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Asheville Wine & Food Festival

Updated: Friday, August 23 2013, 08:54 AM EDT
The 5th Annual Wine and Food Festival kicks off this weekend in Asheville. Our guests this morning showed us what to expect. Thanks to Mary Rowley from The South Creek Vineyard in Nebo, Jessica Demarco from the Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon, Alan Muskat and his assistant Sovah Woydak, and Chef Adam Hayes from the Red Stag Grill for stopping by.

Even for locals, it’s still almost impossible to sample every delicious flavor the region has to offer, but The Grand Tasting comes pretty close. On Saturday, August 24, the U.S. Cellular Center will house the largest gathering of its kind in downtown Asheville.

This year, nearly 125 local and international wine distributors and makers, a bevy of local Beer City and area brewers, regional distillers, restaurateurs and chefs, farmers, and artisan food producers will line the concourse and ground floor of the arena.

Meet farmers, chefs, cookbook authors, and artisan makers, as well as select nonprofits and regional crafters. Cooking demonstrations will take place throughout the day, as well as the Amateur Winemaker Competition. And you won’t want to miss the WNC Chefs Challenge finale, when the Best Chef in WNC will be revealed.

A VIP ticket grants early admission and access to the VIP Lounge, where guests can enjoy full pours of wine and a smorgasbord of gourmet bites. Tickets are $75 for VIP and $55 for General Admission. It runs from noon until 5 p.m. for VIP guests, and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. for general admission.

More information here. Asheville Wine & Food Festival

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