Preparations underway for Beaufort Wine and Food Festival kicking off next Wednesday.

CARTERET COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Preparations are underway for an annual wine and food festival that kicks off next Wednesday.

The Beaufort Wine and Food Festival benefits different organizations every year. This year, the Salvation Army of Carteret county will receive $50 thousand dollars, and the culinary program at Carteret Community College will receive $100 thousand dollars.

“It makes it a lot easier for us to take care of people. Give people food, pay utility bills, pay rent, and things along that line”, said Maj. Dewey Alderson with the Salvation Army.

Carteret Community College’s culinary program is in need of new equipment and the donation will help purchase it.

Shana Olmsted, a culinary program instructor and a local restaurant owner, said the donation fuels local economy.

“In order for us to attract business to the area, we need to be able to provide skilled employees, and in order to do that we need to have the best facilities”

Event organizers say the Beaufort Wine and Food Festival attracted 2,500 people in 2018, and they expect to top that turnout this year.

The event takes place at various venues in and near Beaufort April 24-28.