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Wine and cheese … and Vietnamese

The Downtown Market is hosting a wine and cheese reception next Thursday, July 28, to help spread the word that the market will remain open for the rest of July. The evening kicks off with a “meet, greet and mingle,” which lasts until about 8 p.m. The Downtown Market’s vendors will stay open for the event. Pho Fusion Vietnamese restaurant will also host a private dinner that begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Reservations can be made at the Rely Local Asheville Facebook page. Dinner check averages are around $10 for a meal and drink, and vegetarian choices are available. Guests of attendees must RSVP as well.

The Downtown Market is located at 45 S. French Broad St.

VegFest is coming

Sunday Aug. 7 marks the first Asheville VegFest, presented by the Asheville Vegetarians and Goat Mountain Sanctuary. The free festival will include beer from Highland Brewing Company and food from area restaurants like the Laughing Seed, VegHeads Drive-Thru and the Green Light Cafe. Entertainment will include a performance from the Vegetable Circus (a group that uses circus arts to teach children fun ways to eat healthy), music from Warm the Bell and other various speakers and special guests. The festival takes place on Battery Park Avenue, from Noon until 7 p.m.


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