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Beaufort County Wine and Food Event

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Exciting preparations are underway for Beaufort Wine & Food as this annual celebration of food, drink, and the Crystal Coast lifestyle celebrates a milestone ten-year anniversary on April 23rd through April 27th, 2014. Since its inception, the aim of Beaufort Wine & Food has been to promote tourism in Carteret County and to generate charitable contributions for the Beaufort Historical Association and the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum – two remarkable nonprofits that play critical roles in driving tourism on the Crystal Coast, as well as enhancing the cultural fabric of the Beaufort community. To this end, Beaufort Wine & Food has expanded in scope every year over the last decade and 2014 marks an important turning point in the event’s history.
As always, the seaside town of Beaufort, North Carolina will serve as the backdrop for this five-day celebration of all things related to wine and food. Beaufort provides a quaint and picturesque setting for this unique festival that introduces world-class culinary talent and renowned winemakers to attendees. Beaufort Wine & Food events will be held at a number of locations including area restaurants, homes in Beaufort’s historic district, the NC Maritime Museum Watercraft Center, and the Beaufort Historic Site. Throughout the 2014 festival week, attendees can enjoy a wide variety of events including wine seminars, a Champagne brunch, a fashion show, and the highlights of the event on Saturday - the Vin de Mer Epicurean Village and the Beer, Bubbles & BBQ Party, both being held on the waterfront at Gallant’s Channel. Area restaurants will also play host to sumptuous wine dinners featuring celebrity chefs as well as visiting winemakers and wine principals working in conjunction with the most talented local chefs. In response to the growing interest in craft beer, a beer luncheon and a craft beer seminar/guided tasting have been added in order to round out this year’s offerings.
A new twist this year for Beaufort Wine & Food will be the addition of another waterfront location as an event venue. Liz Kopf, Vice President of Beaufort Wine & Food explains that the expanded role of Front Street Village in this year’s event has been an exciting development in this year’s planning process.
“We have been so lucky to partner with Front Street Village this year. Front Street Village has come onboard as a Sustaining Sponsor for Beaufort Wine & Food for this year and for years to come. The generosity and involvement of Bucky and Wendi Oliver of Front Street Village has provided us with invaluable support. As the Board began to plan events for 2014, it made the most sense to highlight both the natural beauty and the Beaufort lifestyle as much as possible. What better way to do so than to take advantage of the amazing views at Front Street Village? We are simply thrilled that they are willing to host both our Grand Reserve Tasting and Auction this year as well as our Champagne Celebration Brunch on their spectacular waterfront property.”
Nelson Owens, President of BW&F, is enthusiastic about this year’s April event and the other events coming up throughout the year.
“All of us on the Beaufort Wine & Food Board are looking forward to this year’s event and the great changes we have incorporated for our 10-year anniversary celebration. Our newly launched Membership Program is an important addition this year, as it provides a base of support for our event as we grow in the future. Members are also able to gain special perks like reduced ticket prices and early entry to the Vin de Mer Epicurean Village this year. We are also pleased that we have been able to expand Beaufort Wine & Food beyond just one weekend in April. The success of our “A Thirst for the Sea” Reception and Dinner on March 8th really showed us how enthusiastic the local community, as well as visitors who embrace our Crystal Coast hospitality, are becoming about our epicurean events.”
“We anticipate the same enthusiastic response to the diverse selection of events being offered within this year’s Wine & Food Celebration. As always, certain events like Vin de Mer and Beer, Bubbles & BBQ will remain focal events for us with the weekend’s largest number of attendees expected at each of these established events. We have been able to expand the food and beverage offerings at each of these two events this year due to increased participation by our partnering distributors, vineyards, breweries, and restaurants. Obviously, these participants make this event possible every year – and they have all really stepped up to make Beaufort Wine & Food continue to earn our designation as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.”
“In addition to securing expanded participation from our industry partners, we have also tweaked events like the Historic District Wine Walkabout and the Grand Reserve Tasting and Auction in order to really focus on wine and food – giving attendees the best possible experience that we can. The number of wine dinners that we are hosting this year has been expanded to eight on Thursday evening. We are thrilled to offer a range of dinners sure to suit every palate. These new developments will certainly energize 2014’s Beaufort Wine & Food event as we mark our first decade in one of the most incredible towns in the country. In short, I feel that this will be our best year yet for this annual event and I recommend purchasing tickets as soon as possible so that you will not miss out on one of the best events in the Southeast.”
Wendy Park, owner of Beaufort Grocery and the Beaufort Wine & Food Board member in charge of sourcing visiting wine and culinary personalities, is just as enthusiastic as Mr. Owens.
“This year, I am so proud of the diversity of talent that we were able to bring in for Beaufort Wine & Food. It is amazing to have truly innovative visiting chefs participating like Mike Moore, Executive Chef/Owner of Seven Sows Bourbon and Larder and founder of The Blind Pig Supper Club alongside North Carolina favorite Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Downtown Diner. Ashley has received national acclaim in publications like Garden & Gun and The New York Times, as well as appearing on the Food Network Channel’s Iron Chef America. She was also a 2013 James Beard Award Finalist for Best Chef: Southeast. This year, we are also bringing in some international flavor with visiting chef Katherin Witbreuk of The Black Chook in Beijing.”
Wendy goes on to point out that the visiting winemakers for this year’s Beaufort Wine & Food bring a depth of talent with them that is a truly invaluable asset to a festival like this.
“K.D. Organ of Chateau Ste. Michelle is so passionate about winemaking that she will certainly make attendees love wine and winemaking more than they already do. Steve Peck of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines is another incredible winemaker we have this year. I just know his gifted palate and comprehensive knowledge about winemaking practices will be truly inspirational for attendees. In short, these are just a couple of the noteworthy wine personalities joining us this April. Every single one of the winemakers and wine principals we have coming this year represents exceptional vineyards and portfolios. The toughest part for folks will probably be choosing which events to attend – every single one is top notch!”
The 10th Annual Beaufort Wine & Food Event is scheduled for April 23rd – April 27th, 2014. Tickets are currently on sale and interested attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible, as some events have already sold out.

