Asheville Wine & Food Festival 2014 Continues Through August 23
Posted On Thursday, August 21, 2014
The 2014 Asheville Wine & Food Festival celebrates its 6th year in downtown Asheville. The festival kicks off August 21 and continues through Saturday, August 23. The Asheville Wine & Food Festival takes place in various downtown venues and promises exquisite culinary experiences for you to enjoy. The three-day event offers wine, beer, spirits, food, chocolate and music all wrapped up into one festival. The signature festival events include ELIXIR which happens Thursday, SWEET happening Friday, and The Grand Tasting which wraps up the Asheville Wine & Food Festival on Saturday.
Read on to find out more about each of these special food and wine events.
ELIXIR: A Prohibition Experience
The ELIXIR Prohibition Event has just announced its location, which has been a secret up until recently. The Morris Hellenic Cultural Center located at 227 Cumberland Avenue in Asheville is the place to be for this Wine & Food Festival signature event. The fun kicks off at 6p.m. and continues through 8p.m. Guests get to meet the local and regional breweries producing some of the best beer around, as well as enjoy a mixology competition where local bartenders contend for craft cocktail greatness. You'll sample their cocktail creations, taste fabulous hors d'oeuvres and listen to live music throughout the evening.
For an extra $20, take part in the LAZOOM party bus event which promises side-splitting fun on this iconic purple tour bus while you take in the Asheville sights and landmarks. You can purchase ELIXIR tickets here for $45 per person. Hurry, before this becomes a sell-out event. Oh, and don't forget to look at the secret password that gives you entrance into the venue.
SWEET: Delectables & Delights
The Asheville Wine & Food Festival event SWEET offers drinks, desserts, music and delicious fun on Friday, August 22 from 8-10p.m. at the historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. You'll find your favorite local bakers, chocolatiers, pâtissiers, wine vendors, brewers and distillers all in one amazing place.
The Grove Arcade shops stay open late that night, so plan to peruse the handmade crafts, jewelry and furnishings while you indulge in the decadence. Gluten-free and vegan options are available during this sweet event. The cost is $45 per person and you can purchase SWEET tickets here.
The Grand Tasting: A Celebration of Asheville's Food & Libations
The culminating event of the Asheville Wine & Food Festival is the Grand Tasting held at the U.S. Cellular Center on 87 Haywood Street in Asheville on Saturday, August 23 from 2-6p.m. Guests to this event enjoy a plethora of regional tastes all under one roof including more than 125 local and international wineries, Beer City breweries, regional distillers, restauranteurs, farmers and artisan food producers. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, the Amateur Winemakers Competition, the Asheville Scene Chef's Challenge finale, and lots and lots of mouthwatering creations to please your palate.
VIP tickets for the Grand Tasting are already sold out, but there are general admission tickets, which cost $55, still available (at the writing of this blog). Hurry, they won't last long. You can purchase Grand Tasting tickets here.