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.

In 2006, the administrative tasks were handed off to Patricia Suggs, Executive Director of the Beaufort Historical Association and board member of Beaufort Wine and Food. Along with support from Brent Creelman, Executive Director of the Friends of the Museum (and also board member of Beaufort Wine and Food), 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 …

2013 was the last year that the BHA handled the administrative duties of the event, and the Wine and Food board brought on full time staff and grew the organization to hold events year round.

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 exceled 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.

Giving Back Year Round …

Building on the calendar of events, we were able to award the selected organization at our July “All Things Italian Dinner and Bocce Tournament”.

In the Fall, we held our chefs competition – a series of 4 events that had 13 chefs from the area competing. The winners from each round of the competition were able to donate $500 each to a Charity of their choice and the overall winner, Luke Maguire of Amos Mosquito’s, was able to donate an additional $1,000 – his charity was the Carteret Literacy Council.

In October 2015 we teamed up with the Blind Pig Supper Club, and held a unique collaborative dinner on Harkers’ Point – from this dinner, we were able to donate $3,000 to the Boys and Girls of Coastal Carolina.

November 2015, with the help of Karl Blackley and Beaufort East Village, we held our second annual Oyster Roast. This event grew in size and we were able to donate $6,500 dollars EACH to the Boys and Girls Club and the NC Coastal Federation.

2016 and beyond …

2016 marks the organization’s 12th year, and things are shaping up to be it’s best year yet.

The 2016 grant cycle is now open, and BWF is calling for submissions. Forms are available online.

On March 5th BWF held its first event for 2016, where the feature painting for this year’s festival was unveiled. The piece, titled AFTER SOME REFLECTION, will be donated by artist Donna Nyzio and auctioned off during the April Festival.

Once again, BWF is holding the majority of major events at Front Street Village – and without the help of Bucky and Wendi Oliver and their team, BWF could not enjoy the quality of events enjoyed in the last few years.

We’ve got exciting changes to the schedule, some new events, and revamps of crowd favorites. A full schedule of events are listed online, and tickets can also be purchased online.

Looking ahead, BWF is excited to hold it’s first ever Beer Festival , September 23rd and 24th.

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.