There’s a reason why just about every restaurant on the Outer Banks always seems to have the freshest and best seafood anywhere to offer. (That’s the local restaurants only–can’t speak for the chains that have moved in down here. As a general rule, they have their own supply chain and the local fishermen are not usually a part of it.)

Fishing, as a way of life is very much a part of the Outer Banks. Before beach homes and summer traffic, residents lived a subsistence life style–earning a living from the sea and land.

That heritage continues today.

Visitors are certainly aware of the charter fleet that covers everything from the waters of the sounds to the blue water fishing in the Gulf Stream

There is also a significant commercial fleet that calls the Outer Banks home. There are three dock the Outer Banks fisherman use–four if Ocracoke is included. The largest is in Wanchese on the southern tip of Roanoke island. Ocracoke at the southern end of the Outer Banks also lands a lot of fish, and in the winter it is the sole mean of support for a large portion of the island’s population. The other two are in Hatteras Village and Avon
All of that is largely overlooked. It sometimes seems as though that part of the heritage of the Outer Banks has become a forgotten piece of local lore.

Until this year.

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival, Saturday, October 20, will be held at the open ground in Nags Head where the old Windmill Point Restaurant used to be. That’s MP16.5 on the Bypass or 6800 S. Croatan Highway for the navigate-by-GPS visitors.

Featuring the local catch from Currituck, Dare, Hyde, and Tyrell Counties, there will be some great food prepared by local chefs and some local recipes from the families of the fishermen, story telling, and live entertainment.

It is a free event, although to taste the food prepared a ticket is required. With 20 restaurants participating, the $20 ticket price is a deal–and it’s discounted if purchased before the event online.

A truly local event, it will highlight much of what is best about the Outer Banks. There are five bands scheduled to perform and they’re all homegrown talent. The festival will be kicked off by the First Flight High School Jazz Band–a band that has won a lot national awards.

There will be kid friendly events all day as well. Almost all of the entertainment for kids is from local businesses and organizations–from Deb Kasten’s North Carolina Marionette Theatre to the Children’s Museum, a wonderful concept of play and education for children that will keep toddlers and preschoolers occupied for hours.

Local organization stepped up to get the Seafood Festival off the ground with grants from the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau, the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, the Outer Banks Restaurant Association and Outer Banks Catch.

This is the first of what organizers hope will become an annual event. For more information go to

Brindley Beach Vacations has weekend and long weekend packages available. Contact us about how you can take advantage of our great autumn weather and a this and other great Outer Banks events.