September 10-13, 2020 event is canceled. It will return in 2021 with dates TBD.
A delicious food festival returns for its second year to Asheville! Chow Chow showcases our creative culinary scene with a big variety of events, immersive experiences and delicious happenings. Meet and connect with the makers and collaborators who nourish, nurture, and create in our Appalachian Mountains.
Go to dozens of free and ticketed events including a downtown festival area, farm dinners, tours, chef demonstrations, beer and wine tastings, community yoga, seminars, live music, artists in action, hands-on activities and panel discussions. The heart of the festival is in the middle of downtown Asheville at Pack Square.
The Makers Market features a curated selection of food, artisans and plenty of cooking and kitchen gadgets to buy.
Head out to a farm for an outdoor dinner soiree. Buy tickets in advance for your favorite events. For last minute event ticket purchases, go to the Ticketing Center at Pack Square during the festival. Many events will sell-out in advance.
Go to the Chow Chow website for an event list and to purchase tickets in advance here.
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.
Photos by Reese Moore Photography.