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Chefs’ Showcase: a Kick-Off Event

Stay tuned and be sure to join us for 2021 Chefs’ Showcase! The Chefs’ Showcase is a seated culinary adventure consisting of: a 5-course meal with fine wine pairings, light entertainment, high-end silent auction items, and a luxury vacation raffle. Notable chefs from our region (and beyond!) work together to prepare the dishes…they always cook…

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Wonderful Weekend in Wilmington

I had a wonderful weekend in Wilmington during the Martin Luther King Holiday. On Saturday,  I attended the 2019 Azalea Festival Chef’s Showcase. It was a wonderful Saturday afternoon and a very successful event; thank you to all who came! I enjoyed tasting all of the delicious food that the talented chefs prepared. It was…

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For Immediate Release: North Carolina Azalea Festival 2019 Official Artwork Unveiled

For Immediate Release North Carolina Azalea Festival 2019 Official Artwork Unveiled WILMINGTON, NC –Each year, the North Carolina Azalea Festival President chooses an artist to create an artistic representation of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. This artwork is then used in Festival promotions and publicity, and duplicated into Festival prints for sale to the public….

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Meet the Baker/Creator of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding Cake!

North Carolina Azalea Festival Announces Public Meet and Greet Opportunity with the “royal wedding cake baker” Claire Ptak leading up to the 2nd annual Chefs’ Showcase The North Carolina Azalea Festival will be hosting a public meet and greet opportunity with Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery from London on Friday, January 18th. Claire is…

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Azalea Festival Wins International Festivals and Events Pinnacle Awards

For Immediate Release North Carolina Azalea Festival Wins Two International Festivals and Events Pinnacle Awards Boise, Idaho- The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) paid tribute to the North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina on October 1, 2018 during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the 63rd Annual IFEA Convention,…

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Sponsors & Partners

Brand An Event Over 300,000 guests visit Wilmington, NC for the North Carolina Azalea Festival every April. Take advantage of this springtime celebration and partner with us to brand an event with your business! Attend as a VIP Get tickets to our exclusive, VIP events – including our signature event, the Airlie Luncheon Garden Party….

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Community Events

COMMUNITY EVENTS Chefs’ Showcase The Chefs’ Showcase is a seated, five-course luncheon with fine wine pairings. Experience the flavors from five outstanding chefs as they prepare and discuss their dishes in this relaxing afternoon event. A high-end silent auction and vacation raffle tops off the event. VIEW EVENT Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida Preformed…

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About Us

ABOUT US The North Carolina Azalea Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Here is a quick snapshot of who we are: We’re locally-grown; in 1948 Wilmington citizens and various community groups came together to create the first Azalea Festival. Our mission is to stimulate the economy and promote volunteerism. We help create an estimated $51…

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