Eat Your Fill

Eat Your Fill: Explore WNC’s culinary landscape at five foodie fests
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Chow Chow Culinary Festival - September 12-15 | Asheville

Attention, gourmands: this inaugural food fest offers hands-on workshops covering topics ranging from distilling mountain botanicals to packing the perfect picnic. It also brings together mixologists, chefs, and artisan food producers for more than 20 events around town, taking place in restaurants, on farms, and in the streets of downtown Asheville. Guest chefs like Charleston’s Craig Deihl and Sean Brock will participate, as well as local favorites Katie Button and Meherwan Irani. exploreasheville.com/chow-chow-culinary-festival

Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival - September 20 & 21 | Wilkesboro

Hosted by Wilkesboro’s own Kruger Brothers, this event celebrates Western North Carolina’s rich culture through live bluegrass and folk music, sips from regional craft breweries and vineyards, and food trucks competing for the championship trophy. The weekend also includes a songwriting competition, trail run, artist workshops, and clogging and contra dance lessons. carolinainthefall.org

Hardlox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival - October 13 | Asheville

Savor classic Jewish dishes like pastrami and corned beef sandwiches on rye, matzo ball soup, blintzes, potato knishes, and kugel casserole at this 16th annual festival. In addition to Jewish fare, the day brings singing, dancing, Israeli arts and gifts, and more than 15 Jewish organizations to Pack Square, where interactive educational opportunities to learn more about the Jewish faith and heritage will also be available. hardloxjewishfestival.org

WNC Battle of the Burger - October 27 | Asheville

Join more than 1,500 folks at Asheville’s Salvage Station to do the tasty work of helping select the region’s best burger. Up to 15 of WNC’s top veteran and newcomer chefs bring their original burger recipes to this juicy competition. In addition to casting votes for a People’s Choice winner, attendees can also enjoy live tunes. allamericanfoodfights.com

Fermenting Festival - November 3 | Marshall

Explore fermentation, food preservation, and sustainable farming practices at this third annual event. Nosh on zesty eats while you take in live entertainment, craft vendors, and demos on topics ranging from sourdough to sauerkraut. Proceeds go to Marshall’s Beacon of Hope Food Bank.  wncfermentingfestival.com

Photographs by (clockwise from top) (2) Max Ganly; Meghan Johnson; Laurie Johnson