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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend on the Crystal Coast

Two of our favorite things are being celebrated on the Crystal Coast this weekend: food and wine! Pair those with scenic coastal views from the historic waterfront town of Beaufort located on North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks, and you have all of the necessary ingredients for an exquisite weekend that's sure to titillate your taste buds.

The 8th Annual Beaufort Food and Wine Weekend showcases regionally and nationally renowned chefs coupled with a delightful variety of wines, winemakers, and wineries from around the world. You'll find everything from cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and seminars, and winemaker dinners to deck parties, a fashion show luncheon, and a celebrity grand gala and auction. Saturday's big events are the Vin de Mer Grand Tasting and Culinary Village and the Historic Homes Vintner's Receptions.

Featured chefs include:
  • Sandra Guiterrez, food writer and author of the best-selling cookbook, The New Southern-Latino Table; Recipes That Bring Together the Bold and Beloved Flavors of Latin America and the American South.
  • Scott Howell, Chef-Owner of Nana’s in Durham, NC, 2012 James Beard Semifinalist for Best Chef Southeast. His restaurant has been recognized as one of the 20 best organic restaurants in the country by Organic Style Magazine.
  • Nathan Thurston, Chef of The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Charleston, SC. He's received numerous awards including first place at The Annual Adluh Grits Competition, the Le Grand Cuisinier Gold Medal, and multiple medals in American Culinary Federation sanctioned competitions.
  • Keith Rhodes of Catch Restaurant located in Wilmington, NC.
  • Chris Kastner of CK's Real Food in Hailey, Idaho.
  • Nationally-recognized Chef Amy Tornquist of Watts Grocery, Durham, NC.
Featured wineries include:
  • Authentiquevin wineries from France’s Loire Valley.
  • Puro Uno Wineries from Argentina.
  • Tortoise Creek Winery, Arietta Vineyards, and Folie a Deux (all from California).
  • And more!

With events beginning on Wednesday, April 25 and continuing through Sunday, April 29, the Beaufort Food and Wine Weekend is a popular festival hosting a plethora of events. It has been chosen as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events for April 2012. There are a varied selection of festivities to choose from, but please note that events are ticketed and tend to sell-out quickly. Be sure to check out the schedule of events for information, availability, and pricing.


Also of note, Beaufort tied for first place as “America’s Coolest Small Town” for 2012 by Budget Travel magazine. Beaufort is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Emerald Isle and makes for a nice day trip whether you're coming for this weekend's events or any time you are in the area. The approximately 45-minute coastal drive leads you through the beach towns of Indian Beach, Salter Path and Pine Knolls Shores and across several area bridges into the waterfront town.

Sun-Surf Realty can help you find accommodations through our wide selection of vacation rentals in Emerald Isle. Get the best of both worlds by staying with us at the beach and then making the day-trip to Beaufort!

We'd love to hear about some of the day trips you take while you're vacationing here (or living here) in Emerald Isle. Feel free to tell us about them in our comment section!

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