Mark your calendar: The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival set for Sept. 29-30

The Roanoke Island Historical Association on Saturday, Sept. 30, will present The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, with a pre-festival Vintner’s Dinner at Duck Woods Country Club, 50 S. Dogwood Trail, in Southern Shores.

Tickets are $125 per person and include a four-course dinner paired with wines from the Virginia Dare Winery.

The winery, which is owned by The Family Coppola, is the latest Northern California wine project of famed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola.

Coppola reportedly has long been intrigued by the mystery of The Lost Colony and the story of what became of Virginia Dare, the first-born of English descent in the New World.

A clipping of Roanoke Island’s Mother Vine, the oldest known grapevine in the United States, was planted in Coppola’s vineyard.

The Mother Vine’s Muscadine grapes were the first grape used to make wine in the New World.

About the festival

The festival is from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lost Colony Waterside Theatre, 1409 National Park Drive in Manteo — site of the annual, Tony Award-winning “Lost Colony” production.

The event will include live music and entertainment, seminars, fine food, and wine tastings featuring wines from across the U.S., all against the backdrop of Roanoke Sound.

Tickets are $50 per person, $75 per person for VIP tickets. VIP, which entitles the guest to VIP parking, one-hour early entry and admission to the VIP Tasting Lounge, hosted by Trio.

Organizers of the event hope to make the festival an annual event.

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