Asheville Food Event Schedule


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If you have special foods event coming up, send your press releases directly to, and please include a photo and graphics.

Here’s what’s happening in the upcoming months. Check back frequently for updates.



SHAKEDOWN SATURDAY – August 6 | SOURWOOD FESTIVAL – August 18 & 19 | AWFF SWEET – August 19 | AWFF GRAND TASTING – August 20 | WNC BURGER BATTLE – August 21 | ORGANICFEST – August 28



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From the press release…

MG Road Presents:
Wednesday June 29th, 2016

Jennifer MacDonald and Vanessa Bell co-founded HADAYA TOYS, a grass-roots organization based in Asheville, NC, as a way to bring joy to displaced refugee children worldwide. Their organization provides developmental toys, books, art supplies, and emergency grants to this very vulnerable population of children in hopes that this “lost generation” will be able to have as many of the same opportunities as other children during this time of distress and turmoil.

MacDonald and Bell have personally raised thousands of dollars in donations for communities in need worldwide and then gone on to personally deliver their contributions to ensure they end up in the right hands. For their next trip they plan to visit and donate to a girl’s community center in the vast slum of Dharavi in Mumbai, India this coming July.

To help fund MacDonald’s upcoming trip, Chai Pani and Gypsy Queen Cuisine have decided to join forces to prepare a Persian and Middle Eastern-influenced feast. MG Road is excited to host chefs Meherwan Irani,James Grogan, and Suzy Phillips for the occasion. Meherwan Irani’s Parsi background (an ethnic group of India that is Iranian by descent) has had a great influence on his culinary style. Along with Suzie Phillip’s rich knowledge of Middle Eastern food, this is sure to be a very memorable evening.

Who: Meherwan Irani, Owner/Executive Chef, Chai Pani
James Grogan, Chef de Cuisine, Chai Pani
Suzy Phillips, Owner/Executive Chef, Gypsy Queen Cuisine

When: Wednesday June 29th 6:00pm

Where: MG Road Bar & Lounge, 19 Wall St.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at The MG Road bar team will collaborate on a featured cocktail menu for the evening available for purchase.

** PLEASE NOTE that gratuity is not included. Please bring cash or a card in which to tip your servers.

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Jennifer MacDonald and friends. Photo courtesy Hadaya Toys

• Shakedown Saturday – Sat July 2 – Mojo Kitchen and Lounge (recurs on August 6)

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From Mojo Kitchen‘s Autumn Bomb via email message…

…we host our monthly “Shakedown Saturday”, an indoor craft bazaar the first Saturday of every month where a variety of local crafters set up, kids eat free 12-5pm, bar is open along with the bloody mary bar and live music on the porch.  This event is free and open to the public. Crafts range from pottery to soap to hand turned beer tap handles and even kaleidescopes….all sorts of stuff.

Sourwood FestivalAugust 18 & 19 – Black Mountain

From the Sourwood Festival’s website

The Sourwood Festival fills downtown Black Mountain with wholesome entertainment for both adults and children in August each year.

Over 30,000 people from all over America will be in attendance at the festival which grows in popularity each year.

Music, dancing, arts & crafts, super food, kid’s rides and games, face painting and more in a no alcohol environment make it the perfect event for you and your entire family.

With about 200 vendors you will discover lots of local and unique arts and crafts and there will be something to please every palate with BBQ and vegetarian faire, custom-crafted ice cream and funnel cakes and jellies.  Summertime favorites include the sausages and corn on the cob.

Add to that the honey and bee demos as well as the gourmet sourwood honey – you don’t want to miss this event!

What You’ll Find

About 200 Vendors
Arts & Crafts
Children’s Area
Specialty Items
Great Food
Wonderful Music
FREE Admission


AWFF Sweet – August 19 – Grove Arcade

This is my #1 Fave Recurring Food Event of The Entire Year! From the SWEET page on the AWFF website

Now in our 7th year, SWEET is a decadent evening of desserts, sparkling wines, wine, and spirits to name a few of our favorite things. Chocolates, cakes, tarts, pastries and more—it doesn’t get any sweeter than this.

