Since Beaufort Wine and Food popped its first cork in 2004 at its inaugural festival weekend, celebrated chefs, wine industry principals and guests from the world over have made the trek to Beaufort for this premier event held annually the last week of April.
The celebration begins anew April 22-26 giving the public the opportunity to rub elbows with local and guest chefs at exclusive receptions, watch cooking demonstrations, take in a fashion show and dance the night away at the Beer, Bubbles & BBQ bash – just about anything is possible during this busy weekend in Beaufort. From wine dinners to Sunday brunch, the event pairs local chefs with fellow chefs and wine makers from around the country with extraordinary results.
This year, according to Lindsay Parker, executive director of the nonprofit organization, Front Street Village will host some of the festival’s most popular events, bringing them closer to downtown Beaufort.
“We are thrilled to move our Vin de Mer and Beer, Bubbles & BBQ events to Front Street Village,” said Parker. “Having come onboard as a Sustaining Sponsor for Beaufort Wine & Food in 2014, the generosity and involvement of Bucky and Wendi Oliver of Front Street Village, has provided us with invaluable support.”
While the week-long celebration is filled with wine dinners, gala affairs and tasting adventures, it is Saturday’s Vin de Mer Grand Tasting Village which is always a favorite. The event gives guests the opportunity to taste hundreds of wines, sample bites from local restaurants and learn from guest chefs and winemakers in the education tent.
Participating winemakers include Thomas Meunier of Authentique, France; Leslie Mead Renaud of Roth Estate; Steve Tylicki of Steele Wines; Chris Leamy, Terra d’Oro; and Luis Reyneri Domaine Serene. Visiting chefs for the 2015 festival include Matt Kelly of Mateo Bar de Tapas, Durham; Mike Moore of Seven Sows Bourbon and Larder, Asheville; Keith Nickerson of Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, Va.; Michael Kramer, The Lazy Goat, Grreenville, SC and more.
Through the generosity and support from sponsors, members and wine and culinary participants, Beaufort Wine and Food has raised more than $400,000 for area nonprofit organizations in the last decade. To join the effort, and have a little fun along the way, visit www.beaufortwineandfood.com or call 252-515-0708.