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Fast Food, Fine Fare for Fun Festival Feeding Frenzy
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N.C. Pecan Harvest Festival organizers last week confirmed contracts with several new (to Whiteville) food concessionaires who will be available on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Warning: the following roll call of festival-day edibles and drinkables may cause some readers’ mouths to water.

Fast Food
Local festival favorites will include the Whiteville High School Band Boosters, who will as usual sell hotdogs and hamburgers from a truck near the railroad tracks and stage. Since its inception, said Sally Mann, the booster club has contributed "about $300,000 into the band program” for uniforms, instruments and other needs. "We haven’t had to ask the school for any money” for about 20 years, said Mann.

Some new edible offerings will include chicken sandwiches and wings from the Perdue Company, which is also a major sponsor for the festival, said Mann.

Ward’s Nuts will as usual sell pecans and other nuts in both candied and spicy styles from a truck next to the N.C. Pecan Growers’ Association booth at the corner of Main and Madison streets.

Sweet offerings by outside contractors this year will include sno-balls, funnel cakes and cotton candy.

Wild Bill’s Soda is a company specializing in vintage-style root beers of different types, plus sarsaparilla and fruit-flavored sodas.

Finer Fare
Tabor City’s Chef in a Truck will serve beef brisket, gumbo, Italian sausage and more hot items from their blue-and-white vehicle. Cinnamon pecan rolls will be their special pecan-themed dessert of the day.

Pecan specialties will not only be found at booths and trucks in the street – local Whiteville eateries will outdo themselves providing special pecan-themed food for the day, from butter-pecan milkshakes, to pecan-studded pimento cheese, to sticky sweets.

Festival planning committee members always urge visitors to support the food vendors, both outside and local, and this year they are excited about the wide range of options.

Mann said Friday that she had 40 non-food vendor booths paid for, including crafters, non-profit organizations and various product and service businesses, "but that’s not a good indication (of the total) because registrations always pour in at the last minute.”

Committed vendors by the end of last week included sellers of goat milk products, handmade jewelry, beeswax and honey soaps, essential oils, paracord accessories, clothing, Tupperware and handcrafts.

There are an average of non-food vendors 70 to 75 booths each year, Mann said.

Some of those include nonprofit groups such as sports teams and garden clubs that will vie for visitors’ lunch money, offering home-baked pies, nut breads and cookies suitable to eat on the spot or carry home and freeze for Thanksgiving.

Whiteville’s Rotary Club will sell raffle tickets for a cruise; the proceeds will benefit the club’s good works in the community.

By Diana Matthews (dianamatthews@nrcolumbus.com)

Article and Images Courtesy of and as Published November 2, 2017 in The News Reporter www.NRColumbus.com


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