SWEET is the place-to-be event on Friday evening from 8 to 10 pm, before the GRAND TASTING on Saturday. Evening attire or jeans, enjoy dinner at one of the many excellent Asheville Independent Restaurants, but save room for an evening of toothsome confections and sips at the historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. Local bakers, chocolatiers, pâtissiers, wine vendors, brewers and distillers will line the corridors of this architectural wonder. The shops of the Grove Arcade will stay open late, giving you the opportunity to shop for handmade crafts, jewelry, furnishings, and more while you indulge.

Enjoy the music, the food, and the atmosphere that takes you back to a fun time in our city.  Create a new vibrant tone as you explore all that is delectable and delightful at the 2016 SWEET event, held on the first evening of the Asheville Wine & Food Festival.

2015 Providers of Desserts, Drinks, and Fun!

* Please Note that we are not allowed by NC State Law to list any Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries, Cideries, Meaderies or any company that produces alcohol beverages and does not have a retail license.

Well-Bred Bakery & Cafe
Biltmore Estate
Wine Me 
City Bakery 
French Broad

HOP Ice Cream Café
Karen Donatelli
The Art of Dessert

Ardenne Farms
Ultimate Ice Cream  
The Nightbell
Postre Caramels
Sante Wine Bar 
Sweet Monkey
Poppy’s Handmade Popcorn
True Confections
Nutz About Fudge
Panacea Coffee

AWFF Grande Tasting -August 20 – US Cellular Center

From the Grand Tasting web page on the AWFF website

A Celebration of Food, Wine, Beer, Spirits, Competitions, Music, & Fun in Asheville

The 2016 Asheville Wine & Food Festival makes it possible to sample every delicious flavor Asheville has to offer. The GRAND TASTING is the largest culinary gathering of its kind in downtown Asheville. Join the Festivalians gathered to experience a riot of local and international wineries, local Beer City and area breweries, regional distilleries, restaurateurs and chefs, farmers, and artisan food producers. Meet farmers, chefs, cookbook authors, and artisan beverage makers, as well as regional crafters. Culinary events will take place throughout the day including Blind Wine & Beer Tasting and Winery Competitions.

TripAdvisor placed Asheville right up there with New York City, San Francisco, and New Orleans when it bestowed the city with a Traveler’s Choice Food & Wine Destination Award; The Huffington Post named Asheville one of the Top 10 Undiscovered Local Food Cities; and Southern Living listed Asheville among the Tastiest Towns in the South. Armed with a wine glass, a Festival Program and Festival App, festival goers choose their own culinary adventure on each floor, enjoying wine, beer and spirits with sweet and savory morsels all for one ticket price. Don’t miss your opportunity to taste for yourself what so many others have found to be true.

August 20, 2016 GRAND TASTING VIP PARTY at the US Cellular Center (Limited tickets) $100. Early entrance at 1:00 PM.

Not only will you have early access this year, but you will have exclusive entrance to the VIP third floor. Filled with additional vendors, more tastings and of course, more wine. This party will continue well after the Grand Tasting is closed to the public. Adding even more value for your ticket extension.

August 20, 2016 GRAND TASTING at the US Cellular Center  $65. Entrance at 2:00 PM.

With eight years under our belt, we have packed even more punch this year. Already busting at the seams, we have added to the restaurants, wineries, breweries, and artisan food producers. With more tastings, cooking demonstrations, author signings and educational value for our festival goers. Enjoy access to all the vendors/Exhibitors, hundreds of wines, a riot of breweries, distilleries, restaurants and food producers.

If you have questions about the festival email us at

WNC Burger Battle – August 21 – Crowne Plaza

From the WNC Burger Battle Website

Nearly 1500 people gather for the annual WNC Battle of the Burger held in August.

