Pouring a taste of Champagne at the Lost Colony Culinary and Wine Festival.

Pouring a taste of Champagne at the Lost Colony Culinary and Wine Festival.

We have to admit, going to The Lost Colony Wine and Culinary Festival today so we could report on it was not a chore. In fact, it was downright fun.

It’s an annual event held at the Soundstage, which was once the dressing room for The Lost Colony. It’s right next to the stage and it would be hard to imagine a more beautiful setting. Located on Croatan Sound on Roanoke Island, there was a light breeze coming off the water, bright sunshine…in short a perfect day.

The beautiful weather certainly helped, but the Wine Festival is really all about wine…and beer. We don’t want to forget the beer that was on hand. And food. Wonderful food.

There were ten Outer Banks restaurants on hand, as well as an Hors d’oeuvre platter from Food Lion. It’s hard to pick out one favorite but that lobster bisque from Ten o Six sure was good.

Wine Takes Center Stage

But the wine is center stage at the Wine Festival. And with over 100 wines to sample, as well as 30 some beer available, well…the best we can say is that it was important to pace yourself. And realize there was no way that everything was going to be sampled.

It’s really hard to pick out a favorite from the day. We had fairly warm autumn temperatures, so the lighter wines seemed a bit more inviting.

Out on the VIP lounge Trio OBX was pouring a very nice Champagne. Inside there were some very nice dry rose wines on hand.

The Wine Festival is the signature piece of a weekend long fundraising effort by The Lost Colony. Friday night there was a wine dinner in Manteo. Sunday there will be a brunch served at Basnighht’s Lone Cedar Cafe. That’s new this year.

By all accounts, the effort has been tremendously successful this year. The Wind Festival sold out even after they added a few extra tickets when it became clear the weather was going to cooperate. And according to the folks at the Lost Colony wine dinner combined with a silent auction was the best they had had.

Good news, because, as the longest running outdoor drama in North America, The Lost Colony is truly an Outer Banks institution.

The Lost Colony Wine and Culinary Festival is just one of many wonderful events happening in the fall on the Outer Banks. Plan your stay at a Brindley Beach Vacations home and experience the real Outer Banks.