Wilmington restaurants and food trucks celebrating Earth Day and 4/20


The upcoming holidays offer locals a chance to get outside and honor all that the spring season has to offer.

Unsurprisingly, restaurateurs in the greater Wilmington area are adding something tasty to these celebrations. Here’s an overview of what’s going on.

On 04/20

Munchie-fueled events are a must for this unofficial marijuana party. To Saltfish at Carolina Beach there are two seats on Wednesday night for a five-course CBD (cannabidiol) infusion dinner with cocktails. Look for dishes like local oysters with chili-infused basil oil, aged koji steak with heirloom tomato terrine, and Britt’s Donut bread pudding for dessert.

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In downtown Wilmington, Pin Point Restaurant also offers a special “breakfast for dinner” menu on Wednesdays. It includes snacks like bread with garlic hemp butter, sharing plates like poutine with fries, gravy, pork belly and cheese curds, and French toast entrees with duck breast and catfish and oatmeal.

Double Baked Smoke Shop & Bakery is now open at 511 Shipyard Blvd.  in Wilmington.

Still in Wilmington,Double Baked Smoked Shop & Bakery at 511 Shipyard Blvd. hosts its first outdoor event with free cookies, live music and snacks from the Tacos El Jefe food truck.

For Earth Day

Friday, which is officially Earth Day, Oak Island Middleton Park is hosting a free event with interactive exhibits, presentations and (of course!) food. It’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Look for SeaDogs, which offers a special Earth Day box for kids and sweet treats from Candy Girl OKI.

Wilmington Earth Day Festival is the next day, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Long Leaf Park. It promises to be an afternoon filled with live music, environmental information and what is called a forest of food trucks where you can find Taqueria La Lillita, Webo Catering and Wheelz Pizza.

In the beer tent, you can buy beers from Bill’s Brewing Company, Wrightsville Beach Brewing Company, and Edward Teach Brewery. Also look for Noni Baca wine and kombucha from Panacea Brewing Company.

The Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Wilmington, NC STARNEWS FILE PHOTO

Vegetate

After the Earth Day events, you can enjoy the Wilmington Vegetable Festival. For the first time since 2019, the local vegan community is raising awareness about plant-based food.

It takes place outdoors at the Legion Sports Complex from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 and features more than 40 vendors like The Wicked Vegans food truck, Panacea Brewing Company, Cinnaholic, Rebel Cheese and Wild Earth, as well as live music and games.

A flight of 4 kombucha flavors at Panacea Brewing Company in Wilmington, NC STARNEWS FILE PHOTO

Focus on the ocean

The inauguration For the Ocean Gala from the local Plastic Ocean Project takes place at the NC Aquarium in Fort Fisher on April 30. In addition to live music and a documentary screening, food lovers will find a menu from True Blue Butcher and Table (which includes vegan options), wine from Coastal Beverage Co., Wrightsville Beach Brewery beer and the Kombucha from Panacea.

Allison Ballard is the food and restaurant reporter at StarNews. You can reach her at [email protected]

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