The Dish on the 2016 Beaufort Wine and Food Festival
Serving up premier food and wine events on North Carolina's Crystal Coast all in the name of charity, the Beaufort Wine and Food Festival is celebrating its 12th year in 2016—and it's shaping up to be the best year yet! Slated as a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event, this year's Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend and its accompanying activities and special events begin on Wednesday, April 27 and continue through Sunday, May 1.
Here's the dish on what you can expect to find at the 12th Annual Beaufort Wine and Food Festival. You can be sure to indulge in some of the most mouthwatering and innovative coastal cuisine perfectly paired with wine selections by some of our favorite local and regional chefs. This is one palate-pleasing event you won't want to miss!
Beaufort Wine and Food Festival Beginnings
From its inception in 2004, the Beaufort Food and Wine Festival has been a popular locally-loved and visitor-favorite event. The festival was initially held on the streets of downtown Beaufort and has since grown to draw more and more guests each and every year. Most of the event's activities now take place at Front Street Village in Beaufort.
In 2013 the Beaufort Wine and Food Festival changed its focused to expand its outreach of charity from tourism-centered organizations and recipients only to a broader spectrum that includes any non-profit that strives to enrich life in Carteret County, NC. In 2014, Beaufort Wine and Food (BWF) pledged over $27,000 to the Beaufort Historical Association for the Welcome Center information kiosk and $33,000 to the North Carolina’s Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit. In 2015, the festival started officially accepting grant requests from area non-profits.It has been an exciting journey thus far!
The Beaufort Wine and Food Festival not only changed its focus, but it changed from a weekend-only event to one that hosts activities and special events throughout the entire year. As mentioned earlier, the location of the BWF Festival itself migrated from the streets of downtown to Front Street Village in Beaufort. The premise and popularity of the event continues to flourish, and it's always exciting to see what each new year brings to the Beaufort Wine and Food Festival.
New for the 2016 Beaufort Wine and Food Festival
2016 brings a new year of excitement with novel events slated for the 12th Annual Beaufort Wine and Food Festival, plus the usual favorites. Perfectly paired wine dinners at your favorite Crystal Coast restaurants, wine dinners at private residences in the area, the Grand Reserve Tasting and Auction, Vin de Mer Epicurean Village, Historic District Wine Walkabout, Celebration Brunch, guest chefs, local chefs, food truck rodeo, fashion show, wine seminars, artists reception, show and sale, and so much more are just a taste of what you'll find at the Beaufort Wine and Food Festival this year.
Stay tuned for the first ever BWF Beer Festival set to happen on September 23 and 24. Mark your calendars! You heard it here first.
You can view the entire 2016 Beaufort Wine and Food Festival Schedule of Events to help you start planning for the big event. BWF Festival tickets are available for purchase online for your convenience. Tell your friends!
Plan Your Beach Stay on the Crystal Coast
What better way to enjoy all of what the Beaufort Wine and Food Festival has to offer than combining it with a stay right on the beach? Emerald Isle vacation rentals offer you everything you could ever need and want during your Crystal Coast vacation, while also being conveniently located to all of your favorite Southern Outer Banks towns—including Beaufort. Did we mention Emerald Isle has pristine beaches, sparkling blue-green waters and breathtaking panoramic coastal views from soundside to oceanside? It does.
It's a lovely coastal drive from Emerald Isle to Beaufort. It only takes about 30 minutes— and trust us— it is 30 minutes well spent!
From your Emerald Isle vacation rental, drive along Bogue Banks on Highway 58 into Atlantic Beach, turn left and head toward the Atlantic Beach Bridge. As you cross over the causeway be sure to enjoy stunning views. Make a right at the light and follow Arendell Street (Highway 70 E) as you head Down East. Take a right onto Queen Street as it leads you into beautiful Beaufort-by-the-Sea.
It's definitely a day trip worth making anytime, but especially during wonderful events like the Beaufort Wine and Food Festival. Experience it for yourself!
What are you waiting for? There's no time like the present. Cheers!
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