Kirsten, Brenda and their gang of ladies (a close-knit group of mothers, daughters and in-laws) have been attending Taste of the Beach since 2008. Like a lot of groups that come to the Outer Banks just for this annual foodie festival, they carefully plan out multiple events each day to maximize their experiences. It’s not easy eating 4+ times a day, sipping on wine and cocktails at each event, and then waking up the next day to do it all over again, but somehow they manage, embracing the gluttony that is Taste of the Beach. It’s a beautiful thing, this foodie weekend. Too bad it only comes once a year. See if you can keep up with these ladies. Warning: You may want to put on your stretchy pants for this one.
Wake up: Not to early! Kirsten enjoys the beach for a bit, but then it’s time to get ready. The girls have a cooking class in Duck first.
12 p.m.: Tastefully Fit cooking class with Chef Wes Stepp at Red Sky Café in Duck. Chef Wes, who has been known to compete in bodybuilding contests, is an ace when it comes to cooking delicious dishes that cut out the fat and heaviness and bring out the fresh flavors and beautiful presentations.
1:30 p.m.: The ladies head down the road to the annual OBX Chowder Cookoff at Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Bar Café in the Southern Shores Crossing Shopping Center. They ate at the cooking class, but they wisely left some room for tasting chowders and enjoying a few beverages.
3 p.m.: The Chowder Cookoff clears out, but that doesn’t stop the party. The ladies head over the bridge for a little wine tasting at Sanctuary Vineyards. Try the Shipwreck, try the Morton, try the Wild Pony White … umm, okay. Don’t mind if I do!
5 p.m.: It’s back to the beach house for a nap, but not for long. They’ve got dinner plans!
6:30 p.m.: Kirsten, Brenda and the gals head to the Manteo waterfront for the Manteo Tapas Crawl. Three stops on this leg, but they only have to park once. First stop, Ortega’z Southwest Grille and Wine Bar, where they enjoy a cocktail and tapas plate selection. They’ll do the same at Full Moon Café and Avenue Grille.
9:30 p.m.: They head back to the beach house and slip in the hot tub while sipping on cocktails made with local Kill Devil Rum. They’ve still got more to do tomorrow!
Wake up: and roll out of bed … literally. Don’t judge: They are skipping breakfast. They take a walk on the beach to collect a few shells before their trip is over.
12 p.m.: It’s off to the Black Pelican for the Beachside Brunch. The girls craft the perfect cocktails at the Bloody Mary Bar. They eat lightly as there’s one more event: The Big One…
2:30 p.m. They arrive for the second session of the Sysco Foods Chefs Grand Tasting & Bartenders Bubbly Bash at the Port O’ Call restaurant. Brenda, Kirsten and their gals enjoy more than two hours of tasting samples from more than 15 restaurants along with wines and craft beer from Lost Colony Brewery. The big excitement, though, is the Bartenders Bubbly Bash, where they get to enjoy 10 different champagne cocktails crafted by creative bartenders looking for a vote by way of cash tip to crown them the winner.
2:30 pm: Heading back to the beach house to “chillax” before travelling back home tomorrow.
A week after they get home, they’ll email Audrey, the event coordinator, to see if she knows the dates of next years event yet. Because it’s never too soon to plan! It’s ok though, Audrey knows to expect the call.