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How The North Carolina Seafood Festival impacts its community
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How it all began

The North Carolina Seafood Festival is in its 30th year.

The North Carolina Seafood Festival is a not-for-profit organization of Carteret county citizens and business people, in conjunction with the town of Morehead City, N.C. Recognizing the importance of seafood to eastern North Carolina, Seafood Festival, Inc., organized to develop and conduct a festival every year, the first weekend in October, to: promote the positive social and economic impact of the seafood industry on the citizens of North Carolina; educate the public about seafood and its importance to the state economy; publicize the wide variety of seafood indigenous to North Carolina and provide the opportunity for people to enjoy it; boost tourism and recreation in eastern North Carolina in the non-summer months; establish a scholarship program for educational pursuits related to the seafood industry; provide the opportunity for North Carolina non-profit, civic, church and educational organizations to raise funds through participation in the festival.

Festival proceeds are shared with community organizations who donate their efforts to the event. Since 1987, over $1.8 million has been dispersed among participating Carteret County non-profit groups.

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  • North Carolina Seafood Festival

    412 D Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557



  • Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed


NC Seafood Festival Schedule Saturday, October 1st | Exhibition Chef | 1:00 PM Executive Chef and Owner of Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria, Clarke Merrell, created everything you see at
NC Seafood Festival Schedule Sunday, October 2nd | Food Lion Cooking Challenge | 12:40 PM 2014 Food Lion Cooking Challenge Champion   Brandon’s culinary adventure started at a young age as