Derby Party 2018

May 5 2018, 3:30 PM TO 8:00 PM

“Our SECOND annual multi-group charity with Dare Education Foundation and Beach Food Pantry”

3:30- 8:00 p.m.

Kentucky Derby Party 2018

  • Individual General Admission $125 
  • Tables of 8 persons $1,000

Proceeds benefit The Elizabethan Gardens, Beach Food Pantry, Dare Education Foundation


The classic event of the genteel south comes to The Elizabethan Gardens. Dress in style and enjoy the revels and embellishments of the race at this fundraising extravaganza that benefits three Outer Bank non-profits: The Elizabethan Gardens, Beach Food Pantry and Dare Education Foundation. Sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty. Expect a traditional southern affair with mint juleps, live and silent auctions, sumptuous derby pie, a hat contests and an assortment of live music, games and entertainment as you enjoy the beautiful gardens and anticipate the big race to be broadcast live. For tickets, call 252-473-3234.

The event will take place on the Great Lawn.


Of course, there will be BOURBON… our sponsor Jefferson’s Bourbon will be served.


Golden Fried Shrimp – Petite Crab Cakes – Carolina Pulled Pork – Southern Shrimp Salad –
Angus Beef Burger – Tuna Tataki – Mini Hot Dogs – Tomatillo Chicken

Watermelon Pepper Relish – Fire Roasted Corn Salsa – Asian Cucumber Salad – Jicama
Slaw – Pickled Red Onions – Dill Relish – Lettuce – Tomato – Avocado – Jalapeno – Flash
Fried Onion Rings – Shredded Cheese Blend – Sliced Aged Cheddar – Citrus Sour Cream –
Ketchup – Mustard – A1 Aioli

Slider Cuban Buns – Flour Tortillas – Mini Hoagie – Crostini – Wonton Shell


Marinated and Flash Grilled Spring Vegetables – Fresh Mozzarella Tomato Insalata –
Strawberry Cucumber Salad – White Bean Truffle Hummus – Quinoa Kale Salad – Lump
Crab Florentine Dip – Spinach Artichoke Dip – Assorted Crostinis and Toasted Baguettes

Pancetta Fontina Arugula Pine Nut Pesto – Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins –
Applewood Bacon Cheddar Broccoli – Shepherd’s Pie – Santa Fe Shrimp Black Bean Corn
with Key Lime Creme Fraiche

Orange Creamsicle Mini Cupcakes – Double Chocolate Chip Mini Cupcakes – Lemon
Blueberry Cupcakes – Oreo Strawberry Cream Pie Shooters – Very Berry Custard Cups

Before the big race, attendees can also enjoy:

  • Silent auction
  • Fashionable hat auction with hats “fashionably” styled by local businesses (the hat designers bringing in the highest bid will win a floating trophy and be automatically welcomed as VIP guests at the 2018 derby)
  • A Derby Hat Contest for party attendees (categories include Most Creative, Most Colorful and Best Overall)

A live auction and award ceremony to announce the winners of these contest will be held before the big race.

AND OF COURSE, THE’RE’S THE DERBY RACE, streamed live on large screens.

Place bet’s on the winning stallion with our derby “Horse Bucks.” Winners will receive a variety of prizes based on their luck in the race.


Would you like to help make this event possible and brand your business as a caring partner in our community? There are several options and sponsorship levels available from in kind donations to monetary donations. Click this link to find out more information: Derby Sponsor Form (click to download)

Can’t attend but still want to support these organizations? Consider a donation. Use the link below:

Our SECOND annual Kentucky Derby Party – sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty –will raise funds for three great local organizations: the Dare Education Foundation, the Beach Food Pantry and The Elizabethan Gardens.

3:30 p.m. – Guests Arrive

4:30 p.m. – Dinner service

5:30 p.m. – Official Welcome, My Old Kentucky, Bugle Player,  Chair Welcome, Committee Recognition

5:30 p.m. – Live Auction Begins

6:00 p.m. – 1st Set of Silent Auction Tables Close, Close out Horse Bucks- Horse Racing

6:15 p.m. – 2nd Set of Silent Auction Tables Close

6:30 p.m. – 3rd Set of Silent Auction Tables Close

6:30 p.m. – Final Words/ Derby Race

8:00 p.m. – Conclusion of the Event

About the Beach Food Pantry

We exist to provide free groceries to individuals and families in our community who have been affected by a temporary crisis or emergency. We offer hope to the estimated 4,370 people in Dare County who are food insecure – 1,470 of whom are children. And, we offer our commitment – to every Dare County resident – that we will be prepared to do our part should our Outer Banks community ever be affected by a natural event.

Take A Tour An audio & visual tour
of The Elizabethan Gardens


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The Elizabethan Gardens is located adjacent to The Lost Colony's Waterside Theatre and Fort Raleigh National Historic Park on Roanoke Island nestled near North Carolina's Outer Banks. The gardens are open year-round, seven days a week except certain holidays.

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