Wine and Food

Beaufort Wine and Food’s 15th annual signature event is set to take place April 24-28 featuring five days of tastings, seminar, dinners, live and silent auctions and more. Talent from around the world descends on Beaufort as guest chefs are paired up with some of the Crystal Coast’s best restaurants for an unforgettable experience. All in the name of charity!

For 15 years, Beaufort Wine & Food has showcased great wineries and winemakers from around the world and pairs them with food prepared by local, regional and visiting chefs in a beautiful and intimate coastal setting along the Crystal Coast.

“Beaufort Wine and Food offers something for everyone – whether it’s an intimate wine dinner in an 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,” said Lindsay Parker, Beaufort Wine and Food’s executive director.

“Our events 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.”

The festival combines the public’s appreciation for wine and food with its drive to support worthy local organizations and has positioned itself as one of the premier culinary events in the Southeast. The Southeast Tourism Society has named Beaufort Wine & Food a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” for April.

Visiting chefs for this year’s event include: Chef Cedric Fichepain of Le Voltaire in Omaha, Nebraska; Jake Wood of Plates Neighborhood Kitchen in Raleigh; Clark Barlowe of Heirloom in Charlotte; Baptiste Knaven of Provence of Carrboro; Wayne Johnson of Durham’s Johnson Family Barbecue; Amy Tornquist of Watt’s Grocery in Durham; Amy Barnett of The Katharine in Winston-Salem and a host of others. Winemakers visiting Beaufort this year include: Alan Cannon of Rombauer Vineyards; Guy Davis of Davis Family Vineyards; David Merfeld of Merf Winery; Jeff Beckmen of Beckmen Vineyards; Antonio de Heinrich of Banshee Wines; Gretchen Erpenbach of Ferrari Carano Vineyards & Winery; Master Sommelier Max Kast and more.

The festival gets an early kick off at 6pm on Saturday, April 13 with its Art Unveiling & Wine Dinner. Held in the NC Maritime Museum’s Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center, the event will highlight the signature painting donated to BWF by featured artist Susan Hecht. The painting will be used on promotional material and sold as a limited edition fine art poster during festival week.

Proceeds from the event will go toward BWF’s next large scale community project; funding $100,000 of the new, state-of-the-art culinary and hospitality building on the Carteret Community College campus.

Dressy casual attire is suggested. General tickets are $100 per person. For more information, call 252-515-0708.

Here’s a look at the festival’s slate of events:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

  • 12pm – Opening Wine Luncheon. The kick-off wine luncheon features a multi-course wine luncheon with a guest and local chef paired with a winemaker host at the Royal James Café – the oldest business in Beaufort! Casual attire suggested. General tickets, $50.
  • 7pm – Private Home Wine Dinner. Held in the beautiful waterfront home of DJ Wood and Christa Hooper-Wood, the dinner features host chef Anthony Garnett of Blue Ocean Market and a guest chef, along with winemaker/owner Guy Davis of Davis Family Vineyards. Dressy casual attire suggested. General tickets, $125.
  • 7pm – Wine Dinner at Beau Coast Clubhouse. This dinner is the unofficial kick-off to the festival week. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served on the lawn before guests move inside to enjoy a not-to-be-missed culinary experience, featuring three guest chef and winemaker. Dressy casual attire suggested. General tickets, $125.
  • 7pm – Wine Dinner at Promise Land Market. Host chef Maggie Ward will collaborate with guest chef Amy Tornquist of Watts Grocery, Durham, and wine principal Max Kast, master sommelier, for a multi-course dinner. Dressy casual attire suggested. General tickets, $125.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25

  • 3pm – Artist Reception and Wine Seminar. Meet and greet with 2019 featured artist Susan Hecht while enjoying her artwork in the beautiful waterfront dining room at Black Sheep. Hors d'oeuvres will be paired with Beaufort Wine and Food’s Private Label wines featuring the artwork. Laure Levesque, owner of Queen of Wines, will guide guests through the seminar. Casual attire suggested. General tickets, $35.
  • 7pm – Wine Dinners. Held at various locations around the county, the dinners team local chefs, guest chefs and winemakers for a multi-course culinary experience. Participating locations include: Aqua, Beaufort Grocery Co., Beaufort Hotel, Dank Burrito, Floyd’s 1905, La Perla Restaurant & Bar, Moonrakers and Soundside Steak & Seafood. Dressy casual attire suggested. General tickets, $125.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26

  • 11:30am – Fashion Show Luncheon. A guest chef and winemaker work with a local chef to offer guests a multi-course paired luncheon, while a moderator walks you through a lineup of fashions from local retailers. Dressy Casual attire suggested. Held at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. General tickets, $60.
  • 3:30pm – Wine, Bread, Cheese & More - Seminar. A crowd favorite, this event features a variety of wines, paired with breads and cheeses as the audience is walked through the pairings by a featured wine maker, cheese monger and guest baker. Casual attire suggested. Held at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. General tickets, $60.
  • 6:30pm – Grand Reserve Tasting & Auction. The Grand Reserve Tasting and Auction pairs world-class libations and cuisine at the Beaufort Hotel for a culinary experience like no other on the Crystal Coast. Mingle with celebrity guest chefs and winemakers for an unforgettable evening of dining, music and philanthropy. Live and silent auctions features fine and large format wines, travel excursions and luxury items. Cocktail attire requested. General tickets, $150.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

  • 1-4pm – Vin de Mer Culinary Village. Beaufort Wine and Food's largest single event. Guests are immersed in controlled chaos where hundreds of wine labels and dozens of local and regional restaurants come together in perfect harmony, much to the delight of guests. Cooking demonstrations take place throughout the event. Casual attire suggested. General tickets, $75.
  • 5:30pm – Historic District Wine Walkabout. Guests enjoy wine and food pairings in some of Beaufort's most beautiful historic homes. At each stop, ticket holders will mingle with chefs and winemakers in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy food pairings at four stops and dessert at the Beaufort Grocery Annex to wrap up the evening with champagne and dessert. Transportation available to shuttle guests from stop to stop. Dressy attire, with comfortable shoes suggested. General tickets, $115.
  • 7:30 – Saturday Night Throwdown. The festival’s energy peaks during this concert. Guests and sponsors mingle with guest chefs and wine/beverage representatives. Live music will keep guests on their feet at Front Street Village. Guests sample wine, beer and specialty spirits with food from participating restaurants serving up a variety of menu items. Casual attire suggested. General tickets, $65.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

  • 12pm – Champagne Celebration Brunch. Beaufort Wine and Food wraps up the weekend with a guest favorite, the Champagne Celebration Brunch at Front Street Village. Guests mingle with event personalities and reflect on the week. Smooth jazz provides the backdrop for a multi-course brunch paired with Champagne and various sparkling wines. Dressy casual attire suggested. General tickets, $100.

Proceeds from events go towards Beaufort Wine & Food’s mission to support local charities and nonprofit organizations that strive to improve life in Carteret County. Since its first festival in 2004, BWF has donated over $730,000. Proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit the group’s next major community project – a $100,000 donation toward 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 commercial grade kitchen in the new building located in Morehead City.

For more information on the upcoming festival or membership – which provides a discount to Wine & Food events – call office at 252-515-0708 or email beaufortwineandfood@gmail.com. Additional event information can also be found at www.beaufortwineandfood.org.

All guests must be 21 or older to attend any Beaufort Wine and Food events, no exceptions. Pets are not allowed at any Beaufort Wine and Food events.

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