Goombay Brings Beat Back to Asheville

Goombay Brings Beat Back to Asheville
Cultural fest offers weekend of rhythm with healthy twist

After a one-year hiatus, the Asheville Goombay Festival is back September 12-14 with a new location and some new faces.

The family festival is one of Asheville's most popular, drawing 10,000 people to town to celebrate the richness and diversity of the African diaspora. Goombay--which is a West African name meaning "rhythm" or "drum"--lives up to its name with a full weekend of live African and Caribbean music, an assortment of craft and food vendors, a kids area hosted by local non-profit LEAF in Schools and Streets, dance performances and workshops and more.

New in 2014, Goombay will be participating in First Lady Michelle Obama's national "Let's Move" initiative. African-American vegan chef, author and activist Bryant Terry--whose work has been featured in Gourmet and Food & Wine magazines--will make an appearance to share recipes and cooking demonstrations. And Denver-based yoga instructor Tyrone Beverly will lead an all-ages yoga class on Saturday morning.

All festival activities are free and will take place on Roger McGuire Green in Pack Square Park. The public is also invited to attend a morning of gospel music to be held at the YMI Cultural Center on Sunday. For more information, visit

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