Up to fifteen of Western North Carolina’s greatest chefs fire up their grills in the heart of Downtown Asheville in hopes of winning the title of WNC’s Best Burger.

That title wins them the Golden Ticket and entrance into the nationally televised World Food Championships in Kissimmee, FL where they will go on to compete amongst 50 of the World’s Best Chefs for the title of World’s Best Burger.

The WNC Battle of the Burger is one of a series of events produced by All American Food Fights. Learn more about us here.


Organicfest – August 28 – Pack Square


From the OrganicFest’s web site…

What: Organicfest 2015 ~ celebrating everything organic (and green!)
When: Sunday, August 30
Time: 10:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
Where: Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville, NC
Why: Celebrate and promote the goodness of organics!

2015THEME: Bee Organic!

Special Note: The Organicfest is presented to celebrate National Organic Harvest Month. The organic industry is one of the fastest growing, consumer driven industries in the United States. This special event, (co-sponsored local and national businesses and organizations) is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate, highlight and promote the pure, organic food and products available in our community, create a connection to the people who grow and supply organic, and find out why organic is good for people and the planet

Asheville’s annual Organicfest celebration will bring thousands to Pack Square Park to celebrate everything organic, green and healthy! In celebration of National Organic Month, the Organicfest was created to spotlight, connect, share and grow our rich organic community of farmers, artists and businesses with our community.

Everyone is invited to attend the 14th Organicfest celebration on Sunday, August 30, 2015 for a festive day filled with live music by local entertainers such as Chris Rosser, Sheri Lynn, Greenway and many more.  The Organicfest Marketplace features an array of local organic and green products, businesses and services with offerings from food and gardening to flowers and fashion as well as beautiful and unique natural arts and crafts. Participants can also take home plenty of awesome information about growing organic gardens and living more organic, sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyles that are good for people and the planet!

Each year, donations from local and national businesses are gathered for the popular Organicfest drawings with lucky winners taking home fabulous organic gifts, goodies and gift certificates throughout the day.

This family event includes lots of fun and eco-friendly activities for children, including special entertainment on the Imagine OrganicKidz stage. And you won’t want to miss the Organicfest “Bee Organic!” Pollinator Parade where kids (and their parents) are invited to come dressed as their favorite good bug (honeybee, ladybug, butterfly or garden fairy!) and parade throughout the park in a joyous celebration of the bounty of the garden and the importance of pollinators.

Organicfest is presented by a local, all-volunteer non-profit group in partnership with Asheville Greenworks to present a low impact, green event. The greening of Organicfest will include recycling and composting. Sponsors include: Organic Matters Media, Mountain Rose Herbs, Natural Lifestyle,, 880 AM The Revolution, Gran Fondo National Championship Series, The Laurel of Asheville,98.1 The River, Great Life Global,, Ashevillage Institute, Dig Local, and other local and national businesses and services.

Join the celebration of everything organic, green, good, health and fun at the Organicfest 2015. For more information visit:

NC Apple Festival – September 2 – 5 – Hendersonville

From the NC Apple Festival’s web site

The North Carolina Apple Festival is held annually over Labor Day Weekend in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  It has been Western North Carolina’s Premier Family Festival for over 60 years.  From September 2-September 5, 2016 you can enjoy 4 days of fun including one of the most best known Street Fairs in the Carolinas with freshly picked apples, arts & crafts, festival food, and free entertainment at the Historic Courthouse on Hendersonville’s beautiful Main Street.

And there you go!  I’m sure I’ve missed several… dozen… other fun food related events and news items. Please keep me posted on what you know and I will keep you posted on what I know, and together maybe we come close to covering this ever-growing thing we call our Local Asheville Food Scene.

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Stu Helm is an artist, writer, and podcaster living in Asheville, NC, and a frequent diner at local restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and the like. His tastes run from hot dogs and mac ‘n’ cheese, to haute cuisine, and his opinions are based on a lifetime of eating out. He began writing about food strictly to amuse his friends on Facebook.


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