The Outer Banks Taste of the Beach is coming up fast. Just five days from now the annual celebration of Outer Banks food and culture kicks off on Thursday. 

The four days of culinary magic spread across the northern Outer Banks has become a springtime tradition and a great way to kickoff he spring season.

There is something for everyone in this event. There’s a couple of tapas crawls, wine tastings and wine pairings; beer tastings and beer pairings; and with North Carolina oysters making a comeback, oysters are definitely on the menu.

Something that looks different and interesting is the North Carolina Coastal Federation NC Coast Oyster Eco-Tour. There are a couple of oyster farms in the area and the tour includes sampling oysters at the source and something to wash it down. The NC Coastal Federation has been a champion of bringing oysters back into commercial production in the state. That’s on March 25 and reservations are needed.

Two event that no one should miss—the Chowder Cook-off on Saturday, March 25 at Southern Shores Crossing. Coastal Provisions has sponsored the event since the first one eight years ago and it’s always a great time with some wonderful chowder.

The other don’t miss event is the Grand Tasting & Bartenders Bubbly Bash on Sunday at Port o’ Call in Kill Devil Hills. The event has become so popular that there are two sessions beginning at noon.

Great food, the bubbly cocktails are amazing and it’s a great way to wrap things up.