2017 Participants

Our culinary community is an amazing group of individuals focused on the betterment of our local food and libation scene. They share in our ideals and ambitions, and we take pleasure in celebrating their passion! Cheers!

Food & Wine Judges

Carey Polis
Editor of bonappetit.com

Tracey Minkin
Travel Editor of Coastal Living Magazine

Jed Portman
Editor of Garden & Gun Magazine

Katie Quine
Food Journalist for Our State Magazine

Jason Frye
Travel, Culinary and Culture Writer

Mike Lane
Wine Supplier, Certified Somm, CWE

Paul Wasserman
Veteran of the Wine Industry

Ernie Manzella
Owner Operator of Divine Wines

Judy Royal
Freelance Food Writer

Amy Siler
Regional Wine Representative

Debbie Donato
Founder of Taste Explorers, Int. Food Judge

Allison Ballard
Food writer and former restaurant critic

Gaye Troiano
Travel & Food Consultant

Molly Brodbeck
Manager Bridge Tender, Sommelier

Kristie Pate
Local Food Aficionado

Paul Steven
Culinary & Events Reporter for Star News

Jordan Spencer
Operations Manager Stone Tower Winery

Micheal Bevacqua
Owner/Manager of Wilmington Tasting Room

Jonathan Jones
Chef & Owner of Prologue Pastries & Sandwich Library


Trey Herring's Carolina Bourbon

The Country Vintner

Grapevine Distributors

Advintage Fine Wines

Winesellers, Ltd.

Empire Distributors

Mutual Distributing

Windham Distributing

Epiphany Wine Company

Ironclad Brewery


Ancient Peaks

Ocean South Importers

Coastal Beverage Company Inc.

Total Beverage Solutions

Flytrap Brewing

Wilmington Brewing Company

Broomtail Brewery

Port City Brew Bus

Cape Fear Brewing

Good Hops Brewing

Sierra Nevada

Mims Distributing Company, Inc.

Waterline Brewing Co.

New Anthem Brewing


  • Festival Events

  • Brunswick Forest

    Thursday, April 6th 6:00pm

    Join us at Plantation Building Corp's model home in Brunswick Forest.
    Event Finished

    1535 Cape Fear National Dr, Leland, NC 28451


    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 PM

    Reception & 4 Courses. For reservations please call 910.239.9153 or email alisa@rxwilmington.com
    $75/per person plus tax and gratuity

    1125-A Military Cutoff Wilmington NC 28405

    Directions | (910)-763-5252

    Bellamy Mansion  (Main Event)

    Friday, May 12th - Sunday, May 13th

    503 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

    Directions | Event Information

    Get Involved!