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Events

Experience the music, eats, and drinks.  Experience the Wilmington Wine and Food Festival.  Here's what's in store for our guests...
 
 

Pre-Festival Events


Wine Dinner: Spain vs France

  • Event Date:   Wednesday, May 10th, 6:00 PM
  • Location:   Manna 123 Princess St, Wilmington, NC 28401
  • Cost:   $125/per person All Inclusive
9 Courses. 9 Wines. All Inclusive.
4 Rounds of food featuring offerings from both Spain and France paired with a wine from their respective countries. Plus 1 Special finale wine and food pairing. You be the judge on who wins the battle between these two culinary and wine producing giants.
Hosted by Matthew Carroll, Director of Sales (European Cellars)


Winemaker Dinner with Steve Reynolds of Reynolds Family Winery

  • Event Date:   Wednesday, May 10th, 6:00 Reception, 6:30 Dinner
  • Location:   Pembroke's  1125-A Military Cutoff Wilmington NC 28405
  • Cost:   SOLD OUT
Wine has always played a large role in Steve's life -- from the time he was a teenager, tasting his way across Europe, to the moment, 20 years ago, when he decided to quit his day job and transform a dilapidated chicken ranch into a Tuscan-inspired winery. That winery -- Reynolds Family Wines – has since blossomed into, well, let's call it the Reynolds Family of Wines. That's because over the last decade Steve has launched three ground-breaking brands and has been retained by half a dozen boldface clients. His portfolio includes: Appellations, Naughty, Hiatus, V12 (Indy car champ Jimmy Vasser’s winery), Imago Mundi, and Italics, Steve's newest endeavor located in Napa's newest AVA, Coombsville. www.decantedthemovie.com


SOMM-inar

  • Event Date:   Thursday, May 11th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Location:   Manna 123 Princess St, Wilmington, NC 28401
  • Cost:   $20/per person
We are happy to host Matthew Carroll of European Cellars and Eric Solomon Selections as he introduces the audience to the world of Grenache.
Grenache (aka Garnacha) is the world's most heavily planted grape variety. It thrives in Australia, California, Spain and of course its origin (debatable), the Rhone Valley.
Whether it's the major ingredient in the blends of Cote Rotie, Chateauneuf Du Pape or standing alone in a Barossa Valley offering, Grenache's flavor profile is unmistakable.
Matthew will unlock secrets to deciphering tasting "clues" based on terroir as well as winemaking techniques and discuss the nuances of this often misunderstood varietal.


My Gin-eration

  • Event Date:   Thursday, May 11th, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Location:   Manna 123 Princess St, Wilmington, NC 28401
  • Cost:   $20/per person
A history of Gin featuring Scot Sanborn of Sutler's Spirit Co. Winston Salem, NC
Event is held at manna's auxiliary bar at Bourgie Nights.
This interactive and educational discussion will cover the production and history of this spirit as well as Mr. Sanborn's stories of producing a Gin of this caliber right here in our state.
Joining Scot will be manna's resident barman, Matt Korzelius, who will prepare each participant a special libation highlighting the delicious flavors that Sutler's Gin has to offer.
Space is limited, so act fast and get your tickets!
All proceeds will benefit the Ellie White Foundation http://elliewhitefoundation.org


Wine Dinner with Lisa Bonet of Bonafide Estates and Classical Wines of Spain

  • Event Date:   Thursday, May 11th, 6:30 Reception, 7:00 Dinner
  • Location:   Dram + Morsel   33 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401
  • Cost:  SOLD OUT
5 courses paired with wines from around Spain.

Classical Wines was founded in the early 1980s as its search for quality, individual family vineyards in Spain coincided with the burst of artistic energy which typified the first decade of that country's reborn democracy. This was a soul-searching period in which renewed emphasis was given to the recuperation of viticultural traditions. Involved with key players from their formative stages, Classical Wines has played a pivotal role in developing style and encouraging the recommitment to natural expression.

 

Festival Events


Toast of the Town: Coast to Coast

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 paired meal by Chef Jess Cabo, Chef Shaun Fenix, and Guest Chef David Linville from Hermosa Beach, CA's The Shore Restaurant and Lounge. 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. Sponsored by The Blockade Runner, Tryon Distributing and Lodge Cookware. Cost per person $85 including tax and gratuity.


-Three Day Pass-

Enjoy all three days at the Bellamy Mansion for a discounted price with our limited Three Day Pass. This bundled pass includes admission for 1 to Friday, May 12th BOURBON & BBQ COCKTAIL PARTY, early admission for 1 at 1pm to Saturday, May 13th CORKS & FORKS GRAND TASTING EVENT, and admission for 1 to Sunday, May 14th BUBBLES, BREWS & STREET EATS.


Bourbon & BBQ Cocktail Party

  • SPONSORED BY TREY HERRING CAROLINA BOURBON & SOUTHERN SMOKE
  • Event Date:   Friday, May 12th, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Location:   Bellamy Mansion Grounds & 1st Floor
  • Cost:   SOLD OUT
  • Dress Code:   Cocktail Attire
    • Tents on Lawn - Ladies it is recommended that you wear wedges or flats.
Grab your big hats ladies, and your bow ties men, the weekend kicks off with our Grand Ole Southern Cocktail Party! Matthew Register of Southern Smoke will be serving up his acclaimed traditional Southern BBQ while our local mixologists vie for your vote for the favorite cocktail of the evening. The party will be in full steam with DJ Professor Dub keeping the dance floor full. The bar will feature high end wines from the festival, beer, and signature drinks with Trey Herring’s Carolina Bourbon and several other craft spirits. Tickets are $60 per person and includes BBQ and sides, samples of each of the mix-off cocktails and 2 drink tickets per person. 21 and over only, no refunds - rain or shine


Corks & Forks Grand Tasting Event

  • Event Date:   Saturday, May 13th, 2:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • VIP early admission: 1:00 PM
  • Location:   Bellamy Mansion   Grounds, 1st & 2nd Floor
  • Cost:   $70.00/ea | VIP tickets $90.00/ea -or- Three Day Pass
  • Dress Code:   Dressy Casual
    • Tents on Lawn - Ladies it is recommended that you wear wedges or flats.
This is our feature event showcasing the talents of our best locally owned restaurants amongst the beautiful grounds and rooms of the Bellamy Mansion. These tasty bites will be paired with over a hundred and fifty wines from around the world served to you by winemakers, importers, and industry representatives. During the festival we will be counting your votes for the best dishes with medals to be awarded to the winners. You will have the chance to place wine orders at significant discounts to further support the festival and its charities. 21 and over only, no refunds - rain or shine.


Bubbles, Brews & Street Eats

We're excited to bring together local breweries and food trucks with everyone's favorite Sunday beverages - champagne and mimosas! We'll have several Wilmington and North Carolina breweries pouring up beer samples along side wineries sharing their bubbly offerings. Try the local fare from our area food trucks and explore the creative cocktails at the mimosa bar while enjoying tunes from DJ Professor Dub! Admission is $35.00 and includes all wine and beer sampling. Food will be on sale by the individual trucks. Well mannered children are allowed. Children over 5 must have a kids ticket, no refunds - rain or shine.

  • 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

    Pembroke's

    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

    Directions

    Bellamy Mansion - Main Event

    Friday, May 12th - Sunday, May 13th

    503 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

    Directions | Event Information

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