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Fat Fellas BBQ & Grille Takes Home Recognition For Bites & Blues

Fat Fellas BBQ & Grille of Newport won “Bite Of The Nite” for the second consecutive year at Bites & Blues kickoff event for Toast To The Coast Restaurant Week.

At the March 21st event, 500 attendees came to the Morehead City Waterfront to sample small dishes from 22 restaurants and vote for their favorite Bite. Jeremy Cannon, owner and chef of Fat Fellas BBQ & Grille and his team took home top honors, a $500 prize and the prestigious white winners plaque. The winning bite was surf and turf served with loaded mashed potatoes.

Bites & Blues kicks off Toast To The Coast Restaurant Week each year, and also serves as a fundraising event. This year, proceeds benefitted Carteret Community College Culinary Arts Program. For more information, visit

Bites and Blues Opens up Toast to the Coast Week in March

Bites and Blues will open up the semi-annual Toast to the Coast Restaurant Week in Morehead City, celebrating some of the Crystal Coast’s finest chefs and their unique seafood dishes. Bites and Blues will be on Saturday, March 29th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. as a kickoff event for the Toast to the Coast week. “Biters” will be able to walk the scenic downtown of Morehead City to each restaurant sampling appetizers from the 17 participating restaurants. While attendees venture down the waterfront, they will also be entertained by various jazz and Bluegrass ensembles along the way. Tickets for Bites and Blues are available at some of the participating restaurants and at the North Carolina Seafood Festival office for $30 per person. The 2013 event was a huge success, selling out all available tickets. Once again there are a limited number of tickets and it is recommended to purchase your ticket early. Once the tickets are sold, there will not be any more available. Proceeds will be used for funding county-wide scholarships given by the North Carolina Seafood Festival. Toast to the Coast is a weeklong event featuring some of the finest seafood and chefs along the Crystal Coast. No ticket is necessary. Just show up to your chosen eating establishment and select from the Toast to the Coast price fixed menu for $25 per person. Toast to the Coast will take place March 30 through April 5, 2014. Toast to the Coast is an event of the North Carolina Seafood Festival. Started in 2012, this semi-annual event strives to further the mission of the festival by promoting the North Carolina seafood, funding scholarships and the Crystal Coast as a culinary destination.

The North Carolina Seafood Festival Recognized by the NC Association of Festivals & Events for three Awards

The 27th annual North Carolina Seafood Festival was held October 3-6, 2013 on the Morehead City waterfront. From the food and family fun to the sporting events and the entertainment, the NCSF had plenty for all ages. The North Carolina Seafood Festival won three awards from the North Carolina Association of Festivals & Events at their annual ShowFest in Charlotte, NC. The awards include Supporting Member of the Year for Bellagurl Marketing, Best Non-Print Media for TV Commercials produced by WCTI-TV and Best Event Photo.   The judges commented on the materials “were presented in a clean and concise manner without losing the total concept of what was important to the audience”. To find out more about them, please visit “The board is always working to improve and refresh the Seafood Festival to appeal to our audience and keep the integrity of what has been established throughout the years,” says Stephanie McIntyre, Executive Director of the NCSF, “so it’s really rewarding when you get recognized for it amongst your peers.” The North Carolina Association of Festivals & Events is a year-round assembly for Festival and Event coordinators and vendors of the industry. It helps members to share information, training, support and networking of resources throughout the state of North Carolina. There were over 200 attendees at this year’s ShowFest. The North Carolina Seafood Festival, now in its 28th year, is a not-for-profit organization in Carteret County with a five point mission statement that encompasses everything from establishing scholarships, education, support and creating tourism in eastern North Carolina.

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    412 D Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557



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