BEAUFORT — The good times kept on rolling as Beaufort Wine & Food’s 15th annual festival weekend provided delicious wine and culinary goods to attendees.
As well as high-end wine and food, the festival showcased some of the county’s high-end fashion with the Fashion Show Luncheon Friday at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center.
The show was sponsored by Island Proper Outfitter & Trader. Several county vendors were on site to showcase their wares and allow ticket holders the chance to shop.
“This year’s show is great. We have the highest number of shops participating, including six returning favorites, five new and exciting participants, including a legendary shop on the Beaufort waterfront for over 30 years, and two which have opened within the past year and one that opened two weeks ago,” said Ray Tillery, the show’s emcee. “We are showcasing some of the best fashions that the Crystal Coast has to offer.”
Showcasing men and women’s fashion in the show were Island Proper, Island Outfitters, Island Traders, Ann Paige, Apricot Lane Boutique, Beaufort Proper, Côte Boutique, Davis Beachwear, James, Jarrett Bay Clothing Co., Kitty Hawk Kites, Patches of Gold, The Posh Pelican and Tassels.
The show’s fashions ranged from casual and comfy, to garments perfect for a day on the beach, to bright and flashy getups ready for a night on the town.
Ruth Jones modeled a moderately dressy look from Ann Paige.
She wore sleek, tone on tone white plaid pants with a bold, blue poncho-style top. She paired the ensemble with a summer straw bag, white coral earrings and a gold, multi-layer bracelet by Ann Paige Designs.
Ms. Jones said this was her first time modeling in the BWF fashion show, but not her first time acting as a model.
“Ann Paige asked me to model and I said yes,” she said.
She said she had a fun time in the show and enjoyed seeing the bright colors in different outfits.
Modeling fashion from Kitty Hawk Kites Surf Co. was shop employee Emy Cloutier of Beaufort.
This was Ms. Cloutier’s first time modeling and, like Ms. Jones, said she had a great time.
“It was pretty fun. I liked it,” she said. “We got to pick out whatever we wanted to wear.”
In true BWF style, while enjoying the fashion show, ticket holders were treated to a meal prepared by guest chef Baptist Knaven of the restaurant Provence in Carrboro and host chef Jayson Foster of Aqua. The event featured wines by Justin Vineyards & Winery.
The first course was a gougere with a salad of crab and seafood, topped with a remoulade sauce. It was paired with JNSQ Rosé Cru.
The second course was roasted vegetables Napoleon with an arugula dressing, paired with Landmark chardonnay.
The third course was duck bacon flat bread with harrissa. It was paired with Landmark pinot noir.
The final course was blood orange curd with strawberries and Madagascar vanilla bean whipped cream in a chocolate waffle cup. It was paired with Penfolds Max’s cabernet sauvignon.
For the first time ever, the luncheon featured a signature cocktail, “Honeybubbles,” which was Cathead honeysuckle vodka and champagne.
The fun continued Saturday with the festival’s biggest event, the Vin de Mer Epicurean Village.
This event was held at The Beaufort Hotel and featured more than 200 wines and delicious bites prepared by dozens of local and regional restaurants.
The smell of cooking filled the tent as folks lined up to sample what was offered, and there was something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.
Taste of Napoli Restaurant and Bar in Morehead City brought along its famous porcini mushroom ravioli.
The dish was a ravioli filled with sautéed onions, peas, ham and portabella mushrooms and finished with a creamy rosé sauce.
“It’s our special. People love it,” said Mike Moriscco, with Taste of Napoli. “We do a lot of different kinds – vegetable, lobster – it’s all homemade.”
Those who sampled the ravioli enjoyed the full flavor of the pasta dish.
“It’s good,” Susan Moore of Pine Knoll Shores said.
Roseann Henslee of Greenville agreed.
“It’s tasty and it’s a good way to sneak (vegetables) to your kids and they wouldn’t even know it,” she said.
The duo was in town for the festival and said they were having a blast.
“We come for the food, drink and friends,” Ms. Henslee said.
Boro Café in Swansboro brought along two dishes for ticket holders to try, penne bollanaise and smoked steelhead trout, which was Boursin dill cheese and English cucumber on flatbread chips.
The pasta is on the restaurant’s full menu, while the steelhead trout is a special on this week’s menu.
Boro Café Executive Chef Keith Moore said other than the trout, which was shipped from Alaska, all of his seafood is locally sourced.
“I support all of the local fishermen,” he said. “I usually have it about four hours within it being caught. Then it’s on the menu that night.”
Enjoying the penne bollanaise was Dharmendra Khodiara from Leicester, England, who happened to be in town visiting friends during the festival week.
“I’ve tried some wines, French and Spanish, and some good food, as well,” he said. “I’d like to try as many local food as I can.”
The wines were also well represented.
John Ford and Autumn Fleck were on site representing three different wineries, JNSQ, Landmark in Sonoma, Calif., and Justin Wineries.
JNSQ is a California-born wine inspired by French tastes. Their wines are only made in Rosé Cru and sauvignon blanc.
Wines from Landmark included chardonnay and pinot noir, which won second place in the festival’s top wine competition.
The wines from Justin Winery were Justification and Isosceles, two reds. The Isosceles also placed in the wine competition.
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