Savoring the Outer Banks at the Taste of the Beach

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Also at the cook-off, author Rowan Jacobsen will be on hand, brought to the Outer Banks by Coastal Provisions co-owner Dan Lewis and the Restaurant Association. Jacobsen is a James Beard award-winning author, and his book, A Geography of Oysters, seems a perfect fit for an appearance at the cook-off and at Coastal Provisions’s Oyster Dinner, held on Friday evening.

Jacobsen is not the only celebrity making an appearance at this year’s Taste of the Beach. Award-winning Kansas City chef Michael Smith will be working alongside Chef Phongrit “Pok” Choiechom from the Outer Banks Brewing Station, creating a tapas-style, multi-course dinner to be paired with Brewing Station beers.

Chef Pok, as he is known, is consistently one of the top-rated chefs on the Outer Banks and has recently been featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” TV show. Chef Smith is a James Beard award-winning chef who has been named “Best Chef Midwest” twice, and owner of two restaurants, one of which is an innovative tapas restaurant. This kind of collaboration is a Taste of the Beach first. They will also be doing an after-dinner “Meet the Chefs” reception party.

Part of the allure to all of this is that there’s always something happening—from an all-bacon themed brunch buffet at the Good Life Eatery in Kitty Hawk to evening tapas crawls in Manteo and Duck and even a late-night Pierhouse White Whiskey Party at the Hilton Pier. The weekend all wraps up in spectacular fashion at the Sysco Foods Grand Tasting event at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head on Sunday night. This showcase event is the origin of the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach, starting back in the early 1980s as a local’s opportunity to come out of winter hibernation and enjoy the camaraderie of friends and great food.
“It’s the nature of our events,” Webster says. “We want to make our visitors feel like they’re part of the community. Our weekend theme of ‘Food Drink Fun’ is injected in every event we present, and that truly comes from a heartfelt wish that folks come out for the weekend and just have a great time eating, laughing and enjoying themselves.”

All the events are listed and described in detail on their website, and ticket sales are fully underway. If you are interested in going, Webster says, “Pick out your events, and buy your tickets as early as you can commit because a lot of the events will sell out completely.”

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