Sweet: Friday, Aug. 12, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. Tickets cost $35
Grand Tasting: Saturday, Aug. 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the WNC Expo Center (near the Asheville Regional Airport). Tickets cost $40.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ashevillewineandfood.com or call WNC Magazine at 210-5030. VIP and combination packages are also available online.
Where to stay
Several local hotels have packages that include tickets to the Grand Tasting.
The Grand Bohemian offers a package that includes accommodations for two on Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13, plus breakfast for two Saturday and Sunday. It also includes a $100 food and beverage credit toward dinner for two at Red Stag Grill, Grand Bohemian’s restaurant, two tickets to Sweet on Friday, Aug. 12 and two VIP tickets to the Asheville Wine and Food Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, Aug. 13. For pricing and to make reservations, call 505-2949.
Hotel Indigo offers accommodations for two on Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13 in a king room, plus breakfast for two on Saturday and Sunday. Two tickets to Sweet on Friday, Aug. 12 and two general admission tickets to the Grand Tasting on Saturday, Aug. 13 are also included (upgrades are available at additional cost). A complimentary shuttle to the Grand Tasting is available within walking distance of the hotel. For pricing and to make reservations, call 239-0239.
Hilton, Biltmore Park offers accommodations for two on Saturday, Aug. 13 (choice of King or Double Queen room), 10 percent discount coupon for Roux, Hilton's restaurant, two tickets to the Asheville Wine and Food Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, Aug. 13 and free parking and transportation to and from the Grand Tasting. For pricing and to make reservations, call 209-2700.
The Asheville Wine and Food Festival is devoted to enhancing the culinary reputation of its namesake city. A portion of the proceeds from the festival benefits F.E.A.S.T. — a nonprofit that teaches children to grow, cook, eat and enjoy food that is fresh, easy to prepare, affordable and sustainable. The program serves families in public housing communities, the YMCA and YWCA and schools. F.E.A.S.T. is a program of Slow Food Asheville.