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September 7-10, 2023

A delicious culinary event returns to Asheville! Chow Chow Food Festival will return to the heart of downtown at Pack Square Park. This immersive event will feature a mix of dinners, workshops, performances, tastings, talks, and demonstrations that take place across the city of Asheville. Meet and connect with the makers and collaborators who nourish, nurture, and create in our Appalachian Mountains. (Feature photo: Stephan Pruitt Photography)

Chow Chow Food Festival Asheville
Photo courtesy of Life of Lindsey

The 2023 series will bring together nationally and locally recognized chefs, farmers, millers, bakers, artists, brewers, professional beverage makers, and more. Ticket Sales from Chow Chow directly support the Asheville community. 

Chow Chow Food Festival Asheville
Photo courtesy of Stephan Pruitt Photography

Guests can enjoy immersive experiences celebrating the unique culinary style of Southern Appalachia through tastings, tapas, flights, dinners, and more. You can also take part in educational experiences in the form of classes, workshops, and demos. See below for a line-up of events.

Chow Chow Food Festival Asheville
Photo courtesy of @savvymarketingavl

Chow Chow 2023 Schedule of Events

Tickets are on sale now! Go to the Chow Chow website for event details and to purchase tickets.

Chow Chow Food Festival Asheville
Photo courtesy of @savvymarketingavl

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 and 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.

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