things to do in asheville – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:32:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 HCT Offers Spooky Double Feature: The Love Talker and A Ghost Story http://ashevilleblog.com/hct-offers-spooky-double-feature-love-talker-ghost-story/ http://ashevilleblog.com/hct-offers-spooky-double-feature-love-talker-ghost-story/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:00:49 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11855 The Love Talker, Deborah Pryor's tale of witchery in the mountains of Virginia, is abundant with apparitions and an eerie and sensual atmosphere.  Two women, 14-year-old Gowdie and her mother Bun, live together in a remote cabin in the woods where they wage a private war against oppressive forest forces: an impish, red-headed witch and the lustful demon, The Love Talker.

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Scare Up Some Halloween Spirit at Hendersonville Community Theatre

The Love Talker, Deborah Pryor’s tale of witchery in the mountains of Virginia, is abundant with apparitions and an eerie and sensual atmosphere.  Two women, 14-year-old Gowdie and her mother Bun, live together in a remote cabin in the woods where they wage a private war against oppressive forest forces: an impish, red-headed witch and the lustful demon, The Love Talker.

HCT Artistic Director Jim Walker directs the production. The cast features Jan Robbins as Bun and Claire Estes as Gowdie.  Jayna Gerber plays The Redhead, and Christopher Hewitt plays The Love Talker.

In John Pielmeier’s A Ghost Storytwo hikers, Oswald and Hackett, seek shelter from a winter blizzard in an isolated Maine cabin. They are joined by a mysterious girl, Soma. To pass the time, the three tell each other ghost stories that suddenly becomes real in the blood-curdling climax.

HCT stalwart Zachary Eden directs, and the cast features Gary McClain as Oswald, Zachary Eden as Hackett and Claire Estes as Soma.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The show is rated PG-13 for strong language and sexual content.

Hendersonville Community Theatre is celebrating its 53rd season as Hendersonville’s official community theater.  HCT provides an inviting and nurturing environment, as well as high-quality, affordable entertainment for the residents of Hendersonville and surrounding areas.

Hendersonville Community Theatre is located at 229 South Washington Street. For tickets or more information contact us at 828-692-1082 or online at HendersonvilleTheatre.org

 

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ASHEVILLE OUTLETS TO HOST BOO BASH http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-outlets-host-boo-bash/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-outlets-host-boo-bash/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:29:00 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11881 FREE Halloween Celebration Includes Trick or Treat, Strolling Magic and More! Asheville Outlets will host BOO BASH on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 starting at 5:00 p.m.

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FREE Halloween Celebration Includes Trick or Treat, Strolling Magic and More!

 Asheville Outlets will host BOO BASH on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 starting at 5:00 p.m. The FREE Halloween celebration will include trick-or-treating, strolling magic, crafts and balloon art. Additional family-fun activities and games will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. Kids of all ages and dogs are invited to enjoy Boo Bash at Asheville Outlets.

“We are delighted to offer families in the Asheville area a safe, fun Halloween night, complete with Trick-or- Treat and entertainment,” explains Asheville Outlets, General Manager, Sharon Morgan. “Boo Bash is open to all children of all ages, including four-legged family members, are welcome to attend!” she concludes.

Wednesday, October 31 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m 

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Hi-Wire Brewing to Expand Distribution to Memphis http://ashevilleblog.com/hi-wire-brewing-expand-distribution-memphis/ http://ashevilleblog.com/hi-wire-brewing-expand-distribution-memphis/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:26:11 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11838 Hi-Wire Brewing will be launching distribution into the entire city of Memphis, TN beginning Saturday, October 20 with roll-out events scheduled through October 23 throughout the city.

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Hi-Wire Brewing will be launching distribution into the entire city of Memphis, TN beginning Saturday, October 20 with roll-out events scheduled through October 23 throughout the city.

