Sampling seafood at the 5th Annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival.

This was the fifth year for the Outer Banks Seafood Festival and this one might have been the best yet. Of course the weather helped wit blue skies, a nice breeze from the north to keep the temperatures reasonable.

The food was as good as it’s always been. Imaginative, well-prepared and the organizers and restaurants have really worked on getting the food into the festival goers hands more quickly so the wait wasn’t anything like it was in the first couple of years.

Adding to the feel of celebration was this was the first chance we had to come out and celebrate the Outer Banks since Hurricane Matthew roared by. It was a good feeling to see so many people having fun; seeing families out, smiles everywhere with some really fun stuff to do. The mullet toss was, well…going for the record distance throwing a mullet. Certainly something not seen at every Seafood Festival.

We haven’t gotten quite all the way back after Matthew. The Outer Banks didn’t experience anything near the damage that the interior of North Carolina did, but there was still some significant flooding and the cleanup from that is still going on.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has a fund dedicated to helping the Dare County residents in their time of need.The OBCF even picks up the credit card charges instead of deducting them from the donation.

Festival organizers have pledged to donate a portion of the event’s proceeds to the relief fund.