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Save plenty of room for Chow Chow’s main course—a gathering of culinary delights that continues throughout the festival in the middle of downtown. Shop, taste, and sip your way through Pack Square as you meet chefs, artisans, beverage experts, and other taste-makers. Watch master chefs at work at the demonstration stage, wake up your body at morning yoga, and indulge in the fresh, creative fare being slung at the food truck rodeo.
Dig into this afternoon smorgasbord. From BBQ to handcrafted cocktails, sample sips and bites prepared by more than 50 featured makers, and work up an appetite watching demonstrations and live music. All tastings are free and included in your ticket price. (NOTE: You must have a Pickled in the Park ticket to enter this area.)
When lunchtime rolls around, hightail it to Pack Place to choose among the à la carte menus of the area’s best food trucks, parked in front of the newly reopened Asheville Art Museum....
Satisfy your shopping cravings at this highly curated market of local food products and wares. Encounter local artisans and stock up on everything from cutting boards, dishes, and glasses to spices,...
Sponsored by: NC Department of Agriculture Take a break and listen to a few of the region’s most passionate taste makers. Learn how to make your own batch of chow chow relish, delve into seed preservation with celebrated chef Sean Brock, and hear about PBS TV star and North Carolina chef Vivian Howard’s adventures in pickling. In between demos, discover a diversity of North Carolina-made products during a special spotlight presented by the N.C. Department of Agriculture. (NOTE: You must have a Pickled in the Park ticket to enter this area.)
1:30-2:15 p.m. Chow Down on Chow Chow Demo
2:15-2:45 p.m. Department of NC Agriculture Spotlight
2:45-3:30 p.m. Vivian Howard
3:30-4:00 p.m. Department of NC Agriculture Spotlight
Sponsored By: Sourthern Foods Looking to up your grilling game? Get tips from some of the region’s most skilled barbecue bosses. Follow your nose to this demonstration area, where local chefs take turns at the helm of a range of barbecue grills and answer questions from onlookers. (NOTE: This section is free and open to the public, but no food is provided)
Sponsored by: Sysco Charlotte Whet your appetite for making a difference and discover the creative and life-sustaining ways that local charitable organizations provide food nourishment to vulnerable members of the community. Bring non-perishable food items to contribute to MANNA FoodBank’s three-day food drive, organized in honor of National Hunger Awareness Month. (NOTE: This section is free and open to the public, and some food may be served based on availability.)
MANNA FoodBank: food pantry food drive
FEED program: food waste education; partner with Danny’s Dumpsters
YMCA of WNC: demonstrations all weekend Saturday
Sunshine Sammies and Rayburn Farms: free sodas and ice cream with Barnardsville Elementary while supplies last