Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chow Chow?

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization, Chow Chow celebrates and delves deep into the culinary ingenuity that has elevated Asheville’s food scene to a national level. Meaningful programming connects attendees to the many hands and makers who create in this vibrant corner of southern Appalachia. 

Chow Chow Asheville’s mission is to celebrate and enrich the unique foodways of the Southern Appalachian region. Chow Chow’s culinary event series returns in the summer of 2022 with three weekends of events with a deepened focus on honoring community and exploring what it means to celebrate justly. 

As makers, chefs, artists, farmers and business owners, our vision is an equitable and thriving regional food system, where culinary and creative enterprise are central to community identity and resilience. We welcome the collective sum of differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, and talent our makers and guests bring to Chow Chow, and we look forward to celebrating and coming together with you over things we cannot live without.

Chow Chow 2022 will bring together culinary creators, makers and thought leaders for creative celebrations and meaningful experiences that broaden our understanding of one another with a focus on issues such as food justice, racial justice and climate change.

When and where is Chow Chow?

Chow Chow: An Asheville Culinary Event Series includes 23 events held in various locations throughout Asheville, North Carolina over three weekends: June 23-26, August 4-7, and September 8-11, 2022. 

How do I purchase tickets to attend Chow Chow events?

Tickets are available online at chowchowasheville.com. You must be 21 years old or older to attend Chow Chow events, unless otherwise specified.

Chow Chow will follow all state and federal mandates related to COVID-19 as directed by the CDC. We will be monitoring all updates and each event will reflect the latest updates by these agencies, and will be communicated via email to all participants prior to each event. 

What are the COVID-19 policies for Chow Chow?

Chow Chow COVID-19 Policies (4/15/2022): In order to attend any Chow Chow event, all staff, volunteers, participants and attendees will need to provide proof of full vaccination or a copy of negative COVID-19 test results from no more than 48 hours before the event date. Per the CDC definition: A person is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving all recommended doses in their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine) 

A digital or printed copy of your vaccination card or test results are acceptable. Test results can be from a PCR or an antigen test but they do need to be lab-issued, or for at-home tests, only proctored/telemed verified at-home tests (such as the Abbot Binax NOW) that provide certified results are accepted. A test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or digital copy) with your name attached. For at-home tests: Don't bring in your test kit stick from a self-test you did yourself.

Are children allowed at Chow Chow?

All Chow Chow events are 21 and older, unless otherwise specified as family-friendly. We love kids + furry friends, but no children, infants (even in strollers or carriers) or pets (except service animals) are allowed to attend events for the safety of all parties, unless the events have been designated as family friendly. For Chow Chow 2022: The Sunday Supper Series of events are designated family-friendly, with children welcome (tickets are required for all attendees, including children)

What is the process for receiving tickets once they are purchased?

Upon purchase of a ticket(s), the purchaser will receive a confirmation email and receipt for the purchase. Please print your tickets at home or bring the confirmation email that you receive from our ticketing partner, SimpleTix, to the event. NOTE: we prefer you to bring the email on your mobile device. Please also bring a Photo ID with you to gain access to the event.

Will events sell-out?

Most likely. There is a set capacity for event and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Chow Chow cannot expand the capacity of any event to accommodate additional guests.

Are tickets refundable? Can I switch tickets for another event?

All tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE and cannot be exchanged. All events take place rain or shine. In the event that lightning poses a threat to our safety, we will deliver communication to guide everyone to shelter at the event.

Exception: In the event that Chow Chow has to cancel an event due to COVID-19 related mandates, tickets will be refunded.

What is included with a ticket?

All food and beverage for each event is included with the ticket price. 

What do ticket sales and sponsorship support?

Chow Chow: An Asheville Culinary Event series is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Ticket sales and sponsorships support the production of the annual event series, and help us support our mission to celebrate and enrich the unique foodways of the Southern Appalachian region.

 - Compensation for Participants: We are striving towards our goal of creating a more relevant, intentional and equitable culinary event series. A significant effort towards that goal is reducing barriers for participation. Chow Chow has instituted a commitment to providing compensation (paid honorariums + stipends) for participating chefs, speakers and beverage producers. Out of town participants are provided with travel stipends as well as accommodations. We are also striving to be more inclusive for all attendees, offering a range of ticket pricing, including a new initiative in 2022 for a pay-as-you-wish community meal series.

 - Community Economic Impact: 95% of all Chow Chow expenses (or 95 cents of every dollar) are directly re-invested in our community through our work with local businesses, individuals and organizations including local event production companies, event staffing, rental companies, recycling and waste management, marketing and communications support, film and photography support, musicians and entertainers, and more.

