Become a Judge

Judging at the Wilmington Wine & Food Festival is a great way to help present an unforgettable weekend to food and wine lovers from around the region. We are seeking a qualified panel to objectively evaluate the premier selections of wine offered by our participating wineries and distributors, as well as a judging panel for the fare of our local participating restaurants. We are asking for conscientious participants in and out of the trade to participate. If you would like to become involved, please submit the form below for evaluation!

Please Note: The judging panels will be set by March 4th, selected judges will be contacted via email by March 11th. The wine panel will be asked to be onsite and ready to start by 5pm Thursday, May 11th, location TBD and the food panel at 1:00pm Saturday, May 13th at the Bellamy for the food tasting. Please come dressed in business casual, no jeans, t-shirts or flip flops. Each judge will receive a complementary pass to Thursday night's Toast of the Town VIP Event. We thank you for your involvement!
Full Name *
Email *
Birth Date *
Street Address *
City *
State *
Zip Code *
I am interested in serving on the *
Food Panel
Wine Panel
Food Knowledge (Skill Level) *
Wine Knowledge (Skill Level) *
How often do you drink wine? *
Do you have any wine/food accreditation(s)?
I can objectively judge:
White wine
Red wine
Sweet wine
Dry wine
Savory Dishes
Why would you like to become a festival judge?
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  • Festival Events

  • Manna Avenue

    Wednesday, May 10th, 6:00 PM

    9 Courses. 9 Wines. 4 Rounds of food featuring offerings from both Spain and France paired with a wine from their respective countries.
    $40.00/ea - Purchase Tickets

    123 Princess Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

    Directions | 910.763.5252


    Wednesday, May 10th, 6:00 Reception, 6:30 Dinner

    Reception & 4 Courses. SOLD OUT

    1125-A Military Cutoff Wilmington NC 28405

    Directions | 910.239.9153

    Manna Avenue

    Thursday, May 11th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    We are happy to host Matthew Carroll of European Cellars and Eric Solomon Selections as he introduces the audience to the world of Grenache.
    $20.00/ea - Purchase Tickets

    123 Princess Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

    Directions | 910.763.5252

    Manna Avenue

    Thursday, May 11th, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    A history of Gin featuring Scot Sanborn of Sutler's Spirit Co. Winston Salem, NC.
    $20.00/ea - Purchase Tickets

    123 Princess Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

    Directions | 910.763.5252

    Dram + Morsel

    Thursday, May 11th, 6:30 Reception, 7:00 Dinner

    5 courses paired with wines from around Spain. SOLD OUT

    33 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401

    Directions | 910.342.0273

    Blockade Runner Beach Resort

    Thursday, May 11th, 6:30 PM

    Unwind from the day with a summery craft cocktail and passed apps out on the sound for our happy hour. Then we'll head over to East, Blockade Runner's first rate restaurant for an amazing 3 course meal by Chef Jess Cabo paired with wines from Tryon Distributing. After dinner we'll head out to the beachside lawn to enjoy dessert prepared over an open fire and a delicious port from Shelton Vineyards.
    $85.00/ea - Purchase Tickets


    Bellamy Mansion - Main Event

    Friday, May 12th - Sunday, May 13th

    503 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

    Directions | Event Information

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