25th Pinehurst Food & Wine Festival – “A Passport To The World”



The 25th Annual Pinehurst Food & Winefest is right around the corner. The Silver Anniversary is a perfect time to celebrate “A Passport To The World,” a weekend full of wine tastings, seminars and gourmet cuisine from across the globe.

From Aug. 30-Sept. 2, Wine Festival patrons will be presented with a wide variety of events, wine seminars, tasting opportunities and grand dining options. A full schedule of the weekend can be found here. Tickets for individual events can be found here. And package opportunities can be located here.

Now that you know how to get to us, allow us the chance to highlight a few of the more, ahem, appetizing options:

Friday evening's Wine & Dine Reception of the Pinehurst Food & Wine Festival.

Friday evening’s Wine & Dine Reception of the Pinehurst Food & Wine Festival.


Wine and Dine Reception (Friday, Pinehurst Resort Clubhouse Veranda, 7-9 p.m.) Join us for our official opening event on the Clubhouse Veranda overlooking the fairways of Pinehurst. We’ll kick off the weekend with a ceremony, then move inside to savor the abundant fare prepared by our own Pinehurst culinary team, led by Executive Chef Thierry Debailleul. VIEW MENU


A late night dessert buffet? Oh yes.

A late night dessert buffet? Oh yes.


Grand Dessert Buffet and Tasting (Friday night, The Carolina Hotel Cardinal Ballroom, 9-11 p.m.) Every sweet tooth will be satisfied with the immense assortment of dessert masterpieces prepared by our Pinehurst pastry chefs. The displays are almost as amazing as the flavors of these confectionary delights, complemented of course, by fine dessert wines. VIEW MENU


Celebrate in style at the Pinehurst Food & Wine Festival's Grand Gala Dinner.

Celebrate in style at the Pinehurst Food & Wine Festival’s Grand Gala Dinner.


Grand Gala Dinner: (Saturday, The Carolina Hotel Grand Ballroom, 8-11:30 p.m.) Celebrate in Presidential style with Former White House Chef Walter Scheib as he shares stories of his years in the White House. He’ll prepare a four-course gourmet dinner, expertly paired with premier wines, allowing you to sample and savor the best in haute cuisine. End the night on the dance floor with live music.


Pinehurst Food & Wine Festival's featured guest chef is Walter Scheib, the former executive chef at the White House from 1994-2005.

Pinehurst Food & Wine Festival’s featured guest chef is Walter Scheib, the former executive chef at the White House from 1994-2005.


Featured Guest Chef: The American Chef – Former White House Executive Chef Walter Scheib: Walter Scheib has quite a story to tell. In fact, he has two stories to tell. The first involves the rise of an American chef to the most storied position in the land. The second offers an intimate, human view of two First Families, the corridors of political power, international personalities, and the most famous building in the United States, from a unique vantage point: The kitchen.

In April 1994, Walter Scheib became the chef to America’s chief executive and the First Family. Personally hired by First Lady Hillary Clinton, Scheib prepared everything from simple family meals to elaborate and formal State Dinners. His culinary creations dazzled and delighted White House guests including Nelson Mandela, Jacques Chirac, Boris Yeltsin, and Lady Diana Spencer among others.




Sunday’s “Iron Chef at Pinehurst:” (Sunday, The Carolina Hotel Grand Ballroom, 2-3:15 p.m.) Watch as two great chefs, Chef Jay Hunter and Chef Steven Queen, compete in our own version of “kitchen stadium” as they test their speed, artistry, and creativity in this culinary Battle of the Festival.  The chefs have 1 hour to complete 3 courses themed around the surprise key-ingredient, facing critiques by our panel of judges. The returning host of the competition, Luis Torres, will keep audience members in the loop on ingredient origins, comments from the judges, and updates on the chefs’ progress.

For a list of all the featured Chefs and Seminar Presenters, go here.

For a list of all the participating wineries, go here.