Handing out chowder at the Taste of the Beach Chowder Cook-off.

Now that the 2017 Outer Banks Taste of the Beach is almost here, we can safely report that the weather is looking spectacular for the two busiest days.

Things kickoff tomorrow, Thursday, and honestly the weather isn’t looking all that good. Now rain in sight, but a jacket and sweater would be very helpful. All of the events are inside tomorrow, so the weather should not be that much of a factor.

But Friday and Saturday are looking absolutely spectacular and the forecast has been improving all week. Those are the two days with outdoor events and it looks as though the weather gods have really cooperated this year.

Friday its the BBQ and Wings Showdown at the Event Site in Nags Head. Lots and lots of wings and barbecue to sample, live music from local band Jonny Waters & Company. 

It was a great event last year and the year before and all signs point to it being a great time again. 

Sort of the grandfather of the outdoor competitions for the TOB is the Chowder Cook-off sponsored by Coastal Provisions at Southern Shores Crossing in Southern Shores on Saturday. With a dozen or so local restaurants and chefs competing with their special chowder recipes, the food is amazing and fun factor is pretty high. 

The weather forecast for Saturday calls for temperatures to be the warmest we’ve seen in about three weeks with the mercury forecast reach the mid 60s. Nonetheless, the Chowder Cook-off is an outdoor event, so take a light jacket just in case.

Sunday is the Grand Finale and Chef’s Champagne Cocktail at Port O’ Call in Kill Devil Hills. That’s always a good time as well and taking home the grand prize is really a feather in the cap, so chefs go all out to present their finest creations.

There are, in addition to the major events, 50 or 60 other happening over the next four days. Be sure to plan the day out and see what’s out there. It’s a great way to tour the Outer Banks and learn about our local restaurants.