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3 Days of Wine, Food, Music and Fun! August 23 through August 25, 2012 August 23 - Final Chefs Challenge - Tickets available starting July 1, 2012 August 24 - SWEET at the Grove Arcade - Doors open 7:30 pm August 24 - Grand Tasting - VIP access 12:00 to 5:00 pm August 24 - Grand Tasting - General access 1:30 to 5:00 pm

2012 Asheville Wine & Food Festival

Asheville Wine and Food Festival

2012 Asheville Wine & Food Festival

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Price Fee Quantity
SWEET
Friday, August 24 7:30 - 10:00 pm at the Grove Arcade, downtown Asheville The Asheville Wine & Food Festival kicks off with dessert first. On the eve of the Festival’s Grand Tasting, guests of SWEET can delve into decadent confections. Hosted in the historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville, guests can sample an array of locally crafted desserts as well as champagnes, specialty cocktails, spirits, and dessert wines, while enjoying elegant, live music and browsing the shops of the Grove Arcade.
$35.00 $1.87
Grand Tasting—VIP Saturday, August 25, 2012, noon-5 p.m.
Grand Tasting—VIP Saturday, August 25, 2012, noon-5 p.m. Beat the lines with early VIP access to the Grand Tasting, held at the U.S. Cellular Center (formerly the Asheville Civic Center) starting at noon! As our VIP guest, you will have the opportunity to engage with winery owners and top chefs while sampling their offerings before general admission guests arrive. You will also have full access to the VIP Lounge where full pours of wine and delicious food samplings will be served in high style.
$65.00 $2.62
Grand Tasting—General Admission
Saturday, August 25, 2012, 1:30-5 p.m. At this showcase of area chefs, wineries, farmers, and artisan food producers, general admission ticket holders will have several hours to sip, sample, and shop. Asheville and the surrounding area boast award-winning chefs and restaurants, many whom you’ll have the chance to meet. Wine producers and distributors will be on hand as well, letting guests sample local, regional, and national labels.
$45.00 $2.12
One-Year Subscription to WNC Magazine & (2) tickets to Grand Tasting—General Admission   more info $90.00 $3.24
One-Year Subscription to WNC Magazine & (2) VIP tickets to Grand Tasting   more info $130.00 $4.24
A QUESTION OF TASTE: A Passion for Fashion and Food (You will need a VIP or General Admission ticket to gain admission in addition to purchasing this ticket)   more info $20.00 $1.49

Event Details

The Asheville Wine & Food Festival was born from a desire to celebrate and showcase our area’s chefs, wineries, farmers, and artisan food producers. And our region’s wealth of wineries have made viticulture a permanent part of the state’s economy. It’s no longer a secret: Asheville is a must-visit culinary destination. With a rich history of foodways that are deeply connected to the mountains of Western North Carolina, Asheville and the surrounding area have boasted award-winning chefs and restaurants for years.

 This three-day event brings together the best regional, national, and international wines, local beer and spirits, great restaurants, exceptional food producers, and lively music, all in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

August 23-25, 2012

 The action starts on Thursday, August 23 with the final culmination of the WNC Chefs Challenge, when one local chef will earn the title Best Chef in WNC. Two culinary teams will have one hour to prepare a dishes to be judged by a panel of culinary experts. Join us for the suspense and excitement. Wine and food will be available. Tickets are limited. Location and time to be announced.

 

On Friday, SWEET offers a sampling of great desserts, sparkling wines, specialty cocktails, spirits, and dessert wines accompanied by music at the historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. Built by E.W. Grove in 1929, the Grove Arcade features boutique shopping and exciting dining in a beloved downtown architectural wonder. Members of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association will mark this celebration with flags outside their restaurants. Take the opportunity to dine locally at any participating AIR restaurant, but save room for dessert at SWEET.

 

On Saturday, the Asheville Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting commences at noon for VIP ticket holders, 1:30 p.m. for general admission, at the U.S. Cellular Center (formerly the Asheville Civic Center) in downtown. The celebration is the largest gathering of regional, national, and international wines and local delicacies that Asheville has ever seen under one roof.

The smorgasbord offers more than 300 wines, creations prepared by the area’s great chefs, and samples of gourmet, artisan food products, such as Lusty Monk Mustard and Imladris Farm jams. And there will be plenty of wines and tasty foods you can purchase and take home.

 

The Asheville Wine & Food Festival benefits Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s Growing Minds farm to school program. www.growing-minds.org

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