Hi-Wire will be launching Memphis with their entire portfolio, including year-round, seasonal, and specialty offerings. For distribution, Hi-Wire has partnered with Athens Distributing, a family-run company dedicated to building relationships and connecting with people throughout the community.

“East and Central Tennessee have been enjoying Hi-Wire beer for the past few years.” says co-owner Adam Charnack. “We’re excited that we’ve found such a great wholesaler in West Tennessee to bring our beer, fresh and cold, to the good people of Memphis, Jackson, and the rest of West Tennessee. And we think it’ll pair nicely with that melt-in-your-mouth BBQ they’re cooking up.”

Johnny Aaron, President of Athens Distributing of Memphis adds, “We are so proud to introduce Hi-Wire Brewing to the West Tennessee marketplace at the 2018 Cooper Young Beer Fest on October 20th.  When we first met Adam [Charnack, co-owner] and his team at Hi-Wire, we knew immediately their commitment to delivering the highest quality products at a terrific value to the craft beer lover. Their passion for this business shines through in the people they have working for them, and the beers they produce.”

To celebrate, craft beer drinkers alike will be able to join the owners and sales team of Hi-Wire Brewing at Cooper Young Beer Fest and a variety of tap takeovers, tastings, and other specialty events throughout the market launch. Here’s a sampling of the events. Check out Hi-Wire’s social media for more announcements:

Saturday, October 20

  • Cooper Young Beer Fest

Sunday, October 21

  • Loflin Yard, 3 – 6pm – Tap Takeover

Monday, October 22

  • Flying Saucer (Cordova location) Pint Night, 5 – 8pm – “Buy the pint, keep the glass”
  • Beer tasting at Buster’s Liquors & Wines, 4 – 6pm

Tuesday, October 23

  • Young Ave Deli – Quarters Competition, 6 – 8pm
  • Cash Saver Beer Tasting (Madison Ave), 7pm

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Drag Queen Bingo Event to Benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue http://ashevilleblog.com/drag-queen-bingo-event-benefit-brother-wolf-animal-rescue/ http://ashevilleblog.com/drag-queen-bingo-event-benefit-brother-wolf-animal-rescue/#respond Fri, 12 Oct 2018 14:05:50 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11841 Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s annual Drag Queen Bingo event is back and better than ever. This year’s event, presented by O.Henry’s of Asheville, will take place on Friday, November 2nd from 7-9:30pm at the Crowne Plaza.

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Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s annual Drag Queen Bingo event is back and better than ever. This year’s event, presented by O.Henry’s of Asheville, will take place on Friday, November 2nd from 7-9:30pm at the Crowne Plaza.

You won’t want to miss hostess Honey LaBronx from New York City! Honey is a dedicated activist for the animals, and has performed around the world raising funds for animal sanctuaries and animal rescues.

Drag Queen Bingo will take place in a much smaller venue than in previous years. The cozier environment will create a more exclusive experience for attendees and boost chances of winning an exciting prize!

Reserved tables are also available to ensure that you and your friends get to sit together at some of the best seats in the house.

Drag Queen Bingo was voted WNC’s Best Fundraising Event in 2017 by Mountain Xpress!

Visit dragqueens.bwar.org to purchase your tickets today.

All proceeds from Drag Queen Bingo benefit the thousands of animals Brother Wolf will rescue and care for this year, including the animals rescued from areas affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Since Brother Wolf receives no government funding for their work, events like this help to make their  life saving work possible.

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New Year’s Resolution Run: Gets the Ball Rolling for the Entire Family http://ashevilleblog.com/new-years-resolution-run-gets-ball-rolling-entire-family/ http://ashevilleblog.com/new-years-resolution-run-gets-ball-rolling-entire-family/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:08:41 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11861 What drops faster than a Ball in Times Square? Personal records of course! Runners from all across Western North Carolina and visitors from our region are preparing to let it rip along the streets of downtown Asheville as they participate in the 2019 New Year’s Resolution Run.