For more information about Beaufort Wine & Food or to become a Member, log onto www.beaufortwineandfood.com, email info@beaufortwineandfood.com or call 252-515-0708.



NORTH CAROLINA’S CRYSTAL COAST Weekly Calendar of Events

Feb 24, 2014 - Mar 2, 2014 --

NORTH CAROLINA’S CRYSTAL COAST
Feb 24: Succulent Seafood Series- The Aquarium once again teams up with top restaurants to dish up recipes and tips on selecting and preparing fresh, seasonal, local seafood. Succulent Seafood sessions are scheduled for selected Mondays and occasionally other days of the week at 2 p.m. Aquarium staff members share information on the life cycles and habitats of featured seafood species.

Chefs provide favorite recipes and insights on preparing finfish, shellfish and crustaceans. A taste test of the featured dish tops off each gathering. Succulent Seafood is for ages 12 and up; $15 per person, per session. Advance registration is required. Feb. 2: Clawson's Restaurant- Beaufort, Feb. 24: Island Grille- Atlantic Beach, Mar. 3: Amos Mosquitos- Atlantic Beach & Mar. 17: Island Grille- Atlantic Beach. Call 252-247-4003 for more information

Feb 24-Mar 1: Art from the Heart- Sponsored by the Arts Council of Carteret County, this three-week exhibition and sale of original, innovative and traditional works by area artists occurs each year in mid-February, with an opening reception on Friday, Feb.14 from 5:30-7:30. The reception is free and open to the public. Combined with an annual exhibit of work by area school children, this exhibition is a great opportunity for art lovers to view and buy original oils and acrylics; water media; photography and computer generated art; glass, stone, fiber arts and other three-dimensional artwork; pastels and drawings; and mixed media. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Arts Council. The show is open 7 days a week through March 1.

Location: Morehead Plaza, 3000 Arendell Street, Morehead City, just west of Lowes Food Store. Gallery Hours: Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 6 pm, Thus - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm For more information go to the ACCC's website at www.artscouncilcarteret.org or call 252-726-9156

Feb 27: Book Fair- 7 am to 4 pm at Carteret General Hospital (1st floor, birthing center) 3500 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Event sponsored by the gift gallery and benefits patient care.

Feb 28: Taste of Core Sound- Every winter the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center in Harkers Island gathers to celebrate the a wonderful winter menu of stewed oysters, duck and rutabaga, scallop fritters, stewed beef and taters, collards and sweet potatoes, light rolls, homemade pie ... the list goes on ...

