The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival September 28 & 29, 2018

Roanoke Island Historical Association is excited to announce the dates of its 2nd Annual Lost Colony Wine and Culinary Festival. The festival opens with the Vintner’s Dinner on Friday, September 28th followed by the Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 29th.  Last year’s inaugural event was a triumphant success with attendees proclaiming it to be the best event on the Outer Banks!

The Grand Tasting will take place on the grounds of the famous outdoor drama, The Lost Colony.   Attendees will taste over 100 wines from around the world, discover local craft beers, sample savory local fare and enjoy live entertainment, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Roanoke and Pamlico Sounds. But this year, the very popular Beer Garden has been expanded to include local breweries and regional craft beers, two additional local eateries, and a second band.  There will be no better way to spend a fall day on the Outer Banks!

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival opens on Friday, September 28th with a Vintner’s Dinner featuring Virginia Dare Wines at 108 Budleigh in downtown Manteo.  A multi-course meal will be fabulously paired with the wines by Chef Sam McGann of the Blue Point, an Outer Banks legend. A soon to be announced guest chef will be joining him for this delicious affair.  Details for this much anticipated event will be available shortly on our website, Vintner’s Dinner tickets are very limited and early purchase is encouraged.

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival’s Grand Tasting event on Saturday, September 29th opens at 1PM for VIP ticket holders ($85) and at 2PM for General Admission ($60). The Family Coppola’s Virginia Dare Winery partners with the Roanoke Island Historical Association for this “don’t miss” festival in benefit of The Lost Colony. General Admission tickets are now on sale at If you would like to be a sponsor of this event please call 252 473-2127.

Roanoke Island is the site of Queen Elizabeth I’s first attempt to establish a colony in the New World, and is the birthplace of America’s first English child, Virginia Dare. The Lost Colony tells the story of the 1587 colony and has performed on this historic site since 1937. Roanoke Island is also home to the Mothervine, America’s oldest cultivated grapevine. The island’s history is imbedded with fabulous legends!  The Virgin Queen and Sir Walter Raleigh’s dreams, the colony’s unsolved disappearance, and a love story that tells how the grapes of the Mothervine became stained red. The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival celebrates Roanoke Island’s history, legends and heritage with wine, handcrafted beer and sumptuous food.

Francis Ford Coppola is intrigued with the mystery and legends of the Lost Colony.  When Virginia Dare Wines, a North Carolina winery during the 1800s, became available for purchase, The Family Coppola seized the opportunity to add its legendary wine to its portfolio of wineries and resorts.  In 2015, The Family Coppola launched the revitalization of Virginia Dare Winery at its new home in Sonoma County, promoted as “American Wines Since 1835.”  Crafted with grapes from the finest viticulture regions in California, Virginia Dare Winery wines are rich with characteristics befitting an American legend:  Pure. Natural. Distinctive.  The partnership with The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival reflects The Family Coppola’s appreciation of history and storytelling, and celebrates the treasures, people and places that shaped this great country.

The festival is generously funded by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and the Virginia Dare Winery, and is sponsored by several local partners including PCL and the TowneBank Family of banking and insurance services. For a full listing of the Festival’s supporters, please see our website.  For more information, please call (252) 473-2127.