The North Carolina Coastal Federation has teamed up with Oden's Dock to present the annual Hatteras Island Oyster Roast, which highlights exceptional local seafood.

The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Oden's Dock, 57878 NC-12, Hatteras Village on Hatteras Island.

The festival is the largest fundraising event for the nonprofit North Carolina Coastal Federation and will include plenty of fresh seafood desserts and refreshments, local live music, entertainment, games, a bake sale.

It's guaranteed family fun for everyone of all ages, promises Sara Hallas, co-organizer, along with Michael Flynn.

"We expect around 400 visitors and will go through about 50 bushels of oysters that day," Hallas says. "We will have fresh oysters, there will be seafood chowders, fried fish, cornbread, an assortment of refreshments, and for dessert, a wide variety of freshly-baked goods, made by our wonderful volunteers."

Flynn says a fire pit and dancing to music by local favorites Blurky's Quirky Friends, a folk-rock Americana style band will keep the crowd feeling nice and toasty.

Proceeds from the event and merchandise sales benefit the organization's ongoing oyster education and restoration program efforts. These programs benefit the surrounding watermen-based industries, economies and ecosystems to ensure future growth and prosperity for those who rely on its productive harvests.

The event is a laid back — and delicious — way to show your support for a healthy coast, organizers say.

To volunteer, call (252) 473-1607 and ask for Sara Hallas or Michael Flynn or contact them via Facebook.

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