The Asheville Herb Festival Celebrates 25 Years: Learn More About the Herbs & the Bees
Posted On Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Asheville has a reputation for its local farm-to-table cuisine. Many of the area restaurants buy local for the freshest flavors and to support their local farmers. It's safe to say that Asheville has some expertise when it comes to sustainable farming practices and producing amazing crops. Asheville is home to over 17 local tailgate markets where residents and visitors alike can find the freshest farm produce and a wide selection of artisan goods. On your next visit, be sure to stock up the kitchen of your Asheville vacation rental with some wonderful local produce and enjoy the local bounty for yourself!
If you're in town this weekend, stop by the annual Asheville Herb Festival, which is celebrating its 25th year. The festival starts this Friday, May 2 and continues through Sunday, May 4 at the Western North Carolina Farmers' Market on Brevard Road in Asheville, conveniently located at the intersection of interstates I-26 and I-40.
The Asheville Herb Festival hosts over 60 Western North Carolina herb businesses (and some from Tennessee) all in one location. Festival-goers can find a large selection of herbal plants and products including herbs for cooking, gardening, and medicinal use; herbal soaps, lotions, tinctures, teas and herbal baked goods; dried herbs and flowers; as well as herb-related crafts, gifts and books. You can view the Asheville Herb Festival Vendor Directory for a complete list of vendors.
The special event spotlighted during this year's silver anniversary festival offers exhibits and presentations by representatives of Bee City USA and the Center for Honeybee Research in Asheville. As most gardeners know, bees are among the most essential natural pollinators of flowering plants—a category that includes most familiar herbs. Visit their booth and learn how to develop a bee-friendly garden and help save this critical pollinator.
In addition to a wide array of herbal products and knowledgeable bee experts, you'll also find herb experts and horticultural professionals on hand. They are a valuable resource and can answer any questions you may have. Master Gardeners from the Buncombe County Extension Service are also on-site at the Asheville Herb Festival offering a wealth of knowledge and experience.
The Asheville Herb Festival runs from 9a.m. to 5p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 10a.m. to 3p.m. on Sunday. The festival offers free admission, free parking and free shuttle service.
We hope to see you at the 25th Annual Asheville Herb Festival this weekend. If you'll be there, let us know!