing two pairing dinners, one wine and one beer along with a new event called ‘Sweet Jazz’ which features live music and desserts. I can’t even begin to name all the inventive new events planned for this year. I wish I could clone myself and go to every one of them!”
“I will say, there are a lot more events happening on Thursday, the first day of the festival. More than a few that are ONLY happening on Thursday so I really encourage people to plan on arriving Thursday and get to as many events as possible. We’ve even got a healthy cooking makeover class that theOuterBanksHospitalis sponsoring. Their dietician is remaking Outer Banks classic foods but with a healthy and delicious calorie and fat reducing recipe. That’s a Thursday only event, and reason enough to be here on day one if you askme.” says Audrey. “And of course we will start it all off with our free TOB13 Kickoff Party at the Brewing Station on Thursday night. Lots of raffles and giveaways, and we post all the available events up on the big wall so folks can order tickets to what’s still available. We are also having live music from “Whiskey Creek” – a cool country-rock band made up of active Coast Guard members out ofElizabethCity.
About 30 years ago the Taste of the Beach event was born by a few restaurateurs who got together to create an event to showcase their Chef’s and cuisine to the local residents during the “off season”. Since about 1983, when this event began, it has grown to become the longest standing annual event on the Outer Banks. In 2008, the restaurant association, with the desire to expand the format, hired a local marketing firm and together they have broadened the single evening event to become a 4-day weekend with now over 70 events and happenings at local restaurants and venues. Last year gross ticket sales were over $115k and this year’s sales, currently underway, are already exceeding that pace by upwards of 40%. The vast amount of revenue goes right back to the restaurants, and OBRA relies almost solely on earnings from it’s Grand Tasting event to fund marketing and advertising efforts for the entire association and efforts year-round, including their Culinary Scholarship fund. Each year funds are provided for the Outer Banks Culinary Scholarship Fund, in which they provide tuition assistance to qualified local students enrolling in culinary sciences, culinary arts, and culinary skills classes and degree programs. Application for that scholarship is available now on their website www.obxtasteofthebeach.com.
The Outer Banks Restaurant Association represents over 100 area business and restaurants and works diligently to further their mission of advocating the Outer Banks as a premier destination for fresh, inventive, regionally purveyed cuisine featuring highly talented Chefs and entrepreneurial business owners. The organization is highly respected and holds a voting seat on the Dare County Board of Tourism as well as the newly formed Outer Banks Seafood Festival Board of Directors.
Resort Realty, Sun realty, several Hotels, Inns, and Cottage Rental Companies are offering special Taste of The Beach weekend rates and event ticket packages over the 4-day event weekend March 14-17, 2013. Their offers and website links are also featured on www.obxtasteofthebeach.com Accommodations page now.
For more information on the 2013 Taste of The Beach visit www.obxtasteofthebeach.com or contact Audrey Webster, at 252.207.5092 or via email at email@example.com.