Spring Events – Taste of the Beach

Every spring season unveils a wide breadth of brilliant new Outer Banks events for locals and vacationers alike. There’s enough here to unpack for every day of the fresh warm weather of North Carolina.

But, many of the finest events in the Outer Banks revolve around food. Affordable food, fine food, Florida food, classic dishes, dishes mixed with cocktails, and anything else contributes to an exotic vacation getaway.

The Taste of the Beach is four days of exhilarating food in many beach-themed forms. Below is a look at this rowdy and rambunctious seasonal event series in North Carolina.

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What is Taste of the Beach?

Taste of the Beach is not one single event. It is many events at multiple local Outer Banks restaurants, cafes, diners, and bars. Many restaurants collaborate to set off a grand journey of food and fun.

The event runs each year on the 4th weekend in March. (In 2018, it was March 22nd to 25th.) It encompasses wine tours, classic seafood dining, historical eating (including Outer Banks heritage dining), beer events, pizza schools, martini selections, the best lobster Maine event, and a cocktail and desserts get-together.

The event is overseen by the Outer Banks Restaurant Association. The non-profit group discusses local business matters and serving the community with events.

Event Spotlight

The various mini-events showcase a diverse series of cultural influences and interests. While some come out for the New England seafood, others want a taste of that classic southern dining. Below is a quick glance at some of the more popular events, including their times and location.

Pairing Olive Oil and Food

What: Ever wanted to combine olive oil into the repertoire, yet confused on how to tackle it? The event teaches how olive oil can be used like a spice, accenting and drawing out nuanced flavors in the food.
Where: Outer Banks Olive Oil Co., 2200 N. Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC
When: March 23rd 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Price: $20

Beer School 101

What: Learn about how independent making of beer changed the course of civilization. The class will cover the classic techniques of craft beer making and the modern revolution of local craft culture.
Where: Lost Colony Brewery & Cafe, 208 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo, NC
When: March 23rd 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: $20

Pizza School

What: Learn how to make an authentic and high-quality pizza. Stop buying frozen pizza out of convenience and make something substantial and personally pan-sized.
Where: Sal’s NY Pizza, 710 South Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC
When: March 22nd 3 p.m. to 4 p.m and March 23rd 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: $31

The Taste of the Beach “Maine” Event

What: The “Maine” event is both the main event and an event on Maine dining. It features four courses of fine food with an accompanying local celebration.
Location: Owens Restaurant, 7114 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
When: March 22nd 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Price: $68

With a mix of local beer, fine dining, Italian wines, chef showcases, and classes so you can learn how to do it yourself, Taste of the Beach is the culmination of food culture through the generations and a celebration of social eating.

Ages and Allergies

There are two things visitors should know about the Taste of the Beach event. Many of the restaurants will offer alcohol. Though kids are allowed to visit many of the restaurant events, it may not be recommended, and you can call head at each of the participating restaurants to find out.

Also, many menu items will offer shellfish of various kinds. Please be very aware of what the menu includes. Every location has their own selections and methods of food preparation, including using separate grills for seafood, no-meat dinners for vegetarian and vegan purposes, and more.

Enjoy the upcoming food-related spring events right out of one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals, along with everything else fun and relaxing that this vacation destination has to offer. We’re sure you’ll find the perfect home away from home for your stay on the Outer Banks during a spring vacation getaway – or anytime of the year.


Cola Vaughan Realty
PO Box 1375 • Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone: 252.573.2811
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