The Dish

Serving up premier wine + food events throughout the year, all in the name of charity!

Since its inception in 2004, Beaufort Wine and Food has focused on a core group of local charities as recipients for the proceeds earned from its event. Through the generosity and support from sponsors, members and wine and culinary participants, Beaufort Wine and Food has raised over $525,000 for local non-profits.


A Brief History …

Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend, Inc. is it’s own 501 c3 non profit. The first festival started as a weekend event in 2004 and was held in the streets of downtown Beaufort.

The organization’s first festival was put on by wine purveyor Don Holloway, restaurant owners Mike and Diane Carithers, and Charles and Wendy Park.

Held in the street of downtown Beaufort, the first events were a huge success and pointed the festival towards growth and expansion.

With the help of a hard working board, countless volunteers, culinary and beverage support, the festival continued to grow and draw larger numbers of guests each year. The support of these individuals and their organizations shaped Beaufort Wine and Food to reflect the event  you see today.

Organization Expansion …

We began our membership program in 2013, and currently have over 400 members.

In 2014 we changed our mission. Until then, BWF donated its proceeds back to organizations that excelled in promoting Tourism – the Friends of the Maritime Museum and the Beaufort Historical Association were the two main recipients.

We now donate back to any non-profit that strive to enrich life in Carteret county.

In 2014, we pledged over $27,000 to the BHA for the Welcome Center information kiosk and $33,000 to the North Carolina’s Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit.

In addition to the BHA and NCMM, we also gave back to 5 new organizations and laid the ground work for our Community Enrichment Grant program.

This grant program has been very well received and by requesting that funding go towards specific projects, it’s been an exciting way to see how BWF gives back to the community in tangible ways.

In 2015 we officially announced that we were accepting grant requests and received over two-dozen applications from area non-profits. 19 of these organizations were selected and over $80,000 was donated to fulfill these grant requests.

Highlights of the 2015 grant program included a pledge of $100,000 to the North Carolina Maritime Museum for their HarborSide Park Project. Read more about this amazing project here.

From it’s 2016 April Festival, BWF was able to donate over $50,000 back to charity and non-profits in Eastern NC. 2016 Recipients include:

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  • Broad Street Clinic
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Carteret County Partnership for Children
  • Carteret County Domestic Violence Program
  • Carteret County Historical Society
  • Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center
  • Crystal Coast Reading Council
  • Family Promise of Carteret County
  • Friends of the Carteret County Library
  • North Carolina Maritime Museum
  • Preschool at Camp Albemarle

Giving Back Year Round …

In addition to our Grant Program, BWF holds events year round to continue its outreach to local non-profits. Beaufort’s Brewin’ – annual 2-day beer festival in late September; Oyster Roast in November; and Art Unveiling and Wine Competition in March all allow our organization to continue to give back to our community.

BWF has also opened a retail wine store, which will hold tastings on Friday and Saturday evenings, 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Proceeds from the wine store will go towards BWF’s mission to support organizations that enrich life along the Crystal Coast.

With each successful event, BWF is able to give more back to the non-profits that serve our area.

We hope you’ll  join us this year, for one of our many events, and help us continue to give back to this special community.

In 2014 Beaufort Wine and Food was able to donate to these deserving charities:

Beaufort Historical Association

Founded in 1960 by a group of Carteret County citizens without the aid of grants and public funds, the Beaufort Historical Association is a private, non-profit, membership & volunteer based organization which owns and operates the Beaufort Historic Site. Situated in the heart of the town’s historic district, the two-acre Beaufort Historic Site encompasses six authentically restored buildings, including the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery, as well as the Old Burying Grounds. The Beaufort Historic Site serves as a testament to the Beaufort Historical Association’s dedication to the continued research and documentation of the peoples, customs, lifestyles, and artifacts of Beaufort’s past, and it’s efforts to preserve the town’s historic identity in the future.

North Carolina Maritime Museum

The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort collects, preserves, researches, documents, and interprets the maritime history, culture and environment of coastal North Carolina. Visit the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort for a taste of coastal cultures and maritime history. Exhibits feature the state’s rich seafood industry, life-saving stations and lighthouses, and sailboats and motorboats. The Museum is the official repository for artifacts from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge, which ran aground near Beaufort in 1718.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina

The Clubs provide an encouraging atmosphere that fosters academic success, character development and healthy lifestyle choices. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina operates three club sites located in Beaufort, Morehead City and Havelock.

The Broad Street Clinic

The clinic was founded in 1993 by county physicians and other concerned citizens as a private non-profit, free health clinic serving the adult residents of Carteret County and surrounding areas. Its mission is to provide access to medical care for the uninsured low income population in our community.

The Carteret County Humane Society

This not-for-profit organization operates the county’s only animal shelter in Newport NC. The facility takes in all stray and owner surrender animals for the entire county. For residents of the Carteret County, there is no fee for drop-offs and volunteers and staff work tirelessly with local and out of state rescue groups in an effort to find all animals new homes. They also encourage adoptions from the general public.

Hope Mission of Carteret County, Inc.

A non-profit Christian ministry which seeks to serve the less fortunate citizens of Carteret County through ministries of food, compassion, emergency financial assistance, shelter for the homeless and prayer as well as other means of support.

Martha’s Mission Cupboard

An emergency food pantry, solely run by volunteers, established to provide the needy citizens of Carteret County a temporary supply of nutritious and balanced food at no cost. Our goal is to tide them over during a temporary financial crisis or while they are awaiting permanent assistance from the State or Federal Government. Martha’s Mission Cupboard provides food to an average of 300 and 350 families every month.