CHOW CHOW Culinary Festival

The Official Poster for CHOW CHOW culinary event showing colorful foods strewn across a table CHOW CHOW is coming to Asheville Sept 12-15, 2019 and it promises to be the culinary event of the year! Asheville is known for it’s vibrant food culture, with award winning chefs showing off their creativity all over the city. This festival will celebrate the chefs, makers, artists, brewers, roasters, and bakers of Asheville and Appalachia as a whole. This is more than just a food and wine show. There will be a grand tasting event as well as chef demonstrations and immersive experiences with over 20 events all over town that you can pick and choose “a la cart” to tailor your experience of the festival.

The Festival’s kick off event is the Mountain Top Soiree at Highland Brewing Company on Thursday Sept. 12, 2019.  You can mingle with the James Beard-nominated chefs, enjoy an array of hors d’oeurves, listen to two bands playing throughout the evening and visit beer, wine and cocktail stations at Asheville’s original brewery, established in 1994.

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13th & 14th offers The Food Truck Rodeo in Pack Square Park. The Food Truck phenomenon has found a place in Ashevillians’ hearts and we have some really unique and varied Food Trucks in town. Four of our most popular trucks will be there with lunch offerings for sale. This event is free and open to the public. On Saturday the 14th the Makers Market Open will also take place in Pack Square Park. This is a highly curated market of local food products and wares. Look for local cookbook authors signing books at the Malaprops pop-up store! Also free and open to the public.Colorful prepared foods and in soft tacos with condiments in little bowls on a vibrant yellow background

Tickets are required for the “Pickled in the Park Grand Tasting”, which is the main event and will be taking place throughout the Festival in Pack Square. Enjoy tastings, chef demonstrations and opportunities to meet the chefs, artisans and beverage experts that make our culinary scene special.

Workshops, seminars and tours are scheduled throughout the weekend in various locales. You can pick a discussion on craft beverages at Antidote, the South Slope’s lush cocktail lounge, or go on a tour of Looking Glass Creamery, Flying Coud Farm and Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Start at the hot new restaurant Benne on Eagle for a walking tour of local African-American heritage on “The Block”. Hop on the Purple Bus for a special zany “LaZoom” tour designed especially for Chow Chow attendees. Tour the French Broad Chocolate Factory, go on a guided foraging tour in the forest and cook a feast with the results. Begin Sunday with and outdoor Yoga class followed by breakfast and live music or go on a “Field-to-Fork” Brunch at Gaining Ground Farm. 

There is so much going on that it will be hard to pick, but be sure to get tickets soon and make your reservation at A Bed of Roses while we still have rooms available! 

So why the name “Chow Chow”? Chow Chow is a crunchy pickled vegetable slaw traditionally put up each summer to bring the summer harvest to the table all year. The ingredients are unique to each maker. It’s all about the creative culinary roots of Appalachia and so is the Festival. Come taste Appalachia.

Beautiful photography by Tim Robison courtesy of the CHOW CHOW event staff.

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