African and Caribbean flavors return to Pack Square Park during the Goombay Festival. Also: Catawba Brewing hosts Grill & Chill; Olivette Riverside Community and Farm hold a benefit dinner for Asheville GreenWorks; The Hop Ice Cream raises money for and awareness of multiple sclerosis; and plenty more.
Asheville’s annual Goombay Festival offers learning and networking opportunities for culinary trainees.
With its second appearance at Pack Square Park, the 35th annual Goombay Festival celebrated African and Caribbean culture with music, activities — and lots of food.
Gospel-rapper Chance the Artist, an Asheville native currently based in Atlanta, headlines the Goombay on Sunday, Sept. 13. After turning his life around an devoting himself to positive rhymes, Chance finds himself on the cusp of some potentially major turning points, including the forthcoming debut of an official website, a DJ to enhance his live shows and a team to assist him on the business side.
This year’s African and Caribbean Cultural festival, Aug. 24-27, includes a few new features: A Friday night block party and a Sunday night concert at the Orange Peel by Arrested Development (photo from the band’s website).
Photos from the annual Goombay festival in downtown Asheville.
Photo by Jonathan Welch