June 26, 2008
Hatteras village fish fry is an island tradition
By LYNNE FOSTER
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Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day, a loyal band of men and
women from Hatteras village sponsor a fish fry at the Fire Station to
raise money for the volunteer fire department and other village
They insist on cooking only fresh fish, caught by local watermen, and it is usually bluefish and sometimes Spanish mackerel.
A group of dedicated volunteers begins working in the morning to
prepare everything from scratch, including slicing cabbage for the
coleslaw, mixing volumes of homemade potato salad, and making big vats
of iced tea.
Those who are unable to help on Saturdays donate the ingredients and
materials or make desserts at home. It is a genuine community
effort and all of the proceeds go directly where they are needed.
Later, in the steamy heat of the southern summer, other hardy souls
come to serve the food from long tables in the fire station, and still
others stand over huge vats of blistering hot oil as they fry breaded
fish fillets and hush puppies.
The line forms early before serving begins at 5 p.m., but while it can
be long, it is really friendly. Locals take the night off from
cooking, and visitors get to enjoy a little bit of island life as they
feast on one of our best traditional summer suppers.
Regular patrons and first-timers sit together along picnic tables near
the cook shack behind the fire station and everyone “catches
The fish fry dinners are scheduled for each Saturday through Labor Day
from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hatteras village Volunteer Fire Department. The
cost is $9 for adults and $6 for children. Carry-out is available.