Join us in 2021 for the Beaufort Wine & Food Festival

Every April Beaufort is buzzing with excitement as we welcome members of our culinary & hospitality community from all over the Southeast to gather and experience great wine and fabulous food. America’s favorite small town opens its arms for what has grown over the years to be an exceptional festival with over 100 events in 4 days.

Concerns around COVID-19 and the safety of our attendees, volunteers and sponsors have forced the board to make changes in the 2021 Beaufort Wine & Food Festival. We will be here, but we will look different in 2021. Events will be smaller in scale, and will have a focus on outdoor venues. Beaufort Wine & Food remains committed to our community, with our continued mission hosting culinary events that raise money to enrich the life in Carteret County.

Please visit our website as we will be updating information as we confirm venues. Stay well and we hope to see you in 2021.

Beaufort Wine & Food Board of Directors

A Virtual Wine Seminar Hosted by Jessica Sabiston – Empire Distributors

 Friday June 5th  6-7 pm

Join Jessica Sabiston from the comfort and safety of your home and take a tour of Italy.
The wines included in your 3 pack are:
Col Solivo Extra Dry Prosecco
The style is Extra Dry, so there is a creamy mid-palate to this wine with fine perlage to the bubbles.  The wine has some residual sugar, as required for Extra Dry classification, which helps round out some of the citrus fruit and provide balance to the wine. It is a crowd pleasing, affordable sparkling wine created with the idea of enjoyment and drinkability 
Tenuta Fratelli Povero ‘Terre della Conte’ Roero Arneis
This single vineyard Arneis is straw yellow in color with greenish reflections. It shows intense fruity and mineral aromas, with hints of green apple, pear, honey and the typical almond note at the end. It is complex and full-bodied in the mouth, balanced by a good acidity and freshness.
Intense and unique.
Felline Anarkos
Full bodied and fruit forward…intended to introduce new world wine lovers to Italian varietals from Puglia.  On the nose, ultraripe cherry and blackberry aromas are covered in a sheen of dark chocolate. The medium-bodied palate turns more jammy in baked strawberry and cherry flavors, with grainy tannins and just enough acidity for balance.

Rafting Down the Rhone

A Virtual Wine Seminar Hosted by Laure Levesque – Queen of Wines

 Saturday May 9th  6-7 pm

Join Laure Levesque from the comfort and safety of your home as she takes us rafting down the Rhone River
A perfect way to spend a Shelter-in-place Saturday evening with your signicant other(s) for just $50 from your stimulus check!
Your to do list:
  1. Order your 3 pack of wine by clicking on this link:Order Seminar Wine
  2. Pick up your 3 pack at the Beaufort Wine and Food office (129 Middle Lane in Beaufort) on May 8th between 4 and 6 or Saturday May 9th between 11 and 1. If these times are not convenient, contact us to schedule a pickup.
  3. Laure will email you the Zoom conference invite with detailed info to connect. If you have never used Zoom before, you may want to connect early and follow the instructions to test your video and audio
The wines included in your 3 pack (click to download tasting notes):

The Rhône Valley has been a hub of wine culture since ancient times and is just as popular today. Viticulture arrived in Southern France with the Greeks in the 4th century BC. But it was the Romans who really established the vineyards and reputation of the area using the Rhône as their highway through France (and planting a few vineyards along the way).

 Come explore this superb region and learn why there’s no place like Rhone with French native Laure Levesque! You will go back to the source of the Rhone River and travel through captivating areas of this emblematic wine region, tasting through a very elegant Rhone white blend, a most refreshing dry rose made near the border with Provence, as well as one of the purest made syrah from family estates following regional winemaking traditions.

 Each ticket gives access to a curated selection of 3 bottles (white, rose, red) exemplifying the Rhone wine region characteristics available to pick up the day before or the day of the tasting. Serving temperatures and pairing recommendations will be provided to registrants a couple days before this virtual trip to the vineyards, together with the easy way to connect to the tasting leveraging the Zoom meeting platform. You don’t need to have a Zoom account to participate, and will be given the opportunity to purchase some of those wines, as well as a couple others from this mesmerizing region, at preferred prices.

