Around 800 people were on hand at the New Bern Convention Center Tuesday night for the Taste of Coastal Carolina event to support the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation.
Twenty-Nine restaurants took part. The night had special competitions, including the famous culinary combat where a handful of chefs faced-off.
New York author David Kirby stopped by to sign his new book "Animal Factory. He includes several local riverkeepers in the book. And while some believe many factors cause pollution in our waters, Kirby feels that the animal agriculture is a big culprit. "Rivers and waterways are being polluted all over the country and not just surface water, but also groundwater where a lot of people get their drinking water from and one of the largest sources of pollution unfortunately, is animal agriculture and we really need to reign that in and protect our waterways."
This is the 7th year for the Taste of Coastal Carolina fundraising event.