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The 2018 Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Chefs Grand Tasting & Bartenders Bubbly Bash
March 25, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pmFree
The Taste of the Beach Chefs Grand Tasting & Bartenders Bubbly Bash, the grand finale event, on Sunday, March 25th will be the hottest ticket in town with 15 restaurants along with the best beverage vendors to give you a culinary experience of a lifetime. Join us this year at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk and taste your way through the Outer Banks in one location! It’s how this event began over 30 years ago and it is still the event people rave about. Visit each restaurant booth and taste two or three samplings from each. Packed with many seafood and non-seafood choices, the cuisine at the Chefs Grand Tasting is truly an experience to remember and the participating restaurants absolutely go all out to present their finest and most imaginative cuisine for your enjoyment, as well as impressing the judging panel in hopes to take home one of the prestigious TOB’y awards.
Along with your favorite restaurants, there will be outstanding local craft brew beers and fine wines offered! Enjoy the Bartenders Bubbly Bash (an event within the event) where local bartenders will be mixing up their signature sparkling wine cocktails for you to taste, enjoy, and vote on your favorites by way of cash tips. The cash tips collected will serve as your votes and all proceeds will be donated to the local Beach Food Pantry. Your ticket price includes all-you-care-to-taste beer, wine, bubbly cocktails, and of course amazing food. You will receive a souvenir champagne flute to use during the event and take home with you.
Restaurants will be competing for the 9th Annual TOB’y Awards; Best Booth Presentation, Best In Show, and the two most coveted awards, the Chefs Award and People’s Choice Award. These awards will be announced at the end of the second session, but all attendees will have the opportunity to cast their votes.
The event is just one session this year (and limited to just 300 attendees), beginning at 12:30pm and ending at about 3:o0pm. The TOB’y Awards presentation after and running until about 3:30pm. The ball room at the Hilton Garden Inn will feature 15 showcased restaurants, while the adjacent lobby will host the Bubbly Bash with about 10 different bubbly cocktails for you to taste and vote (by way of cash) for your favorite.
Please note that this is a stand up/walk around event. There is very limited seating in the Hilton Garden Grille main lobby area but that is not guaranteed to all attendees. If you are unable to stand for extended periods or not inclined to large groups, this is not a recommended event for you. If you have dietary restrictions, food allergies, or a picky palate, you might find that this is not a good event choice for you. Sorry, no discounts for non-alcoholic drinkers, but we will be happy to provide you with soft drinks or water.
This is strictly an adults only event 21+. Please no children or strollers.
Handicap accessibility and handicap parking available. Parking is limited so we encourage you to arrive in groups of two or more if at all possible. Some overflow parking will be available. Since this event involves the service of alcohol we strongly suggest that you consider taking a cab. A $20 cab fare will usually get you just about anywhere and save you the risk of driving under the influence even if you feel capable of driving.
When this event sells out, it is truly SOLD OUT. Please do not email or call to obtain tickets.
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