2019 NC Seafood Festival
The 2019 North Carolina Seafood Festival has it all! Who doesn’t love fresh, local seafood, libations, carnival games, fireworks, and more? Seafood and sea-fun meet right here on the Morehead City Waterfront! This year was the 33rd year of the Seafood Festival on our beautiful coast, and we are so glad we got to enjoy all it had to offer.
The North Carolina Seafood Festival is one of our favorites to attend each year. Our bellies get full of some of the most delicious seafood on the coast and local brews and liquors from the Crystal Coast’s distilleries. Sometimes, we muster up the courage to get on the carnival rides – after stuffing our faces! This year’s 2019 NC Seafood Festival did not disappoint!
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The History of the NC Seafood Festival
The North Carolina Seafood Festival is a not-for-profit organization of Carteret County citizens and businesses in Morehead City. Recognizing the importance of seafood to eastern North Carolina, Seafood Festival, Inc. organized to develop and conduct a festival every year. This festival is held every year on the first weekend of October to promote the seafood industry’s positive social and economic impact on our community.
The Blessing of the Fleet at the NC Seafood Festival
Without the fleet of commercial fishing vessels from Carteret County, the availability of fresh seafood in the state and even the nation would be significantly impacted. The commercial fishing vessels that make their home port in North Carolina provide one of the largest services to the entire country. They continually bring in the wide varieties of fish and shellfish that we’ve become so accustomed to having in our grocery stores.
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The men and women who risk their lives to make a living from the sea are the providers of the bountiful harvest that we enjoy in restaurants. But the sea is sometimes not so forgiving, and we now recognize the importance of controlled harvesting of the fish population, the threat of pollution that may occur hundreds of miles from the shoreline, and the obligation for all of us to work together to ensure a constant supply of quality seafood. The festival’s goal, which is to recognize the many who have given their lives in their occupation and to thank those who do it today, is realized with the emotional Blessing of the Fleet on the Morehead City waterfront. – Guest post by Bluewater’s Marketing Coordinator, Jay White
Let’s Hear From You!
Have you ever been to the NC Seafood Festival? If so, what year did you attend, and what was your favorite part? Don’t miss our monthly Crystal Coast calendar of events for more local festivals and fresh events.
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