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Chefs from around the world will head to North Carolina this spring for the ever-expanding Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend. The sixteenth iteration of this annual festival features five days of tastings, seminars, dinners, and live and silent auctions.
Explore the intricacies of California wines with a seminar comparing Sonoma and Napa bottles. If snacks are more your style, there’s a seminar devoted to pairing wine with bread and cheese, hosted by a winemaker, cheesemonger, and guest baker. Be sure to grab tickets for one of the many wine dinners taking place throughout the weekend: Guest chefs are paired with some of the Crystal Coast’s top restaurants for meals that showcase wines from around the world.beaufortwineandfood.org
Each April, the small town of South Pittsburg transforms into a mecca for lovers of cornbread, crafts, and music. The National Cornbread Festival—a nonprofit organization that partners with cast-iron producer Lodge—has given more than $1 million to local organizations and community reinvestment since its first event nearly twenty-five years ago.
The weekend includes a cornbread cook-off hosted by Lodge, a Cornbread Alley where guests can sample dozens of variations of the Southern favorite, live music throughout the festival grounds, more than one hundred arts and crafts vendors and thirty food vendors, and booths serving up free corn fritters. There’s plenty of activities, like a Cornbread 5K race, tours of historic South Pittsburg, cornbread-eating and buttermilk-chugging contests, and more. But be sure to save time for a tour of Lodge’s cast iron foundry: It’s only open to the public during the festival.