Wild caught is what knowledgeable consumers seek in the supermarket when considering seafood.
They seek it because wild caught seafood is flavorful and healthy.
Last year some Carteret County enthusiasts decided to celebrate wild caught seafood with a Wild Caught Festival.
What a great idea. Fresh seafood is what Carteret County residents have taken great pride in forever.
In that inaugural event, he enthusiasts tested, as they said, “the feasibility of holding a free local foods and music event on private property in a rural region of Down East along the Straits waters.”
Mission of the Wild Caught Festival is to celebrate and raise awareness of the benefits of local seafood and produce, homegrown music and the maritime heritage and arts of Down East Carteret County.
Created by the organizers of the Gloucester Mardi Gras, which just celebrated its 21st year, the idea was to provide both an educational and entertaining forum on the benefits of the natural and cultural resources of coastal North Carolina, especially Down East.
About 450 people attended, and between voluntary donations and sponsorships the festival provided local foods and entertainment to everyone free of charge.
Festival is June 21-22
Organizers expect the number of attendees to increase this year at the second Wild Caught Local Seafood and Music Festival on the Straits Friday and Saturday, June 21-22.
The festival, on the Pigott property at 224 Shore Drive, Gloucester, will celebrate Carteret County seafood and will be augmented with locally grown produce. The festival begins at 6 p.m. Friday with musical performances until 11 p.m.
Among musical groups performing will be the Unknown Tongues. Other groups will be announced.
Music begins Saturday at 11 a.m., after which the wild caught seafood dinner will be served. The music begins and continues until 11 p.m. Attendees can bring their own drinks and chairs and cabanas if they wish.
There’s ample room for parking, simple camping, a boat ramp for kayaking and boathouse bathroom-shower on site.
Looking for sponsors
The festival organizers are looking for sponsors, reasoning that festival sponsorship will help them keep the event free and open to the public, sharing the community spirit prevalent Down East.
Sponsorships will also help pay for the seafood and produce, supporting local fishing and farming families who provide the food and who will be on hand to teach the public about their products. Sponsorships will also allow organizers to expand facilities to accommodate a larger crowd.
The sponsorship levels are as follows:
Red drum: $500
Sponsors will have their business or name listed on the Wild Caught webpage, in the festival e-newsletter and featured prominently at the festival itself.
Checks should be made to Accidental Productions, which is the umbrella for the Gloucester Mardi Gras and Wild Caught events. Contributions are not tax deductible.
For more information, call Bryan or Barbara Blake, 729-8021. The festival webpage is http://unknowntongues.com/wildcaught.htm.