Asheville meals, beverage festivals to place in your calendar as summer season ends and fall begins

ASHEVILLE – The summer season is winding down and making manner for fall, however the enjoyable doesn’t finish with the solstice. In Asheville, the celebration of tradition, leisure and group proceed year-round with meals and drinks typically aiding to convey individuals collectively.

The culinary arts and craft makers within the metropolis are giving a lot to style and discuss – and why not expertise all of it in an open-air atmosphere within the coronary heart of town or with the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and French Broad River?

Maintain the revelry going because the season adjustments at these upcoming festivals:

Goombay Pageant

Sept. 2-4

Goombay Pageant runs from Sept. 2-4, over the Labor Day weekend, at Pack Sq. Park in downtown Asheville. The hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

DeShawn Hill, 8, sets out pork skins at The Pork Skins Crew booth during Goombay on Sept. 4, 2021, in downtown Asheville.  Goombay, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, highlights African and Caribbean heritage in WNC.

DeShawn Hill, 8, units out pork skins at The Pork Skins Crew sales space throughout Goombay on Sept. 4, 2021, in downtown Asheville. Goombay, which celebrates its fortieth anniversary this yr, highlights African and Caribbean heritage in WNC.

The African-Caribbean competition, offered by the YMI Cultural Heart, will showcase Black and Caribbean music, meals, dances and native Black-owned companies.

“Our objective is to unite the group and produce collectively individuals of all backgrounds,” program supervisor Angela Clemmons mentioned. “We’re the oldest operating Black competition in Asheville. That is our forty first annual Goombay Pageant for the Labor Day weekend and it takes place within the coronary heart of Asheville. We’ve acquired all of those adventurous vacationers who come to the occasion annually, and it brings collectively all components of the area to have a good time international Black tradition.”

The meals court docket and beer alley will probably be stocked with meals, snacks and drinks from distributors throughout the nation. Dishes will embody fish, pound cake, Jamaican and Cajun delicacies, oxtail, jerk and curry rooster, steamed cabbage and extra.

Within the Vendor Village, greater than 70 native, African and Caribbean distributors will promote artwork, crafts and merchandise, comparable to Bohemian-style and Afro-centric clothes, jewellery, skateboards, magnificence provides and extra.

The celeb music lineup options Public Announcement, Chubb Rock, Floor with a efficiency by the Shaka Zulu dancers.

The family-friendly occasion is free to attend and open to the general public. Youngsters actions will probably be provided.

YMI Cultural Heart is a neighborhood group with a mission to “promote cultural preservation and elevate Black Excellence by group engagement, advocacy, management growth and financial justice.”

“It’s a beautiful alternative to see Black individuals in our factor and in our tradition how we’re enjoyable, we’re relatable and we prefer to take pleasure in togetherness,” board member Justice Rogers mentioned. “It’s our roots and households, and everybody can relate to that. It’s the factor that brings us all collectively — it’s artwork, music, dance — it doesn’t matter what colour you’re, it’s simply the very fact all of us love to maneuver our our bodies to expertise nice music and completely different meals. We like to get collectively and be in concord.”

For particulars, go to and

Chow Chow

Sept. 8-11

The Summer season of Chow Chow will finish with the third occasion weekend of the competition season.

“We’ve had two weekends of occasions in June and August which have been fantastic alternatives to collect of us across the desk to construct group round scrumptious meals from a unprecedented gifted group of cooks right here in Asheville, Western North Carolina and the Southeast … and craft drinks each alcoholic and zero-proof,” government director Rebecca Lynch mentioned.

Chow Chow is returning as a three-part event series with events scheduled for June 23-26, Aug. 4-7 and Sept. 8-11.

Chow Chow is returning as a three-part occasion sequence with occasions scheduled for June 23-26, Aug. 4-7 and Sept. 8-11.

From Sept. 8-11, Chow Chow will host a number of meals and beverage-centric tastings, dinners and workshops supposed to uplift, join and educate the group.

The intimate competition settings encourage conversations amongst visitors with particular visitors contributing their perception and experience on the themes. Native, regional and nationwide cooks, meals and beverage producers, literary artists and different group members are a part of the discussions and the upscale menus offered.

