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. Westashevilletailgatemarket.com

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 frenchbroadvignerons.org.

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. wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/asheville-kenilworth

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Gina Smith is the Mountain Xpress Food section editor and writer. She can be reached at gsmith@mountainx.com.

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