You must be a member of OBRA to participate in our annual events, including OBX Taste of the Beach, and Fall and Spring Restaurant Weeks. CLICK HERE to go to our Membership page with info on joining OBRA today!
Executive chefs, restaurant owners, pastry chefs, etc.:
Outer Banks Restaurant Association member Chefs and restaurants are the cornerstone of the Taste of the Beach weekend. There are several ways for interested chefs and restaurants to get involved. It is important that you are a current year member of OBRA in good standing, and that you contact and convey your ideas for participation early in the planning process.
Specific opportunities include:
Host and create an event at your restaurant. Each event must incorporate components of our taste of the beach motto of FOOD | DRINK | FUN …this can come in many forms, and “drink” does NOT have to be exclusively alcoholic.
…be creative, theme your event, and bring in outside entertainment or spirit suppliers. Use your cuisine style or seasonal ingredients to create a theme.
…host a learning experience for your guests. Cooking classes are one of the most requested types of events our guests tell us they want more of.
…event hosts keep 85% of the gross ticket sales for their event. There is no event entry cost, but you do have to be a current member in good standing of OBRA. (see our membership page)
Sign up to get involved in a group event!
…become a showcased participant at the Grand Tasting Expo on Sunday. No fees, but you supply your ingredients and staff. There is usually a stipend available to help offset some of your food costs. Be eligible to win prestigious awards based on your cuisine by judges and by People’s Choice. Winning chefs are featured photographically in year-round advertising by the Outer Banks Restaurant Association.
…become a participant in featured cook-offs and competitions that take place during Taste of the Beach weekend.
The Outer Banks Restaurant Association wants to partner with you to develop your Taste of the Beach reservations and expand on ticketing and event packages. We have developed a few different levels of Accommodation Sponsorships that are designed to be a WIN-WIN for all involved. Please contact our Marketing Manager, Audrey Webster, at email@example.com or by phone to 252-207-5092 and she can provide you with information and ideas on sponsorship.
Beverage or food distribution companies, niche beverage producers:
Beverages are an integral part of Taste of the Beach annually. Our motto is FOOD | DRINK | FUN and just like there are a number of ways for beverage (and food supply) companies and niche beverage producers to be involved.
Event Participation: Featured in a specifically themed event. Donate or sponsor goods and services to cook-offs with featured areas to showcase your product branding.
Vendor: You can be a featured drink vendor at the Grand Tasting; you must donate specified amounts of your beverage for the event. No fee, but distribution companies must hold or obtain current associate membership in OBRA.
Sponsorship: Specific sponsorship opportunities exist for “glass” sponsors, as well as paper goods, serviceware, etc. Event “Merchandise” sponsorship is also available as an option to gain exposure and brand building exposure.
Event sponsorship: You may choose to be a Title sponsor or a sponsor of a specific event. We can design and event for you and connect you with a restaurant wanting to feature your products to their guests. A fee may be negotiated as well as product donation.
Raffle support: You may donate goods or services as part of the raffles that take place at the opening party.
Media providers and Travel writers:
Media promotion is a very important part of the Taste of the Beach each year. We have worked very diligently to develop mutually agreeable media programs and spending with local and regional advertising outlets as well as travel writers.
As a media representative you can get involved in the Taste of the Beach through and arrangement of trade and paid support packages. Please contact our Marketing Manager, Audrey Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss details of your product and distribution as well as rate and trade ideas. OBRA is a non-profit organization and is open to developing mutual advertising service relationships.
Travel writers are welcome to attend one or more events during Taste of the Beach weekend. With proper documentation and planned release of publicity, OBRA may be able to provide admittance and/or accommodations to credentialed writers. This is done on a case by case basis, so please contact our Marketing Manager to discuss your proposal, story ideas and credentials.
We have some specific events that require knowledgeable and unbiased judges. If you would like to be considered for one of these positions, please contact our Marketing Manager. If selected, you will perform required judging duties as well as guest/friend admittance to that specific event. Judges cannot have any food allergies, food-related health conditions, or food limitations in taste that would preclude them from being able and willing to try everything and every ingredient.