Small Bites: Holiday market, winemaking evaluations, Tea Time and more

MARKET GREENS: Shoppers at West Asheville Tailgate Market's Indoor Holiday Market can look for festive locally made items like this wreath from market vendor Thatchmore Farm. Photo courtesy of West Asheville Tailgate Market

Holiday market and community potluck

The West Asheville Tailgate Market is offering an indoor Holiday Farmers Market on Tuesday afternoons through Dec. 23 at the Mothlight. Twenty market vendors will offer their wares, including seasonal veggies, dairy, value-added goods, crafts and holiday baked goods. There also be live music and spiced beverages to add to the festive atmosphere. Also happening at the Mothlight on Tuesday, Dec. 9, is a market community potluck to celebrate the winter harvest.

Holiday Farmers Market, 2:30-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 23; community potluck, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9. Both take place at the Mothlight, 701 Haywood Road.

Evaluations for amateur winemakers

In an effort to support the trend of home winemaking, French Broad Vignerons is offering a way for amateur winemakers to receive feedback from experienced wine evaluators. On Saturday, Jan. 17, a panel of trained experts from the group will offer evaluations based on blind tastings for a fee of $10 per bottle. No awards will be given — this is just a chance for winemakers to receive assessments on the strengths of their creations. Regsistration forms are due by Monday, Jan. 5, and wine submissions must be received by Monday, Jan. 12.

Details and registration forms are available at

Cheese Night

The cheesemongers of Whole Foods will offer a sampling of Alpine-style cheese during Cheese Night, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Tunnel Road store. The experts will also discuss traditional cheese-making techniques. The event is free and open to the public.

Whole Foods Market, 4 S. Tunnel Road.


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.