October 5-7, 2012 – Once again the North Carolina Seafood Festival presented by U.S. Cellular by passed all expectations set by the volunteer Board of Directors. “This was another one for the books” stated Sammy Brooks, 2012 Chair of the 26th NC Seafood Festival.
This year was marked with record crowds, beautiful weather and incredible experiences. Guests were invited through various media to download our free mobile app provided by Carteret General Hospital, which provided easy access to vendors, free giveaways, performance times and even locations of rest areas. We had numerous giveaways and experiences for guests to enjoy from partners of the Festival such as U.S. Cellular presenting sponsor, PNC Bank and Turkey Hill Dairy and Shorty’s Breading Company and the N.C Department of Agriculture, Seafood Division. There was even a $10,000 NC Education Lottery winner who purchased his winning ticket at the festival!
A new restaurant and Chef now holds the highly regarded “Chefs Hat” in his establishment as the N.C. People’s Choice Award for Shrimp & Grits. You can drop by Ruddy Duck Tavern and meet Fabian Botta, who had to battle his way through a well renowned panel of NC judges, award winning Chefs and finally a panel of 25 festival guests. Festival goers that stepped inside the Cooking with the Chefs Tent were not only treated to a free NC Shrimp cooked in Shorty’s Famous Breading, but also a free sample of Turkey Hill Iced Tea while they could watch Chefs from all over NC perform and cook a variety of fresh N.C. Seafood provided by various NC Seafood Suppliers.
The N.C. State Ports Authority unlocked their doors for an Open House and free tours all say on Saturday as well as provided free parking.
ACM and AMA Award winning GLORIANA sweetly rocked the stage and packed in the crowds on Saturday with their hits of “(Kissed You) Goodnight” and “Can’t Shake This”. Three other stages of over 27 Bands and entertainers continued to offer Class “A” entertainment for free all weekend.
Flounders were flung, a new wine uncorked, boats and vehicles were sold, races were completed, new t shirts were purchased, a SasSea Princess and Prince were crowned and lots of seafood was consumed! That is just a few of the fun experiences during the 26th year of the North Carolina Seafood Festival. If you missed it this year, be sure to mark your calendars now for the First weekend in October, it only gets better from now on!
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