February 2nd through February 4th, the Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington NC features three days of great fun.
Come enjoy a soft backdrop of live jazz music from the Benny Hill Quartet as you stroll along our European Style street scenes. Dance under the lighted 30 foot Eiffel Tower!
Tour and taste an array of fine wines, delectable chocolates, savory bites from our specialty food vendors and delicious appetizers from our catering services at the 2018 Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival’s “Grand Tasting,” Streets will be scattered with local and statewide Artisans.
Be sure to buy your tickets based on your Early or Late Comedy Show attendance in The Riverview Room, while enjoying craft beers, cigars and comedy!
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2018 @ 7-10 p.m.
“Jazz Saxophonist, Benny Hill & his Quartet”
The festival opens with a gala style ‘Grand Tasting’ Friday evening, February 2nd, 7-10 p.m. and has been dubbed “the perfect date.” Upon arrival, you’ll receive a commemorative wine glass as your tasting journey begins. Treat yourself to mouth-watering complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
Center stage will be a collection of some of the most talented musicians along the coastal regions of North and South Carolina. When the ‘toe-tapping’ begins – feel free to cut loose on the parquet dance floor, nestled beneath a lit 30-foot steel Eifel Tower, designed and built especially for the annual event. The Eifel Tower is erected center in the main hall, surrounded by park benches and beautiful foliage. Enjoy further live comedic entertainment at 8 pm in the Riverview Comedy & Craft Beer Lounge.
As if food, dancing, live entertainment and laughter were not enough, the event anchors will be set amongst a beautiful European Street Market. Wine, Chocolate, Specialty Food & Artisan vendors will tantalize partygoers with a wide variety of their best creations, offering products for tasting throughout the evening. Your favorite wines, confections, and artisan products will be available for purchase by the glass, bottle, or case and from serving sizes to large quantities – with Concierge Services to hold your coat and purchases until you are ready for them.
North Carolina vineyards and wineries will come from far and wide. From the rolling hills of the Yadkin Valley, with its picture perfect Grape Growers’ Vineyards like Shadow Springs and Windsor Run Cellars, to participants heading east like Ginger Creek and returning favorite Muscadines Stephens and Duplin. Show favorites Flint Hill, Country Squire and Southern Charm return as well! We are very excited to have a wonderful variety of returning wineries and several new vineyards like Stony Mountain this year! The event will provide a nice balance of both dry wines and sweet wines.
Sample the sweet sensations offered by our region’s Signature Chocolatiers who have perfected the art of creating and crafting fine chocolate. Experience some of the latest unique specialty foods, spices, oils, and fruit vinegars.