“What has been fantastic has been the actually significant and impactful conversations we’ve had round that desk about points that not solely impacts our group right here however communities throughout the Southern Appalachian and the area – causes that resonate with all of us round lifting up our small enterprise and entrepreneurs of colours, listening to vital knowledge from our Cherokee elders … to housing and the unhoused,” Lynch mentioned.

Tickets can be found for the September occasions, together with:

  • Meals Tales. Sept. 8. A seated five-course dinner with group leaders and cooks sharing tales in regards to the reminiscences, traditions and ancestries linked to the dishes.

  • The Thriller of Malinda Russell. Sept. 9. A cocktail hour and multicourse seated dinner led by native “High Chef” contestant Ashleigh Shanti and impressed by the historic recipes penned by Malinda Russell – the primary recognized Black cookbook writer who printed “A Home Cookbook: Containing a Cautious Collection of Helpful Receipts” in 1866. The award-winning, acclaimed culinary leaders on the panel are Shanti, Ronni Lundy, Toni Tipton-Martin, Dr. Leni Sorensen and Dr. Cynthia Greenlee who will talk about how the cookbook nonetheless resonates immediately.

  • Zero Proof $ 100% Scrumptious Seminar. Sept. 10. Discover ways to make craft nonalcoholic “cocktails” with native substances and regional flavors.

  • From Our Fireside to Yours. Sept. 10. A family-friendly tasting of small dishes and craft drinks. Plus, a dialog with a panel of entrepreneurial cooks, makers and beverage producers about their origins and enterprise fashions that take their creations from their properties to customers’.

  • Taking Care. Sept. 11. Mocktail hour and a four-course seated brunch that includes drag performers, 4 cooks and several other nonalcoholic craft beverage makers – open to ages 16 and older. The dialog will give attention to psychological well being consciousness within the culinary and LGBTQ+ communities.

Admission prices range. For particulars, menus and tickets, go to


Oct. 2

A plant-based meals get together is coming to downtown Asheville.

The seventh annual Asheville VeganFest will probably be from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 2 at Pack Sq. Park, 80 Court docket Plaza.

The occasion is free and open to all – whether or not a vegan or thinking about making an attempt plant-based delicacies from native eating places, bakeries, meals vehicles, spice makers and different artisan meals and beverage producers.

Reside music and deejay performances will play all through the day. And academic audio system will host discussions about plant-based consuming, well being and wellness, environmental and different subjects.

The Youngsters Enjoyable Zone will function free face portray, a magician, artwork actions, video games and extra.

For particulars and a full distributors record, go to

NC CiderFest

Oct. 8

The annual CiderFest Nc is the largest fundraiser for the Greenbuilt Alliance.

The annual CiderFest Nc is the most important fundraiser for the Greenbuilt Alliance.

Usher within the fall harvest season with a cup of laborious cider, mead and apple wine.

CiderFest NC will host native, regional and nationwide cider and mead maker on the tasting occasion from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 8 on the Olivette Riverside Neighborhood and Farm at 1069 Olivette Street, off the French Broad River.

The family-friendly occasion will function dwell music, a youngsters’ exercise zone, workshops and regional meals vehicles and distributors who can have small bites to pattern and meals to buy. Artisanal meals on the lineup contains native cheeses, baked items, caramels and ice cream.

Cider and mead makers will supply small and huge pours on the occasion and bottles and cans for to-go purchases. This yr’s distributors are Noble Cider, Blake’s Onerous Cider, James Creek Cider Home, Stargazer Cider, Barn Door Ciderworks and Flat Rock Cider Firm.

CiderFest NC is the largest fundraiser for the Asheville nonprofit Green Built Alliance.

CiderFest NC is the most important fundraiser for the Asheville nonprofit Inexperienced Constructed Alliance.

Specialty small-batch and limited-release merchandise will probably be out there for VIT – Very Necessary Taster – ticketholders. The VIT entry contains early admittance to the distributors one-hour earlier than the overall admission crowd.

