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Learn It, Taste It, Love It: NC Seafood

US - A North Carolina Seafood Experience Learn It, Taste It, Love It is the tagline for a new tent in the education area at the 2008 North Carolina Seafood Festival. Cooking with the Chefs will feature highly renowned Carteret County chefs cooking exclusively North Carolina seafood, says Stephanie McIntyre, festival director.

In a Food Network-style cooking event, local chefs will prepare N.C. seafood dishes while festival attendees look on, explains Barry Nash, North Carolina Sea Grant seafood technology and marketing specialist. Festival-goers can sample the dishes and hear from the local fishing and seafood community about seafood availability, sustainable fisheries, seafood safety, and the relevance of buying local to support the countys economy.

"People will be able to experience the unique flavor of fresh, local seafood"
Stephanie McIntyre, festival director

People will be able to experience the unique flavor of fresh, local seafood, Nash says.

The festival will be Oct. 3 to 5 in Morehead City. McIntyre is very excited about new facets this year, including the cooking event and an Open Aire Market, which will offer N.C. seafood for attendees to purchase and take home.

Dont miss this corner of the festival, she says of the market, to be located at the corner of 9th and Shepard streets.

TW Garner Food Company, Winston-Salem-based makers of Texas Pete hot sauce, will be at the festival featuring seafood cocktail sauce, to be paired with what else, but North Carolina seafood, McIntyre adds.

Dishes you can expect to taste at the festival include steamed clams, oyster polenta and shrimp, to name a few. Local restaurants participating in the festival include California Roll, Pizzutis A Taste of Italy, Sharpies, Aqua and Clawsons.

The Ocracoke Watermens Association and Carteret Catch fishermen also will participate. Carteret Catch is a community venture to generate consumer awareness of local seafood. The Ocracoke association runs the popular Ocracoke Seafood Company. Other educational exhibits will highlight National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations offices in North Carolina.

On Friday, Oct. 3, the Grand Opening Ceremonies will feature chefs from Carteret Catch member restaurants Piccatas and Bistro-By-The-Sea preparing a buffet of N.C. seafood dishes for attendees to enjoy.