Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 24, through Sunday, April 28, as Beaufort Wine & Food brings talent from across the country and beyond together for five days of cuisine and beverages, all in the name of charity.
This year marks the festival’s 15th year, and guests can expect to see the high level of epicurean talent that it has enjoyed for years.
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“Beaufort Wine and Food offers something for everyone – whether it’s an intimate wine dinner in area restaurants or the grand scale of the Vin de Mer Epicurean Village – it’s the perfect venue for a food festival to celebrate the chefs and cuisines of Eastern NC and beyond,” explains Lindsay Parker, Beaufort Wine and Food’s executive director.
“The wine dinners are special because you get participating chefs and winemakers from all over the world and pair them with the great local talent we have in our area. Add to that the fact that all these events are held in the name of charity and it makes for a truly memorable culinary experience that we hope festival goers will remember a long time,” explains Parker.
Wine Dinners – These premier dinners are held in private homes on Wednesday, April 24th and in area restaurants Thursday April 25th. During the dinners, a guest chef teams up with local chefs and visiting wine makers to put on a dinner that is truly unforgettable. These dinners sell out quickly, and are available for sponsorship.
Fashion Show Luncheon – Friday, April 26th – The Fashion Show Luncheon has grown in to a festival favorite. This luncheon features a host and guest chef, paired up with a winemaker to guide guests through a multi-course wine luncheon. During the luncheon, fashions from area retailers are displayed on the red carpet and a guest moderator is on hand to talk on the attire.
Grand Reserve Tasting and Auction – Held Friday evening, April 26th. Beaufort Wine and Food’s single largest fund raising event. The live and silent auction features large format and rare wines, culinary excursions, art and more. The semi-formal event has a dozen chefs all creating an unforgettable menu, and dozens of reserve wines for guests to indulge in. Live music round out the evening’s entertainment.
Vin de Mer – the festival’s biggest event will be held Saturday, April 27th. Guests are immersed in a controlled chaos where hundreds of wine labels and dozens of local and regional restaurants come together in perfect harmony. Cooking demonstrations take place throughout the event.
Historic District Wine Walkabout will take place after Vin de Mer, and offer guests the opportunity to enjoy wine and food pairings in some of Beaufort’s most beautiful historic homes. With guest chefs at each stop, ticket holders have the opportunity to mingle with chefs and winemakers in the relaxed atmosphere of NC’s third oldest town while enjoying courses at each of the stops on the walkabout.
All of the hard work by the Beaufort Wine & Food board, staff and team of volunteers not only brings culinary and wine experts to the coast for an unforgettable experience, but it also enables Beaufort Wine & Food to give back through its grant program. A nonprofit organization itself, proceeds from Beaufort Wine & Food events benefit nonprofits that excel in community enrichment and enhance quality of life in Carteret County.
Proceeds from events go towards BWF’s mission to support local charities and non-profits that strive to improve life in Carteret County. Since its first festival in 2004, BWF has donated over $700,000 to area nonprofits. Proceeds from this year’s festival go towards BWF’s next major community project: a donation of $100,000 to the construction of the new, state of the art culinary building on the campus of Carteret Community College. This new facility will more than triple the number of students served in the culinary, baking and pastry and hospitality programs. BWF has also pledged $50,000 to the Salvation Army for the construction of a new building.
For more information on the upcoming festival, sponsorship opportunities, or become a member, please contact the Beaufort Wine & Food office at 252-515-0708 or email email@example.com.