As we welcome the New Year, we start to look at our calendars and plan the upcoming events.  One of the Outer Banks favorite events is Taste of the Beach.  Set for March 14 – 17, 2013, this hugely popular event brings the best food, libation and fun to North Carolina’s barrier islands.  And, as always, we plan to be a major player during the festivities with two of our landmark restaurants hosting events over the weekend.

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern is set to host a “Six Course Celebration of Northeast North Carolina” on Friday evening.  At this event, Kelly’s executive chef will prepare delicious food with a local flare and pair them with beer and wines from area breweries and wineries.

Then, again, on Sunday, Kelly’s steps into the limelight with its annual St. Patrick’s Day party which is a favorite spot to celebrate the Irish culture.  For anyone mentioning Taste of the Beach, Kelly’s offers a special discount for stopping by to party in green.

Another of our restaurants is also hosting events throughout Taste of the Beach.  Pamlico Jack’s is set for a Caribbean party on Friday and Saturday nights.  The “Rum Tour and Island Bites” party features delicious tropical food and drinks in a buffet style fare capped off with an OBX tradition – Outer Banks Rum Cake.

Finally, on Sunday night, the event is capped off at Pamlico Jacks with the Grand Tasting where the real fun starts.  During two sessions, judges and guests vote for their favorites in several categories including Best Booth, Best in Show, Best Outer Banks Catch, Chef’s Awards and the People’s Choice Awards.  At the close of the second session, officials announce the winners following the second session.  In years past, Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern has won the People’s Choice Award & finalist in many categories.

Kelly’s participation in Taste of the Beach gives people the opportunity to enjoy its restaurants’ food as well as see first-hand why so many locals turn to its restaurants for their Outer Banks catering.

With just about 10 weeks until the event, we urge visitors planning to attend Taste of the Beach to make their reservations now as this event always sells out.  We will see you at Taste of the Beach.