Organizers have something special planned for this year’s N.C. Aquaculture Development Conference in New Bern March 7-10.
On Friday, March 9, seafood lovers can take part in the Cultured Seafood Festival, an all-you-care-to-eat feast. Chef James “Smoke” Boyd, owner of The Flame Catering and Banquet Centre, will prepare a variety of aquaculture dishes featuring farm-raised North Carolina oysters, crabs, clams, tilapia, mountain trout, hybrid striped bass, crawfish and catfish. Tickets are $50 per person and are available online.
The Cultured Seafood Festival is a part of the larger N.C. Aquaculture Development Conference. Now in its 30th year, the conference features workshops, seminars and farm tours for aquaculture farmers across the Southeast. Speakers will provide market insights, best management practices and industry updates for aquaculture operations. Guests will have the chance to learn about aquaponics and tour a prawn-t0-crawfish farm and hybrid-striped bass farm. The keynote speaker is Tom Losordo, professor emeritus from N.C. State University and co-founder of the N.C. Aquaculture Development Conference.
Both the conference and seafood festival will be held at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is a proud sponsor of the event. Click here to find more information and to register.