Taste of the OBX: Outer Banks BBQ, Wings and a Taste of the Beach


Taste of the OBX: Outer Banks BBQ, Wings and a Taste of the Beach

If you follow Elan Vacations blog, you know that our Taste of the OBX series focuses in on the highlights of the coastal fare, flavors and dishes of the region, along with the palate-pleasing events found here in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This month is no different! In fact, there are a lot foodie events to enjoy.

In reality, you can enjoy the flavors of the Outer Banks any time you're hereright in the comfort of your own OBX beach vacation rental. Fabulous amenities combined with wonderful local resources gives you all of the comforts of home combined with accessibility to all of the best local flavors. Make the most of your vacation rental kitchen, the outdoor grill, the OBX restaurants, and of course the area festivals and events during your time with us.

Now, on to what's delicious this month on the beach. There is a lot happening, but here are only a few of the highlights. Work up an appetite and join in the culinary celebrations at these Outer Banks favorite food festivals and events. Your taste buds will thank you!

Outer Banks Taste of the Beach Food & Wine Festival

One of the best annual food-centric events found on our shoreline is the OBX Taste of the Beach hosted by the Outer Banks Restaurant Association (OBRA). It encompasses four full days of food, drink and fun with over 50 events at nearly 40 different venues. The Outer Banks Taste of the Beach is the perfect opportunity to sample the fare of many of the fine restaurants here on the OBX, while having a great time doing it. This year's festival starts on Thursday, March 17 and continues through Sunday, March 20, 2016.

OBX Taste of the Beach Food and Wine Festival

Whether you're a casual chef, a full-on foodie fanatic or just someone who appreciates good-tasting food, you'll revel in the innovative culinary opportunities offered up by members of the Outer Banks Restaurant Association. You can indulge in a fancy wine dinner one night and mix with the masses in an organic farm to fork experience the next. Or maybe an intimate cooking class with one of the area’s talented chefs is more your speed. You'll find an eclectic mix of events from kid and family-friendly to adults-only.

This locally loved food festival event features wine tastings, cooking classes, special multi-course menu presentations, brewery tours, tapas crawls, cook-offs, showdowns and even progressive dinners. Start the Taste of the Beach off right with a $10 Kickoff Party on Thursday night. There really is something for everyone of every age and every taste. It’s four days of foodie heaven here on the Outer Banks.

In fact, the OBX Taste of the Beach has so many culinary events to choose from, it's difficult to include them all here. The good news is that you can find everything you need to know about the food festival at the OBX Taste of the Beach homepage. You can even search events by topic to help you find what you're looking for or to narrow down the decision making process. Just take a look at the Events Categories section on the right-hand side of the homepage to find what type of events you're most interested in attending.

Outer Banks BBQ & Wings Showdown

One of the Taste of the Beach events we love most is the annual Outer Banks BBQ & Wings Showdown, now in its 4th year. This family-friendly event is being held Friday, March 18 from noon to 3p.m. at the Soundside event site in Nags Head. (The Soundside is home to many of our locally loved food and drink festivals on the OBX, by the way.)OBX BBQ Showdown

Hey carnivores, this one's for you! Enjoy tasting and voting for your favorite Outer Banks BBQ and Wings from 15 of the area's best eateries! From traditional pulled pork and tender fall-off-the-bone ribs, to delicious saucy hot chicken wings, you'll be drooling over the choices. Couple the delicious food with a great outdoor (tented) park-like experience and live music by Jonny Waters & Company, and you have an afternoon that is sure to please.

Your ticket price gets you an all-you-can-eat experience of bbq, ribs, and chicken wings, and of course the right to cast your vote for the BEST OUTER BANKS BBQ of all! Although there will be tenting, this is an outdoor event, so be sure to check the weather and dress accordingly.

If you buy your OBX BBQ & Wings Showdown tickets in advance, the admission is as follows: Adults (ages 15 & up) $22 and includes two drink tickets, tweens (ages 7-14) $10 and includes one drink ticket, kids ages 6 & under are admitted free and includes entrance and food, but no drinks. (Please note that OBRA has added a small flat fee onto this ticket price to cover website administrative costs. A credit card processing fee of 3% is also be added at checkout. You can pay at the door for $25, but cash is highly recommended for both admission and other purchases because it's just faster and easier. But if you do choose to pay by credit card, there will also be a 3% processing fee.)

OBX Taste of the Beach Recipes

So what do you do if you want a Taste of the Beach right now? Easy! Check out this link to exclusive recipes from OBX chefs and have a taste of the Outer Banks in your very own kitchen, or vacation rental kitchen. Yum, yum, yum.

Want a Carolina barbecue pulled pork sandwich? Or just craving some NC-style barbecued pulled pork à la carte? These crockpot versions are quick and easy but guarantee you a taste of the Carolinas whether you're here or not. You're welcome!

Stay tuned for next month's installment of Taste of the OBX as we highlight Spring Restaurant Week on the Outer Banks. Don't miss it!


Which OBX Taste of the Beach events are you planning to attend this year?