Here it is March and Taste of the Beach is less than two weeks away. Some of the events have filled up but there are still a lot to do. 

In our last post on the Taste of the Beach we left out one of the premier events—the Outer Banks Annual Chowder Cookoff on Saturday from 12:00-2:30 p.m. If there is just one event to get to over the weekend, this is it. Sponsored by Coastal Provisions in Southern Shores Crossing where the event is held, the cookoff always features at least a dozen of the top restaurants handing out samples of their signature chowder, vying for votes. It’s fun, the food is amazing and there is live music.

Mr. Knight’s Wild Night at the Whalehead Club in Corolla on Saturday evening is as much a happening as it is a celebration of the 1920s when Edward Collins Knight Jr. finished building the home for his wife, Marie Louise. The evening includes a tour of the estate, live music and the culinary creations of Chef Wes Stepp of Red Sky Café in Duck.  Look for Oysters Rockefeller, Beef Wellington, Duck Cigarello, local shrimp, local fish, dips, sauces, and artisan breads on the menu.

The wrap up to the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach is Sunday evening in Nags Head with the Taste of the Beach Grand Tasting at Pamlico Jack’s. This has gotten to be so popular that there are two shows every year—4:30-6:30 and 7-9— and both shows sell out every year. 

The Grand Tasting includes beer from the Outer Banks Brewing Station, wine and a lot of sampling of what the local chefs are creating.