Foodie Tours & Events

Wilmington’s foodie scene inspires both guided walking culinary tours of downtown restaurants and markets and do-it-yourself explorations of everything from Southern soul food to fresh seafood and world flavors. From culinary tours and farm-to-table offerings, to award-winning restaurants and epicurean events, foodies will find lots to savor. Wherever you choose to dine, by all means go back for seconds.

Annual Culinary Events & Festivals

There are a number of culinary events throughout the year celebrating the Southern food culture of the area. Experience the best of dozens of local chefs during Restaurant Week every spring and fall. Other don't miss events include the Wilmington Wine and Food Festival; Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival; Taste of Wrightsville Beach; the Beach, Bacon and Beer Festival in Carolina Beach and the Wilmington Seafood Festival.

Carolina Beach Tasting History Tour

Explore colorful Carolina Beach with all of your senses on this unique guided walking tour. Spend an afternoon visiting several of the town's most notable restaurants, learning about the interesting history of the island and experiencing its local flavors. Start with the Signature Tour, then hop aboard one of their special offerings like the Drinks with History Tour.

Downtown Farmers’ Market Tour & Cooking Class

Join Taste Carolina for a Saturday morning guided tour through the Riverfront Farmers’ Market, followed by a quick spin through historic downtown Wilmington before and a delicious breakfast snack. A local chef will then bring you into their restaurant kitchen for a cooking class. And if that weren't enough, the tour ends with lunch.

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Wilmington Downtown Tasting Tour

Sign up for this guided walking tour with Taste Carolina and enjoy a unique tasting experience in downtown Wilmington's Historic District. The tour includes savory and sweet tastings—most paired with a drink—at five to six restaurants and bars. Meet local chefs and owners while learning about downtown and its thriving culinary scene.