Blue Crab Kayak and Cook

Presented by Outer Banks Restaurant Tours in partnership with Kitty Hawk Kayaks and Outer Banks Epicurean (as featured in Cooking Light Magazine, April 2012)

Join us for a one-of-a-kind, family-friendly adventure that combines the natural beauty and the delicious bounties of the waters of the Outer Banks. The morning starts with a kayak tour expertly guided by Kitty Hawk Kayaks. Directors Herman Hall and Heather MacLean have decades of experience in kayaking and surfing, and all their guides are ACA certified. After a paddle lesson and safety talk, you’ll kayak through the pristine creeks located in the Maritime Forest of Kitty Hawk, learning about the maritime forest ecosystem and why it is a perfect environment for the growth and development of the blue crab. You’ll also learn about the life of the local blue crabs, how they molt, and what you can do to help preserve the heritage fishing practices. You may even be fortunate enough to catch a first-hand glimpse of local watermen as they empty their crab pots!

Once you’ve worked up an appetite from kayaking, you’ll head over to Outer Banks Epicurean, only about 1/10 of a mile away, for the next part of your adventure. Gather in their cozy shop located in the Outer Banks Wedding Library for a private crab cooking demonstration given by local food educator, personal chef, and caterer Amy Huggins Gaw. Then, you’ll enjoy a locally sourced feast featuring blue crabs and hand-harvested Outer Banks SeaSalt. Outer Banks SeaSalt was recently featured in Our State Magazine and seen on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. As part of this package, guests will receive a small sample of Outer Banks SeaSalt to take home!

This tour is truly a unique experience in the Outer Banks. In addition to the fun of kayaking and cooking, you are getting a real behind-the-scenes look at the life of local watermen, local fishing traditions, and the habitat and life cycle of the blue crab that few people know about. This is a great tour for families and for anyone who cares about knowing where your food comes from and why it is so important that we preserve these environments, creatures, and lifestyles.

Price: $99 pp
Meeting Location for Kayak Tour: Kitty Hawk Kayaks (6150 N. Croatan Hwy. Kitty Hawk, NC 27949)
Meeting Location for Cooking Class: The Outer Banks Wedding Library (6345 N. Croatan Hwy. Kitty Hawk, NC 27949)
Day: Tuesdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day
Times: Meet at Kitty Hawk Kayaks at 7:45am. The kayak tour lasts about 2 hours. The Cooking Class follows immediately. The approximate ending time for the cooking class is 11:00am.
Min. # of people: 4
Max. # of people: 12
Minimum age: 10

Please note the following critieria:

* Reservations must be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance. A $50pp non-refundable deposit, payable by credit card at the time our your reservation will be required to hold your spots. Any cancellations must be received a minimum of 48 hours prior to the tour to avoid being charged the full amount of $99.

* Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent at all times.

* Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes that can get wet. You may also want to bring a change of dry clothes (just in case), sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, and bug spray. We suggest that participants eat a light breakfast before the kayak tour. You also may want to bring bottled water for the kayak tour.

* Lunch includes a dish of softshell crabs, a side dish made from fresh local ingredients, and sparkling water. Guests over 21 may bring their own wine or beer to enjoy with lunch if they wish.

* Cancellation policy: In the event of severe weather, which would prohibit outdoor water activities, guests will be contacted and advised of the cancellation of the kayaking portion of this event. The cooking demo will be held regardless of weather. If the kayak tour is cancelled, guests will receive a discount of $40pp.