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Friday, July 19, 2013

Asheville Wine and Food Festival

View from Biltmore Estate back porch
Travelers hungry for an authentic food experience need look no further than the Foodtopia nestled between the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains. Asheville embodies a social and environmental consciousness that permeates throughout the community. The significance of supporting and appreciating where and who food comes from is everyday life in this region where traditional ways of cooking, preserving, and curing never went the way of convenience. The words "farm to table" are not necessary here. Farm to table just is in Asheville.

In addition to a great diversity of local and regional ingredients grown and raised in fertile soil, Asheville is home to a bevy of talented chefs, distillers, brewers, farmers, and artisans from around the world who collaborate with purpose on maintaining the viability of the local food system. With its bourgeoning food scene, Asheville is both a food destination and mountain refuge. Raft in the rivers, hike through Pisgah National Forest, take a walk through George Vanderbilt's Biltmore, discover the 100 year old Omni Grove Park Inn, and also check out the tailgate markets, a sustainable chocolate factory, hundreds of independent restaurants, and scores of microbreweries fed by pure mountain water.
Mark the weekend of August 22-24 on your calendar for a food driven fete showcasing the connectedness of farm, table, and community in beautiful Western North Carolina. In its 5th year, The Asheville Wine and Food Festival is bigger and better in the US Cellular Center. Presented by EDISON at The Grove Park Inn, here is what you can expect:


This mixologist competition highlighting many craft spirits from the region (Troy and Sons Moonshine, Cardinal Gin, Carriage House Apple Brandy) includes samples of tipples and hors d’oeuvres on Thursday 8/22.
Jael Rattigan of French Broad Chocolates


Sweet on Friday evening will be a sampling of the tastes of local bakers, chocolatiers, pâtissiers, wine vendors, and distillers who will line the corridors of the historic Grove Arcade in downtown. Expect to hear wonderful phrases like "...with sorghum molasses from Doubletree Farm" or "infused with Mountain Farm's lavender."

Jacob Sessoms of Table Restaurant and The Imperial Life

WNC Chef's Challenge

The region's celebrated chefs compete Iron Chef style with the finale happening during the Grand Tasting on Saturday 8/24. Proceeds benefit Eliada, helping children and families of Western North Carolina. You can follow the food fight that has been going on since February here.


Grand Tasting

This is the main event including, cooking demos, more than 300 wines, dishes from local restaurants, craft beer & spirits, and sample of artisanal products from the region. Meet the farmers, chefs, restaurateurs, brewers, distillers, and producers while you mingle. This bright finale, culminating the three day culinary gathering, will integrate the members of the Asheville landscape and show the long standing relationships between purveyors and community. And then you will be back to taste Asheville again and again.

General Admission
Saturday, August 24, 2013
1-5 p.m. | $55
U.S. Cellular Center | 87 Haywood St., Asheville

Saturday, August 24, 2013
12-5 p.m. | $75
U.S. Cellular Center | 87 Haywood St., Asheville

Tickets can be purchased here.

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