Raising the bar: Asheville Cocktail Week & Southeastern Distilling Expo

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Alane Mason
The area’s burgeoning craft cocktail scene and growing distilling industry prompted the Asheville Wine & Food Festival to create the inaugural Asheville Cocktail Week. The concurrent Southeastern Distilling Expo will bring bar and restaurant industry professionals and 25 distillers to WNC.


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