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What drops faster than a Ball in Times Square? Personal records of course! Runners from all across Western North Carolina and visitors from our region are preparing to let it rip along the streets of downtown Asheville as they participate in the 2019 New Year’s Resolution Run.

The 5th Annual Resolution Run 5k Run/Walk and 10 Mile Run, explores the streets of Downtown Asheville, NC on New Year’s Day, at a reasonable 10:00 am. Start 2019 off with a bang! This event welcomes families and participants of all ages to come run, walk or crawl their way to completing their first resolution! The 5k is a perfect distance for all abilities to run/walk and to start off your new year! The 10 mile event was designed with endurance road runners in mind. Both events are timed with chip timing.

Runners and walkers participating in the 5k event will explore nearby downtown neighborhoods and experience the best of the Asheville City while completing their first 3.1 miles of the year. Runners participating in the ten mile event will wind their way through the beautiful rolling neighborhoods in N. Asheville around the flat (and fast) Beaver Lake area and through downtown Asheville.

Race Start: Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at 10:00 am

Location: Spruce Street (beside Pack Square), Downtown Asheville, NC

Sign up today for the New Year’s Resolution Run and guarantee to start your new year off right with us! When you register three or more family members online you receive big savings off your entries. More info about these discounts can be found on our registration pages.

Our 2019 Charity Partners

YMCA of Western North Carolina – promotes youth development, social responsibility, and healthy living all year-round. To learn more about their awesome work in and around our community or to sign up as a charity runner and fundraise for the YMCA, contact Christopher Fox – cfox@ymcawnc.org.

iDream Athletes Foundation-  fuels the growth of running, cycling and multi-sport champions, teams, clubs and communities with direct funding where it’s needed most. iDream reaches out to youth and adults alike who are unable to pay for the sporting event fees, coaching, travel expenses, and equipment costs necessary to train for and/or participate in WNC sporting events by providing need-based scholarships. For more information on this exciting community program, visit http://idaph.net/idream-athletes-foundation/.

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries (WCRM) serves the homeless, poor and addicted populations of Western Carolina. WCRM will host a shoe drive at the Resolution Run packet pickup and on race day. So BRING SHOES, BRING SHOES, BRING SHOES! (Especially gently used or new tennis shoes.) The shoes that the WCRM receive during the Resolution Run event will go towards their annual “Foot Care Clinic”.

Alongside friends and family of all ages, help the YMCA of Western North Carolina, Western Carolina Rescue Ministries and iDream Athletes Foundation extend life-changing opportunities to area adults and kids that will take them far beyond race courses and playing fields.

As event day approaches, grab this great experience by the horns as you ‘walk the walk’ in the ‘way of the run’. For more information, or to volunteer to help out with this awesome event, contact support@idaph.net, or check out our race website.  

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PURGATORY Dance Party Kicks Off Halloween Weekend in Asheville http://ashevilleblog.com/purgatory-dance-party-kicks-off-halloween-weekend-asheville/ http://ashevilleblog.com/purgatory-dance-party-kicks-off-halloween-weekend-asheville/#respond Fri, 05 Oct 2018 17:18:38 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11867 Come celebrate your inner sinner with the Beer City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at The Underground at O’Henry’s on Friday, October 26th from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. PURGATORY is a dance party fundraiser with all profits supporting the Advocacy Fund of the Beer City Sisters 501(c)3. Suggested $10 entry donation. Ages 21+ only. Visit the Beer City Sisters on Facebook or at www.BeerCitySisters.org for more information.

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Come celebrate your inner sinner with the Beer City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at The Underground at O’Henry’s on Friday, October 26th from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. PURGATORY is a dance party fundraiser with all profits supporting the Advocacy Fund of the Beer City Sisters 501(c)3. Suggested $10 entry donation. Ages 21+ only. Visit the Beer City Sisters on Facebook or at www.BeerCitySisters.org for more information.

