Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend – Wine, Bread, and Cheese Seminar

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Today I went to the first of a few events I’ll be attending as part of the Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend. As an awesome 40th birthday present, my friend Jackie bought me tickets to the Wine, Bread & Cheese Seminar as well as Saturday’s Vin de Mer Epicurean Village. I bought myself a ticket to the “Truck Stops Here” food truck rodeo.

This was seriously one of the best gifts I’ve ever been given! I had such a great time. The event was at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center which is part of the Beaufort Maritime Museum. The view was awesome. And it was a super fun location for an event like this.

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I arrived early, along with quite a few others and we watched as the room was set up.

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Because this is the first event I’ve attended during the Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The event exceeded my expectations. The only criticism I had is that I would have liked it to be a little longer. Nonetheless, it was a great experience.

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The cheeses offered were so very good. Southern Food’s Cheesemonger, SashaΒ Shreders, chose cheeses I have never had before and probably am not likely to have again for some time. However, I learned a lot and confirmed that cheese, is in fact, proof that God loves me.

I’m not sure I could pick a favorite if I had to though the Shakerag Blue and Brabander Goat Gouda were pretty amazing. The wine was excellent and paired perfectly. I only bought three bottles (my budget and wallet thank me). I’m saving the Petite Sirah for a special occasion.

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After the event was over, I spent a little time walking along the waterfront and sat for a bit, enjoying the view across Taylor’s Creek. Overall, it was a great way to spend a few hours of my vacation. I am looking forward to the next two events!

Vacation

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North Topsail Island

I’m on leave. It’s magical. Wonderful. Peaceful. And about time. Last summer, I took leave to move. Leave that has come before or after was stressful and tiring – like being in California for Grandma’s passing and memorial. It feels like I haven’t been on leave in two years {even though I technically have}.

I’m not sure if you know this but being at the beach on a regular old Monday is luxurious. Do you know what I did today? A whole lot of this . . .

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P.S. My legs are sunburned.

This might not have been juice . . .

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Abby wasn’t thrilled with the people that were playing on the beach. To prove her point, she took off running, towards a dog and broke her leash on the way. Can I take a vacation from my dog?

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Today was a good way to start five days off. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this but I really needed this.