The CULINARY CIRCUS of Food, Wine, Beer, Spirits, Competitions, Music, & Fun in Asheville

The 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. We will transform the US Cellular Center into a Culinary Circus. Meet farmers, chefs, cookbook authors, and artisan beverage makers, as well as select nonprofits and regional crafters. Culinary events will take place throughout the day including wine 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 in 2011; The Huffington Post named Asheville one of the Top 10 Undiscovered Local Food Cities in 2009; and in 2014, 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. Don’t miss your opportunity to taste for yourself what so many others have found to be true.

 

VIP (Limited tickets) GRAND TASTING VIP $85. Early entrance at 1:00. Catered by Whole Foods, Wines by Biltmore, Special Events, furnishings by Pottery Barn in a special seating area. Relax in the VIP area and enjoy the show. Enjoy access to all the vendors/Exhibitors, hundreds of wines, a riot of breweries, distilleries, restaurants and food producers. Visit all the fun and be there early for the Asheville Scene Chefs Challenge! Wear comfortable shoes as this comprises all 3 floors of the US Cellular Center. With your special wristband you get to enjoy special sessions of the Blind Wine Tastings, Mixology Demonstrations, Culinary Demonstrations, Meet the Culinary Authors and so much more!

 

General Admission $65. Entrance at 2:00. Enjoy access to all the vendors/Exhibitors, hundreds of wines, a riot of breweries, distilleries, restaurants and food producers. Wear comfortable shoes as this comprises all 3 floors of the US Cellular Center. Visit all the fun and be there early for the Asheville Scene Chefs Challenge! Wear comfortable shoes as this comprises all 3 floors of the US Cellular Center. Make sure to enjoy the many sessions of the Blind Wine Tastings, Culinary Demonstrations, Mixology Demonstrations, Meet the Culinary Cookbook and more!

 

EVENT TICKETS FOR GRAND TASTING (GA & VIP) from TICKETMASTER

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EVENT TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR GRAND TASTING (GA & VIP), SWEET, ELIXIR & AMUSE plus COMBINATION TICKETS ALL EVENTS from EVENTBRITE

 

If you experience difficulties in ordering your tickets on-line please call 828-239-9400 and leave us your name, telephone number and the problem you've experienced and we'll call you back shortly. If you have questions about the festival email us at info@ashevillewineandfood.com

 

 

Vendor/Exhibitor Listing & Preliminary Schedule for the Grand Tasting

 

Asheville Scene Chefs Challenge 3:00 - 4:30
4 Chefs, 1 hour, and a secret ingredient. The 6th annual Asheville Scene Chefs Challenge has seen over a dozen of the region’s finest chefs fight to the finish in an Iron Chef-style battle for the title of Best Chef at the Asheville Wine & Food Festival. It’s been a competition of culinary panache that began May 1. Please join us at the Grand Tasting to experience the excitement of chefs and flavors as the final battle takes place during the Grand Tasting.

 

Competing Chefs at the Grand Tasting Asheville Scene Chefs Challenge

Chef Hollie West - Sweet Monkey
Chef Steven Goff
Chef Joe Mitchell - Chestnut & Corner Kitchen
Chef Ryan Kline - Buffalo Nickel

 

Festival Wine Competition  1:00 - 4:30
New wineries are opening every day in WNC and there is a rapidly expanding interest in growing grapes and winemaking. “Show us what great wines your cellar holds and  we’ll put them to the test with the tasters of the French Broad Vignerons,” says Festival Founder and Director Bob Bowles. This is a excellent regional competition for commercial wines from North Carolina  and the Appalachian region and an opportunity for professional evaluation of non-commercial wines submitted by emerging winemakers.

 

Culinary Demonstrations 1:00-2:30
Learn from the best Chefs as they show you their secrets and share their recipes and talents. Chef William Dissen from the Market Place, Chef Steve Goff,  Chocolater Jael Rattigan of French Broad Chocolates, and Chef Felicia Suzanne Willett of Felicia Suzanne's from Memphis.

 

Malaprops Culinary Authors Book Signing 1:30 - 3:00 Mackensy Lunsford, Fred Sauceman, Ronnie Lundy, and Sherry Castle 
Here is your chance to meet the authors, and pick up their books.

 

Mixology Demonstrations 2:00 - 4:15
A new event, learn from the distilleries what you can do to entertain your audience when you are tasked with being the mixologist! Cardinal Gin, Defiant Whisky & Tito's Handmade Vodka

 

Blind Wine Tasting Event  2 Sessions 1:15 & 3:00 & Limited Seating  Please signup at the Metro Wine booth.

 

After last year's successful event we are back by popular demand! Put your senses to the ultimate test as you learn the secrets of the Sommeliers. Are your senses sharp enough to detect the grape varietal and country of origin of a wine? Join sommelier Andy Hale of Metro Wines and the Blind Tasting League as he takes you through the steps of deductive blind tasting and teach you how to tell what's in your glass! Learn how to guess the grape, vintage, country of origin and alcohol percentage, as well as brushing up on your wine tasting terminology so you can talk like a pro while you dissect the wine. If you've seen the documentary "Somm", you know that even the professionals get it wrong. Now try the real thing for yourself!  Watch the 2014 Blind Wine Tasting Event:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYeg1EVeBC8

 

Blind Beer Tasting Event  2:15 PM 1 Session 2:15  Limited Seating  Please signup at the Metro Wine booth.

 

The latest addition to everyone’s favorite drinking game!  Put your senses to the ultimate test as you learn the secrets of the Cicerones. Are your senses sharp enough to detect the grains the brewer used? Join Certified Beer Server Cicerone Anita Riley of Metro Wines and the Blind Tasting League as she takes you through the steps of deductive blind tasting and teach you how to tell what's in your glass! Learn how to guess the grains, yeasts, hops and style, as well as brushing up on your beer tasting vocabulary so you can talk like a pro while you fuss over your beer.

 


2015 Festival Exhibitors & Vendors

 

  and more to come!