The 16th Annual Beaufort Wine and Food Festival has been Cancelled!  The new dates for next year are April 21-25.

On behalf of our team at Beaufort Wine and Food, I hope that this note finds you and your family healthy and safe. As we all navigate this unprecedented time, I’m writing to let you know that we are cancelling our April festival that was rescheduled for October 21-25, 2020.  The dates for next year’s festival are April 21-25, 2021.

We made the decision to cancel for the safety of all our guests.  In these uncertain times we don’t know when we will feel safe to gather in large groups again.  We are planning to have smaller events once a month when the Governor allows us to do so.  In the meantime, we will be hosting virtual wine seminars as much as we can!  If you need to restock your wine supply please email us at beaufortwineandfood@gmail and we would be happy to order it and arrange pickup.

We are grateful to all of you who have already purchased tickets for the April events. If our new schedule does not match yours, please consider donating the money. Beaufort Wine and Food has pledged $50,000 to fund the commercial kitchen in the new Salvation Army building in Morehead City. When fully functional, with just 10 volunteers, this kitchen will be able to supply 3600 meals a day for those in need.  Tickets already purchased will be transferred to April 21-25, 2021 events.

When this pandemic subsides, the world will need us all at the table—at restaurants, hotels, bars, and festivals—sharing our cultures like never before. Until then, please look after yourselves and one another.

Beaufort Wine and Food

Art Unveiling and Wine Dinner

Unfortunately, the ever-increasing risks associated with the Coronavirus COVID-19 have led us to a decision to postpone our Art Unveiling Wine Dinner set for this Saturday, March 21st.  We are confident it is appropriate under these unique circumstances.  As soon as we have a new date we will let you know.  If you have any questions please contact us at

Crystal Coast Restaurant Workers Relief Fund

During this uncertain time, Beaufort Wine and Food has been given the opportunity to reach out and show support to the restaurant industry who has long supported us throughout the years. With the closure of dine-in service at restaurants across the state, many will experience significant wage loss. Join us in lending a hand to so many of those restaurant workers in our community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This fund is open to those who have experienced wage disruption or lay offs in the Crystal Coast restaurant industry due to coronavirus-based restaurant closures. This includes wait staff, bartenders, hosts, managers, delivery drivers, cooks, catering staff, dishwashers, and other restaurant and bar workers.  Follow the link below to donate today!

Click Here to Donate From Facebook (Preferred because Facebook doesn’t charge us fees)

Don’t have Facebook account? Click Here to Donate From Square

If you have questions, email

To donate via check, please make the check out to Beaufort Wine and Food.

Memo – Crystal Coast Restaurant Workers Relief Fund

Please mail the check to the following address:

Beaufort Wine and Food

129 Middle Lane

Beaufort, NC 28516



Become a Member : Benefits Abound

Since its inception in 2004, the events were a huge success and pointed the festival towards the growth and expansion that it enjoys today.

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 organization that you see today.

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2020 Featured Artist – Heather Sink

Beaufort Wine and Food is excited to announce that our 2020 featured artist will be Heather Sink from Craving Art Studio in downtown Beaufort!

Heather, a native of Britain, was fortunate to end up in the coastal town of Beaufort with her husband. After teaching art to students in the North Carolina public schools for many years and raising two children she decided to focus on her own art work.

Heather belonged to two Plein Air groups in England and has continued to paint her surroundings in the many places she has lived. Fortunately, the coastal light and area offer an abundance of subject matter to paint. She loves learning and takes workshops from artists that inspire her.

Heather loves to teach and work with other artists. Her desire to create and connect with the community has made Craving Art Studio a wonderful studio to work and share her love of art with

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