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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was a delicious day at UNCW for the 4th Annual Feast Down East Regional Conference.

The conference focuses on getting local goods from farm to table.

“We are bringing farmers, buyers and community planners together to help build a local, healthy, strong food economy,” Feast Down East Director Jane Steigerwald said.

This year’s conference allowed extra time for participants to network. Steigerwald says Feast Down East also helps increase access to healthy local foods by providing support and guidance to farmers.

Smells ad sounds of chefs cooking filled the Burney Center.

“It gives us an opportunity to do what we like to do; not so much the paperwork end of being a chef, but just kind of creating something from scratch,” UNCW Executive Chef Ryan Andress said.

With educational workshops and even a cooking competition, participants got some tasty local treats.

“I came to sit on the panel with the farmers and different chefs in the area, then somehow got roped into doing a cooking competition with extremely limited ingredients,” Cameron Art Museum Executive Chef Jessica Cabo said.

And even though she did not win Ccabo says she had a good time.

“I mean, it’s fun. It’s stressful. And after this I have to go back to work,” she said.

She says what Feast Down East does is simply inspiring.

“It’s absolutely important to eat local, support your local farmers because you get the best, freshest, most wholesome nutritious ingredients around and just support local business,” she said.

Organizers say you can look up a list of local farmers and where to buy fresh produce on their website.

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  • Rebecca G

    WWAY thank you so much for your good coverage of these events, however, I wish you would do a little bit better job at notifying us before the event actually happen. I’m not sure how to put it into action. There so many sites that talk about different events in Wilmington it’s hard to capture the many wonderful things we have going on. I see so many events that you cover such as a kite festival or the Feast Down East that I would love to go to, but by the time I see on your site it’s already happened. It would really be great if you did the story before the event and then maybe a follow up after! do you think there’s any solution to this? Thanks so much for your help!

  • Scott Pickey

    Rebecca – thanks for the note and I understand your frustration.

    Check out our ‘What’s Happening’ segment that runs Thursdays around 5:55 p.m. and again Friday on GMC. Plus it’s usually posted online.

    It highlights some of the stuff going on around town that weekend BEFORE it happens.

    Hopefully that’ll help some.


    Scott Pickey
    WWAY News Director

  • taxpayer

    check out Red Beard Farms and meet Mr. Beard.


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