Updates on Flavor 2018 will be posted here and social media throughout the year.


What can I do to be considered as a festival vendor? Email your request to swansboroflavor@gmail.com.

Where is the Flavor 2018 Event held
Flavor 2018 will be on October 20th, 2018 from 12 pm until 4 pm on the oceanfront at the Islander Hotel & Resort. This event is rain-or-shine and will not be rescheduled. The festival address is: 102 Islander Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

What is Flavor 2018?
A celebration of North Carolina craft brews and local cuisine prepared by some of the areas best restaurants. Flavor 2018 will delight you with over 30 breweries and 12 to 15 local restaurants serving free tastings of their finest brews for four hours, all on the oceanfront of one of the most beautiful beaches in North Carolina!

What do I get with my festival ticket?
If you purchase a VIP Ticket, you will be given admission to the event, at 12pm, one hour prior to General Admission ticket holders, a event koozie, 5 raffle tickets, exclusive tasting glass and the right to try as many beers as you would like, for free, during the four hour tasting session and also samples from all the participating restaurants. That’s a lot of time and a lot of beer, we encourage you to pace yourself, try new flavors and varieties, meet new people and find new favorites! We will have bottled water onsite for FREE so don’t be shy. Water not only cleanses your palate between your samples but also keeps you hydrated.

If you purchase a General Admission Ticket you will gain admission at 1 pm. You will receive an event koozie, 3 raffle tickets, exclusive tasting glass and the right to try as many beers as you would like, for free, during the four hour tasting session and also samples from all the participating restaurants.

What do I HAVE to bring to Flavor 2018?
If you intend to drink alcoholic beverages, you must possess a valid state drivers license, or government issued picture ID that will be checked at the gate. If you do not bring a valid picture ID, even if you have already paid for the ticket. WE WILL NOT ISSUE REFUNDS OR REIMBURSE YOU IN ANY MANNER. Your wrist will be banded at the gate according to the type of ticket you have purchased. No beer will be given or sold to anyone without the correct type of band and tasting glass.

What can I bring to Flavor 2018?
You may bring the following items for your personal comfort
Cameras (Photograph, NOT video)
Personal Bags/Purses. (These may be subject to being checked inside by staff.)

*Flavor and/or the SAEO are not responsible in any way for any lost and/or stolen items, personal or otherwise*

What CAN’T I bring to Flavor 2018?
Outside food
Baby Strollers
Any Alcoholic Beverages
Pets other than service animals
Children or anyone under the age of 21
Firearms, Knives or any other weapons
Glass Containers of any kind
Mugs, Cups, or any other open drinking vessel
Items deemed inappropriate by Flavor staff

Where’s the smoking section?
There’s not one. Flavor 2018 is tobacco-free zone under all tents. This includes smoking, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other such devices.

Will there be food vendors?
Yes, there will be between 12 and 15 food vendors. Stay up to date right here on the website for the latest.

What about parking?
Flavor 2018 has plenty of parking spaces available; just follow the signs as you approach the festival from Islander Drive. Parking is FREE. We strongly recommend all participants to have a designated driver with them. The Emerald Isle Western Regional Access, located right next door, will hold most if not all attendees vehicles. Car Pool is you can.

What’s the deal with the Flavor 2018 shuttle service?
We do provide a shuttle service that will provide TICKET HOLDERS ONLY with a ride. The pickup and drop off points and times are listed on the website. They will be at the Swansboro Town Hall in Swansboro, NC and beside Christina’s Boutique in Cedar Point, NC.

What time should I arrive Saturday?
The gates to the festival open at 11:45, but keep in mind that there will more than likely be a line to get in, so plan accordingly. (Obviously we’ll do our best to keep it moving as quickly as possible. Help us do this by having your tickets, and ID’s ready.)

Can we tailgate in the parking lot while we’re waiting to get in or ‘till our friends get here?
Unequivocally NO, the consumption of alcohol in the parking lot is strictly banned and will be dealt with accordingly. Any person deemed to be intoxicated prior to entry would not be allowed into the festival area by festival staff.

Can I leave and come back?
Yes, but any person deemed to be intoxicated by festival staff will not be allowed back inside the gates during festival hours.

When will beer and food be available?
The brews and food will be available starting at 12 pm. If we allow early entry due to trying to get everyone in to avoid long lines, note that the food and brew still won’t be available until 12.

I have a drone; can I fly it and take pictures of the property and the people at the event?
Drones are not allowed on the event property unless written permission from SAEO staff has been obtained. To inquire about obtaining permission, please contact us via email.

Flavor 2018 sounds awesome; we want to hang after the festival!
Once the event is over at 4 pm, all attendees will have to leave the premises. The event is over at 4 pm and there will be no holdover time to hang out. If you want to go back to the parking area and then go to the beach and hang out that’s fine, as long as the Western Regional Access parking lot is still open by the town. At this point, you are on your own and we will not be responsible for any of your actions.

What’s the deal with the Flavor Friday night VIP party?
ONLY VIP Ticket holders, staying at the Islander Hotel & Resort or Oceanview Inn with a “Stay Package” attend the Friday night VIP Party. All tickets sold with Stay Packages will be marked for admittance.

Have a question that you don’t see here in this list? Feel free to contact Flavor Festivals staff by emailing your question or comment on our contact page.

Drink Responsibly. Be safe and have a good time!

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