On April 2, 650 ticket holders filled the streets of the Morehead City Waterfront for the North Carolina Seafood Festival’s yearly fundraising event, Bites & Blues. A portion of proceeds collected from ticket sales of the sold-out event have since been donated to three worthy causes.
The NC Seafood Festival Board Of Directors is proud to announce that proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will benefit three organizations that are congruent to the mission statement of the Festival.
The Carteret Community College Culinary Arts Program has been heavily involved with Bites & Blues over the past two years, even providing assistance in serving bites for each participating restaurant during this year’s event. Because of their close connection to the mission of the Festival and Bites & Blues, the Culinary School was named as this year’s major recipient of the fundraising money. The NC Seafood Festival Board Of Directors presented the Culinary School’s students and administrators with a check in the amount of $7,500.
One part of our 5-point mission statement deals with promoting educational pursuits related to the seafood industry– which perfectly aligns with the missions of The Brad Sneeden Marine Science Academy and National Ocean Sciences Bowl.
The Brad Sneeden Marine Science Academy is a week-long summer camp aimed at exposing middle school campers to hands-on marine science activities at various laboratories in Carteret County. Throughout the week, campers interested in the marine science field become knowledgable about the ecosystem in our area, while engaging with local science experts. The North Carolina Seafood Festival has been a sponsor of the camp since 2009, and was proud to award them with $1,000 to fund the 2016 academy.
National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is an “academic competition and program that addresses a national gap in environmental and earth sciences in public education by introducing high school students to and engaging them in ocean science, preparing them for ocean science-related and other STEM careers, and helping them become knowledgeable citizens and environmental stewards.” To support the next generation of responsible consumers, the North Carolina Seafood Festival was proud to present NOSB with a sponsorship of $1,500 for the 2016 competition, held in Carteret County.
Restaurants who participated in the 4th Annual Bites & Blues included Amos Mosquito’s Restaurant & Bar, Beaufort Olive Oil Co., Channel Marker Restaurant, Circa 81’s Dank Burrito, Crab’s Claw Oceanfront Restaurant, Fat Fellas BBQ & Grille, Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant, HappyCakes Cupcakery, La Perla Restaurant, Off The Hook Restaurant & Bar, PizzaVia Traveling Pizzeria, Promise’ Land Market, Red Fish Grill, Ruddy Duck Tavern, Sammy’s Seafood House, SoundSide Restaurant, Southern Bread Bakery & Deli, Sugarloaf Island Bakery, The Banks Grill, The Boathouse At Front Street Village, The Island Grille, The Sanitary Restaurant, and Tight Lines Pub & Brewing.
Sponsors included WRNS 95.1, Bob 93.3, Minges Bottling Group, Inc., Coca-Cola, WCTI News Channel 12, and Carteret County News Times.