About Us

The 2nd Annual Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival begins on Friday, September 28, 2018 with a Vintner’s Dinner and continues Saturday, September 29, with The Grand Tasting, on the beautiful and historic grounds of the Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island, home to America’s longest running outdoor symphonic drama, The Lost Colony. Not only is Roanoke Island the site of America’s first English colony and our country’s oldest mystery but also the birthplace of America’s first English child, Virginia Dare. The only silent witness remaining to these events is the Mother Vine, America’s oldest cultivated grapevine. Dated to be more than 400 years old, its myths and history is interwoven with Virginia Dare and the story of American wine. Wine, whether Old World or New World will be celebrated on the site where the New World was first explored by Sir Walter Raleigh’s colonies.

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival is a fundraising event produced by the Roanoke Island Historical Association, a 501 3(c) non-profit whose mission is to commemorate the history of the first English colonies in North America on Roanoke Island, NC – primarily accomplished by the annual production of its symphonic outdoor drama, The Lost Colony, and through educationally engaging events and programs. All funds raised from The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival will benefit The Lost Colony production.


First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony, is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony performs from the end of May through late August every summer at Manteo’s Waterside Theatre, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The 2019 Season begins May 31, 2019. For more information, go to www.thelostcolony.org or call (252) 473-6000.