“It’s the most incredible, visually stunning, bass pounding Halloween experience around! PURGATORY is a dance party unlike anything Asheville has ever seen,” says member Sister Wilma Holeburn.  Guests will enjoy an evening of stunning visuals, special lighting, heart-stopping bass and music, and photo opportunities with the “Seven Deadly Sins.” There will be a cash bar with beer and cocktails, and special pop-up performances by some of the Beer City Sisters. Costumes are optional or come dressed as your inner sinner, demon, or angel. No masks please.

Author Bio

The Beer City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are a 501(c)3 public charitable organization located in Asheville, NC.  They are dedicated to the support, education, and development of the Western North Carolina community.  With the larger goals to promote universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt, the Beer City Sisters are also dedicated to promoting and celebrating diversity, social awareness, the prevention of all sexually transmitted diseases, and total eradication of hate.  They serve the community through creative expression and humor for advocacy, education, outreach and philanthropy.  As well as being a completely volunteer-run organization, all profits from every event go to local charities. Visit the Beer City Sisters on Facebook or at www.BeerCitySisters.org for more information, photos, upcoming appearances, and events.

https://www.facebook.com/BeerCitySisters/

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Cat Fly Halloween Fest Set To Scream at New Belgium http://ashevilleblog.com/cat-fly-halloween-fest-set-scream-new-belgium/ http://ashevilleblog.com/cat-fly-halloween-fest-set-scream-new-belgium/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:50:09 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11821 Welcome to Cat Fly Halloween, the strangest film festival of your life, set to return for its second annual event on Friday, October 12th at New Belgium Brewery, and it may just haunt you forever.

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Welcome to Cat Fly Halloween, the strangest film festival of your life, set to return for its second annual event on Friday, October 12th at New Belgium Brewery, and it may just haunt you forever. 

Though the bone-chilling festival is open to ghosts and goblins of all-ages, the short film content is non-rated, and up to parental discretion whether to bring children. The screening will be held at New Belgium’s Brewhouse at 21 Craven Street.

We will include a drink ticket upon entry for the first 50 in the door. Doors open at 7pm and screening begins at 8:30. 

Attendees are asked to come in full Halloween regalia, and a prize will be awarded to the person with the best costume. Other prizes include an Audience Favorite Award for the scariest film, decided by a social media poll. The festival will transition into a dance party, with an after party planned at the Crucible bar in the River Arts District.

Cat Fly is co-founded and coordinated by Cat Wityk (Director of Operations), Brittany Jackson (Programming Director), and Madeleine Richardson (Creative Director), all Asheville based filmmakers themselves.

“Horror is one of the most accessible genres for indie filmmakers, so it falls right in line with our mission of providing a screening platform for up and coming artists.” says Brittany Jackson.

“Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year, so why not celebrate it with local short films, music and a costumed dance party? The films themselves will get weirder as the night goes on, so beware of the strange and come to embrace the bizarre with drinks, new friends and the community of creatives surrounding us here in Asheville. It will be a night to remember,” says Madeleine Richardson.

Submissions are open until September 28th, and the notification date for accepted films is October 3rd, which is when Cat Fly will also be announcing the lineup to the public. Horror films and short films under 30 minutes are preferred, but anything strange and scary will be considered. Films must be associated with the Southeast U.S region, and there is no cutoff date for when the film was made. Cat Fly believes in inclusivity of minorities, women and the queer community in film.

Cat Fly was the recipient of the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program grant, which will assist in funding the Halloween event. The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) provides per capita-based funding for arts programming across North Carolina.

