On Sunday, Nov. 3, come on out to Ocean Boulevard for the 10th annual Outer Banks Shrimp Cookoff to benefit the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research.

The event is from noon until 3 p.m. and promises plenty of delicious competition. Local chefs will face off with their best shrimp dishes, competing for awards in three categories: Chef’s Choice, Judges Choice, and People’s Choice.

Past years’ Cookoffs brought enticing dishes like curry shrimp with rice and peas, sesame veggie noodles with seared shrimp and cusabi dressing, plus a Thai-style shrimp ceviche — all good indicators that year’s event will be delightfully interesting and satisfying.

Among others, Ocean Boulevard, Johanna’s, Outer Banks Frozen Yogurt, Sal’s Pizza, Red Drum Taphouse, and Sandtrap Tavern will bring their talent to the table in support of this great cause.

The event is sponsored by Nags Head Dolphin Watch, Kitty Hawk Kites, Outer Banks Veterinary Hospital, Joe Lamb Jr. Realty, and Access Design, and it will feature a large silent auction highlighting donations from local businesses. There also will be a 50/50 raffle, a live MC, door prizes, and a dolphin conservation outreach booth.

Tickets are $25 at the door or in advance and can be purchased at Ocean Boulevard or Outer Banks Veterinary Hospital at 3723 N. Croatan Hwy., Unit 9, in Kitty Hawk.


The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research was established in 2008, and its work promotes the conservation of bottlenose dolphins in the northern Outer Banks through research and education.

Bottlenose dolphins are good indicators of environmental health and provide insight into the health of our coastal environment, which our local economy is dependent on.

Funds raised by the Outer Banks Shrimp Cookoff will go towards the Center’s research surveys in the sound, monitoring the local dolphin population.

Events like this, as well as other local festivals, talks, and school programs, help spread awareness in the community. The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research also contributes its findings to the Mid-Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Catalog, which is a master photo-ID catalog for the east coast. It aids in examining the ranging patterns and sizes of bottlenose dolphin populations along the east coast.

At the Shrimp Cookoff, guests can sip beer and wine, sample each shrimp dish and vote for their favorite.

Biologist Jessica Taylor is president of the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research. Taylor has a bachelors of science degree in marine science from Rutgers University and a masters of coastal environmental management from Duke University. She has participated in several field research studies of bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales, Stellar sea lions, and predatory fish in Florida, South Carolina, Australia, Alaska, and New Jersey. In 2008, she incorporated the nonprofit Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, which is dedicated to conservation of bottlenose dolphins in the Outer Banks.


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