The North Carolina Coastal Federation will be celebrating another year of inspiring coastal stewards at the 2019 Pelican Awards & Taste of the Coast on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. 

      The awards program was initiated in 2003 to recognize people and organizations that have shown exemplary coastal stewardship. This year’s ceremony will spotlight ten award winners from up and down the coast.

      “Each year this lively and fun event recognizes extraordinary achievements that go far beyond anyone’s normal expectations of what people should do to protect and restore our beautiful and productive coast,” said Todd Miller, executive director of the federation. “This year’s winners will again inspire us to carry on our efforts to keep our coast as one of the most spectacular places on Earth.”

      The awards program will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will recognize those who have made selfless contributions to protecting the coast.

      The Taste of the Coast will feature local seafood from restaurants such as the Beaufort Grocery Co., special guest chef Jamie DeMent and North Carolina grown oysters. At least seven oyster growers from up and down the North Carolina coast will offer their own unique product. Because the growers are coming from all over the state, participants will get to experience a wide variety in merroir, the term used to describe how oysters and other shellfish reflect the taste of the waters where they are grown.

      There will also be live music and a silent auction throughout the evening. Some of the items included in this year’s auction are a handmade 15-foot rowboat and a fishing trip. Those who cannot attend the event are still able to bid online at 32auctions.com/pelicanawards2019, although bidding will continue at the event after the online portion closes.

      Tickets are $50 for federation members and $60 for non-members. They can be purchased online at nccoast.org/celebrate or by calling 252-393-8185.

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