Party On-Outer Banks Seafood Fest Best Yet

Serving hungry festival goers, Dirty Dicks's Crab House, 2017 Outer Banks Seafood Festival.
Serving hungry festival goers, Dirty Dicks’s Crab House, 2017 Outer Banks Seafood Festival.
A Special Outer Banks Party Day

Is the Outer Banks Seafood Festival a celebration of great food, a mini-music fest, or just an all day party?

Hard to tell, because it seems to have something for everyone.

Featuring perfect weather, the 2017 Outer Banks Seafood Festival may have been the best yet. That’s really saying something because ever since the inaugural event, the day has been one to remember.

This year, though, things really seemed to move up  a notch.

The food, as always, was outstanding. This is an event that cries out for group participation. With 11 restaurants offering three to four selections, one person cannot possibly try everything. But with a group and judicious sharing, many more dishes can be sampled.

Local wines from Sanctuary Vineyards were available as well as local breweries Weeping Radish and the Outer Banks Brewing Station.

All of that creates a very local flair.

Maybe it’s the music that takes the day from festival to party. This year, with country rock musician Kevin Mac headlining , the music was great. However, the local music seen was well represented with Old Enough to Know Better and The Crowd kicking out some jams.

There is so much to like about how this festival is organized that calling out everything that went well becomes a bit overwhelming.

Local artists and crafters have always played a part in making the day special. This year it seemed as though there were more than in past years, and the quality of what they were showing seemed better.

One of the nicest aspects of the festival is the emphasis placed on making this a family-friendly event. By partnering with Children and Youth Partnership of Dare County to insure kids have a positive and safe place to play, organizers have shown they understand what is most important to parents.

Every year in the past, the Seafood Fest has been an October day to look forward to. This year, though, it seemed as though everything came together—the food, the music, the crafts…and the weather.

Throw in a beautiful setting at the Nags Head Event Site on Ronaoke Sound, add it all up, and it was a fantastic Outer Banks party.