The North Carolina Seafood Festival Approaches its Exciting 27th Year

MOREHEAD CITY, NC August 20, 2013 – The 27th Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival, presented by U.S. Cellular, will be held October 4-6, 2013, in Morehead City. The award-winning festival will open Friday, October 4, at noon, which will allow visitors an opportunity for three days of fun! Admission to the festival is free.


Eric Paslay

Eric Paslay

Headlining on Saturday at the Clam Jam stage is AMC Award nominated Eric Paslay. Paslay is known for his songs “Friday Night” and “Never Really Wanted,” but he also co-wrote Jake Owen’s number-one single “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” Eli Young Band’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” Love and Theft’s single “Angel Eyes” and album cuts for Lady Antebellum. Playing next on the Clam Jam stage is Rachel Farley, a young country singer from Georgia. Farley began opening for Brantley Gilbert at age 13, and also sang background vocals on Gilbert’s 2012 single “Kick It in the Sticks.” She released her debut single, “Ain’t Easy,” this year, and made her Grand Ole Opry debut shortly after! These exciting performances are at 2 pm and 4 pm on Saturday, October 5, so be sure not to miss them!

The Chef’s Tent will offer several opportunities to see great food prepared right before your eyes! The Cooking with the Chefs event will be on 9th & Shepard Streets on Saturday
from 10 am to 7 pm, and on Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Chefs have been invited from all over North Carolina to prepare some of their best dishes, so be sure not to miss it! On
Sunday, October 6, the Chef’s Tent will host the chef’s competition. Chefs will compete against one another to create the best secret seafood dish, and there will only be one
winner. The final competition will begin at 3 pm on Sunday, and the winner will be announced just after 4 pm. You can also check out some free samples from MOSS, the
Official Corn Meal and Breader products, and Texas Pete, the Official Hot Sauce of the North Carolina Seafood Festival.

Need to re-charge during the Festival? Visit the U.S. Cellular Loyalty Lounge at the corner of 5th Street. Attendees can use the phone charging station, connect to a mobile hot spot, play games, create cool photos and enter to win awesome prizes and a coast to coast sweepstakes package. U.S. Cellular customers are privy to some off- the-chart member
perks at the Festival including: discounts on NCSF Merchandise, exclusive time for U.S. Cellular® customers to participate in the flounder fling, a meet and greet with Miss North
Carolina and judging our “Cooking with the Chefs” incredible cooking!

During your time at the Festival, be sure to visit the VIP area with your pass, hosted by PNC Bank. On the street find and guess how much money is in the PNC piggy bank- you could
win big! You can also take a chance on winning big at the North Carolina Education Lottery booth on 5th Street. Last year one lucky attendee won $10,000!

Rachel Farley

Rachel Farley

For all the sports enthusiasts, we offer runners visiting the Crystal Coast the Twin Bridges 8K run. The race will begin Saturday at 8 am. If you are looking for some tight lines, head
over to Oceanana or Bogue Island Fishing Pier for a family friendly fishing tournament and win some cool prizes! Unfurl your sails at our annual sailing regatta on Saturday. For more information, please visit

During your stay on the Crystal Coast, be sure to enjoy our restaurant week, Toast to the Coast. Twenty independent restaurants will have price-fixed menus for the event, which
begins on September 30th and ends on October 13th, 2013. This is an ancillary event to the North Carolina Seafood Festival, and is a great excuse to extend your visit to the area! For
information on menus, culinary tours, participating restaurants and more, visit

The Annual Boat and Outdoor Expo will be taking place at the NC Port all day Saturday and Sunday. This will be larger than ever, with a paddle boarding and kayaking demo pool
available. Admission is free.

Before you leave, be sure to pick up a bottle of this year’s North Carolina Seafood Festival taste-selected wine, “Cooking with the Chefs,” provided by Lake Road Winery. This
prestigious honor carries the NCSF poster as its label for the second year in a row. Be sure to get yours before they sell out! Bottles will be available for sale at the festival.

Stop by the Seafood Festival’s Flounder Fling, sponsored by Agri Supply, to have a chance to win an “I flung a flounder” t-shirt by flinging your flounder into the Big Daddy frying pan! The best tradition of all- Miss North Carolina will be there to fling the first flounder!


North Carolina Seafood Festival

North Carolina Seafood Festival

While visiting the Seafood Festival this year, make sure to stop by the big NC Department of Agriculture Seafood Division’s huge RV and shopping cart so that they can direct people to where they can purchase local seafood and produce. Be sure to check out the WCTI tent as well; the official television station of the 27th Annual NC Seafood Festival.

This year, there are more ways than ever for guests to connect with the Seafood Festival! Fans of the festival can stay updated by following the North Carolina Seafood Festival on
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or downloading the new North Carolina Seafood Festival app to get updates right to their phones! While at the festival, visitors should be sure to
hashtag any personal Facebook or Twitter updates with #NCSeafoodFest so that all the fun can be easily found! There are plenty of reasons to stay connected, because this year will be the most exciting yet!

The North Carolina Seafood Festival, now in its 27 year, is a not-for-profit organization in Carteret County with the goal of helping others recognize the importance of seafood and
the commercial fishing industry in eastern North Carolina. To learn more about the festival and its mission, please visit

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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