Saturday August  19, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Registration starts at 12:30

Gates Open 1:00

To Purchase Tickets: Please proceed to the PURCHASE TICKET TABLE. We accept Cash or Credit Cards.

Please consider purchasing your tickets on-line so you can proceed directly to the check-in table.

Printed or eTickets: We will scan your Ticket and your ID at the check-in table and present your wristbands for the Festival.

Will Call – If you misplaced your tickets please visit the Will-Call Desk. You must have an ID. If part of a group, please you’re your group leader as they can access your tickets.


YOU MUST PRESENT YOUR ID AND BE 21 YEARS OR OLDER TO RECEIVE AN ALCOHOL WRISTBAND. Not bringing your ID will allow you entrance into the festival but you will not be allowed to consume alcohol.


Use the AWFF17 festival app to plan your visit, rate your favorite vendors, tag friends and share your experience with other festival goers all weekend long!


SATURDAY August 19


Chef Highlight Series 

We continue the Chef Highlight Series.  This Chef Highlight Series involves the audience with our very talented regional chefs.  The Grand Tasting on August 19 will introduce guests to 4 more of the most honorable, as they give demonstrations of their renown gourmet dishes. This event is designed to give interaction and learning with eight highlighted chefs and four demonstrations daily throughout the festival. Keep up this season as these gourmet chefs provide information straight from their kitchens and careers.

Saturday          1:30     Chef Kyle Allen of Mountain Madre  

Saturday          2:30     Chef Scott Ostrander of Red Stag Grill in the Grand Bohemian Hotel

Saturday          3:30     Chef Fernandes of Isa's                                                          

Saturday          4300    Chef Matthew Miner of Jargon



Meet The Authors

Join a host of culinary authors and take home treasurers that you will want to pass on to future generations.           

Susan Murray             Our Family Table: Recipes & Lessons From a Life Abroad

John Batchelor            Chefs of the Mountains: Restaurants and Recipes from Western North Carolina

Denise Barratt             Farm Fresh Nutrition: Eating Green & Clean. Supporting Your Local Economy

Susi Gott Seguret        Appalachian Appetite: Recipes from up and down the Appalachian chain



Here is your opportunity to know what wines to shop for and bring to your table and stock you cellar.

With more than 500 vineyards in North Carolina, new wineries are opening every day and there is a rapidly expanding interest in growing grapes and winemaking. Professional winemakers and their wineries brought over 100 wines and professional judges with the French Broad Vignerons’ put them to the test. In our 6th year, this competition is an excellent opportunity for commercial wines from North Carolina and the Appalachian region to be professionally evaluated. Judging takes place prior the Asheville Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting and winning wines will be displayed at the French Broad Vigneron booth during the Grand Tasting.





Addison Farms Vineyards


Restaurant 17


Charleston Beverage Company


Oskar Blues Brewery


Covington Spirits


The Lobster Trap


Deep Creek Winery


Call Family Distillers


JOLO Winery and Vineyard


Cathead Distillery


Wine Me Co.


Jones vonDrehle Vineyards and Winery


Crude Bitters and Sodas


Hemmingway’s Cuba


Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards


Isa's Bistro


Railhouse Brewery


Sanctuary VIneyards


Red Stag Grill


Durham Distillery


Burntshirt Vineyard


Colorful Palate & True South Food


Batistini Farms


City Bakery


550 Tavern & Grille


Berry Brothers


Noni Bacca Winery


AAA Insurance


Thistle Meadow Winery


H&H Distillery


Waynesville Soda Jerks


Curly Tail Candied Bacon


The Swankey Beverage Tote Co.


Hickory Nut Gap Farm


Sallie's Greatest


Sweet's Syrup


Abby J's Gourmet & Southern Farm & Garden Magazine


Fisher Recycling


Native Vines Winery


Unicoi Preserves


Asheville Tea Company


Hood River Distillers


Bracey Vineyards


Midtown Mixes


KW Collards


MATI Energy


The Spice & Tea Exchange


The Wineyard






FIREWALKER Hot Sauce Company


Bruce Julian Heritage Foods


Dalton Distillery






Shindig on the Green

This is a free event. Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join us for good times at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. In 2017 Shindig on the Green, which features a stage show and informal jam sessions around the park, continues at its original location -- formerly known as City County Plaza, now transformed into the new Pack Square Park. Locals and visitors alike come together downtown “along about sundown,” or at 7:00pm for those who wear a watch, until 10:00p.m.



Sweet & Savory at the Renaissance Event Center just down North Lexington Ave and off the front porch of the Thomas Wolfe House. 6:00 PM