Three-day event features plenty of entertainment, food in Morehead City

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The North Carolina Seafood Festival, set for Friday through Sunday in Morehead City, will feature plenty of food, rides and entertainment.

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Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 05:30 PM.

For generations, the seafood business has been a part of cultural landscape of the eastern portion of the Old North State, and for the 27th year, the efforts of the men and women who bring fish and shellfish from the sea to the table will be recognized at the North Carolina Seafood Festival.

“We want to bring awareness about the commercial fishing industry,” said Cheryl Pigott, a member of the festival’s board. “We also want to recognize commercial fishermen in the area.”

As per festival tradition, there will be a blessing of the fleet and a ceremonial wreath tossing into the sea to recognize and honor fishermen, living and dead. According to the CDC, 545 commercial fishermen died while fishing in the United States.

“It’s a really neat reminder of why we do this festival,” Pigott said.

Pigott said the fishermen will be recognized at the festival not only through ceremonies honoring their sacrifice, but also through the product they deliver daily. Starting on Friday and continuing through Sunday, vendors will sell fresh seafood straight off the boat, as well as prepared dishes. The culinary focus of the event, though, will be the Cooking with the Chefs Tent, which can be found on Shepard Street, according to the map provided on the festival’s website.

Throughout the day on Saturday, the tent will feature chefs from restaurants from along the coast demonstrating their trade. Samples of the dishes will be served to the first 50 attendees of each session. According to one of the tent’s organizers, Carolyn Giles, the event will give cooks an opportunity to share seafood that’s a cut above the rest.

“Our seafood in North Carolina is fresher,” said Giles. “We want to educate people on our local seafood.”

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