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5th Annual Bites and Blues Festival
This year’s 5th Annual Bites and Blues Festival is going to be even better than the last. Happing in Downtown Morehead City in April, this yearly event is hosted by the NC Seafood Festival. Part of the proceeds from the tickets benefit the Carteret Community College Culinary Arts Program. So eat, drink, and be merry – knowing that you’re helping our community.
Tickets go on sale earlier in the year and sell out very quickly because the event has become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. This event is exciting for many as they get the opportunity to enjoy some tasty food and specialty drinks, that might not ordinarily be on the menu in town, with friends and family.
Let your Bites and Blues ticket be your guide as you stroll along the Morehead City waterfront, listening to the sounds of live music while stopping at restaurants, and the hosting businesses, for a “bite”.
This year 16 restaurants participated along with an additional 6 host businesses. New from previous years were the specialty Bites and Blues drink provided at select stops along the way. At the end of the night, you get the chance to vote for your favorite “Bite of the Nite”. This is always one of the most difficult decisions. They’re all always so good. How do you choose just one?
This Year’s Festival Winners Are:
- 1st Place – Fat Fellas BBQ & Grille
- 2nd Place – Southern Salt Seafood Company
- 3rd Place – The Accidental Bakery
Don’t miss out on the festival next year! Follow along with NC Seafood Festival for next year’s ticket sales and mark your calendar! Will we see you there?
Since 1699, Mardi Gras has been celebrated in cities worldwide, including our own Beaufort, NC who proudly hosts the shortest parade in North Carolina February, 21 2017.
Middle Lane will come alive with quirky parade “krews” dressed in various costumes and will toss colorful beads and jewelry to the crowds, leading up to the crowning of the Mardi Gras King and queen. Parade starts promptly at 3pm, where the sidewalks fill with crowds hoping to grab some new treasure. If you are a few minutes late, better get there early next year- really the parade is that quick!
After the procession, the party continues with live jazz/blues/swing music by Barstow & The Revamps and Blue Moon Jazz! Kiddos also can get in on the fun, with games, face painting and mask making tents set up.
Once you enjoy the celebrations and work up an appetite, local restaurants will be serving traditional Creole style food and drink that is not to be missed.
Dates: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Hours: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. The parade starts at 3 p.m. sharp.
Parking: Downtown Beaufort
Address: 114 Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC, 28516
The Atlantic Beach Skatepark Is Now Open
Skateboarders Enjoying the Atlantic Beach Skatepark
BMX Bike Lovers
Additional Information About the Park
Enjoy some Pizza on the Crystal Coast
Pick your Pizza Place
8700 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle & 1010 West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach
9104-C Coast Guard Road, Emerald Isle
7702 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle
5218 Highway 70 West, Morehead City
5167 US-70 #120, Morehead City
7903 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle
311 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach
100 South Charlotte Avenue, Atlantic Beach
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