Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe cooking demo.

That was a some great food and a great time Saturday at the 4th Annual Outer Banks Seafood Fest

Held at the Event Site in Nags Head, the weather was about as good as it gets, the crowd kept growing all day and everyone seemed to have a great time.

Started four years ago to draw attention to the heritage and culture of Outer Banks watermen, the festival has become a centerpiece of local fall festivals. There seems to be something for everyone at the event—cooking demos from some of the best of the Outer Banks chefs, live music, some beer and wine to go with the food and lot’s of food. Lots and lots of food.

The centerpiece of the celebration is the fresh seafood that local fishermen bring to the restaurants and chefs fixing the food for some 7500 or 8000 visitors. We haven’t heard a final attendance figure yet, but that number seems reasonable.

And that food is really good—and innovative. There were too many selections to describe them all—with 15 restaurants represented and every restaurant with five or six choices, there was almost too much to choose from.

Best way to sample the most is go with a group and share. Portion sizes tend to be generous so there should be plenty for all.