Every year, I look forward to the month of March. The ospreys return the first week of March and that means winter on the Outer Banks has broken. February- the coldest, windiest, grayest, most dismal month - is over and done with. Spring seems attainable. Another reason I look forward to March is a little annual event down here on the Outer Banks - The Outer Banks Taste of the Beach. Hosted by the Outer Banks Restaurant Association, the Taste of the Beach is a four-day event, held this year March 17 - 20. It's chock full of culinary events - a veritable food festival - featuring special menu presentations, cooking classes, wine tastings, brewery tours, tapas crawls, and many more culinary delights. The Outer Banks Taste of the Beach was picked as one of the Top Ten Seafood and Wine Festivals by Coastal Living Magazine. See article here. Actually, that Kapalua Wine and Food Festival in Maui in June is looking pretty darn good to me. Mr. Hawthorne, are you up for this? Here's an informative video and more information about Taste of the Beach and here's a calender of events. The Grand Finale Event is the OBX Grand Tasting. Over 20 area restaurants will be turning out some amazing creations and will be competing for the 2nd Annual TOBY Awards, Best Booth Presentation, Best in Show, Best Outer Banks Cuisine, and the two top awards - the Chef's Award and People's Choice. In past years, Mr. Hawthorne and I have always enjoyed the four-course meal with wine pairings at Kelly's Restaurant featuring A Taste of Northeast North Carolina. Our favorite event has been "It's All About Oysters" at Lucky 12 Tavern. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of my posts from last year at the Lucky 12. Sadly, for the Hawthornes, this event was one of the first to sell out and we weren't able to get tickets. One would think that the Rosie Hawthorne, noted Outer Banks Food Blogger would be able to get in ... but NOOOOOOOOOO. Gee. It must have been my glorifying posts from the last two years that ended up getting this event SOLD OUT. Oh well. I have Mark's recipes already. I'll just have to make them at home. No problem. The third event the Hawthornes go to is the Taste Of The Beach EXPO. now known as the OBX Grand Tasting.
And here's a rather interesting comment made by Obxsunshn in my post about last year's EXPO:
Oh well, at least the ospreys won't forget about me this year. Sniff. Sniff.