Here are all the places to eat during the Azalea Festival street fair

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Street fair food is one of the best parts of the Azalea festival. Charlotte-based Party in a Pita is one of 21 vendors serving food and drinks downtown this year. (Courtesy Photo)
Street fair food is one of the best parts of the Azalea festival. Charlotte-based Party in a Pita is one of 21 vendors serving food and drinks downtown this year. (Courtesy Photo)

WILMINGTON — There are many reasons to check out the Azalea Festival this weekend, but one of the best is the street food.

The street fair will feature 21 food vendors this year, including some several regional and local favorites. Among the local vendors will be Wilmington’s Poor Piggy’s BBQ, the area’s first food truck for barbecue, including eastern North Carolina style pulled pork and barbecued brisket. Also local is Kona Ice, serving frozen desserts, from Hampstead.

Starting Friday evening at 6 p.m., the downtown area will be ground zero for delicious street food. (Courtesy Azalea Festival 2017)
Starting Friday evening at 6 p.m., the downtown area will be ground zero for delicious street food. (Courtesy of Azalea Festival 2017)

Regionally, several North Carolina vendors will be participating. For snacks, there are cracklins from Yadkin River Pork Skins, or roasted sweet potato from Charlotte-based Jus’ Roastin.

For something more coastal, there’s Flounders Seafood, which closed as a restaurant after being a New Bern staple for a decade. Flounders carried on as a catering company and will be serving fresh seafood.

The Greensboro food truck Hot Diggity Dog will be serving Nathan’s hot dogs (about a dozen different ways). From Matthews, N.C., the Steak Boys will bring 30 years of gyro – and other classic sandwich – expertise.

For those looking for vegetarian options, Raleigh-based food truckers Party in a Pita serve classic Mediterranean street food, including tabouli, falafel and hummus. And, to wash it all down, there’s frozen drinks from the distinctively-named Moose Joose Slush, out of Mooresville.

Moose Joose
North Carolina’s own Moose Joose. (Courtesy photo)

There will also be vendors serving everything from cinnamon rolls to jerked chicken.

We’ve got a full list of the vendors (and in most cases their specialties) below.

  1. Party IN A Pita – Mediterranean, vegetarian
  2. Lee’s Kitchen – Jamaican food, jerk chicken, island-style curry
  3. Jus’ Roastin – roasted corn, potato and sweet potato
  4. J.M. Chang’s – Chinese cuisine
  5. That’s a wrap – healthier fare, veggie wraps
  6. Funtastic Foods – scratch-made food, bacon-wrapped chicken, giant bratwurst
  7. Steak Boys Inc. – fried chicken on a stick, gyros, steak sandwiches
  8. Wild Bills Soda – gourmet sodas, root beers and sarsaparilla
  9. MOOSE JOOSE SLUSH – frozen beverages
  10. Laughing Crab Catering – seafood, crab cakes
  11. Flounders Seafood – local seafood
  12. Almost Heaven Concessions – cinnamon rolls, desserts
  13. MacBrand Foods, Inc. – classic street food, corn dogs, sausage sandwiches, burgers
  14. Hot Diggity Dog – Nathan’s hot dogs
  15. Asia Fusion Elite – pan-Asian food
  16. Yadkin River Pork Skins – lip smacking cracklins for snacking with no looking back
  17. Pinay Grocery, LLC – North Carolina based Filipino cuisine
  18. Alicia’s MozzArepas – sweet-corn bread stuffed with mozzarella cheese
  19. Poor Piggy’s – BBQ pork, brisket, chicken fingers
  20. Leisure Time Concessions
  21. Kona-Ice of Coastal Carolina, LLC – frozen deserts

The street fair runs April 7 to 9, and will be open Friday, 6 – 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Hungry festival-goers should note, not all food vendors will be set up on Friday night.)

More from Azalea Festival 2017:

Former Miss America Kira Kazantsev crowned 2017 Azalea Queen

Shagging, the historic ‘Dance of the South,’ to return to Azalea Festival

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