CiderFest NC returns after a two-year hiatus as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. It’s the eighth yr of the fundraiser benefitting Inexperienced Bult Alliance, a member-based nonprofit that’s labored to advance “sustainable dwelling, inexperienced constructing and local weather justice by impressed motion, group schooling and collaborative partnerships” domestically and regionally. This yr, the group is partnering with the NC Cider Affiliation.

“We’re thrilled to have this chance to have a good time Asheville’s superb craft beverage scene and assist native companies, whereas additionally persevering with our fundraiser for our nonprofit’s work of advancing sustainability within the constructed atmosphere,” Cari Barcas, affiliate director of Inexperienced Constructed Alliance mentioned in a information launch. “It’s extra vital than ever to assist native small companies and craft makers, and to keep up our nonprofit’s work of creating the locations all of us dwell and work more healthy for us and for the atmosphere.”

VIT tickets are $59, normal admission tickets are $39, tickets for ages 6-20 are $10 and designated driver tickets for ages 21 and up are $19. Buy tickets on Eventbrite or through

For particulars about Inexperienced Constructed Alliance, go to

USA TODAY Wine + Meals Expertise

Oct. 8

USA TODAY’s Wine & Food Experience brings talented new and seasoned chefs to the forefront.

USA TODAY’s Wine & Meals Expertise brings gifted new and seasoned cooks to the forefront.

An eight-city nationwide tour highlighting native and regional culinary arts and beverage connoisseurs are making its debut in Asheville.

USA TODAY Community will current the Asheville Wine + Meals Expertise will probably be 1-4 p.m. Oct. 8 at Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Drive.

The occasion will function tastings of native and regional delicacies, wine and beer and different craft drinks, plus chef and sommelier demonstrations and seminars.

The rising record of cooks and distributors embody Clarence Robinson of Cooking with Comedy, Ryan Kline of Jargon, Hector Diaz of Modesto Trattoria, Hunter Berry of Taco Billy, Ian Griffin of Griff’s Kitchen and Bar in Candler and Chris Looez of High quality Folks in Raleigh.

Plus, the nationwide particular visitor is Okan Kizilbayir, government chef at Salt at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

Grand Tasting tickets are $65 and VIP is $100, which incorporates early admission and entry to the VIP lounge and unique samplings.

For particulars and to buy tickets, go to


Oct. 15

Burial Beer Co. will host the 2022 Burnpile Harvest Fest on Oct. 15 at the Forestry Camp in Asheville.

Burial Beer Co. will host the 2022 Burnpile Harvest Fest on Oct. 15 on the Forestry Camp in Asheville.

Be part of Burial Beer Co. for its annual music and beer that includes dwell performers and craft breweries from throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Burnpile will probably be from 1-6 p.m. Oct. 15 at Burial’s Forestry Camp, 10 Shady Oak Drive, Asheville, close to Biltmore Village.

Along with Burial’s provide, brews will probably be flowing from greater than 50 visitor breweries together with Bellwoods Brewery (Toronto), Blackberry Farm Brewery (Maryville, Tennessee), Cinderlands Beer Co. (Pittsburgh), Fremont Brewery (Seattle) and Hudson Valley Brewery (Beacon, New York).

Scene from a previous Burnpile event.

Scene from a earlier Burnpile occasion.

Asheville breweries becoming a member of the get together embody Cellarest Beer Mission, Dssolvr, Hello-Wire Brewing and Zillicoah Beer Firm.

Craft cider and wine will probably be out there for sampling, too.

Nation of Language, Small Black and Secret Disgrace are slated to take over the stage with music performances all day.

In between sipping and dancing, sit in on periods of “Curated Off-Matter Conversations” with business professionals from Burial and visitor breweries. Dialogue subjects on the desk are beer collaboration, label designs, inspirations, in addition to group and small enterprise and brewery assist.

The VIP expertise prices $125, the Tasting Expertise is $75 and normal admission is $40. For particulars and tickets, go to

Tiana Kennell is the meals and eating reporter for the Asheville Citizen Occasions, a part of the USA Right now Community. Electronic mail her at [email protected] or observe her on Twitter/Instagram @PrincessOfPage. Please assist assist the sort of journalism with a subscription to the Citizen Occasions. 

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