Pickled in the Park Grand Tasting

Friday, Sep 13, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Pack Square Park
$125 per person


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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.

Grand Tasting

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.)

Main Tent Participants

Joe Scully

Chef/Owner, Corner Kitchen & Chestnut

Grand Tasting Tent Participants

Joe Scully

Chef/Owner, Corner Kitchen & Chestnut

Rotating Station under Main Tent

Josh Dillard

Executive Chef/Owner, Bhramari Brewing Company



Event List

Food Truck Rodeo

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Pack Square Park

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....

Makers Market Open presented by Peace Center

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019, 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Location: Pack Square Park

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,...

Demonstrations on the Pavilion Main Stage

NC Department of Agriculture

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

Grilling Area

Southern Foods Logo

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)

Philanthropy Area

Sysco Logo

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.)

Friday-Sunday 12:00-4:00p.m.

MANNA FoodBank: food pantry food drive

FEED program: food waste education; partner with Danny’s Dumpsters

YMCA of WNC: demonstrations all weekend Saturday

Saturday 12:00 - 4:00p.m.

Sunshine Sammies and Rayburn Farms: free sodas and ice cream with Barnardsville Elementary while supplies last


Technique Area

James Sutherland

Co-Owner of Blue Dream Curry House

Sheri Castle

Food Writer

  1. Butchering, Meats and various Makers by American Pig, The Chop Shop Butchery and Intentional Swine
  1. Flower Crowns by Emily Copus, Carolina Flowers (crowns for sale)
  2. Weaving
  3. Blacksmithing
  1. Cherokee artist
  2. Honey making
  3. Table or Chair making
  4. Glassblowing