4 Days of Food Drink and Fun on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Make plans to join us for the upcoming 2016 Outer Banks Taste of the Beach event on Thursday, March 17th ~ Sunday, March 20th, 2016. {Please note that this year Taste of the Beach does NOT coincide with the Kelly’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, being held on Sunday, March 13th.}

2016 Events and tickets have begun posting with all events being posted no later than January 20th. You can begin to purchase tickets now, but please bear with us while we continue to add more events. Our system IS now taking orders, so start buying and planning your itinerary now!

The Outer Banks Taste of The Beach Weekend is a fantastic way to sample the fare of many fine restaurants on the Outer Banks in one fun-filled, food-centric weekend! Casual chefs to full-on foodie fanatics will revel in innovative culinary opportunities offered up by members of the Outer Banks Restaurant Association. You can indulge in a fancy wine dinner one night and mix with the masses in an organic farm to fork experience the next. Or maybe an intimate cooking class with one of the area’s talented Chefs is more your speed. We offer over 50 events over four days at nearly 40 different venues.

This fun food festival event features: wine tastings, cooking classes, special multi-course menu presentations, brewery tours, tapas crawls, cook-offs, showdowns and even progressive dinners. We will even have a $10 fun Kickoff Party on Thursday night, so there really is something for everyone! It’s four days of foodie heaven and lots of fun activities on the Outer Banks.

The Sysco Foods Taste of the Beach Chefs Grand Tasting & Bartenders Bubbly Bash on Sunday, March 20th, will be the hottest ticket in town with about 20 area restaurants and beverage vendors serving a sampling of original hand prepared foods, fine wines and beers. We are lowering the ticket price and adding new and fun programming to the event.

New for 2016, the Grand Tasting will feature a  bartender Bubbly Cocktail Competition, where you can sample creative sparkling wine cocktails and “tip” for your favorite. These tip proceeds will go directly to the Beach Food Pantry. Guests of the Grand tasting will even receive a complementary Champagne flute to commemorate their experience.

Restaurants will be competing for the 7th Annual TOB’y Awards; Best Booth Presentation, Best In Show, and the two top awards, the Chef’s Award and the coveted People’s Choice Award. Pick up your cowbell and ring it loud at the TOB’y presentations at the end of the event! Check out the event page for all the new and exciting details of this event, The Sysco Foods Taste of the Beach Chefs Grand Tasting & Bartenders Bubbly Bash.


The easiest way to browse events and find something based on your tastes and interests is the use the Event Categories.

The easiest way to view all events in chronological order on a particular day is to use the Event Day selector.

The easiest way to find a particular event at a restaurant you know the name of is to us the Event Venue selector.

The easiest way to find an event in a certain town is to use the Event Location selector.

You can also type in any word into the Search Field and it will bring up any event that has that word in the title or description. For example if you were looking for a Lobster Dinner you could simply type in “Lobster” and every event or post that contains the word lobster will come up. Some older 2015 events may come up with this method, so be sure to take note of the date of the event to avoid confusion.


Many of our events involve the service of alcohol and therefore are 21+ only (although some do not or offer it as an option, so make your choices according to your personal preferences.) We respectfully remind you not to drink and drive. Designate a sober driver or simply call one of the many cab companies while here. A $20 cab fare will usually get you where you need to go.