FRIDAY August 18 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Registration starts at 12:30

Gates Open 1:00

To Purchase Tickets: Please proceed to the PURCHASE TICKET TABLE. We accept Cash or Credit Cards.

Please consider purchasing your tickets on-line so you can proceed directly to the check-in table.

Printed or eTickets: We will scan your Ticket and your ID at the check-in table and present your wristbands for the Festival.

Will Call – If you misplaced your tickets please visit the Will-Call Desk. You must have an ID. If part of a group, please you’re your group leader as they can access your tickets.


YOU MUST PRESENT YOUR ID AND BE 21 YEARS OR OLDER TO RECEIVE AN ALCOHOL WRISTBAND. Not bringing your ID will allow you entrance into the festival but you will not be allowed to consume alcohol.


Use the AWFF17 festival app to plan your visit, rate your favorite vendors, tag friends and share your experience with other festival goers all weekend long!


Friday August 18

1:00 PM       SMOKIN’ with Christopher Prieto of PRIME Barbecue

Christopher Prieto, is an author for Southern Living, a BBQ Instructor for Wounded Warrior Project, a Master BBQ judge and a celebrity pit master. A champion pitmaster and owner of PRIME Barbecue in Knightdale, N.C. His journey into cooking and the world of barbecue began when he was a child. Fond memories of Texas and his desire to find the “soul” of barbecue sent him on a personal quest to perfect the art and science of slow-smoked meats. Today, after years of cooking on the professional barbecue circuit, Christopher believes he has finally achieved what he considers “barbecue excellence” with his own signature style that fuses together elements of Texas, Kansas City and North Carolina flavors.


Christopher has participated in The New York Food and Wine Festival, “Meatopia”, “An Evening with Master Chefs for the NC Cystic Fibrosis" and the “Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation Taste for a Cure." Christopher was featured on season 5 of the TV program “BBQ Pitmasters” and published his first book with Southern Living titled “Ultimate Book of BBQ: The Complete Year-Round Guide to Grilling & Smoking.” You can follow PRIME Barbecue at



Chef Highlight Series 

Expansion of this year’s Asheville Wine & Food Festival brings with it the introduction of the Chef Highlight Series.  The Chef Highlight Series involves the audience with our very talented regional chefs.  The Grand Tasting on August 18 & 19 will introduce guests to eight of the most honorable, as they give demonstrations of their renown gourmet dishes. This event is designed to give interaction and learning with eight highlighted chefs and four demonstrations daily throughout the festival. Keep up this season as these gourmet chefs provide information straight from their kitchens and careers.

Friday  1:30     Chef George Delidimos                                                                      

Friday  2:30     Chef Don Paleno of Colorful Palate   

Friday  3:30     Chef TJ Centanni of Calypso  

Friday  4:30     Chef Anthony Cerrato of Strada                    


Meet The Authors

Join a host of culinary authors and take home treasurers that you will want to pass on to future generations.                       


Jodi Rhoden                Cake Ladies: Celebrating a Southern Tradition

Susan Murray             Our Family Table: Recipes & Lessons From a Life Abroad

John Batchelor            Chefs of the Mountains: Restaurants and Recipes from Western North Carolina

Denise Barratt             Farm Fresh Nutrition: Eating Green & Clean. Supporting Your Local Economy

Susi Gott Seguret        Appalachian Appetite: Recipes from up and down the Appalachian chain




Here is your opportunity to know what wines to shop for and bring to your table and stock you cellar.

With more than 500 vineyards in North Carolina, new wineries are opening every day and there is a rapidly expanding interest in growing grapes and winemaking. Professional winemakers and their wineries brought over 100 wines and professional judges with the French Broad Vignerons put them to the test. In our 6th year, this competition is an excellent opportunity for commercial wines from North Carolina and the Appalachian region to be professionally evaluated. Judging takes place prior the Asheville Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting and winning wines will be displayed at the French Broad Vigneron booth during the Grand Tasting.



Crude Bitters and Sodas


Addison Farms Vineyards


Call Family Distillers


Hemmingway’s Cuba


Bracey Vineyards


Curly Tail Candied Bacon


Slow Food Asheville


Batistini Farms


Charleston Beverage Company


Isa's Bistro


Hickory Nut Gap Farm


Waynesville Soda Jerks


Jones vonDrehle Vineyards & Winery


Cathead Distillery


Restaurant 17


550 Tavern & Grille


Berry Brothers

Burntshirt Vineyard


Dalton Distillery


Neomega Nutritionals


Wine Me Co.


Durham Distillery


Noni Bacca Winery


Bruce Julian Heritage Foods


KW Collards

Fisher Recycling


Midtown Mixes

Deep Creek Winery


JOLO Winery and Vineyard


City Bakery


H&H Distillery


Sweet's Syrup


Covington Spirits


FIREWALKER Hot Sauce Company


MATI Energy


The Wineyard


Thistle Meadow Winery


Colorful Palate & True South Food


Sanctuary VIneyards


Abby J's Gourmet & Southern Farm & Garden Magazine


Unicoi Preserves


The Spice & Tea Exchange


The Swankey Beverage Tote Co.


Sallie's Greatest



French Broad Vignerons

This is not a complete list as more are still getting us their paperwork!




Downtown after 5

Then head to Lexington Ave for “Downtown after 5” for a free live outdoor music concert featuring Cedric Burnside who has blues running through his blood and is regarded as one of the best drummers in the world. Openers are Lyric and The Stump Mutts, local bands with rock, pop, soul and funk. Join Thousands as they gather on North Lexington Avenue near the I-240 overpass, 5-9 PM. Presented by the Asheville Downtown Association partners.