Submit through FilmFreeway:

https://filmfreeway.com/CatFlyHalloween

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the cat fly website. Tickets are limited:

https://catflyfilmfest.com/

This year’s poster is designed by local artist, Matt Decker; logo designed by Madeleine Richardson. Questions, volunteer applications and sponsorship inquiries can be directed to catflyindiefilm@gmail.com

ABOUT CAT FLY

The Cat Fly Indie Film Festival started in April 2017 when a group of young female filmmakers envisioned a platform where up-and-coming film artists could showcase their hard work. Inspired by the raw artistic spirit of Appalachian NC, Cat Fly is focused on short films hailing from its Asheville home. The festival welcomes participation from our regional sister cities as well, including Charlotte, Greenville and Atlanta.

The festival and its workshops serve to facilitate connection among filmmakers, leading to greater cooperation and quality content. Cat Fly upholds genuine artistry as motivation and community as instrumentation.

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The 22nd Annual Brewgrass Festival Postponed Due to Hurricane Florence http://ashevilleblog.com/22nd-annual-brewgrass-festival-postponed-due-hurricane-florence/ http://ashevilleblog.com/22nd-annual-brewgrass-festival-postponed-due-hurricane-florence/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 13:18:36 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11791 The Annual Event is Rescheduled for October 27th, 2018 at the Salvage Station

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The Annual Event is Rescheduled for October 27th, 2018 at the Salvage Station

After several hours of deliberation, the producers of the 22nd annual Brewgrass Festival officially rescheduled the event due to the current forecast regarding Hurricane Florence. This decision — the result of consulting Asheville city officials and the ever changing weather reports — was made not only to ensure the safety of those potentially traveling to the event from out of town but also to give brewery partners in harm’s way the chance to focus on preparing for the approaching storm. Co-founder of the event Eddie Dewey, owner of Dewey Property Advisors, said that after 21 years of this festival, it is of utmost importance that safety take precedence in this situation.

“Brewgrass is the longest running beer festival in Western North Carolina. We love that once-a-year we get to come together and celebrate North Carolina’s ever growing beer scene. But it is difficult to think that we may be celebrating with beer and music while some of our brewery partners are in harm’s way. We have breweries in Charleston telling us they need to stay home and prepare. We also have breweries in Raleigh wondering if they are going to get a foot of rain or more. A category 4 hurricane that hits Wilmington is only two hours south of Raleigh. How do we ask these people to travel through that weather?  Even if Asheville is spared high winds and heavy rains, most of our state won’t be so lucky.”

Instead of canceling the event, the festival producers decided to reschedule Brewgrass for October 27th, 2018 at the Salvage Station along the French Broad River in Asheville. Although a smaller venue, the space will provide for a more intimate event. The event producers are in contact with the bands to determine if they are able to reschedule as well.

“We haven’t been able to confirm with all of the bands if they can join us for the new date,” said Dewey. “But we should know in the next day or two and a band who can’t join us will be replaced with another, similar act.”

On Tuesday, September 11th, an email will be sent out to those who already bought tickets and  media outlets will be alerted about the change in plans. Any ticket purchased for the 22nd annual Brewgrass on September 15th will automatically be transferred to the new date in October. Anyone unable to make the new October 27th date should reach out to the organization for a full refund. Brewgrass Festival apologies for any inconvenience this change in plans causes. For more information, please visit www.brewgrassfestival.com

 

About Brewgrass Festival

About Brewgrass Festival Founded in 1996, Brewgrass Festival is Asheville’s original craft beer event promoting local, regional, and national breweries while raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina. North Carolina is now home to over 100 breweries and brewpubs, and since those early days, Asheville, NC has formed a burgeoning beer scene — even reigning as “Beer City USA” four years in a row. Brewgrass Festival is proud to donate a portion of all proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina, a United Way Organization.

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New Front Entrance Opens at WNC Nature Center http://ashevilleblog.com/new-front-entrance-opens-wnc-nature-center/ http://ashevilleblog.com/new-front-entrance-opens-wnc-nature-center/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:26:02 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11799 The WNC Nature Center will welcome guests into their new front entrance beginning Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The Center will be closed to guests on Tuesday, September 11th in preparation.

