Cape Fear coffee lovers should mark their calendars now for Wilmington Coffee Fest on Saturday, February 01, 2020 from 10AM – 5PM. Tickets are available via www.wilmingtoncoffeefest.com. The Wilmington Coffee Fest will be held at the Hannah Block Historic USO Community Center and Waterline Brewing Company. In addition to highlighting the artisan coffee culture in the region, Wilmington Coffee Fest will educate locals on coffee and related topics and also give back to the community.
The Hannah Block Community Arts Center (120 S. 2nd St) will be open from 10AM-4PM. This location houses “All things coffee”. This consists of 40 different coffee related vendors (shops, roasters,industry, bakers) and also a series of lectures, demonstrations and competitions.
Waterline Brewing Co. (721 Surry St.) will be open from 12PM – 5 PM. This location houses upwards of 40 vendors. This consists of local craft artisans, live music, coffee and food trucks and giveaways benefiting UNCW’s Plastic Ocean Project.
February’s Wilmington Coffee Fest will be the third annual coffee event presented by Wilmington Coffee Crawl, LLC. Founders Krysta Kearney and Will Chacon, who each operate coffee shops in downtown Wilmington, were inspired to create an event that would bring local coffee lovers together and introduce the broader community to Wilmington’s coffee scene. “Each coffee shop will showcase their shop and whatever their specialty is,” says Chacon.
After sold-out events in 2018 and 2019, the Wilmington Coffee Crawl is evolving into the Wilmington Coffee Fest to broaden the scope of the event and allow the entire Wilmington coffee community to participate. The Wilmington Coffee Crawl used to be spanned across many of the downtown coffee shops where participants would meander from shop to shop. NOW the festival is centrally based. “We took the best parts of the crawl and put it all together to create a fun and centralized community event,” says Kearney. There are two venues and the Fest is set up where each vendor has their own booth. Limited free transportation provided by “Free Rides” will be available for those who need a lift between the two locations.
Though the Wilmington Coffee Fest is certainly coffee-centric, there will be something for everyone, non-coffee drinkers included. Withe 70-80 vendors participating, anyone who likes fine tea, sweet treats, baked goods, local art, craft beer, giveaways or great music will find something to enjoy. “As much as it is a coffee event, it as a community event too,” says Kearney.
Your ticket includes full access to 70+ vendors, live music, local arts, coffee, food and alcohol. Each festival goer also receives a limited edition ceramic espresso mug and a limited edition tote bag. This is part of our efforts to reduce waste as we are a limited waste event. People can use their espresso mug for samplings and espresso and the tote bag to carry their goodies! You may also choose to purchase a VIP ticket which gains you everything the general admission ticket gets you PLUS early access to the event at 9:30 AM. PLUS you are invited to the VIP Industry Party on Friday night at Waterline Brewery where you get a chance to mingle with all participating vendors!
As a community-oriented event, Wilmington Coffee Fest will be an environmentally and socially sustainable festival. Composting will be available on site, and participants are encouraged to minimize waste as much as possible. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the preservation of the Hannah Block Center and the Plastic Ocean Project, a Wilmington-based non-profit leveraging both research and art to clean plastic out of our oceans.
For more information, visit www.wilmingtoncoffeefest.com and follow @WilmingtonCoffeeFest on Instagram and Facebook.