Wine & cheese begins at 6, dinner at 7, program at 8 ... There will be music, and good friends, a silent auction, a live auction, and a great time "at the end of the road." Guest speaker is Joe Smith (an avid waterman and fishery biologist and is employed by the NOAA Beaufort Laboratory. He maintains the annual fishery-dependent databases for the Atlantic and Gulf menhaden fisheries. Joe's perspective of fisheries spans nearly 30 years and is one that has been honed from the water and working alongside fishermen). For more information call 252-728-1500 or visit www.coresound.com

Feb 28: Merry Time for Tots- 10 am at the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Admission to the program, designed for ages 2-5 is free, but advance registration is preferred as space is limited. The program theme for Feb. 28th is "Ahoy, Pirates!". To register, call 252-728-7317 or visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

Mar 1: Coastal Home & Garden Show- This annual trade show in March assembles the services, wares and expertise of local businesses that focus on aspects of building, landscaping and decorating. With more than 65 exhibitors you can gath-er ideas, good advice and the right products for do-it-yourself projects. Or you can shop for professional services during the show. This is a mutually beneficial opportunity for businesses and the community, too. Hours are Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM & Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Entrance fee is $3. Call 252-247-3883 for more information.

Mar 1: Spring Craft Fair- Location: The History Place Museum, 1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Three times a year we bring talented crafters in ceramics, alpaca products, shell ornaments, jewelry and gemstones, etched glass, and a changing variety of artwork to our History Place. We also feature a bake sale that has some of the best homemade cakes, cookies, scones, breads, Greek pastries and candies. All proceeds go directly to the Carteret County Historical Society. Bring your appetites and be ready to indulge yourself. Hosted by the CCHS/History Place, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Admission: Free, refreshments will be available. 252-247-7533 or www.thehistoryplace.org

Mar 1: Crystal Coast Half Marathon & 5K- 8 am in downtown Morehead City. The race starts and finishes on the More-head City Waterfront and makes a loop past the neighborhoods and businesses of Downtown Morehead City. After passing the gift shops and charter fishing boats, runners cross the bridge to Atlantic Beach. This part of the race offers a beautiful view of the sound and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. For information on the marathon and how to register, visit http://ncraces.com/events/crystal-coast-half-marathon-and-5k/

Mar 1: Seafood “Shellabration:- Join the N.C. Coastal Federation and Swansboro Parks and Recreation in Historic Down-town Swansboro for a celebration of North Carolina oysters and seafood and the healthy coastal habitats and waters that provide them. Time: 11 am - 5 pm. For all details, visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event;jsessionid=59CBEB878CC0F86B84F24D1F72B7CF17.worker_registrant?llr=zt44nadab&oeidk=a07e8sspkql9171956b or contact Lexia Weaver, lexiaw@nccoast.org

Mar 1: Fishtowne 5K Race Series- 9 am beginning on the corner of Turner and Front Street along the Beaufort waterfront. Registration at 8 am. Fee is $15 per runner per race. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Coastal Carolina. Register online at www.beaufortnc.org. For more information, contact Lauren Hermley at l.hermley@beaufortnc.ort or call Beaufort Town Hall at 252-728-2141.

Mar 1: About Boating Safety- Location: Carteret Community College, Morehead City. This one-day seminar will be taught by certified instructors of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The seminar will meet all requirements to satisfy NC laws for recrea-tional boating certification. The course is suitable for beginning boaters or for the more experienced boater who may wish to remain current on boating requirements and regulations. Cost is $25 with a family discount available. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For information or to enroll, contact Ben Crabtree at 252-808-3091 or benandlib-bie1@embarqmail.com

Mar 1: Mardi Gras on Middle Lane- 2-6 pm on Middle Lane in Beaufort. Parade begins at 3 pm. Cajun and New Orleans delicacies, jazz and zydeco music, games, street dance, "krewes" competition and crowning of Mardi Gras king and queen. Hosted by Beaufort Sister Cities.


For all programs and events offered at our major attractions, please visit individual websites:

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores: www.ncaquariums.com (252-247-4003)

North Carolina Maritime Museum: www.ncmaritimemuseum.org (252-728-7317)

Beaufort Historic Site: www.beauforthistoricsite.org (252-728-5225)

Fort Macon State Park: http://ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/foma/main.php (252-726-3775)

The History Place: www.thehistoryplace.org (252-247-7533)

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum: www.coresound.com (252-728-1500)

Cape Lookout National Seashore: www.nps.gov/calo (252-728-2250)