Things to Do on the Outer Banks
Millions of visitors travel to North Carolina’s Outer Banks to enjoy miles of sand and surf, but if you’re looking for another reason to get away, the area boasts some of the best food, music and sporting events, all of which are gaining national and international popularity.
Sample local seafood, explore the history of the fishing industry and learn the different types of fish and seafood preparation popular in the area. Then cheer on the locals in the Fish House Olympics, where competitions include the mullet toss, fish packing and cast net throwing. Friday night is the festival’s opening party, Dock and Dine, where you can sample local fare such as fried and steamed seafood, sushi, and shrimp and grits, all while listening to local artists perform.
Customize your itinerary with beer tastings, wine classes, restaurant tours, cooking classes and BBQ showdowns. Popular events include the tapas crawls in the towns of Duck and Manteo, in which participants walk to restaurants to sample local cuisine paired with wine and beer, and the chowder cook-off in North Carolina’s Southern Shores at Coastal Provisions Market. Tickets for the 2014 Taste go on sale in December.
Singer-songwriter Rhonda Vincent, dubbed the “New Queen of Bluegrass” by The Wall Street Journal, and the bluegrass band Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out headline this year’s festival.
Now in its seventh year, this free festival has hosted contemporary jazz groups like the Rippingtons and guitarist Joyce Cooling. This year’s festival features trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis.
Make sure to check out the competitions on the world’s largest slider park for kiteboarding (imagine a skateboard park in the water).
There are over 70 tours and classes over 6 days so be sure to make reservations ahead of time and schedule no more than 2 trips a day.