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

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

Giles said the Department of Agriculture will also give demonstrations on basic seafood skills like opening oysters and fileting fish.

The Chef’s Competition will take place throughout the day on Sunday. Chefs from Wilmington to Chapel Hill are expected to go head to head, preparing dishes based on a secret ingredient, reminiscent of the Iron Chef series. The contestants’ dishes will be judged on taste, originality/creativity, presentation and showmanship. The first round of competition will be judged by a panel of five food experts, including food blogger Amy Brinkley, food critic Andrea Weigl and award winning Chef Andy Hopper (Fire on the Dock Winner, 2012). The second and final round of the competition will be judged by 25 audience members. The winner will receive a plaque and chef’s hat to hang at their establishment until the next festival. This is the first time the competition will include a secret ingredient.

“We’re going to kick things up a notch this year,” Giles said.

   On the music and arts side of the festival’s activities, a variety of vendors and performers will be featured throughout the weekend, including country music singer/songwriter Eric Paslay. Paslay, who has written songs for the Eli Young Band and Jake Owens and performed at the Grand Ole Opry, said he brings a little bit of everything to the table with the songs he pens and performs.

“Everyone has a heart and soul,” said Paslay. “I try to make sure everyone’s included in every song I write. It might be a love song or something a little more spiritual. I feel like I fit right in the middle of everything right now.”

Paslay will perform on the Clam Jam Stage at 3:14 p.m., following a set from young up and coming country music singer Rachel Farley. Paslay said he’s excited about his trip to the Carolina Coast, and not only because of the music.

“I love seafood,” said Paslay. “From fried oysters to swordfish steak … Hopefully, we’ll be there in time to get some good food.”

1 2 3

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

▲ Return to Top