UNCW Students to Celebrate 'Wagsgiving'

Pumpkin pie spices up the menu at Wagsgiving, an annual Thanksgiving feast hosted by UNCW Campus Dining.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Who knew that Seahawks were so partial to mashed potatoes, turkey, pumpkin pie and green beans? Thanks to UNCW Campus Dining, students in Wilmington will get a head-start on their Thanksgiving celebrations with the return of one of the University’s most highly-anticipated holiday traditions: the annual “Wagsgiving” feast.

The event will take place on Wednesday, November 14 from 4-9 p.m. in the Wagoner Dining Hall. Students embrace the tradition as a way to celebrate Thanksgiving in Wilmington, their “home away from home,” alongside friends, classmates and roommates who, for many, have become as close as family.

This year’s menu will offer a whopping 1,700 pounds of local “Carolina” turkey, 1,000 pounds of mashed potatoes, 600 pounds of corn, 600 pounds of green beans, 100 gallons of gravy, 500 locally-grown baked apples, 500 pounds of tofu turkey and a seemingly-endless smorgasbord of pies.

Each year, thousands of hungry Seahawks wait in line—some beginning as early as 2:30 p.m.—for what is known across campus as “hands down, the best meal of the year.” This year, an estimated 3,500 diners are anticipated to attend. Some will create their own Thanksgiving attire in celebration of the UNCW tradition.

Though the line is usually lengthy, those waiting to eat can stay warm with complimentary hot apple cider. They can also take part in games and enjoy music from a live DJ provided by Campus Dining. “Wagsgiving” T-shirts will also be available for purchase at Wagoner for $8 each.

In an effort to make the wildly-successful event even better, Campus Dining has announced that all of the disposable dinnerware provided to diners is made from two different bioplastics: the plates and cups are made of a material derived from sugarcane fibers, and the utensils are made using plastarch—a plastic made from a resin that is made from corn starch. Both of these bioplastics will biodegrade much more quickly than their widely-used, petroleum-based plastic counterparts and are also “tree free,” in keeping with UNCW’s emphasis on sustainability.

“Wagsgiving” meals are available for one meal swipe to students on meal plans, and are also available to off-campus students and community members for the off-meal plan price of $9.69 plus tax per person.

Article by UNCW senior Amelia Beamer, an intern in the Office of University Relations, and "huge fan" of Wagsgiving.

Media contact: Andrea Weaver, Office of University Relations, 910.962.7631, weavera@uncw.edu