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The WNC Nature Center will welcome guests into their new front entrance beginning Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The Center will be closed to guests on Tuesday, September 11th in preparation.

“We’re excited to offer this enhanced guest experience to our visitors,” said Chris Gentile, Director of the WNC Nature Center. “The new front entrance will allow us to better serve our growing number of guests with smoother check in, enhanced parking, a separate entrance for school groups and the use of the Festiva Event Plaza for events.”

The WNC Nature Center broke ground on the front entrance project in 2017. Improvements include handicapped parking and ramp, sidewalks through parking for safety, new guest restrooms, an events plaza, and new exhibits. Guests will now be able to enter the Center’s main grounds through the barn area where they can visit the new chicken habitat, Virginia the opossum, and more.

The Center will be open for normal business hours, 10am-5pm, on Wednesday, September 12th. The first 50 families in the door will receive a free water bottle from the Friends of the WNC Nature Center to celebrate the opening of the new front entrance. A ribbon cutting event will follow on Saturday,

December 1st at 11am during the Nature Center’s popular Winter’s Tail event. This project was funded in part by the City of Asheville, and by the Friends of the WNC Nature Center with support from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority’s Tourism Product Development Fund, and from Festiva. Other contributors to the project include charitable foundations, businesses, and many generous individual donors.

Friends of the WNC Nature Center 

The Friends’ mission is to support the programs, facilities and the residents of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, which showcases the fauna and flora of the southern Appalachian region. The WNC Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity. For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org .

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Celebrating 10 Years of Taste: Taste of Asheville returns Nov. 15 http://ashevilleblog.com/celebrating-10-years-taste-taste-asheville-returns-nov-15/ http://ashevilleblog.com/celebrating-10-years-taste-taste-asheville-returns-nov-15/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:22:15 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11796 Asheville’s biggest culinary event celebrates its 10th Anniversary of bold flavors and palate pleasers.

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Asheville’s biggest culinary event celebrates its 10th Anniversary of bold flavors and palate pleasers.

The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR) hosts the 2018 Taste of Asheville: Taste & Tunes Thursday, Nov. 15 at The Venue in downtown Asheville.

“We are always excited to celebrate the culinary diversity and ‘flavor’ of Asheville’s independent restaurants,” said Jane Anderson, AIR executive director. “We like to say that AIR is food in Asheville, and this event is our signature appetizer.”

 From award-winning southern cuisine to bold new worldly flavors, the Taste of Asheville brings over 40 of Asheville’s famed independent restaurants together for an unforgettable evening of sampling small bites, craft beverages, spirits and vintners.

“One of AIR’s most distinguishing features is the collaboration between local chefs, farmers, distillers and brewers,” Anderson said. “This collaboration of Asheville’s culinary spirit is truly brought to life at the Taste of Asheville in the selection of our local foods that pair well with local beverages.”

For the 10th Anniversary, AIR teamed up with the Asheville Buskers Collective to highlight the city’s celebrated street musicians.

“Attendees not only have the opportunity to taste 40 different restaurants and beverage makers, but now can enjoy the local sounds of our city’s incredible music scene in our partnership with the Asheville Buskers Collective,” Anderson said.

This event is also one of the largest fundraisers of the year to support the work of the AIR, which in turn supports the 120 members of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association.

VIP tickets (early admission at 6 p.m.) are $100; general admission tickets ( admission at 7 p.m.) are $75. Find out more information and purchase tickets at https://airasheville.org/air-events/taste-of-asheville/

ABOUT AIR

Asheville Independent Restaurant Association is a group of over 120 locally owned, independent restaurants that serve the flourishing food scene of the Asheville, NC. As the largest organization of independent restaurants in the country, AIR is dedicated to keeping Asheville’s food scene eclectic, authentic and flavorful. This diverse community of restaurants and restaurateurs range from large to small and fine to casual dining, each bringing their own personality and talents to our vibrant mountain city.

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