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


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.



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.



The cheeses offered were so very good. Southern Food’s Cheesemonger, Sasha 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.


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!

Apple Cider Bourbon

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It’s still hot here in the Carolinas. Last weekend temps were in the 60’s when I woke up. I sat on the back deck to eat breakfast and drink my coffee. It gave me a little hope that the hot, humid summer would be on its way out soon.

Last autumn, I made some new drinks, inspired by Pinterest, the cold weather and my absolutely insane October-December. This beauty, apple cider bourbon was my favorite, by far. I even like this better than apple cider margaritas. I know! Crazy, right?

I found the recipe, here. And while I usually change up recipes I find online {almost 100% of the time}, this one didn’t need any changes. It’s perfect.

In honor of my dreams of Autumn, football, turning leaves and sweater weather . . . here is Apple Cider Bourbon.


4 oz apple cider {I buy a fresh cider, made here in my area! So delish.}

2 oz bourbon {I buy Knob Creek}

2 tablespoons cinnamon

1 tablespoon sugar

orange wedge

rosemary sprig


1. Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.

2. Cut an orange and use a wedge to coat the edges of your glass.

3. In a shaker with ice, combine the cider and bourbon. Pour into your glass.

4. Garnish with an orange wedge and small sprig of rosemary.