Amplification & Understanding: Through our programming, we create immersive shared experiences to cultivate understanding of our region; provide a platform to amplify voices in our community working to sustain and strengthen our foodways; and celebrate and invigorate our local food sources and opportunities for creative enterprise.

- Shared Experiences & Extraordinary Stories: By purchasing a ticket to a Chow Chow event, you are helping us to support our community of makers, chefs, artists, food and beverage producers and more to participate in Chow Chow and share the extraordinary stories of our region. You are also joining us around a table to enjoy a beautiful meal, experiencing a multitude of dishes and drinks, crafted through the hard work and dedication of many hands, from the fields to the plate.  

What is the Friends Program?

The Friends Program is a program for those who want to support Chow Chow and receive special benefits for their support. They also are listed as donors of Chow Chow and a portion of the contribution is tax-deductible.

How do I make a donation to Chow Chow? 

You may join the Friends Program above, or consider a sponsorship. If you simply want to make a direct donation to Chow Chow, you may mail a check payable to Asheville Culinary Festival, 27 College Place, Asheville, NC  28801 (this is preferred), or you may give online

Can I purchase tickets at the specific event?
No, you will need to purchase online if tickets are still available for that event.

What is prohibited to bring to a Chow Chow event?

  • Firearms, explosives, and weapons of any kind (including pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, etc.)
  • Outside food or beverage (including alcohol) of any kind
  • Illegal and illicit substances of any kind; drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Chairs, blankets, and lawn umbrellas
  • Noise making devices: air horns, drums, whistles
  • Drones
  • Pets (except service animals)
  • Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, giveaways, samples, etc.
  • Rollerblades and skateboards

Does an event get canceled with bad weather?

All events take place rain or shine. In the event that lightning poses a threat to our safety, we will deliver communication to guide everyone to shelter at the respective event. There are rain plans for each event during Chow Chow.

What if I have a food allergy? Or if I am vegan/vegetarian?

Most events will feature some vegetarian options; however, there is no guarantee. There will also be enough variety to handle most food allergies. If you have a serious allergy, please contact the staff at info@chowchowasheville.com in advance to notify of any issues.

Is there a special ticket price for people who do not drink alcohol?

No, there is not a discount for people who do not drink alcohol. There will be non-alcoholic beverages offered at every Chow Chow event.

Is there a dress code for the events?

There is no enforced dress code; however, we do ask you to dress in keeping with the nature of the event. Please also note that many events are outdoors. Please check the weather and dress appropriately. Please wear shoes you are comfortable walking in and for grassy areas if outdoors.

Any Smoking restrictions?

There is no smoking or vaping allowed at any Chow Chow event.

Where can I stay while in town for Chow Chow?

To learn more, see our Lodging Partners.

Where do I park for Chow Chow events?

The About Asheville section of ExploreAsheville.com offers parking info, transportation options, weather trends and other practical travel insights for visitors planning a trip to Asheville.

Once visitors hit the ground in Asheville, WelcomeToAVL.com is a mobile-friendly platform to help visitors with their on-the-go travel plans, featuring attractions, activities, hikes, tours and real-time parking updates with maps of available parking spaces throughout the city.

Parking information will be communicated to ticket holders in advance of each event. We also encourage guests to Uber or Lyft, walk or bike to events where possible. 

What do I do if I have had too much to drink?
Please be responsible and do not drink and drive. There are a number of transportation options if your ability to drive is impaired:

  • Safe Ride America is a nonprofit organization and will provide transportation for free if necessary. (404) 888‐0887
  • Uber or Lyft provides on-demand sedan or SUV service.

What is Chow Chow doing to recycle during the event?

Chow Chow strives to mitigate its impact on the environment. Chow Chow will support both recycling and composting at events.

Is there a Lost and Found?
If you’ve misplaced an item, email us at info@chowchowasheville.com and we will try and locate your items.

Can we bring water to Chow Chow events?

No outside beverages or containers are allowed at any Chow Chow event. There will be water served at every event.

How can I get involved in Chow Chow?

  • Volunteer: We will need volunteers in a variety of positions. Details and applications will be available. Be sure to sign up for the e-newsletters to be the first to learn more or contact volunteer@chowchowasheville.com.

  • Sponsor: If your company wants to support Chow Chow, there are several levels available. Email info@chowchowasheville.com to learn more.

  • Donate Product or Services: If you want to provide products to be showcased at an event, we would love to know. We are especially interested in items made in Asheville. Email info@chowchowasheville.com  with more details about your company.

I have a question that isn't answered here. Now what?

No worries, e-mail us at info@chowchowasheville.com and we’ll help you out!