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Wine and Chocolate Festival

One of the most anticipated Festivals in Wilmington is back this weekend! From the 29th until the 31st it’s the Wine and Chocolate Festival, held at the Coastline Convention Center in Downtown Wilmington. On Friday night the event starts with a grand tasting for $45 a person. This includes live entertainment by El Jaye Johnson and the Port City All-Stars and an internationally renowned comedian, additionally, there are hors d’oeurvres by Chef Sam of Catering Thyme.

On Saturday and Sunday there is a tasting tour of wine from Carolina wineries and sweet treats from local chocolatiers. Sugar by the Sea, Goodies Chocolatier, The Tipsy Bee, So Sweet Chocolates, Basile Foods, Windsor Rum Cellars, and Weathervane Winery are just a few of the vendors attending this years festival. Not only are there samples of wine and chocolate, but also there are activities for kids, raffles, informal talks, demonstrations, and live music. Performances during the event include Benny Hill, Susan Savia, LaCi, Darryl Donnell Murrill, Rebekah Todd, and Donn Stanely.

Friday the festival is from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturday 11:00am to 6:00pm, and Sunday noon to 4:00. The proceeds from the event benefit the Volunteer Older Citizens Action League. You can purchase tickets online at


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