June 27 - September 26, 2021
A delicious food festival returns for its second year in Asheville! Chow Chow showcases our creative culinary scene with 30+ summer events happening between June - September. This immersive series will feature a mix of in-person events and corresponding virtual series of classes, demos, and workshops. Meet and connect with the makers and collaborators who nourish, nurture, and create in our Appalachian Mountains.
The 2021 series will bring together nationally and locally recognized chefs, farmers, millers, bakers, artists, brewers, professional beverage makers, and more. The series will focus on food justice, racial justice, and climate change with a vision for an equitable and thriving regional food system here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ticket Sales from Chow Chow directly support the Asheville community.
Guests can enjoy immersive in-person experiences celebrating the unique culinary style of Southern Appalachia through tastings, tapas, flights, multi-course dinners, brunches, and more. You can also take part in educational experiences in the form of virtual classes, workshops, and demos. See below for a line-up of events.
Chow Chow 2021 Schedule of Events
- June 27: Applachian Pride Brunch - Tapas & Drinks @ Smoky Park Supper Club, 12-3 PM. $75 (SOLD OUT)
- July 8: Nourishing Community - Flights & Bites @ Southside Kitchen, 1-3 PM & 5-7 PM. $50
- July 10: Sombremesa - Tapas & Drinks @ Salvage Station, 12-3 PM. $125 Get Tickets
- July 10: Pollinating Metamorphosis - Multi-Course Dinner @ Olivette Riverside, 5-9 PM. $200 Get Tickets.
- July 15: Cocktails & The Landscape (VIRTUAL) - Cooking Demo, 7:30-9 PM. $15
- July 17: Pantry Staples: Cooking With Kids (VIRTUAL) - Cooking Demo, 10-11:30 AM. $15
- July 22: Great Grains - Tapas & Drinks @ Highland Brewing, 5:30-8:30 PM. $125
- July 24: A Find Dining Experience -Tapas & Drinks @ The Foundry Hotel, 12-3 PM. $125
- July 24: The Grass is Greener - Multi-Course Dinner @ Forestry Camp, 5-9 PM. $200
- July 29: Chocolate & Climate Change (VIRTUAL) - Chocolate Tasting, 7-9 PM. $45
- July 31: Navigating the Challenges of Regional Stone Ground Flours (VIRTUAL) - 10-11:30 AM, $15
- Aug 5: Paella Cook-Along with Chef Katie Button (VIRTUAL) - 7–8:30 PM Price, $15
- Aug 7: Container Gardening (VIRTUAL) - 10-11:30 AM, $15
- Aug12: Out of the Box: Community Supported Agriculture Challenge - Flights & Bites @ WNC Farmers Market, 5:30–8:30 PM. $50
- Aug 14: It Takes a Village - Tapas & Drinks @ Making Whole, 12-3 PM. $125
- Aug 14: Trial to Table - Multi-Course Dinner @ Franny’s Farm, 5-9 PM. $200
- Aug19: Racial Equity & The Wine Industry (VIRTUAL) - 7:30–9:00 PM, $15
- Aug 26: Fermenting Change - Multi-Course Dinner @ Funkatorium, 5:30-9:30 PM. $200
- Aug 28: Carbon Harvest -Flights & Bites @ Cultivated Cocktails, 12-3 PM. $125
- Aug 21: Embroidered Napkins with Echoview Fiber Mill (VIRTUAL): 10–11:30 AM, $15
- Sept 2: Oysters as Crafted Objects (VIRTUAL) - 7:30–9:00 PM, $15
- Sept 9: Forest as Farm - Flights & Bites @ Hickory Nut Gap Farm, 5:30-8:30 PM. $50
- Sept 11: Sustainable Waters - Tapas & Drinks @ Jettie Rae’s Oyster House, 11AM-1 PM & 3-5 PM. $125
- Sept 23: Recipes From Rabbit's Motel - Tapas & Drinks @ Smoky Park Supper Club, 5:30-8:30 PM. $50
- Sept 12: Root to Bloom - Multi-Course Brunch @ Yesterday Spaces, 12-3 PM. $125
- Sept 16: Farmers Market Cook-Along (VIRTUAL) - 7:30–9:00 PM, $15
- Sept25: Burton Street Garden Gathering - Flights & Bites @ Peace Gardens & Market, 12-3 PM. $50
- Sept 26: Food Stories - Multi-Course Dinner @ Funkatorium, 5-9 PM. $200
Go to the Chow Chow website for event details and to purchase tickets.
Asheville was named “New Top City for Wine in the United States” by The Travel Channel. The area receives many accolades for innovative and local food. Southern Living has listed Asheville among the “Tastiest Towns in the South.”
Why call it Chow Chow? It's a pickled relish popular in southern Appalachia, is a resourceful condiment whose ingredients vary from family to family and region to region. Often prepared in the warmer months, a mix of vegetables is chopped, combined, and preserved. By the time cold weather hits, all of the ingredients have come together to create something better than the sum of its parts. Universally, chow can mean ‘to eat’—joyfully, without abandon, and in good company.