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Event Preview | Feast Wilmington

Feast Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina is launching a new food and drink festival this month to showcase and celebrate the region’s emergence as a top culinary destination. Feast Wilmington takes place March 22-24 at Live Oak Bank Pavilion.

Feast Wilmington will feature three days of events with 70 restaurants, 20 breweries, spirits, wine and music. All events will be held at the Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington.

This is the first ever Feast Wilmington event. Wilmington has previously hosted Craft + Cuisine, a festival pairing breweries and restaurants, and that event is now encompassed within Feast Wilmington.

“We’re really excited to have so many talented restaurant and beverage industry professionals gathered for our inaugural Feast events. They will truly be a celebration of Wilmington’s dynamic food and beverage scene” says Jessica Maurer, director of Feast Wilmington.

Maurer says the idea for Wilmington to have a high-end food and drink festival originated with the city’s Mayor, Bill Saffo. She adds that one of the reasons behind launching the festival is the restaurant scene’s growth over the past 20 years. The city boasts several James Beard Award nominees and an expanding ethnic restaurant scene. Wilmington has become a culinary destination, not just a beautiful beach town.

Feast Wilmington is produced by Wilmington Media and Marketing and will benefit Food Bank at Wilmington and Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance.

Cape Fear Craft + Cuisine
Craft + Cuisine 2021

Feast Wilmington Events

The weekend includes four events. Tickets for each event are available here. Each ticket is inclusive of all food and drink.

VIP Kickoff Friday March 22nd from 6 – 9 p.m.

Participating restaurants include: Apple Annie’s Bake Shop, Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria, Bridgewater Wines & Dines, Circa 1922, Covey, Floriana, G Prime, Kipos, Olivero, Salita Pizza, Southern Smoke BBQ + True Blue Butcher and Table.

Musical Guests: The Benny Hill Quartet

Brunch Elevated Saturday March 23rd from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Participating restaurants include: Beach Shop & Grill, Brooklyn Café, Brunches, Brunch Thyme, Buen Dia, Cast Iron Kitchen, Drift, Elijah’s, Ellipsis, Keg and Egg, Malama Café,  Oliver’s on the Cape Fear, Salt & Charm, Solstice Kitchen & Cocktails + Sweet N Savory

Musical Guest: Professor Dub

Pier Party Saturday March 23 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Participating restaurants include: Bluewater Grill, Ceviche’s, Coquina Fishbar, Epicurean Bistro, Gustu Peruano, King Neptune, JohnnyLuke’s KitchenBar, Maine Lobstah Shack, Oceanic, PinPoint, Poe’s Tavern, Savor Southern Kitchen, Shuckin’ Shack, Stoked, The Half, The Cork Room, True Blue Butcher and Barrel + Yo Sake.

Musical Guests: The Hatch Brothers

Craft + Cuisine Sunday March 24 from 12 – 3 p.m.

In partnership with the Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance, 20 local breweries will be matched with 20 chefs for unique, pairing experiences.

Restaurant + Brewery Partnerships:
Beat Street + Drum Trout Brewing Co.
Boombalatti’s + Hi-Wire Brewing
Brunswick Beer & Cider *Restaurant and Brewery
Burgaw Brewing *Restaurant and Brewery
Coquina Fishbar + Broomtail Brewing
Dram Yard + Bill’s Brewing Company
Front Street Brewery *Restaurant and Brewery
Los Portales Taqueria + Wilmington Brewing Company
Marina Grill + Outer Dunes Brewing
Panacea Brewing Company *Restaurant and Brewery
Platypus & Gnome + Ironclad Brewery
Ponysaurus Brewing Company *Restaurant and Brewery
Steam Restaurant & Bar + Salty Turtle Beer Company
The Boat Landing Restaurant + Flytrap Brewing
The Copper Penny + Mad Mole Brewing
The Spot + Good Hops Brewing
Three10 + Mannkind Brewing
Rebellion + Waterline Brewing Co.
Wrightsville Beach Brewery *Restaurant and Brewery

Musical Guests: The Midatlantic

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