The Festival happens Friday, August 18 from 12-5 and Saturday, August 19 from 11-4 downtown Asheville at the Pack Square Park at the junction of Biltmore Avenue and College Street.

SWEET & SAVORY is Saturday from 4-7 at the Renaissance Hotel just a short walk from the festival off of Lexington Avenue.


There are city parking decks on Rankin, Haywood, Biltmore and College streets. Please see the Downtown Area Parking Map

Street parking in downtown is free after 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and all day Sunday.


The outdoor location at Pack Square Park and the Renaissance Hotlel are wheelchair accessible.

Tickets are for sale through the Asheville Wine & Food Festival website and may be available at the door. You must bring your State ID (required by the NC Alcohol Beverage Commission) if you expect to consume any alcohol. You will receive a barcoded ticket via email that you will need to print out and bring with you. If you require assistance, please email If you have a problem with your ticket on the day of the event, please visit the Festival Assistance area.

Yes, we do sell tickets tickets at the events. Tickets for SWEET & SAVORY do sell out in advance of the festival. We do encourage you to purchase tickets on-line. Please check the website often.

No. Your ticket price includes as much of the offerings as you'd like to taste. There is no additional cost, but many of the vendors will be selling wines and artisan food products should you wish to take home some of the excitement!

Full Weekend ticket holders may enjoy the festival on both Friday and Saturday. Additionally, access to the SWEEt & Savory event on Saturday afternoon at the Renaissance Hotel is included.

The North Carolina Drinking Age is 21 years of age. You must bring your State Provided (or Passport) Proof Of Identification with you. No exceptions as this is a requirment of the NC Alcohol Beverage Commission. We do allow anyone under 21 years of age be admitted but they will not be allowed in the areas serving alcohol. All children older than 12 years of age must have tickets. The Asheville Wine & Food Festival would like for everyone attending to have a safe experience.


Many festival-goers are surprised to know that that the City of Asheville restricts pets from being present at outdoor special events. Due to public safety and health guidelines, events must restrict attendees from bringing pets and animals into an event.

This is Asheville, so above all, dress comfortable and consider sunscreen and hats. The festival is outdoors, so from jeans to shorts is appropriate. The Sweet & Sour Event takes place Saturday afternoon so casual dress is suitable and do wear comfortable shoes. 

We encourage all vendors to provide smalll plates and tastings of beverages. You may purchase wines by the glass for enjoyment at the festival. Purchases of full bottles and cases of wines or beverages may be taken to the "Wine Storage" area but we suggest taking your purchases to your lodging facility or automobile until after the festival. We encourage you to purchase locally produced Wines and Gourmet Artisan Foods (prepackaged items) that are on sale during the Festival. You can purchase directly from the vendors and most accept credit cards.

For Wine purchases and large wine orders, you can buy directly from the vendors, and we suggest you take those items to the "Wine Storage" area and to pickup those items at the end of you fun. You must pick up all items prior to the end of the festival each day.