North Carolina Seafood Festival

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Cruising about the NC Seafood Festival in Morehead City

The North Carolina Seafood Festival is held the first weekend of October, and the three day extravaganza (Friday through Sunday) is publicized as the second largest festival in North Carolina.  The affair goes down along Morehead City’s waterfront, known as the Crystal Coast.  Sounded like a fun family outing so we drove two and a half hours north last Sunday to enjoy the fun.


Despite the sizable crowd, tons of food and multitude of vendors and carnival rides, the venue impressed us as little more than an oversize school fair.  There were more seafood options than you would typically find, but everything was the standard fried crap which carnivals are notorious for.  May have been because we got there during the last day, but no special events, a few mediocre local bands performing and the standard carnival rides.  It was kind of neat how the festival is situated right in the town (I’m accustomed to fairs like this being in a field by themselves) and we certainly enjoyed the locals partying on their front porches – they were all fun and sociable.


We only stayed a few hours and there may be some showcase events we missed, but it didn’t wow us.  Still a fun time, just not enough to warrant five hours back and forth to attend.

ebonics101 says:
Vance I just heard about this. Giving it a go next weekend! Hoping for some good eating!
Posted on: Sep 23, 2015
vances says:
I respect your culinary taste from all of your wonderful reviews, Yunni. If you enjoy seafood, have you ever sampled "shrimp & grits"???
Posted on: Sep 17, 2015
gingerbatik says:
wouw.. love seafood
Posted on: Sep 17, 2015
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